The Reason is You
In the small town of Bethany, Texas, Dani never fit in. Being different pushed her to the fringes of society, and even leaving town for two decades didn’t stop the talk. Now she’s back, trying to settle in with her daughter and have a normal life. But the men in her life might not make it that simple. First, there’s her old friend Alex. He’s mischievous, sexy, and still hot enough to melt her shoes. And he’s a ghost—a real one, who’s always been there for her when she most needed him. Of course, there are actual men in Bethany, too. Like Jason with his hard body. Dani seems to have a habit of running into him—literally. Now she must decide between a man who long ago touched her heart and a man she can actually touch…

The Reason is You Details

TitleThe Reason is You
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 7th, 2013
PublisherBerkley
ISBN-139780425254868
Rating
GenreRomance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary, Ghosts

The Reason is You Review

  • Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
    January 1, 1970
    Not a lot of books make me cry. They almost do but not quite real tears. This one did it twice. I set it down crying, but it ended beautifully. It's about a ghost, a woman and her daughter, a very nice real life man, some nice and some not so nice side characters, and about love. There is a bit of the reincarnation theme in some of it and the idea that dead people don't all cross over right away. All of that is tied up in love too.I should explain why I read this book in the first place. I was a Not a lot of books make me cry. They almost do but not quite real tears. This one did it twice. I set it down crying, but it ended beautifully. It's about a ghost, a woman and her daughter, a very nice real life man, some nice and some not so nice side characters, and about love. There is a bit of the reincarnation theme in some of it and the idea that dead people don't all cross over right away. All of that is tied up in love too.I should explain why I read this book in the first place. I was a huge fan of the TV show Moonlight. I LOVED Mick St John (played by Alex O'Loughlin) I haven't watched CBS since they canceled the show after one short season. When a friend from the "Save Moonlight" days sent me an e-mail with a link to an article http://books.usatoday.com/happyeveraf... I was intrigued and ordered the book. I had no trouble picturing Alex in the book as Mick in the show which made this even more special. When Dani walked out of the house and saw him standing leaning against her car all dressed in black - that was it!But I am ahead of myself here. I don't want to reveal too much, but Dani is the 41 year old mother of a 16 year old daughter, Riley, and is a single mom who has lost her job and had to come home to live with her dad and find a job in this small, according to Riley, podunk town on the coast. Dani had a very rough childhood as her mother died of an aueurysm just minutes after she was born. Dani can see and talk to dead people. As a child she didn't realize others could not until the other kids made fun of her for talking to herself. She became the brunt of their jokes and cruelty. When she was a teen she was led away from a bad situation by Alex, a hot guy of around 31 (Moonlight reference)and who just happened to be a ghost. Alex was her only friend for some very unhappy years, and then she left for college. She had long had a crush on Alex but the age difference kept her from ever telling him. She thought maybe he would come with her or she would see him when she visited home, but he was just gone. Dani fell in love with a man who left her when she got pregnant and who apparently had faked his entire identity. But she had a good job in Dallas and raised her daughter until she was laid off and no jobs were to be found. Which is where this story begins over 20 years later. Alex is just THERE. And Riley can see and talk to him! Dani is torn about talking to her Riley and explaining that Alex is a ghost, puzzled by some photos and notes she finds that her mother wrote, finding her way with her dad, and having to deal with her new job - in the local BAIT SHOP. Alex is there and now that she is not an innocent teen and they are both "legal" their relationship is not the same. But they can not touch each other. She is alive. He is a ghost. Their relationship actually sizzles in spite of it. Then there is Dani's boss, Jason, who she meets when she crashes into the back of his car. She is drawn to Jason, but there is Alex and so many other things going on in her life. I just am not going to do spoilers here but while the reader gets acquainted with this situation, there are many mysteries that you only start learning in the last 1/3 or so of the book. The story starts getting really serious and truly beautiful as Dani falls for Jason but knows the true love of her life is the beautiful ghost in the black coat. One who is very very real to her. She is holding so many secrets and is torn so many ways. The real truth about Alex is not revealed until very late in the story - it's all worth a few tears. This book is not YA. It is told in the first person by a grown woman who let's say knows what it is to want a man. She is very real, she is afraid to love, but is very lonely. It's a really good tale and different than anything I have read. I recommend it if you want a beautiful story that is a quick and enjoyable read. If you happened to be a Mick St John fan it is even better. (maybe quick because I did not want to stop reading)
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  • Melissa Cutler
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderful, magical book. I loved every minute of it and can't wait for Lovelace's next book!
  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    Single mom Dani returns to her hometown of Bethany, Texas after losing her corporate job in Dallas, a fact her sixteen year old daughter Riley isn't too thrilled with. Dani moves in with her father and takes a job at the local bait store. If that doesn't sound dismal enough, Dani's past comes back to haunt her. Literally. Dani sees ghosts. She talks to them too. And they talk back. Growing up, Dani was an outsider. Now, at 40, she's still an outsider. Her best friend, Alex, is a ghost who's been Single mom Dani returns to her hometown of Bethany, Texas after losing her corporate job in Dallas, a fact her sixteen year old daughter Riley isn't too thrilled with. Dani moves in with her father and takes a job at the local bait store. If that doesn't sound dismal enough, Dani's past comes back to haunt her. Literally. Dani sees ghosts. She talks to them too. And they talk back. Growing up, Dani was an outsider. Now, at 40, she's still an outsider. Her best friend, Alex, is a ghost who's been dead for 40 years. Dani first began seeing Alex when she was a teenager. Their relationship is sweet and sexy and mysterious. Things get complicated when Dani realizes that her teenage daughter can see ghosts too. Plus, there's a budding romance with a real flesh and blood living man--Dani's boss, Jason, who's got some baggage of his own. I absolutely loved this novel. I especially loved the scenes between Dani and Riley, which feel so real. The ending had me sniffling, but was totally satisfying!
