Freeing Asia (2000)
Freeing Asia (2000)
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First of all, I would like to start by saying a huge thank you to E.M. Abel for the contest that she ran on Facebook! I was lucky enough to win a copy of "Freeing Asia," and I am so glad that I did! This was a book that I shied away from, as I had heard there was a love triangle in it. I am not a huge fan of love triangles as I don't like to see the odd man out get hurt and left behind. This story though, dealt with everyone involved in a tasteful way, and it didn't leave me feeling super sad for the man "left behind.." This was my first time reading EM Abel's work, and I can honestly say that it won't be the last. She is a very talented author, who was able to reach inside of me and touch my heart and soul with the beauty of her words. The story of Asia was a story that had me laughing, crying, and even fanning myself because of the sexy scenes between Asia and her man. Wowsa, the sexual chemistry left nothing to the imagination, and had me developing butterflies in my stomach as I was reading the scorching hot scenes!I felt that this book told us about Asia's journey of self discovery, as well as her growth into learning how to love herself. I really enjoyed that, because often in a romance book it seems like the woman relies on the guy to make her feel better about herself. In Freeing Asia, it shows that relationships will be so much more rewarding when the person knows exactly who they are, and is proud of themselves without relying on the other person to make them feel good.There are two men that are extremely interested in Asia, and she likes them both for very different reasons. There is Jay, who is a CEO of his own company, and he has loads of money. Asia is very attracted to him; but she feels like she can't be herself around him. Around Jay she feels the need to dress in fancy clothes, and act a certain she truly doesn't feel free when she is with him. Then there is Marcus, who is her brother's best friend and has been around Asia for years. He is a major part of her past, and she has carried some heavy duty baggage over the years regarding him. Can she get over that, and have a wonderful life with Jay? Or will she be able to overcome her past hurt and forgive Marcus so they can move on. The thing with Marcus is that Asia can be herself around him, and their attraction has become even stronger over the years.What man will Asia find true happiness with? Who ever she does pick will be the one that finally sets Asia free; once and for all.This is a must read, and I can't wait to dive into Asia's brother; Shaun's book!I am so pleased to have found a new author who I will definitely be reading anything that she puts out. I also just found out that on her website there is a link to a new chapter that has the guy's POV! I am excited to check that out as well.Thank you so much Em Abel for the opportunity to read your work, and I will be watching to see what comes next for this fabulous author! I love when I can connect with a character like I did with Asia. I was a tom boy, heck I still am. I know what it feels like to be surrounded by men as friends who see you as another one of the guys. It's a struggle to be who you are and to also be an independent and secure woman. That's what Asia had to do. And she was so lucky to have a supportive family and circle of friends. I enjoyed this book for all of those reasons. Asia felt real. The writing was easy to follow, it was laid back. There wasn't too much angst or unnecessary situations. Not to mention Jay and Marcus were very admirable, handsome characters. But they had flaws. They weren't the typical male lead who is an almighty god. They were realistic, as Asia was. My heart did lie with Marcus, though. I have a thing for skater boys. (Seriously, my boyfriend is a skateboarder.) Five stars for this one! Can't wait to read the next books.
DNF made it to page 35....
Couldn't even finish it!
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