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You Make Me (Blurred Lines Book 1) (English Edition)
 
 

You Make Me (Blurred Lines Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Erin McCarthy
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The guy she wants…

Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath. Then he left without a word.

Isn’t the guy she needs…

Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend in frat president Ethan.

But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere. Out of the military, Heath is as brooding and intense as ever, and he is determined not only to win her back, but to exact revenge on everyone who kept him from her…

And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3209 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 291 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1497579589
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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2.0 von 5 Sternen You make me aggressive! 12. Juli 2014
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***Meine ausführlichere Meinung***
Dieses Buch bringt echt den Hulk in mir zum Vorschein. Ich kann einfach nicht verstehen, wie jemand derartige Beziehungen romantisch finden kann? Heath ist für mich ein absolut unsympathischer Charakter und eines von diesen Alpha-Männchen, auf das anscheinend so viele abfahren. Meiner Ansicht nach macht sich Caitlin total von ihm abhängig und würde sofort alles für ihn opfern, egal ob Freund, Feind oder Karriere. So etwas ist für mich nicht Liebe.

Überhaupt, die ganze "Liebesbeziehung" ist sehr schwülstig und von tiefer Zuneigung spüre ich genau Nullkommanix, obwohl natürlich immer anderes beteuert wird. Was ich spüre, ist dafür Lust und ganz viel Sex sowie Besitzgehabe - denn für mich ist Caitlin für Heath keine Partnerin, sondern jemand, den er einfach komplett für sich vereinnahmen will.

Mit Caitlin konnte ich auch leider überhaupt nicht warm werden. Ethan, der für mich zumindest am Anfang der sympathischste Charakter war, macht fast eine 180-Grad-Wendung durch, was so gar nicht zu dem Bild passt, das vorher von ihm gezeichnet wird. Es gibt sogar eine Szene mit ihm, die für mich schon sehr krasse Vergewaltigungszüge hat und Caitlin nimmt es einfach hin, weil sie sich denkt, dass er einfach sein Territorium markieren will. Hallo, wie krank ist das denn? Spätestens zu diesem Zeitpunkt habe ich vor Frustration innerlich geschrien und gewütet und wäre ich der Hulk gewesen, hätte ich meine Bude kurz und klein gehauen.

Mal abgesehen davon, dass das große dramatische Ereignis (Warum hat Heath Caitlin einfach so verlassen?) für mich sehr an den Haaren herbei gezogen war.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I love a good romance 7. Juli 2014
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This variation of Wuthering Heights is well written with likeable characters. An enjoyable read with a satisfying ending. I recommend it.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing sigh! 14. Mai 2014
Von Heather S - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I normally LOVE Erin McCarthy's work I have read over half of her books and never found one I didn't like...Until this one. I had a very hard time relating to both main characters. First kudos for the author I loved how she made being "poor" realistic and made you feel for both Cat and Heath. I enjoyed the big sisterly role that Cat was playing for Tiffany. I also enjoyed a few of the second characters.
I for one found the book pretty depressing most of the time. The book had to much drama for my liking. I also felt like the characters were under described. I had a hard time picturing what they looked liked. I also was surprised on how much I didn't like either Heath or Cat.
For Cat I found her very insecure and VERY weak. Every time she would tell Heath how she felt or confronted him she would back down and apologies or she would allow him to strip her and they would have sex. I found her a little to impulsive and to much into her relationship do stuff with others. I actually found myself wanting her to be back with Ethan more than with Heath, I feel like she was happier with Ethan than Heath.
For Heath I found him sometimes a$$ and found myself disliking him. I feel like he sometimes meant to hurt Cat and make her jealous. I also thought that he was hypocritical he would tell Cat to trust him but yet he seemed to have things he kept from her. I didn't like at how sometimes he would talk about hurting Ethan or Brian, not really a happy feeling when your trying to like the main male.
Now for the relationship I really wasn't feeling true happiness from either of them. Cat didn't like drama that's one thing she liked about her relationship with Ethan, yet all her relationship was about with Heath was drama after drama. I also kind of feel like they don't have an adult relationship, it seems like they love the idea of what the other brings to the relationship and their relationship as a teens. They seemed like they fought more than actually loved each other. I just wasn't feeling true love from each other. Like I said I actually would have liked Cat going back to Ethan.
This is the only book of Erin's that I read that I didn't like. Was way to depressing for me most of the time. I will however keep reading her books. I will just stick with the "True Believers" series which I love.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Too overdramatic for my taste. 30. April 2014
Von Raquel Romero - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Well... I'm not one to diss authors because that's just plain rude.. But You Make Me had some untapped potential, and because of that I'm disappointed. Starting off just right, You Make Me brings Cat and Heath together after four years in a way that leaves you thinking something's about to go down--which is a pretty great way to grab a reader's attention. Cat hasn't seen or heard anything from Heath in over four years. Four long years of wondering if he's alive or if he's lying dead in a ditch somewhere. Nada. Not a peep from the boy she fell in love with, the boy she thought she'd spend the rest of her life with. Newly Caitlyn is put together and stable--a far cry from the wild spirit running around in Valhaven. She has the perfect boyfriend and a pretty cool best friend, and she's got a stable career ahead of her. Best of all? She's just gotten engaged to boy of her dreams. However, all her carefully laid plans start crumbling down the second she sets eyes on Heath once again.

