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Book Review – The Story Of Us by Lesley Jones


The Story of Us by Lesley Jones is the first book of the Carnage series. It’s all taken from the heroine’s POV which she takes us on the first time she met her soulmate, on what happened the day after and on that devastating night that she lost him forever. I really had a hard time reading this story. I hate the heroine and everything that happened was just too much for me to bear.


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The Story of Us by Lesley Jones
Series: Carnage, #1
Published February 12, 2014
Genre: Romance, New Adult
406 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Freebie
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
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I love him, from the instant I set eyes on him when I was just 11 years old I have loved him and nothing will ever change that, he owns me, he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, we will find a way.

“Georgia Rae, when we made love you used to cry” … He waits for me to sing my bit. I try to swallow down a sob but I just end up singing through it…

“I said I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you till I die”

Carnage is an edgy coming of age love story that breaks all the rules and transcends the decades. Georgia and Sean’s story will stay with you long after you read the final word.

An emotional, smoking hot, gut wrenching read.

Review

The Story of Us is an emotional story, alright. Actually, this book just sent me into a roller coaster ride of emotions that right now I’m still in daze.  So I’m sure I’ll be dropping some spoilers ahead, so please be warned.

This story started when they’re still teenagers, Georgia 11 years old and Sean 13 years old. And at that moment, they already know that they belong to each other. It sounded YA romance to me so I keep reading, and I have to tell you it wasn’t a pleasant one because there were some annoying teenage behaviors thrown at my way (c/o Georgia). But I love stories where there’s a hot overprotective brother fussing over the heroine and I can’t believe I’ve got not just one but three hot overprotective brothers, yum, haha. But aside from that, what also pulled me into this story was the closeness of the heroine’s family. It always makes my heart happy whenever I read stories with families loving each other.

But it was hard to keep up with the story when I came to the first hurdle of Georgia and Sean’s love story. I’ve already seen it coming, but it’s still annoying. I can’t really understand how a guy could propose to you and on the next day do something stupid. And their reason, “she’s all over me and I can’t do anything”, like heck you can! This is exactly the reason why I’m not a fan of a celebrity stories (but I love Cinder & Ella, *wink), the groupies, lack of privacy and the annoying paparazzi. I love musicians, I really do but this story is so hard to really like. Honestly, I’ve been mentally asking myself why I am having this kind of book in my TBR. Seriously, its making me feel so gloomy and so sad that I think I’m going depressed.

You might be wondering why with just a little cheating (drugs and booze) will send me into depression eh? But it’s more than that. For four years both Georgia and Sean were living in hell, though mostly I’ve got to read about what Georgia’s been suffering since the whole book comes from her own POV. She’s been so hurt that she’s done a lot of STUPID things that in one point I really wish her dead. I know it shouldn’t be enough to hate the book just because you don’t agree on the main character’s actions but heck! It’s hard not to when all Georgia does is to f*ck things over. Ofcourse I understand her decision four years ago because she’s just a kid when that happened, but she’s 20 years old now!!!  I thought because of what she’s been through she will become matured, but no. She’s still the selfish spoiled brat that she was four years ago.

And then Cam came into the picture and I was mentally hoping that he could tame her and hopefully fix her broken heart. Don’t get me wrong, I do like Sean, but cheating eventhough not intentionally is a no-no in my book so if its Cam, then I’ll be rooting for him for Georgia (eventhough I think she doesn’t deserve him, or anyone in this stage). I have my suspicious ofcourse but all Cam did is just being nice and understanding to her and not the dangerous guy they paint him to be. I thought its finally going to be fine all the way to the end…. and then all that shattered and I was thrown again into another roller coaster ride of emotion that it made me pray and wish this story to finally end. This story is like a book who specializes with torture because it really crushed my heart. I know I should just stop reading but I’m already in 70% and I know I would hate it more if I can’t find out what’s going to happen. But heck! I should just have stopped. The ending was just so depressing. It’s so depressing and so frustrating that I just wanna cry.

I know life is not all just happiness, that we all deal a lot of problems all the way and then at one point we do some stupid things, but heck! This story is just too much to bear. Just too much.

I don’t think I need to tell you more about Georgia because obviously she’s not a likeable heroine, and there’s not even one thing about her that I find acceptable. She’s just annoying and stupid and selfish. I know it’s bad to feel happy about other’s misfortune but I have to say that she totally deserves it, but not Sean and their baby. Unlike Georgia, Sean managed to change my mind about him. Right now, whenever I think about him, all I see is how a loving husband he is and in one point sexy. Heck, he’s a rock god in this book people! But seriously, there’s nothing more hateful about this book than Georgia herself. She’s just….

