We are thrilled to share our review today of the Something More box set by Danielle Pearl! This box set is FREE on Kindle Unlimited and contains three amazing new adult books that you need to read NOW!
NORMAL (Book 1)
It's the kind of situation most people would dread. Starting at a new high school, in the middle of my senior year, in a new town, in a new state. I know no one. No one knows me. That's what I'm counting on.
A year ago, Aurora "Rory" Pine was just a normal teenage girl - just as sweet and naive as the fairy tale princess she was named after.
But this isn't a year ago.
Rory is broken, and suffering from a new debilitating anxiety disorder, wrought with precarious triggers, she moves across the country to escape the source of her troubles. Her plan is anonymity, but that's easier said than achieved for the new girl having a panic episode outside of calculus. The worst part? There's a witness - and a gorgeous one at that.
Sam is a walking trigger for Rory. Incredibly handsome, built like the star athlete he obviously is, and undoubtedly popular, Sam outwardly represents everything Rory despises about high school. But as the fates keep throwing them together, a connection sparks that neither ever expected, and certainly can’t ignore.
But Sam has issues too, and Rory's past won't just stay in the damned past. When friendship evolves into something deeper, can a girl utterly destroyed by the worst kind of betrayal and a boy battling demons of his own ever have a normal relationship? Is that even what they want? Find out in NORMAL, a gritty story of trust and abuse, heartbreak and salvation, and if they're lucky - love. This is not a flowery romance - not for the faint of heart.
ReCAP (Book 1.5)
Rory and Sam fell in love in NORMAL, and we all fell in love right along with them. Now see it all unfold through Sam's eyes, and learn just how the new girl with anxiety issues stole the heart of the gorgeous heartthrob, and turned his world upside down.
You already heard the story. The one of how Rory and I fell in love, supposedly, even if she couldn't handle it in the end. You know how it all went.
Or you think you do.
You only know her side. But I have my own point of view, and even Rory couldn't know my thoughts in those few months it took for her to go from being a stranger to my whole entire world.
Every moment is permanently ingrained in my memory. In my goddamned soul. From the moment I stumbled upon the girl panicking outside of calculus - the one with the tight little body, the angelic face, and the fierce attitude - to the night she abandoned me in Miami. It was the sum of those moments that changed me irrevocably.
Our story isn't over. I won't let it be. But this, this is what happened so far, the way I saw it.
I'm Cap. Or Sam, to Rory. And this is my story.
OKAY (Book 2)
After the horrors she’s survived over the past year, Rory never expected to find the one thing she certainly wasn’t looking for – love. But after the painful realization that her past has left her a dangerous liability to the person she cares for the most, she finally understands that for her and Sam, love means letting go.
Can two people hopelessly in love with one another ever revert back into just friends? Neither Rory nor Sam know for sure. But the one thing they do know – it’s the only choice they have.
As Rory recovers from a devastating assault, Sam will do anything to make sure it never happens again. But how far will he go to keep her safe? Their choices will change everything, and they will either bring them back together, or destroy them irrevocably.
I read this series based off of a recommendation from a friend and it did not disappointment. The feelings this series brought out, wow. I loved reading them and I couldn’t put them down, I might have even given up eight hours of sleep to just to finish. The box set includes Normal, Recap and Okay (Recap is told from Sam’s point of view and takes place at the same time as book 1, Normal).
These books are the journey of Rory starting over in a new place- new state, new school, everything- during her senior year of high school and finding herself. At times I loved her character and at times I wanted to smack her for being so much like a typical teenage girl. My heart broke for her but slowly healed as we progressed through Normal and Okay. I love how she meets Sam and the soothing influence he provides for her. I love how the story ended, especially knowing she gets the happy ending she so thoroughly deserves. I don’t want to give away too much of the story line because I feel you have to read it to appreciate just how much she grew as a character. The struggles she survived make you love her even more.
Sam, goodness gracious… I love him. There couldn’t have been a better male counterpart for Rory. He loved her with all of him, even if he didn’t think he deserved it. Sam had his own struggles to go through, but I think the experiences that Sam has had up until he meet Rory are what made him so good for her. He has this side to him that made you feel for him. Sam has to be one of the most patience characters I’ve ever read about and I can honestly say, he is probably one of my favorites. I loved that we got to see his point of view during Recap, because it allowed you to connect with him on a whole new level. Seeing inside his mind was fun. I’m glad he met Rory and was able to get the happiness he deserved as well.
I couldn’t put these books down. I devoured them. I can’t wait to read In Ruins, which is a spin off. I am giving this series an overall rating of 4.5 stars.
About the Author
Danielle Pearl is the Amazon and iBooks best-selling author of the Something More series. She lives in New Jersey with her three delicious children and ever-supportive husband, who--luckily--doesn't mind sharing her with an array of fictional men. She did a brief stint at Boston University and worked in marketing before publishing her debut novel, Normal. She writes mature Young Adult and New Adult Contemporary Romance. Danielle enjoys coffee, wine, and cupcakes, and not in moderation.