on October 23rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Their love burned bright, white hot, and strikingly blue around the edges.
Some thought them careless.
Some thought them crazy.
No one approved.
Taylor Barrett was looking for answers in a universe that had abandoned him.
Jude Boehler flooded her dark world with charisma and mystery, drawing everyone into her hurricane.
It was a most captivating of love affairs. They were shooting stars, meteors in the sky, colliding to create a spectacularly wonderful reckless romance, leaving them breathless and tethered.
Their souls were exposed to the chaos, bare and vulnerable. Can these two star-crossed lovers survive the madness that is life?
I ADORE This book. It took me by surprise, many, many times. ItÔÇÖs aptly described as Epic Love Story and that is absolutely no exaggeration. Until I Met You has that ÔÇ£epic feelÔÇÖ from the beginning. Within the first few pages I felt a bit giddy. When Judith ( ÔÇ£call me Jude, my family doesÔÇªÔÇØ<snicker>) Boehler and Taylor (Hazel -as nicknamed by Jude )Barrett meet it is one of those scenes from a party that so perfectly captured and completely telling. Immediately you get a feel for JudeÔÇÖs character. ┬áSheÔÇÖs whimsical and out of place. She impulsive and quirky and she has some of the sweetest and strangest notions. I latched on her as it happens when a character just ÔÇ£speaksÔÇØ to you. ┬áAnd then there is Taylor – all orderly and regimented and confined. He is absolutely stuck in a rut. But Jude is about to shake him to his foundation.┬áAs sweet as their first “date ” was it becomes obvious pretty quickly that they both have “unique emotional baggage”. In most ways they appear completely at odds, but also really completely so right – there’s a good yin/yang balance to them.
ÔÇö Cyndi Becker (@cyndibecker) October 27, 2015
Until I Met You was very nearly a one sitting read for me. ThereÔÇÖs so much to learn about these two and Scott gives us a story that is wholly engrossing. Scotts writing is superb, she captures┬á character nuances that give Jude and Taylor/Hazel real substance. ┬áI reluctantly gave up the ghost at around┬á1 am (with only 10% ┬áto go.) IÔÇÖll admit I had some anxiety picking it up the next afternoon. It seems I finally understood that I needed to expect the unexpected as┬áScott develops a storyline that has some very dark twist. While the story starts with an impetuous Jude ( the real Jude), she and Hazel are forced to dial things back a bit so that Jude can play by her familyÔÇÖs rules. JudeÔÇÖs family is beyond FÔÇÖn dysfunctional (stomach clench) and what we discover about them could make you lose faith in human decency. At times I felt gutted and devastated on JudeÔÇÖs behalf. I was that emotionally invested in the story. Things slow down for them, but the trust continues to grow . They are put through so much, tested by circumstances that neither have any control over. This is part of what it this such an epic story for me. They remain steadfast and loyal to each other, enduring so much, and even when it seems all is lost, they fight for each other.
This story really does have all the feels. I tried to capture what I felt at key points in the story but the range of emotions was wide and there arenÔÇÖt enough characters allowed in a tweet for that.┬á S.L. Scott never ceases to amaze me. Everything I’ve read┬áby her has left a lasting┬áimpression on me. Is it bad that I’m happy I still have a few on my TBR?┬á Naw, I think its┬ájust gives me something to look forward to.
ÔÇö Cyndi Becker (@cyndibecker) October 29, 2015
5 Stars┬á + Must Read recommendation
~Review by Cyndi
ÔÇ£Do you want ice cream?ÔÇØ
She hit him with one surprise after another, and he replied, ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs freezing out here. How about a coffee?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£I donÔÇÖt like coffee.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Wow, a New Yorker who doesnÔÇÖt like coffee.ÔÇØ Taking her by the arm, he stopped her. ÔÇ£Are you going to tell me anything about yourself?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£I just told you I donÔÇÖt like coffee. ThatÔÇÖs something.ÔÇØ
He sighed. ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm serious, Jude.ÔÇØ
His emotional sigh was wearing on her and she gave him the most honest answer she could. ÔÇ£Not if I can get away with it.ÔÇØ
He looked into her blue eyes. Under a bright fluorescent light of a convenience store, he could see they were tinged in green with champagne centers. They were the most unique eyes he had ever seen. She was the most unique woman he had ever met. Now he felt bad for making her unhappy, so he broke his gaze away. ÔÇ£Fine. IÔÇÖll limit my questions.ÔÇØ And just to see her smile again, he said, ÔÇ£Ice cream it is.ÔÇØ
She jumped for joy. ÔÇ£I know a great place a few blocks from here.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Should we catch a cab?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£No, I love the snow. ItÔÇÖs magical.ÔÇØ
Looking down the street and then back to her, he started wondering when heÔÇÖd stopped seeing magic in the world. He could probably guess, but he didnÔÇÖt want to think about that time.
A half hour later, his hands were frozen but he still found himself eating pistachio ice cream with Jude for dinner. He bought the treats and joined her at a booth where she was contentedly licking her rocky road. As soon as he sat down, she asked, ÔÇ£I think you can tell everything you need to know about a person by their favorite ice cream flavor.ÔÇØ
About the Author
S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures.
Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.
Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys.
Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement.
She welcomes your notes at firstname.lastname@example.org.