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  • Poppy*Reads*Romance
    January 1, 1970
    First off, I want to stress that Ms. Lovelace's writing is flawless. However, whereas I loved and felt connected to the characters of Don't Let Go, I just couldn't quite get into The Reason is You. The story doesn't allow itself to fit into a single genre, which made it confusing for me. It's not chick lit, it's not paranormal, it's not a contemporary romance, it's not fantasy and it's not a mystery either. There are too many characters (and most of them I didn't even like) and I don't get to kn First off, I want to stress that Ms. Lovelace's writing is flawless. However, whereas I loved and felt connected to the characters of Don't Let Go, I just couldn't quite get into The Reason is You. The story doesn't allow itself to fit into a single genre, which made it confusing for me. It's not chick lit, it's not paranormal, it's not a contemporary romance, it's not fantasy and it's not a mystery either. There are too many characters (and most of them I didn't even like) and I don't get to know any of them really well, with the exception of Alex. Dani's whining became irritating and frankly, she should have grown a backbone years ago. Unfortunately, the romance doesn't kick in until the last quarter of the book (as does most of the other "action") which is way too late for me and sadly, I barely got acquainted with Jason.The storyline is certainly original but unfortunately it lost its impact in the execution.
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  • Michelle [Helen Geek]
    January 1, 1970
    08/13/2014 --Overall Rating = 3 StarsBook Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 3 / 4 / 4 = 3.5 StarsWriter’s Voice = 3 StarsCharacter Development = 3.5 StarsStory Appreciation = 3.5 StarsEnding = 3 StarsWorth the Chili = 2 Stars -- [$5.99 on Amazon]Smexy [HEAT] Rating = Mild334 pagesThis was the author I vacationed with in New England. I really enjoyed this one, but felt the concept was better than the actual execution. She fails to pull deep emotion out in me and I'm easy. I like her stories, but 08/13/2014 --Overall Rating = 3 StarsBook Cover / Book Blurb / Book Title = 3 / 4 / 4 = 3.5 StarsWriter’s Voice = 3 StarsCharacter Development = 3.5 StarsStory Appreciation = 3.5 StarsEnding = 3 StarsWorth the Chili = 2 Stars -- [$5.99 on Amazon]Smexy [HEAT] Rating = Mild334 pagesThis was the author I vacationed with in New England. I really enjoyed this one, but felt the concept was better than the actual execution. She fails to pull deep emotion out in me and I'm easy. I like her stories, but they don't touch me like she intends them too. I do like her enough to read others.Too damned expensive though -- took points off for that.Happy Reading!
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  • Roni Loren
    January 1, 1970
    Full disclosure: I know this author.God's honest truth: This book was fantastic. Like, didn't have time to read but finished it in two days because I couldn't stop fantastic. :) The charm of the small town life, the hilarious voice of the heroine, the richly drawn secondary characters, the depth of all the relationships--plus a hot hero AND a hot ghost--seriously, what more could you want? I felt drawn into the world and the story and am almost sad I read it so fast because it means I have to le Full disclosure: I know this author.God's honest truth: This book was fantastic. Like, didn't have time to read but finished it in two days because I couldn't stop fantastic. :) The charm of the small town life, the hilarious voice of the heroine, the richly drawn secondary characters, the depth of all the relationships--plus a hot hero AND a hot ghost--seriously, what more could you want? I felt drawn into the world and the story and am almost sad I read it so fast because it means I have to leave it now. I'm officially a fan girl. :)
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  • Elizabeth Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I have never read a book like it! I had to finish right away!!!!