This was my first time from the author and it’s obviously didn’t gave a good first impression. Although there’s a two or three scenes that I enjoyed, my overall experience was horrible. I can overlook some not-so-reader friendly words but I can never overlook the stupid heroine. I know I’m being nasty about it, but right now, I’m afraid my tact machine isn’t working and I just want to speak what’s exactly in my mind.

I’m already set on giving this story a 1 star rating (or no stars at all) but I do love Georgia’s brothers and I feel sorry for Sean and the baby so I’m giving this a 2 stars. I hate to admit it but I’m really interested to read Marley’s (Georgia’s brother) that’s a good thing eh?

If you have hypertension, blood pressure or any heart problems at all, please stay away from this book. It’s really not good for the heart. Well, a lot liked it so maybe it’s just me, but I still won’t recommend it.

So, can I cry now? Huhu

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Preview & About The Author

Lesley Jones | Blushing GeekLesley Jones was born and raised in Essex, England but moved to Australia in 2006 with her family. Her first book, Saviour, was published in 2013 and she quickly gained a reputation as a writer of gritty, down to earth characters, involved in angsty and emotional plot lines. Carnage, her third novel, has won a number of awards for ‘Best Ugly Cry’. Her readers love the fact that she can switch her stories from hot and steamy, to snot bubble ugly crying, followed by laugh out loud moments, in the space of a few sentences. She has declared that the very best part of her job is meeting her readers and has travelled the world a number of times over the past few years to do exactly that. When not writing, she has admitted to being a prolific reader, getting through around four or five books a week. She is a fan of trashy reality TV, listening to music, watching her son play football and enjoys a glass of wine… or three.

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    • kindlemom1

      That is sad that there was virtually no character growth in this, there really needs to be in reads like this one for the character to have any redeeming qualities whatsoever. So sorry this was a big mess.

      • It would have been a bit better if the heroine changed in the end, but no luck 🙁 I’m sorry too, but there’s still a lot of books that could cheer me up I’m sure 🙂

    • The over the top drama and Georgia’s whiny immaturity would have driven me away, but glad you stuck it out to at least see if she changed. Doesn’t sound like it. There are other hot rocker romances so I’ll skip this one. thanks for your thoughts on it, Vanessa.

      • Hehe, I guess I’m just fond of making myself angry. But I guess it’s for the better that I finished this book for I think I’ll have a nightmare if I didn’t. And yes, there’s absolutely so much better hot rocker stories out there so just skip this one, *wink. Thanks Sophia Rose 🙂

    • Well dang, that sounds like an emotional roller coaster to read.

      • It did Mary. Hopefully I won’t read something like this one in the future

    • Wow, sounds like you need a box o truffles for this one. The drama would have me setting this one down. Ha, I laugh because you are interested in another character’s story. I usually give an author or series two goes before calling it quits.

      • I’ve indulge myself with a lot of sweets after reading this story and been petting our dog excessively to get away from the bad emotion this story gave me. And luckily it helped 😉
        Hehe, Marley sounds really sexy and I think his story is going to be so much better than this one, so maybe in the near future I’ll be trying it 😉
        Normally, when I don’t like the story from the author, I’ll try to stay away from them unless there’s a character in the story that makes me curious.

    • Oh dear. I have this book on my kindle and after reading your review I am a bit wary of reading it.

      • If you hate characters doing stupid things OVER and OVER again Nadene, I suggest not to try this one because it’ll spike your blood pressure high and will also leave you crying. The ending was unforgivable!

    • Eeesh. Sorry you had to read this. This does not sound like a fun book to read at all. I like to read to escape reality, not be thrust into something that would cause so much unrest.

      • Absolutely. That’s why after reading this book, I began purging the books in my Kindle. Normally, I want to give others the chance but I don’t want to encounter another story like this one so if I don’t like the sound of them, they have to go.

    • Eek

      • Yep. Quite a let down 🙁

    • Sorry this one didn’t exactly work for you. I hope you enjoy your next read much more.

      • Thanks Carole. And yep, my next read sure is so much better 🙂

    • Yea this has too much drama for me and it would probably bother me. At least you got a bit of entertainment out of it with the brothers. 🙂

      • Yeah, lucky the brother were there or this will get a 1 star for me