I found Caitlyn a little hard to connect with. She starts like any other New Adult protagonist--someone very dear to her hurt her, but that was years ago, and know she's made a name for herself. I've heard it (well, more like read it) all before and for a minute I thought McCarthy was going to do something different with Caitlyn. But no. As soon as Heath comes strolling back into her life she finds herself second-guessing every single decision she's made for the past four years. I could understand that. After all, even I don't think a free spirit could make it as a mortgage broker. However, what I just could get past was her indecision when it came to Ethan and Heath. Caitlyn was getting reading to marry the guy, for heaven's sake. Honestly, the whole deal with Ethan and Caitlyn's breakup always seemed wayy too overdramatic for my taste. Yes, I can see why Ethan would be totally pissed that Caitlyn's been keeping really important things from him, but to break up with her the way he did? It seemed unrealistic to me. Then there's the fact that Caitlyn hooks up with Heath like two seconds after her engagement is off. Come on! Who does that? I would've had the characters wait at least a week. *sigh* Despite all that, I was happy that Caitlyn was finally able to let go of her insecurities--which were very annoying and totally overdone, by the way--and move on. She deserved happiness, I won't deny her that, but I felt like her emotions were all over the place, and that just made for a messy narrator.

Heath is impulsive and a bit dangerous. He's definitely the definition of a bad boy and once he sets his sights on something he wants, he'll do everything in his power to get it. I'm not sure if my inability to like Heath that much was due to the fact that I couldn't connect with Caitlyn, but he just felt a bit too flat for my taste. And I think that's all I have to say about Heath.

There's a lot of drama in this book that, honestly, could have been done without. The romance, for example, was overdramatic and all over the place. We get a prologue that lets us in to Cat and Heath's relationship, then fast forward four years and we're slammed into a roller coaster with these two characters. I wanted more buildup, more tension and more depth. I'm not going to lie--the first few chapters really hooked me in, but things got rushed way too fast for me to really connect with these characters as a whole, and as a couple. The shmexy scenes were fun and entertaining, but that was about it. I didn't completely hate this book, but I was hoping for a bit more. Still, I don't think I'll be reading the rest of the series..
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Really enjoyed it! 18. April 2014
Von Lady Vigilante (Feifei) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
4 STARS!!!

There are certain words in blurbs that set off alarms for me, and by alarms I mean the kind that make me stalk the author/publisher/PA etc...to get more info on. In the blurb for You Make Me, the words "foster brother" did it for me. I was extremely interested in seeing how this would play out and I'm really happy to say that I think this is Erin McCarthy's best work to date: she's written a stormy, passionate but believable second chance romance with a healthy dose of angst and relatable, level-headed characters.

The book starts off with a short but fantastic prologue! Then fast forward four years where Cat is now a well-known, all-around golden girl in college with an equally amazing and popular guy Ethan as her boyfriend. On the night of her junior year Homecoming dance where everything planned goes along accordingly, out of the blue, Heath appears and stuns Cat. Having left her when she was sixteen and never contacting her in the past four years, Cat is shocked, relieved, and angry to see him so naturally I could understand her conflicted feelings: on one hand she's desperate to reach out to him and on the other, she's with Ethan, a guy she knows is good for her.

"How could I explain that Heath was the past and Ethan was the future? That one I had chosen and one had chosen me? That Ethan represented everything I had always craved, but Heath was everything I needed?"

And as cliché as it sounds, there will always be a certain allure for "the one that got away," which is why I totally sympathize, understand, and connect with Cat's character.