  • Dorine
    January 1, 1970
    Recommended Read! This review is also posted on my blog, the TBR MOUNTAIN RANGE. Come for a visit :)Having the ability to write this good should be illegal, or revered somehow. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen next in THE REASON IS YOU, author Sharla Lovelace made sure I knew that she was the one in control of my emotions! I received THE REASON IS YOU for free through Goodreads First Reads. Had I known this book would be this good, I would have read it a long time ago. I shoul Recommended Read! This review is also posted on my blog, the TBR MOUNTAIN RANGE. Come for a visit :)Having the ability to write this good should be illegal, or revered somehow. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen next in THE REASON IS YOU, author Sharla Lovelace made sure I knew that she was the one in control of my emotions! I received THE REASON IS YOU for free through Goodreads First Reads. Had I known this book would be this good, I would have read it a long time ago. I should have suspected, given how much I loved Ms. Lovelace’s second book, BEFORE AND EVER SINCE. But, being skeptical, I always wonder if an author can hit one outside of the park over and over again. Not this time. I have proof that Sharla Lovelace’s talent is golden, and I’m forever grateful for being able to experience her gift. Both books will be part of my rare rereads in the future.Dani Shane has experienced disappointments in her life but nothing is harder than going home at forty-years-old, feeling like the alien that everyone had always thought that she was, back to square one. It’s even harder when she has to bring her teenage daughter along for the ride. A single mother and having lost her job, Dani has no choice than to move them back to her hometown to live with her dad.Being home with her dad feels good, if she could just say the same for the rest of the small-minded people who live in this town. Now she has to face them as a strong woman who doesn’t want her daughter to experience life under the same small-minded scrutiny. Especially when she realizes that her daughter is more like her than she ever imagined.Dani has many secrets. The fact that she can see ghosts is just the beginning…Although I sensed some of the surprises coming in this book, how they were revealed and the depth that they went into emotionally was breathtaking. I was completely mesmerized by the characters, taken in by their laughter and often sarcastic look at the world around them, a slow jaunt into their lives that soon becomes a whirlwind of feelings. Sometimes in awe, sometimes in shock, and sometimes in sorrow, the love found within these pages is an amazing journey.Dani is quirky and her daughter suits her perfectly. Their banter is often laugh-out-loud funny and their relationship with Dani’s father is just as charming. Real-to-life in a way that makes the characters jump off the page and into your heart, as if they’re someone you know. None of them are perfect, which makes them great characters to connect with.Following Dani’s journey to a happy-ever-after is gut-wrenching at times, but once you get started, you can’t bear to stop reading until you know how this book will end. Why do we read fiction? To be taken on a journey that we can’t quite imagine ourselves is my answer. There are many great books that do that, week after week I find them, but then I found “the one”. I can’t fathom for the life of me how anyone can write a book this good. It’s beyond conception when every layer is leading to a climax so completely unexpected and so good, that you just sit there stupefied, wondering how you were so sucked into it that the world you’re experiencing plays back like a movie in your head.THE REASON IS YOU is the one book that everyone should read because it touches on the basic emotion within our lives. What is love, really? And, what risks would you take in the name of love?After gasping through so many emotional pages, witness to a life that had always been leading to this very moment, I realized that I had just experienced a master storyteller. Bravo, Sharla Lovelace!I’m not saying anything else. I want each reader to be just as surprised as I was—do yourself a favor and experience this romantic story for yourself. It’s beyond exceptional.
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  • Book of Secrets
    January 1, 1970
    I have to start by saying that Sharla Lovelace is going on my auto-buy list. Wow! I loved this book. THE REASON IS YOU is an impressive debut novel about love and loss, family bonds and family secrets, redemption and starting over. Oh, yeah, and also ghosts!The last place Dani Shane wanted to end up was back in her hometown of Bethany. But that’s exactly what happened when she lost her job at a Dallas design firm. She and her teenage daughter, Riley, had little choice but to move to the sleepy r I have to start by saying that Sharla Lovelace is going on my auto-buy list. Wow! I loved this book. THE REASON IS YOU is an impressive debut novel about love and loss, family bonds and family secrets, redemption and starting over. Oh, yeah, and also ghosts!The last place Dani Shane wanted to end up was back in her hometown of Bethany. But that’s exactly what happened when she lost her job at a Dallas design firm. She and her teenage daughter, Riley, had little choice but to move to the sleepy river town where Dani takes a job at the local bait shop.Growing up in Bethany, Dani was treated like an outcast, and twenty years later, nothing has changed. Dani has the ability to see and talk to ghosts, and only a small handful of people know her secret. Most of the town considers her a “freak” who talked to people who weren’t there.Dani becomes very concerned with she sees Riley talking to Alex, her best friend from her teenage years, and also a ghost. This is the first time that Dani noticed Riley shared her special “gift,” and she is scared for her daughter. Dani only wants Riley to have a normal life, something she never had. Dani’s situation gets more complicated when she falls for her new boss, Jason, a man whose emotional baggage rivals her own. And, Dani finds out that dead-for-40-years Alex’s connection to her goes so much deeper than what she thought.Ms. Lovelace has an amazing voice, and I loved her writing style. I was completely absorbed in this story, and I felt like I was wrapped up in the lives of the characters too. At times this was a heartbreaking story, and it definitely stirred up my emotions. (I shouldn’t have read the last few chapters in public! *tears*) Though, it wasn’t all sadness; it was also funny and uplifting, with witty dialogue, like when Jason and Dani would playfully argue about who had the biggest sob story from their pasts. I also loved Dani’s sassy friend Miss Olivia. She had me grinning many times. The characters were intriguing (both living and dead), and the dynamics between them were beautifully written. I think the book wrapped up with the perfect, bittersweet ending. I would highly recommend THE REASON IS YOU to fans of romantic women’s fiction.
