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Something Like Normal by Monica James is LIVE

 Something Like Normal by Monica James is LIVE! Check out my spoiler-free review. **Something Like Normal was first published in 2014. It's been revamped, re-edited, and re-covered!**

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New cover: Something Like Normal by Monica James

Something like Normal: Book One

Genre: Dark New Adult Romance

Cover Model: Lochie Carey @lochie_carey

Photographer: Michelle Lancaster @lanefotograf

Cover Designer: Lori Jackson Design @lorilovesbookjackson

Release date: August 14, 2023


I have a secret…

And I’ve kept this secret hidden since I was eight years old. But I’ll no longer allow my past to define me.

A fateful decision has left me a fugitive on the run. I should be afraid, yet I’ve never felt more alive.

My name is Mia Lee, but that person died the night I spilled blood and didn’t feel a thing.

I’m on a Greyhound bus, ready to start a new life. A life that includes finding my mother, who left without a word when I was three.

But I end up meeting four people who change my life forever. And one person, in particular, shakes things up beyond repair.

Quinn Berkeley.

He’s just as damaged as I am. And harbors secrets just as dark as mine. But he gives me hope that living a normal life is within reach.

However, the blood on my hands has forever stained my soul.

No one can outrun their past.

Especially one filled with bitter memories that refuse to remain…dead.

Spoiler-free Review:

Something like Normal (Something like Normal, #1)Something Like Normal by Monica James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Something Like Normal by Monica James was first published in 2014. This updated version has been re-edited and has a gorgeous new cover. I remember reading this book in 2014 and equally enjoyed the latest version. Something Like Normal is a new adult romantic suspense. Mia is a young girl who escaped from her drug addict-turned-pimp father. She settles in a new place far away from her tumultuous past. After building a new life, her dark and deadly past comes back to haunt her. This book ends with a doozy of a cliffhanger. The second book in this series will release in October.

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.

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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. She draws her inspiration from life.

She is a bestselling author in the U.S.A., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.

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.

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