Though this portion of the book was angsty and somewhat frustrating, it was realistic and completely character-driven. I loved how the author made smooth transitions from where Cat was at the beginning to how she thought and perceived everything to the end. Usually when there's a love triangle (or any hint of one), there's supposed to be a "decision" where one is chosen and the other is dropped, and I hate that. To me, it always feels like the chosen is second best. Surprisingly, I didn't feel any of that in this book; all encounters are done quite tastefully and I was totally invested in the story.

I think the strongest and most compelling aspect of the book was the author's writing. I've read her other work (True Believers series) and I'll be honest, this book is different: both the writing and the approach I mean but it's a good-different and the writing here simply appeals to me. It's mostly in present time, but there are a few flashback scenes sprinkled throughout the story. Again, not something I usually like, but in this book it was executed quite nicely and the scenes were informative as well. And most of all, I liked how the author took a common NA premise and turned it into a somewhat unique and different read than others: a love triangle that's seemingly not a love triangle, characters that are impossible to hate because there is no "bad guy," and a fluent, transitional writing style.

As much as I loved the book, there were a few things that got on my nerves. One being I wanted more of Heath and Cat's history. A couple of flashback scenes are not enough for me, and though I wholeheartedly approved of their relationship, it would've been better if there were more background info on them so I could be better convinced of their early bond and love. The last 25% was a bit weak on both the emotional and plot aspects. I get that with every new relationship, especially one built on a foundation of deception and heartbreak, comes with many insecurities so I was glad to see the characters address them. However, there is this one argument near the end of the book I just did not get the point of. Like, it could've been completely omitted and there wouldn't have been a difference (for me at least). A little too much drama there and the ending was rushed, but overall, what was on my mind long after reading was that this book is one of the better NA stories I've read this year and though I probably won't re-read it anytime soon, I won't be forgetting about it anytime either.

A copy of the book was gifted to me for review.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic retelling of a classic original! 28. Juni 2014
Von rebecca moe - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
If ever there were a story from classic literature that was just screaming for a modern-day New Adult retelling, surely Wuthering Heights is it. It's always been one of those stories I've loved to hate. Catherine and Heathcliff's love--so overwhelming, so intense, so ultimately destructive to not only themselves but to everyone around them--was always the one redeeming thing about two such selfish and self-absobed characters. WH was always one of those (very few, fortunately--they're emotionally exhausting to read) books that I loved while really not liking the main characters at all. (Gone with the Wind's Scarlett O'Hara is the other biggie in this category.) The drama of the original, the angst, the all-encompassing be-all end-all nature of their relationship--really, this storyline is tailor-made for today's New Adult genre.

Then to find out Ms. McCarthy moved the setting from the moors of Yorkshire to the coast of Maine, my favorite vacation destination? Icing on the cake. I began to be afriad that it was too perfect, that the novel would end up falling flat. Fortunately my fears were unfounded.

Ms. McCarthy did a fantastic job of adapting the original to a modern time and genre, keeping the essence of the story but making it ultimately more palatable to today's reader. It was a constant pleasure to keep discovering all the ways she took Emily Brontë's characters and plot and made them more current. In the original, we never do find out where Heathcliff went for three years. Here, Heath joined the army and spent his time in Afghanistan. If anything these days could change a person quickly, making him or her seem older, more serious, and even haunted, it would be active duty in a war zone--excellent choice.

In WH Heathcliff left in the first place because he knew that Catherine was going to marry Linton and overheard (the first half of) a conversation where she said that it would degrade her to marry him though she admitted "he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." In You Make Me, Heath leaves much earlier, before Cat gets a taste of "the good life" in college (ie stays at the Linton's more "normal" home) because his relationship with the younger Cat has been discovered (or perhaps just suspected) and a restraining order has been filed against him with Cat's "signature" on it but without her actual knowledge. The truth doesn't come to light until quite some time after he returns--for much of the novel Cat had no idea why Heath left so suddenly and disappeaed so completely. The reasons McCarthy gives here make perfect sense for our modern times, and the fact that she's finally moving on after four years of pining after a guy who took her virginity and then left mysteriously and disappeared completely makes the modern Cat a lot more relateable than Catherine Earnshaw, who knew Heathcliff was her other half but saw no problem with marrying someone else.

In a nutshell--the essence of Brontë's characters and story are here, but all the parts that made my teenage heart cringe (and let's not do the math to figure out how long ago that was, okay? Thanks so much) were made much more palatable here. Ultimately, these were characters that I could actually like because they (thankfully) don't exactly take the same path as their predecessors. My English major heart could rejoice over seeing how McCarthy took the orginal and tweaked it, while at the same time being ever so grateful that she ultimately made it a new story.