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  • Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
    January 1, 1970
    You can find this entire review and an interview with the author at Forever Book LoverI loved the blurb, I think that is what caught my interest, but it was the writer's style and storytelling that kept my attention all the way through until the last page. And even then, I said I wanted more!! At first I didn't understand the cover, but after reading the book, it is just perfect!! I am not going to give it away, you must read the book!! It started out a bit slow, but I now understand that the au You can find this entire review and an interview with the author at Forever Book LoverI loved the blurb, I think that is what caught my interest, but it was the writer's style and storytelling that kept my attention all the way through until the last page. And even then, I said I wanted more!! At first I didn't understand the cover, but after reading the book, it is just perfect!! I am not going to give it away, you must read the book!! It started out a bit slow, but I now understand that the author was setting the stage, building the plot and the characters. I honestly don't really know where to start, there was so much in this book. I was so torn between Alex and Jason. Oh my the tears I shed when the decision was made for her. Oh how I fell in love with Alex and my heart sadden for all he lost and what was in his reach, but really wasn't. Their "first" kiss was electrifying. This book was emotional charged, I cheered, I laughed and cried. I loved the discovery period between Jason and Dani. I loved the relationship and honest conversation Dani had with her daughter, Riley. You don't want to miss Miss Olivia, she is a hoot! This story touched a upon "bullying", being an outsider, about love lost and love found and finally acceptance. One single perfect white rose, lying in front of the cake. Jason is the second and greatest love of my life, my future, my best friend. He's my everything now. Alex gave me that gift. I hope I did this book justice in my review. I almost cried writing this, remembering all the potent scenes between the characters. I quite honestly will read this again, it is a must read book. Bravo to Sharla Lovelace for having a hit with this one!! All I can say is follow the tour, know that I am not along with my thoughts and buy the book when it is available. I debated between a 4.5 and a 5, in the end it deserved all 5 hearts!!
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I have never read this author before. She was giving away copies of this book for honest reviews and the blurb sounded interesting to me so i signed up to get one. It came in the mail a couple days ago and I immediately started reading. I only made it to page 86 the first night. Got a late start so that's pretty good for me in a couple hours of reading time. I was drawn in pretty quickly. I don't even know where to start. This was a such a different book for me. Book starts out with Dani moving I have never read this author before. She was giving away copies of this book for honest reviews and the blurb sounded interesting to me so i signed up to get one. It came in the mail a couple days ago and I immediately started reading. I only made it to page 86 the first night. Got a late start so that's pretty good for me in a couple hours of reading time. I was drawn in pretty quickly. I don't even know where to start. This was a such a different book for me. Book starts out with Dani moving back home with her teenage daughter. Same old people same old thing. People never seemed to change. Growing up was difficult for her because starting as a young child she could see dead people. Talk to them and she didn't realize for a long while no one else could see them which made her a freak in the eyes of her peers. When Dani is 16 she meets Alex a man who died the day she was born and he came her best friend. She doesn't realize that at the time but in present time she does and along with that a lot of other things start coming to light. Dani also finds out her daughter can see Alex and other dead people too. No she fears for what will happen with her daughter if people find out. In the midst of all this she starts working in a bait shop and meets and falls for the owner Jason. Who has some issues of his own. There is a very complicated love story or two going on and you can't help but feel grief for the characters and want things to work out for everyone. This book is funny,and quirky and will just draw you right through. The story and writing make you feel so many different things from laughter to tears. You start it and don't want to put it down which is my favorite kind of book.
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  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    This book is seriously amazing. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it as I didn't expect it to be like books I normally read. It was much closer to what I'm used to reading than I thought. Description abounds in this book, and I loved every word of it. There were several laugh-out-loud funny parts and several crying-like-a-baby parts. It was complete perfection. Dani and Riley are a HILARIOUS duo. They both have great senses of humor that come across vividly in the story.I read a revi This book is seriously amazing. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it as I didn't expect it to be like books I normally read. It was much closer to what I'm used to reading than I thought. Description abounds in this book, and I loved every word of it. There were several laugh-out-loud funny parts and several crying-like-a-baby parts. It was complete perfection. Dani and Riley are a HILARIOUS duo. They both have great senses of humor that come across vividly in the story.I read a review somewhere that said that after page 75 it got really interesting, and I completely agree. I was reading about a chapter a night...until I got to page 75. Goodbye midnight, 1am, and 2am. I didn't go to sleep until 230 in the morning because I HAD TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. The ending did not disappoint at all.I want to add a slight clarification because I like to be transparent in my reviews. I did have a tiny bit of an advantage in this book because I know the author. She is the sister of my uncle (not my aunt). This doesn't affect my review of this book, however. We've never spent too much time together. However, it was nice knowing her, and her dad who was the white-bearded-fishing-hat-wearing Nathaniel. It was also nice having references from the area in which I live even though a lot of things were fictionalized (like the town Bethany in general.) I don't think I've ever read a book that took place in (even a fictionalized version) of my little corner of the world.Would I read this again? Absolutely. It had all the elements of a book I could read and read and read.
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  • Paula Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    Wow , this book was amazing. I have to admit I was a little wary as whether I would actually enjoy it or not as I picked it up because , shall I admit ...... I loved the cover. It wasn't until I read the first chapter and was introduced to them that I started to enjoy the story. The Reason is You follows the life of single mother Dani and her teenage daughter Riley, Dani has lost her job and now with nowhere else to go lugs Riley and herself back to her hometown of Bethany. Dani left Bethany as Wow , this book was amazing. I have to admit I was a little wary as whether I would actually enjoy it or not as I picked it up because , shall I admit ...... I loved the cover. It wasn't until I read the first chapter and was introduced to them that I started to enjoy the story. The Reason is You follows the life of single mother Dani and her teenage daughter Riley, Dani has lost her job and now with nowhere else to go lugs Riley and herself back to her hometown of Bethany. Dani left Bethany as soon as she can due to one big issue that unfortunately followed her everywhere , she can see and speak to the dead and one in particular has always had her in knots- Alex. Dani has always wondered and hoped that the gift skipped Riley until she sees Riley talking to Alex and soon Dani will have to explain to Riley what's happening and what will start to follow. Dani hopes that life for Riley isn't what she experienced but when Riley starts to get harrassed , she will soon discover that her daughter does not back down to anyone. As the novel goes along , we also read as Dani and Alex's friendship increases and passions between the living and the dead start to spark. What happens though when Dani discovers the how Alex died and the true reason she feels so close to him ? Will Dani feel betrayed when she discovers the truth of why she is in the living and not in the land of the dead ?An amazing tale of romance and love in both the lands of the living and the dead and a tale of how strong family bonds can form when the going gets tough and there is no-one else to turn too.
