Title: You Loved Me At My Ugliest
Series: You Loved Me Series #3
Author: Evie Harper
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 28, 2015
She’s no stranger to love and loss…
By age eighteen, Alexa Kingsley had lost everyone. Only Joey, the lonely boy next door, remained. He’d clung to Alexa like a lifeline through years of abuse at the hands of his father, and she vowed to protect him as best she could. Alexa thought Joey was the one person who’d always be there—until the day he left her as well. Finally forced to go it alone, Alexa finds this latest loss may hurt worst of all.
He’s no stranger to lack of love…
Joseph O’Connor was every bit the villain his father trained him to be, his young heart twisted into something ugly, corrupted. But his father underestimated the girl next door, miscalculated the impact Lexi would have on Joey’s life, the spark she ignited that eventually, despite all odds, grew to an inferno of hope. To reclaim her, Joey must first become a man Lexi can be proud of…the kind of man she deserves.
Amidst a shadowy world of guns and drugs, will Joey’s ultimate sacrifice—a declaration of love from a man who was never shown any at all—be enough to finally set him free?
Let me start off by saying I absolutely love this series and the author. Ever since I read book 1 in this series I was a goner. The writing, plot and characters have sucked me in each and every time and this one was no different. Throughout this series we got bits and pieces of Joey and Lexa, their incredible and powerful friendship, their loss and finally their love. I could not wait to get their story.
You Loved Me at My Ugliest is a mesmerizing, touching, deeply moving trip into redemption and recovery. Just like in her other books, Ms. Harper won my heart delivering a message that true love can accomplish anything. Joey and Lexa’s love will be tested in their saddest, most fragile and unpleasant moments.
You Loved Me at My Ugliest is about a broken love. One the deals with heartbreak, family loyalty, friendship and a solid love between two people. This love story is not perfect and if you followed this series you know that Joey’s family, The O’Connor’s, deal with human and drug trafficking but this fascinating story deals with true unconditional love. One that will stand the test of time, distance and pain regardless of all the ugly it leaves behind.
Joey’s life as a child was a very ugly and violate one. He and his mother were constantly beaten at the hands of the very man who was supposed to protect them, his father.
He and his mother lived in hell every day of their lives for years. They both experienced emotional and extreme physical abuse, but Joey would suffer the most to make sure his mother was not hurt. Through his years of torture, the brightest moments of his life came from his 10 year old neighbor, Alexa. Their time together gave him hope and was a form of escape. What followed over years turned into love between the two. Lexa loved him even during his worse times.
Alexa did not live the same life as Joey, but she lost both her parents at a young age and had to go live with her aunt. But with her Aunt she had love, a home and found a friendship with the boy, Joey next door. At a young age, we’re able to see the bond and connection they had. When she would hear Joey and his mother screaming in agony she would always try to be there for her friend. There was nothing Lexa wouldn’t do for Joey. I loved that their love and solid connection between them could not be broken. When Joey was forced to work in the family business she followed him to Columbia to be there for him, even after she was hurt. When Joey decides he needs to go Mexico to put an end to the family business, Lexa has had enough coming in last, and Joey leaves a broken Alexa behind.
This couple really played on my emotions. They both love each other, but Joey’s ugly past refuses to let them be happy. Lexa will go the ends of the earth for Joey even when he keeps putting her last and all Joey wants to do is keep her safe from his demons. Lexa is hurt, annoyed and feels betrayed and wants to move on. Even when her heart only sees Joey. Joey is a man dead set on revenge, hate and anger but when he sees proof that Alexa might have really moved on, jealously, rage and regret become his focus.
You Loved Me at My Ugliest is about a love that is not perfect, it is ugly but with real love, determination and commitment LOVE WILL COME OUT ON TOP. A rivalry is brewing and Lexa might be the next casualty? How much is Joey willing to risk for revenge? Will Lexa be too late to save Joey? Lives will be lost, secrets will be revealed and a new danger is in the horizon.
“Oh gods I have stalked this author and this book right from the get go, freaking love this author and her writing style, the dark, the emotions, the grit, all things that make this one of my favourite authors..” ~ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
“This is so beautifully written it brought tears to my eyes. Brilliant plot with beautiful characters.” ~ Goodreads Reviewer
Evie is an Australian author whose passion for reading lead her into writing. Evie spends her days writing heartbreaking, suspense filled love stories with happily ever afters. Evie’s characters are strong alphas with even stronger heroines who bring sexy sass to the relationship.