4 1/2 Angel Stars for Within These Walls, by J.L. Berg

Posted August 15, 2014 by FMA in 4 Stars - It quenched my addiction!

Within These WallsWithin these walls, he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength.
I am not strong. I am just a survivor of circumstance.
Isn’t that what we all do? Survive?
Each of us has our own set of circumstances to muddle through. Mine are just more…complicated.
Born with a severe heart defect, I’ve seen the inside of a hospital room more than my own bedroom.
I was drowning, a prisoner to the illness that owned me, until he appeared. He thinks he’s blocked out the world with his tattoos and hard exterior, but I see the real Jude, the one he so desperately wants to forget.
But is he the answer to my prayers or will he break my already damaged heart forever?
My name is Lailah Buchanan, and this is our story of hope, redemption and sacrificing it all for the one you love.

Within These Walls by J.L. Berg Release date: August 18, 2014 89cff-goodreads-badge-add-38px     Amazon
My Review


4 1/2 ANGEL Stars

“Every angel has wings, Lailah.

I LOVED this book!!! It was sweet, and angsty and had a little funny thrown in. I fell in love from the PROLOGUE!

‘Like a white knight, he saved me from a life of gray and showed me a world of color.’

I always try to write my reviews immediately after I finish reading so that the emotions are fresh and the memories are “still there”. But I have been so busy this week, that I haven’t been able to sit down and write one. No problem. The smile is still on my face, and in my heart.

Lailah is a 22 year old, who was born with an enlarged heart. This made normal activities, such as breathing, 10 times harder for her. Not only was the defect controlling her life, it was slowly killing her. She had spent more time in the hospital than out, and Memorial Hospital had become her home away from home. She kept people away because she fears being a burden to anyone else.

‘Asking someone to step into my world would be like asking him to sign away his own life to take care of mine. I could never do that. Love wasn’t an option for me.’

Jude was a 25 year old lost boy. He had been wandering the halls of said hospital for years until finishing his CNA and getting a job there. His tragic past kept him at the hospital, searching, hoping for some kind of connection. He keeps people away because he’s drowning in grief and is a loner who has built a fortress of thick, impenetrable walls around himself.

Jude’s feelings for Lailah confused him. And, while he was unsure of what was going on inside, he knew he didn’t want to let go of that feeling.

‘It was as if I’d been underground for years, locked away in a dungeon of my own making and unable to break free. After meeting Laila, I felt as if my chains had melted away, and I had finally crawled up to the surface to catch my first blinding glimpse of the sun.”

He brought normal to her life as well, by helping mark off items on her list.

“What number is it going to be today?”
“Twenty five”
“It’s been crossed out,”
I said, unable to look up at him. God, will I ever grow up?
“What was it?” he asked, his voice low and husky.
“Be kissed until I’m breathless.”

This is a story of hope, redemption and sacrificing it all for the one you love. How far would you go? What would you do for the person who brought you back from the living dead? How far would you go to help the person you loved?

“We all have scars, Lailah. Some are just more visible than others.”
What are your scars, Jude?”

*Complimentary copy courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest review

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