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  • R.C. Matthews
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fascinating story that really made me think long and hard after reading it. I tend to prefer upbeat stories that make me laugh so I was a little worried about reading this because the first chapter that was free on-line included the heroine celebrating a serious "pity party" about how awful her circumstances were. But I read fantastic reviews and I was intrigued by the blurb. I'm so glad I gave it a try. The story starts out slow (which is why I gave it a 4 star rating instead of 5 st This was a fascinating story that really made me think long and hard after reading it. I tend to prefer upbeat stories that make me laugh so I was a little worried about reading this because the first chapter that was free on-line included the heroine celebrating a serious "pity party" about how awful her circumstances were. But I read fantastic reviews and I was intrigued by the blurb. I'm so glad I gave it a try. The story starts out slow (which is why I gave it a 4 star rating instead of 5 star rating) but man, when it picks up it will knock your socks off. The author does a great job of mixing in humor throughout the book and the heroine is quirky but loveable. The mother / daughter relationship and mother / dad relationship are wonderful. The author tackled some really difficult concepts that could have bordered on creepy (for example, her relationship with Alex started when the heroine was a teenager but Alex was around a 30 years old ghost)but she wrote them in a way that was simply beautiful and touching. This is such a heart wrenching story in so many ways and really shows how friendship is the main foundation of a loving relationship. This story could have ended many different ways - and quite honestly - I would have been happy with any direction the author took it - including the ending she chose. Overall it is just a wonderful story that will make you laugh and cry and want to read it all over again.
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  • Barbara White
    January 1, 1970
    This is the perfect beach read. A+ escapism from the stress of everyday life! I loved the characters, especially the sassy teenage daughter. Dani, the heroine, made me smile constantly. Even though she's an outcast in her home town, she never sees herself as a victim. I fell for her from the first line: "Starting over sucks, but at forty it sucks the life out of you." Add two gorgeous guys and a heartbreaking twist, and it's hard to put this novel down!
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  • Megan Fall
    January 1, 1970
    I need more stars!! I cried and cried reading this one, but I loved it soooo much. I really had a hard time choosing who to like better, Alex or Jason. I'm glad it ended so good, but I loved Alex and bawled like a baby at the end. I actually had to get a second box of Kleenex. Sharla is definitely a new favourite author of mine.
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  • Leigh Stuart
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet and haunting, this author's voice flows effortless from the page straight to the heart. This is a story of redemption, of accepting the past for what it is and having the courage to move forward. I don't usually cry, and this one got more than a couple of tears.
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  • Naomi
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! I'm so glad I own this book. :) Can't wait to lend it out and tell others about this debut author. An amazing read!
  • Jessica Faust
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of Sarah Addison Allen have finally found a new author to read.
  • Hmr28
    January 1, 1970
    This book was excellent. It reminded me in some ways of Pamela Morsi's contemporaries. Funny, touching and sweet. I'll read everything I can find by this author now, she's a keeper!
  • Melissa T
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a copy of this book via Goodreads Giveaways*This is a story that pulls you in. I was worried it might be slightly boring at first, a mom who has to go back to living in the town she grew up in because she lost her job. But there are definitely twists and turns that made this story anything but boring. Dani, the main character can see, and talk to ghosts. And her best friend happens to be one. When you read on to find out why she and Alex are so drawn to each other, it's unexpected. A *I received a copy of this book via Goodreads Giveaways*This is a story that pulls you in. I was worried it might be slightly boring at first, a mom who has to go back to living in the town she grew up in because she lost her job. But there are definitely twists and turns that made this story anything but boring. Dani, the main character can see, and talk to ghosts. And her best friend happens to be one. When you read on to find out why she and Alex are so drawn to each other, it's unexpected. And it gave me chills. There's more than a fair share of high school drama in the book. Both from past and present generations. Though it seems that Riley's (Dani's daughter) generation handles it with more grace than their parents did. There's a bit of romance between Dani and her boss that feels a bit cliche. I probably only think that because I was rooting for her and Alex, even though it wasn't a possibility. There are some intense scenes involving sex, so if that makes you squeamish, then this bok isn't for you. There's also a reference to Charmed, which gave me a little chuckle, but as a whole the book left me with a few tears. Such a good read.