So...would I have liked this book as much on its own merit, without my love of the original? Probably not, I'll admit. It is more than a little over the top at times, even for a New Adult book. As a remake of a classic tale, though, it is outstanding--I loved seeing what she did with the story and how she was able to hold on to the passion and drama of the original while giving the angst a more modern--and believeable--feel. Heath is brooding and even stalkerish, but he's not the out-and-out borderline psychopath that Heathcliff returns as. Cat goes to college to remake herself--as so many do--leaving the impovrished wild child from the island behind her. She doesn't, however, decide she has to marry a rich guy to become a "great lady" despite her intense, all-consuming feelings for someone else. Most of the more cringe-worthy plot elements of the original are either altered or softened here--but you can still make the connection.

A definite win-win.

Next up in the series is McCarthy's version of Emily's sister Charlotte's novel Jane Eyre--Live For Me. I cannot wait to see what she does with it :)

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-

I recieved a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen I felt more irritation than anything with this set of characters and had there been more development, I may have enjoyed more. 30. Juni 2014
Von Jessica Leigh (Lovin' Los Libros) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
When I first saw this book come up as a review opportunity, I was very intrigued by the premise alone. I am a sucker for a good love triangle, so this definitely piqued my interest. However, I almost don't even consider this a love triangle. I didn't feel there was any doubt as to who the main character would choose, so I felt a bit gypped on that push and pull I like in a love triangle. After reading You Make Me, I'm still not quite sure how I feel about this book. I felt like it had the potential to really make this premise work, but it just fell short for me.

What Worked: I really liked the prologue. It's short, but it gives you a brief insight as to how heartbroken this girl is from losing her first love. I think it's haunting and it gives just the right amount of hook to bring you into the story.

I also liked the duplicity of Cat's character. Having grown up the way she did- with a mentally ill mother, a disabled father, and a brother,who she now has no association with, Caitlyn has known what it's like to go without. At school, she has transformed herself into someone else: her boyfriend and best friend have no idea about the life she once lived. She is the vice president of her sorority and no longer goes without. One look at her and you would never know she was once a scraggly little girl from the island. Heath knows her as the simple, uninhibited girl she once was and Ethan knows her as the perfectly coiffed, in control girl she is now. Caitlyn has to decide: does she want to be Cat or does she want to continue to be Caitlyn?

What Didn't: I wasn't emotionally invested in this story. I feel it was just presented to me and I was told about Caitlyn's life, where I would have rather SEEN it. I would have preferred more in-depth flashbacks as to what Cat's life was like before. I wanted to see more of how her and Heath's relationship developed and I would have even liked to see how her and Ethan got together. This was my biggest issue with the book: the lack of development.

When I first read the blurb, I imagined I would be emotionally torn in half trying to decide between the two love interests. I wasn't at all. In fact, I had a hard time liking both of them. Ethan is built up as this great guy who really loves her and wants to spend his life with her, but maybe it's because I didn't get to see their relationship develop and get to where it currently was, I just didn't see that. He becomes extremely jealous over Heath's return and does some things that I would kick a guy's ass for doing. Heath, on the other hand, has a bit of a bad boy persona- more mysterious, gruff- we don't know why he left without any explanation, but now he's back and wants to be with Cat. Having just got out of the Marines, Heath has certainly been affected by what happened over there, which he won't discuss and we never find out about. His anger really bothered me and I was left wondering what Caitlyn saw in either guy because it didn't seem either of them were the right choice. I also didn't like the way Heath handled several things towards the end of the novel: it made him seem deceptive and secretive and I was left wondering if he had an ulterior motive.

Caitlyn's character irritated me to no end though. She claims she's made her choice, but after the way she was treated, I don't understand WHY that was her choice. Was it just to continue living the life she was? She also made me doubt her because of how fast she seemed to move on afterwards. I'm trying to avoid spoilers, so I will leave it at that. I don't think she knew what she wanted and she was torn between what she should want and what she really did. I also felt there was an instance towards the end where I seriously wondered if Cat was going to end up being bipolar. Her jealousy throughout the book was bad enough, but the scene to which I'm referring, I feel she seriously went off the deep end.

Final Thoughts: This just wasn't for me. Having read tons of New Adult and love triangles done extremely well, this one just missed the mark. I am such a character driven reader and I need to feel emotionally invested in my characters for the book to truly leave a lasting impression. I felt more irritation than anything with this set of characters and I do believe that had there been more development, I may have enjoyed this one a bit more than I did.
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