Liberty Montgomery is many things:
A dutiful daughter.
Easy to manipulate.
But secretly she wants more.
For years, Liberty has dreamed of a life filled with opportunities—a life where she makes the decisions, living by her own rules. Unfortunately, her parents have other plans for her, ones that involve her submission and total obedience. Every attempt to break free from their control is met with threats, leaving her feeling trapped. Just when all seems hopeless, Liberty meets Oliver Nichols. With just two words, be brave, he stirs up her secret longings for more . . . friendship, fun, and independence. He almost has her believing her dreams are possible. However, taking a stand can be terrifying when you’ve spent your entire life pleasing others.
Are some chances worth taking? What would she risk for freedom?
Review by Meredyth Winter
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, well developed plot and characters. This is a hard story to read as it delves into emotional abuse in the family setting. And the struggle to break free. Give this book a Tru and you will not be disappointed.
I was given a copy of this book for a honest review.
Review by Barbara Chioffi
The story of Liberty and Oliver is a journey of ups and downs. Liberty is a product of her family’s control and abuse, afraid to speak up for herself or have an original thought. She is micro-managed down to her underwear. At first, I wasn’t enthralled with her character, but as the story progressed, I found myself angry at the treatment she received from her family, the very ones who are supposed to love and protect her. Meeting Oliver gives her the chance she needs to assert herself, he being a man in control of his own destiny, having broken away from his family’s control some time before.
As I read, I experienced a myriad of emotions…anger and disgust at her mother, father, and sister, frustration at her inability to speak up for herself, and respect for Oliver who sees her true heart. There are moments of love, friendship, betrayal, and danger in this story, and moments of mental fist pumps. The emotions Liberty experiences are palatable…panic, frustration, elation, and love….all are there.
I highly recommend this story. It is not diminished by the absent ‘sex scenes’. in fact, I didn’t miss them at all. The need for total control on the part of someone who is supposed to love you happens more often than not, and Liberty’s struggles will have you grinding your teeth along with her in frustration. I love Oliver and yes, there are men like him. May you find your own.
An excellent read. 5 stars.
Review by Holly Cooper
I was given a copy of this book for my honest review. I give this book 5 starts. I am shocked I have not read this book untill now. I loved the mystic Wolfe series and this was just as good. This was a wonderfully written book. It really touched my heart big time. It was a pretty romantic and sad book. I just can’t believe parents treat there kids like Libertys parents did her. I was ready to climb in the book and tell them off. I was really ready to kill Andrew in this book. I was so glad that that Liberty meet Oliver because he really helped her to believe in her self and to stand up for her self and be free like she always wanted
Review by Sue Brooks
WOW – this was such an AWESOME book!!!
Let me start by saying, When you start reading this book, make sure you have plenty of time set aside to read because you will NOT want to put this book down!!!
Liberty is 21 years old and a member of a wealthy family. And as some wealthy families sometimes are – what her parents say goes!!
Liberty is a very obedient daughter and tries to do everything that is asked of her.
While attending a fundraising event, she meets a waiter named Oliver. Oliver is a very caring guy. Oliver explains to Liberty that he knows what she is going through because he has been through it himself. Oliver helps Liberty realize her dreams of wanting to be free.
Meanwhile, Liberty’s parents have decided that she should date and marry Andrew. Andrew is a sorry ass, mean, disrespectful, arrogant, snotty, rude, and controlling piece of s*** – and that is putting it mildly!! Liberty is forced to out with Andrew and she hated every minute. Andrew disrespects her and embarrasses her – making Liberty realize that she really doesn’t want anything to do with him.
The story of how Liberty deals with Andrew and how Oliver helps her through the torture that she receives from Andrew and her family is amazing. Oh how I wish that people who live with her situations can read this book and realize that there is more to life than what they have to deal with.
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
Review by Marisol Taveras-Magrans
This story of privileged young woman with everything going for her completely takes you to a place in your heart that also has felt bullied and dutiful to those around you. Liberty is a twenty-one year old college student who is controlled by her parents and their life of privilege. At first you want to be angry at her for not standing up for herself and just leaving but the way the story unfolds you are reminded of times in your life when you possibly have done what was expected though it made you unhappy. Or even let someone make you feel less than yourself because it would not draw attention or cause a scene. When she meets Oliver you at first think he is just some bad boy who will give her a great time but there is so much more to him and you learn he was just like Liberty and their connection is as if fate was waiting for them to meet. Between parents who are using her to benefit their connections, an older sister who needs to be slapped for being such an evil witch and an possible fiancé who is lower than scum on the earth you start to look past Liberty’s weakness to submitting to all they make her do and realize her strength for continuing to do it because she is loyal to her family. As the book shows you the two sides of Liberty – the perfect daughter and Oliver’s girl – you begin to feel hope that she is getting ready to break free. With a rebellious night backfired and a monitored life Liberty finds herself still at the control of her family until she breaks. She finally contacts Oliver who she had previously broken contact with to protect him from her horrible family and their threats of ruining him. With the couple being together again Liberty finds her voice and her strength but not before her family life threatens to destroy her with the ex-fiancé turned future brother-in-law and his attempt at raping her for not being agreeable to his “charms”. With Oliver there to help get her away and press charges Liberty leaves her life and is now in full “being free” mode. The day following the horrible event Liberty is face to face with her family who do not believe her about what took place despite the injuries and bruises she sustained in the attack. You see that being the catalyst to her declaring her freedom with Oliver at her side – as support not as the savior. Liberty in the end is her own hero. Her family threatens to have her committed by the family psychiatrist but she does not cave and cower to them. She tells them to do what they must but she is free…free of them and free to live. I thoroughly enjoyed how Oliver always made it a point to say he would always be there for her whenever she needed him but that it was always up to her to save herself and live the life that was meant to be hers. He only wants a part in it – to love her as he knows she deserves. A lovely story of finding your inner strength and deciding to live and love for yourself. Belinda Boring brought a beautiful story to life with amazing characters in Liberty and Oliver. She made you not want to stop reading until freedom prevailed for them.
Review by Trista Mandigo
This is my first book by belinda boring and I enjoyed it. This book is very emotional. The struggles that poor liberty goes through by being controlled by her parents and their lifestyle. It felt so real. Won’t go into more details. I don’t wan to give it away. I suggest you pick up a copy today. You won’t be disappointed. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. It wasn’t long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can’t help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn’t be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes.
Surrounded by a supportive cast of family, friends and the man she gives her heart and soul to, Belinda is living the good life. Happy reading!