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  • Neka
    January 1, 1970
    I never thought I would give four stars to a book about a love triangle, but I was so trapped by this story... it has messed up with my brain, and my heart. I still don't believe in love triangles but this book presented a situation where I understood why she had to choose between two men and why she chose the one she did, it felt bittersweet in the end but it was quite a story and I couldn't put the book down.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Dani Shane has been laid off from her job in Dallas. With no other options left to her, she moves with her sixteen year old daughter, Riley, back to her father’s house in the small town of Bethany. Dani is less than thrilled about the move, especially when her oldest friend suddenly appears at her car while she’s unpacking.Alex looks exactly the same, with his dashing good looks and black clothes, and Dani is shocked to see him. Particularly when (view spoiler)[she notices Riley talking to him ( Dani Shane has been laid off from her job in Dallas. With no other options left to her, she moves with her sixteen year old daughter, Riley, back to her father’s house in the small town of Bethany. Dani is less than thrilled about the move, especially when her oldest friend suddenly appears at her car while she’s unpacking.Alex looks exactly the same, with his dashing good looks and black clothes, and Dani is shocked to see him. Particularly when (view spoiler)[she notices Riley talking to him (hide spoiler)] . . . because Alex is a ghost. Dani was the joke of the town when she was growing up because she talked to people who weren’t there. Ghosts only she could see. (view spoiler)[And now Riley could see them, too. (hide spoiler)]Then there’s the new owner of the bait shop, Jason Miller, who is also her new boss. His hard body is graced with a handsome face, and Dani can’t seem to avoid running into him . . . literally. When she discovers his softer side, she begins developing feelings for him. But he’s new in town, and the skeletons--or ghosts--in her closet are bound to come out at some point.Dani has to face her past while trying to build her future. (view spoiler)[And, she has to help her daughter learn how to deal with her new “gift” before she becomes the next town joke. (hide spoiler)]I didn’t read the back cover before starting The Reason is You. My first impression of the author’s style was the dedication to her family. It was poetic and flowing, and made me eager to get to the first chapter. But, the acknowledgments came before that coveted first word. They were cryptic, written for the minds of those they recognized, but they were also inspiring for this aspiring writer, confirming my characters loosely based on real people, and encouraging participation in conferences for the connections and support earned.I would say that the book started off a bit slow, but at the same time the author throws the reader into the story from the beginning. No back story is needed at this point because the main character is starting over. Lovelace does a great job of pulling the reader in quickly, too. I was hooked directly after meeting Alex, and before page 8.The back story that is needed is filled in at just the right pace. We learn about Alex out of necessity because of Riley’s newfound ability to see and converse with spirits. We learn about Dani’s history with the town of Bethany as the people from her adolescence begin to trickle into the story through her new job at the bait store, a place everyone seems to need for one thing or another in such a small town. Throughout the story more is discerned about Dani’s history with Alex, eventually culminating in a revelation that perhaps Dani should have seen earlier. But, when you have that much crap going on in your life, maybe putting puzzle pieces together becomes tedious and trivial. After all, if Alex would just come out and say what he wants Dani to figure out, she wouldn’t have to worry about it. Until the secret is revealed, of course. At which point her world goes a bit topsy-turvy again. The sexual tension between Dani and Alex is palpable. The fact that they are so obviously in love and yet unable even to touch draws out the tension until it feels like it would snap in a light breeze. Delicious proof that sex scenes aren’t needed if it’s written with finesse.Dani grows tremendously through the story. She begins to stand up for herself instead of crawling into the safety of her psyche. She also comes to terms with her gift with the help of a photo album filled with pictures her mother had taken in her youth. It’s easy to sympathize with Dani. She starts out a meek woman, who, by the end, becomes a strong person who stands up for herself and others.Sharla Lovelace does a wonderful job of telling this story. Her style is easy to read, and I love her metaphors and descriptions. There were a couple places where I was confused by her description of a person or place--meeting Miss Olivia stands out in my memory--but, after reading through the page and going back to reread the description, it made sense. She is very creative in the way she uses the character's memory of a person or place to describe it. And she doesn’t use typical adjectives for her descriptions, filling them with the flavor of the person or location. I was able to watch the story play out in my mind’s eye like I was there as it happened.(view spoiler)[While there was the typical romance novel wedding ending, it lacked the speed that annoys me with other romance stories. Without giving a time frame, Lovelace makes it clear that the wedding didn’t happen two weeks or two months after the characters met, that they were given time to get to know each other before saying their vows. (hide spoiler)]And here is my favorite thing about the ending . . . . . . No sequel! This is so rare in any genre these days. I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time I picked up a book that was a “stand alone” story. It was incredibly refreshing to not have to wait for the next book to find out “what now.”All in all, a well written, well told story that I highly recommend.
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  • Desiree
    January 1, 1970
    I''m a fucking wreck right now.
