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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Something Like Normal by Monica James Release Day Giveaway & Review

Happy release day Monica James.  Something Like Normal is LIVE!

Title: Something like Normal (Book 1 in The Something like Normal series)
Author: Monica James
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Release date: May 13th 2014
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

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

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.






Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William
Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson. When she is not writing, Monica is busy, running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers, and her inspiration comes from every day life. She is an Amazon best selling author in both the US and UK. Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

Review of Something Like Normal by Monica James on Kindle Crack Book Reviews
Something Like Normal (Something Like Normal, #1)Something Like Normal by Monica  James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Title: Something Like Normal (Book #1)
Author: Monica James
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Rating: 4.5 – 5.00 stars
Cliffhanger: Yes
Spoiler-free review

A review copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Mia’s life sucks.  She has been a drug trafficker for her father and his dealer since she was eight years old. Her father’s drug addiction and money issues have spiraled out of control. He tells Mia that he is going to pimp her to his dealer to cover his debts. After making a split second decision to kill her drug addict dad, she goes on the run.  Mia goes MIA (Missing In Action). She boards a bus to a random place and hopes to land on her feet and locate her mom. Mia assumes a new identity and calls herself Paige.

She lands two legitimate jobs and the hearts of two brothers. Quinn has his own share of issues and isn’t quick to share them with Paige.  She starts to fall for Quinn and everything seems to be normal…but life has a way of being anything by normal for these two misfits. Can they hide in plain site from their pasts and their feelings for each other?

I am a huge fan of Monica James and LOVE her first two books in the Surrender series.  This book is different from her other books but equally as good. I have to say that I did not fully get into this story until about 35% of the way in. I thought I had these characters, and the plot figured out and I was so wrong.  Especially Paige…she is a badass with a heart of gold.  SLN is not your typical romance story and has a nice mix of suspense, drama and tension. I love the way Monica crafted these characters.  They are banged up from life, and their story is raw and full of emotional obstacles. There is nothing about Quinn and Paige that is predictable in any way. Paige and Quinn are both two lost souls, who are broken and flawed in many ways from their pasts…but maybe they will one day have a normal life…or Something Like Normal. There is a clifffreakinhanger of an ending. Arghhhh….what an ending!!!! I would be a little perturbed if it weren't for the fact that Monica’s books are worth the wait and she has not disappointed me yet!  One click this one.

This review appears on,, Goodreads, Amazon and Twitter.

Another series from Monica that I am addicted to! Review to follow.

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