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Within these walls, he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength.  

I am not strong.  I am just a survivor of circumstance.

Isn’t that what we all do?  Survive?

Each of us has our own set of circumstances to muddle through.  Mine are just more…complicated.

Born with a severe heart defect, I’ve seen the inside of a hospital room more than my own bedroom.

I was drowning, a prisoner to the illness that owned me, until he appeared.  He thinks he’s blocked out the world with his tattoos and hard exterior, but I see the real Jude, the one he so desperately wants to forget.

But is he the answer to my prayers or will he break my already damaged heart forever?

My name is Lailah Buchanan, and this is our story of hope, redemption and sacrificing it all for the one you love.

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This book broke my heart and absolutely melted me.  I became nothing but a tear factory while reading this book.  An emotional wreck and I LOVED EVERY SINGLE SECOND OF IT!

J.L. Berg definitely knows how to play with readers emotions.  This is a story of two people who are lost within themselves. Lailah has lived her entire 22 years in a protected cocoon.  She suffers from a serious heart condition and hasn’t been able to do what she wants more than anything- LIVE!  Her entire childhood and young adulthood has been within the confines of sterile hospital walls.  Lailah keeps a journal of things that she wants to do most in life with everything from making a meal to making love for the first time.  Lailah is young but she is also sweet, smart and wise beyond her years.  Jude is a man living everyday in the shadows of his painful past.  He works as a nursing assistant in the very hospital where he lost his love.  Everyday he lives the same pain over and over.  When Lailah and Jude first meet there is an instant chemistry.  But Jude is determined to just be friends and to help Lailah fulfill her entire bucket list.  The more that they are together, the more that their friendship begins to turn into something more but will Lailah’s condition and Jude’s past allow them to move forward?

I adored both characters, but Jude- OMG! Sexy, sweet, smart, caring and protective.  Definitely book boyfriend material.

Cry like a baby I did during this entire book.  These characters are both so fragile in their own ways- one physically and one emotionally.  The author does an absolutely amazing job and letting the reader feel these characters emotions, their wants, needs and desires.  As you are reading you feel very protective over Lailah and Jude.  You want them to be together, You want them to get their much deserved happily ever after.

I gauruntee that I will be re-reading this book over and over.  It is the perfect example of an addictive read.


About J.L. Berg

J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

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