  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a stand alone, not part of any series (that I know of). I will be honest and say that I signed up for this book tour and review because after reading the first chapter, I was excited and hooked. Add in the paranormal romance genre and I was soooo there. Now after reading the book, I feel exhausted, simply wasted emotionally. This book ran the gamut of emotions and took me on a roller coaster of highs and lows, moving from one extreme to another.This is the story of 40 year old Danie This book is a stand alone, not part of any series (that I know of). I will be honest and say that I signed up for this book tour and review because after reading the first chapter, I was excited and hooked. Add in the paranormal romance genre and I was soooo there. Now after reading the book, I feel exhausted, simply wasted emotionally. This book ran the gamut of emotions and took me on a roller coaster of highs and lows, moving from one extreme to another.This is the story of 40 year old Danielle Shane. She is moving back to Bethany, Texas and her father's house with her 16 year old daughter Riley in tow. Dani has lost her job as a graphic designer in Texas and hasn't been able to find work. To keep a roof over her daughter's head and food on the table, the options are limited. She is just worried that her reputation as the "weird girl" will taint Riley. That is until she finds out that Riley has her same weird gift - the ability to see and talk to the dead. How does she explain this to Riley without sounding crazy?On the job front, Dani manages to get a job working in the local Bait 'n Feed scheduling the fishing charters and selling bait. This is such a step down from what she was doing, she refuses to list her former job history on the application. But since she is a hometown girl, and her father is still a large part of the fishing community, she easily gets the job. Dani finds out that the Bait 'n Feed has a new owner, a smoking hot new member of the community, Jason Miller. Dani is introduced to him after she rear ends him on the way into work, and only later finds out that he is her boss. Watching Dani and Jason dance around each other, striking sparks and trying to figure each other out was a great part of the story.Then there is Dani's relationship with her daughter Riley and her dad Nathaniel. Being a part of their interactions and dynamic gave some much needed comedic relief to some of the heaviest emotional parts of this book. I had figured out Dani's unique relationship with Alex before she did and I can understand why she was blind to the connection. What a massive discovery to make and have to deal with.I spent quite a few sections of the book in tears. Typically I just don't read books that I know will make me cry. However, I quickly was invested in the story and just had to see it through. But this story also had me laughing and snickering out loud as well as repeating dialogue to myself. This is what I meant by the emotional roller coaster.This book felt much more like contemporary romance or even chick lit than it did paranormal romance. Yes, there are definitely paranormal aspects and it's a romance, but it just didn't have the feel of other books in the genre. That is not necessarily a bad thing as other people may prefer chick lit to paranormal romance and this could be a nice bridge to the genre. It was a good book, with humor and great dialogue, but I am not sure if I like feeling this wrung out from reading the book. Although I am sure that will be just the thing that others love about this book. Bottom line, I am giving this book 3 stars on Goodreads and a suggestion to check it out for yourself.
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  • Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviewswww.readyourwrites.blogspot.comThe Reason Is You is the first book I've read by Sharla Lovelace. I have to admit before I read the book, I heard good things about it. But hearing those good things didn’t even come close to the book itself.The Reason Is You, is touching, emotional, romantic and a little intense. While you aren't going to need a box of tissue nearby while reading this story, you will need to have a few Kleenex around. I won't say I was imm Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviewswww.readyourwrites.blogspot.comThe Reason Is You is the first book I've read by Sharla Lovelace. I have to admit before I read the book, I heard good things about it. But hearing those good things didn’t even come close to the book itself.The Reason Is You, is touching, emotional, romantic and a little intense. While you aren't going to need a box of tissue nearby while reading this story, you will need to have a few Kleenex around. I won't say I was immediately drawn into the book but once it had my full attention, I was hooked. I fell in love with Alex "The Ghost" Stone immediately. His backstory is heartbreaking and will completely touch your heart. Dani Shane is so much more than she gives herself credit for. She's a forty-year-old single mother to sixteen-year-old daughter Riley. Riley and Dani definitely have their moments in this book, but the relationship is amazing. Dani met Alex when she was sixteen-years-old and he has been her best friend ever since. One of my favorite quotes from the book sums up love and is a little bit raw and in your face: "You want some reason advice about love? That 'love is perfect' drivel from the Bible is only for God. Not people. Love is messy, complicated, irritating, gut wrenching, and all about giving up something for someone else. There are no rainbows and roses. There's piss on the toilet and razor stubble in the sink." The Reason Is You is a touching story about friendship, love, and learning that it's okay to be different. I'm not a person who usually reads a story more than once. But this is a story I will definitely read again.Rating: 4.5 StarsSource: Author
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book free through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was intrigued by the premise- Dani has to return to her small-town roots with her daughter after having been gone for two decades, but nothing much has changed. The girls she knew in high school are still catty, the boys have grown into older but still lecherous creeps, and Dani can still see dead people. The talk of Dani being the town freak is still floating around, and her only friends are I received this book free through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was intrigued by the premise- Dani has to return to her small-town roots with her daughter after having been gone for two decades, but nothing much has changed. The girls she knew in high school are still catty, the boys have grown into older but still lecherous creeps, and Dani can still see dead people. The talk of Dani being the town freak is still floating around, and her only friends are a man who's been dead for as long as Dani's known him and a firecracker of an older woman who simply doesn't buy into self-pity or ostracizing the misunderstood. Dani can handle herself, but is worried about 16-year-old Riley, who now appears to have inherited Dani's gift but doesn't realize it.I read this book in fewer than five hours, because I simply didn't want to stop reading it. The story is compelling and well-written. I appreciate the main character's mix of snark, anxiety, and resilience, maybe especially as I see those qualities in myself. Some of the subplots are easy to predict the outcome of, and it's frustrating just how thick Dani seems to be at times, but the story pushes through it with little problem. The immediate secondary characters of Dani's dad, new boss and coworkers, daughter, and friends are completely charming and enjoyable. The cliched petty popular crowd from high school wears a bit, but are considered in a satisfying subplot of their own as the book continues. There are times when what you're reading strikes a certain chord with what you're feeling at the time, and "The Reason is You" hit me at just the right time for me to be completely pleased with it. I'll be on the lookout for Sharla Lovelace's other works.
