Something Like Normal

Monica James
Something Like Normal
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Limitless Publishing
Release Date
May 2014
Book 1 of Something Like Normal
Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Mia Lee has a secret…

A secret she's kept hidden since she was eight years old, however, Mia will no longer allow that secret to define her.

An irrevocable decision has left Mia Lee a fugitive and on the run—a circumstance that should leave her weak and scared, yet Mia has never felt so alive.

Under the pseudonym of Paige Cassidy, Mia is ready to live the life she's never had, and she's determined not to allow her tainted past dictate her promising future.

Paige is on a Greyhound bus heading from L.A. to South Boston, Virginia, to start a new life. A life that includes finding her mother, who abandoned her at age three. But what she finds, is four people, who will change her life forever.

Yet no one can outrun their past…

Especially one filled with bitter memories, which refuse to remain hidden.

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Oct 23, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
129 people found the following review helpful
5 "Hot Brother Love Triangle" Stars! Wow, loved the romance, sexual tension and self-discovery motivated themes of this New Adult gem! This is my first experience with Monica James, and it will not be my last! Ms. James impressed me with this heart-wrenching journey to find normalcy in a world that has seriously dealt the heroine an unfair hand. Witnessing the heroine's quest to find love and acceptance for the first time at the ripe age of 19, a feat typically accomplished in normal situations as a child, unquestionably pulled at my heart strings, and was so well written that it had me sitting on the edge of my seat rooting for the heroine to finally fulfill her mission. Please note though that this book ends in a huge cliffhanger, so if you want to find out how it all ends, you will need to read Book 2, Something Like Redemption, which was just released on October 14, 2014.

What would you do if your father asked you to do the unthinkable? Mia Lee thought she was already fulfilling that fate until her father sinks to the ultimate of all lows. Left with no choice, Mia escapes the only way possible under the dire circumstances.

On the run, and a fugitive, with little money to her name, Mia sets course for the sleepy town of South Boston, Virginia. Hoping to start anew, she assumes the alias of Paige Cassidy. There she is determined to finally lead a normal life.

Fortunately for her, fate introduces her to four strangers, including two brothers, a teenage girl around her age, and a "grandfather" figure, who make an indelible mark in her life. With their help, Mia for the first time experiences happiness, friendship and love. Inevitably all of the hallmarks of the normal life she so desperately sought.

But Mia soon learns that "normal" can also bring angst. As can be evidenced by the fact that the two brothers both like her. Who will she choose? The safe and happy brother or the one that she believes keeps his own deep dark secrets hidden within? Can any choice end in anything but heartbreak given the brothers' close connection and her prior goal, which will require her to keep moving? Moreover, no one can outrun the law for long. When Mia's past catches up with her, will she lose everything? Will she ever experience "normal" again?

Wow, what an emotional roller coaster! I will say that it takes a little while to set up this story, but once the interactions between Mia and the four inhabitants of South Boston takes over, it's nonstop action! SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL was so engaging that I read it in just two sittings. I can't wait to see how Mia's journey continues to evolve in Something Like Redemption!
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