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  • Brianna Kilcrease
    January 1, 1970
    First Line: "Starting over sucks, but at forty it sucks the life out of you. Thisthought squeezed my brain on the six- hour drive to Bethanyfrom Dallas. I second- guessed my decision for the ninety- ninthtime, eyeing every exit ramp as a potential escape hatch."Where to start.....Well I will say one thing. This book was heartbreaking for me. My boyfriend thinks I'm crazy because I cried at multiple times throughout the novel and he kept wondering if it might be that time of the month. He couldn' First Line: "Starting over sucks, but at forty it sucks the life out of you. Thisthought squeezed my brain on the six- hour drive to Bethanyfrom Dallas. I second- guessed my decision for the ninety- ninthtime, eyeing every exit ramp as a potential escape hatch."Where to start.....Well I will say one thing. This book was heartbreaking for me. My boyfriend thinks I'm crazy because I cried at multiple times throughout the novel and he kept wondering if it might be that time of the month. He couldn't wrap his head around the fact that this book was just so touching and emotion stretching that reading each word just made my heart break. But then again, he's a guy. So what do you expect?This book was another ghost story. Two in a row now, I must be on a roll! It was very sad. When you fall in love with a ghost there are many factors that you have to think about. Most times you can't touch them physically, unlike Whispering Hills, the last book I read. This one was the more traditional ghost story where you can't physically touch the ghosts. Oh, and people think you're crazy when you talk to invisible people.This novel showed how mean and hurtful people can be when you're different. They start throwing stones at your entire family. Your daughter, your father, your loved ones. A big theme of this book is that you should stand up to them and be strong. Dani and her daughter Riley are so strong. They fight through the entire book even though alot of people think they're crazy. They prove them wrong and hold their heads high. That's what everyone should do in this situation. Don't let others tell you who you should be. You lead your life even if you can see ghosts. Oh and especially if they're hott ones....
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  • Christi Snow
    January 1, 1970
    My review:I'll admit, I was sold on this book simply from the story blurb...thank goodness, it lived up to my expectations. This book was so good and actually even exceeded what I'd hoped for it. Honestly, it was much funnier than I expected it to be.Dani is 40 years old and moving back home, the place where she grew up and hated. She hated it because she was tormented the entire time she lived there. Because she saw dead people, she was always considered to be a freak. Now she's returning there My review:I'll admit, I was sold on this book simply from the story blurb...thank goodness, it lived up to my expectations. This book was so good and actually even exceeded what I'd hoped for it. Honestly, it was much funnier than I expected it to be.Dani is 40 years old and moving back home, the place where she grew up and hated. She hated it because she was tormented the entire time she lived there. Because she saw dead people, she was always considered to be a freak. Now she's returning there a failure with her 16 yo daughter. Every instinct within her is telling her that this is the wrong move for her daughter Riley, but she has no choice.Dani and Riley are incredible characters. Their relationship is awesome. (if you are familiar with Gilmore Girls, they reminded me of Rory and Lorelie) They definitely have those mother/daughter moments, but Dani keeps it so real with Riley. I loved that. She is also so self-depricating and honest, you can't help but to fall in love with her. And so much of her life is a mess right now. I loved Dani's character!!!Then there are the guys...Alex, who's a ghost and has been with Dani since she was 16; and Jason, her new, alive, love interest. Seriously, there was no true win here. Both of these guys are awesome. The more that was revealed about Alex, the more I mourned for him and for Dani....because he isn't alive. How can there be a true future for them there?This book was awesome. It was smart and entertaining and fun. Every single moment of reading it was awesome. I felt better for having read it and immediately upon finishing it, got online to order Sharla Lovelace's other book.
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  • Illustrious Illusions
    January 1, 1970
    There is so much, yet so little to say about The Reason is You. Sharla Lovelace creates a story that is unlike many others on the market today. It is nice to read a story that doesn't leave you hanging for the next one and has characters that worm their way into your heart while showcasing life lessons in amazing ways. Between the excerpt and blurb above, you get a great feel for Dani and some of the trials she has had to face and continues to face even at 40. Dani wants to give her daughter a n There is so much, yet so little to say about The Reason is You. Sharla Lovelace creates a story that is unlike many others on the market today. It is nice to read a story that doesn't leave you hanging for the next one and has characters that worm their way into your heart while showcasing life lessons in amazing ways. Between the excerpt and blurb above, you get a great feel for Dani and some of the trials she has had to face and continues to face even at 40. Dani wants to give her daughter a normal life, but how can she do that when she isn't 'normal' herself. After dealing with years of being an outsider amongst her peers she has to figure out how to explain to her daughter what is going on. You see, Dani can see and speak to ghosts and she has just recently learned her daughter can too. When it's an ability you have been teased over and shunned for, how do you tell your 16 year old daughter how to handle it.Back in her hometown, Dani has to deal with her childhood 'friend' Alex ~ who is a ghost ~, finding a new job in a small town, and her developing feelings for her boss, Jason. The storyline makes for some interesting situations that will make you laugh and cry. Dani's journey is highly emotional and life changing. Sharla Lovelace does a fantastic job of giving taking us on Dani's journey and creating a cast of characters that are thought provoking as well as easy to relate to. http://www.illustriousillusions.com/2...
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