Thou Shalt Not by JJ Rossum
Luke Harper was finally starting to settle into his life – a life that had previously been full of more heartbreak and pain than most people ever experienced. He had a job he loved, and was blissfully content in his on-again, off-again relationship with the striking, and highly sexual, Holly. But, life throws Luke another curveball with the arrival of the alluring April, a woman stuck in a tumultuous, violent marriage to a famous athlete. Luke soon finds himself torn between what is safe, familiar, and right, and what is dangerous, unknown, and forbidden.
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This book was refreshing in a way that has me sighing aloud. We have a male POV from a debut male author and this read has blown me away. It wasn’t just a romantic story to me, it was experiencing love lost too soon, making morally-sound decisions, and taking ownership of said decisions. JJ gives us raw, sexy, gritty, and twisted all in one package. There’s no bow on this package, but the wrapping paper does not completely cover what’s hidden inside. Our flaws seep through our exterior and it may not be seen to the naked eye, but we all have them. These are just some of the messages I received from reading this novel. We get to know people, we accept them or not for who they are, and we adjust accordingly to whom we want to keep closer to us and those we may chose to keep at a distance. A good read keeps me thinking, keeps me on my toes and JJ has accomplished this ten-fold. I was connected to the characters, Luke, Holly, and April. We’re given the history needed to make these connections, but not enough for us to pass judgment. As we see their choices and actions unfold only then was I able to decide what/whom was the best fit for Luke. This is a great read that I highly recommend!! Give this a try!! Rating: 5 stars
Everything is not always as it seems. That is what I came away with after reading Thou Shalt Not. Debut author JJ Rossum’s writing was a refreshing change of pace. Thou Shalt Not was told entirely from the male point of view. This was not your run of the mill romance, but it was romantic. Young love, loss, moral responsibility and challenges. The writing was real and packed with humor, emotion, angst, frustration and full of twists. Each day we are faced with decisions that impact our life and sometimes those decisions are not always morally just. This author really exposed the challenge of making the best decisions and dealing with the consequences.
Luke Harper is a young English teacher who has dealt with some serious heartbreak and now events turned his life upside yet again. He is a smart guy who had me gasping, screaming and cheering. Luke is not the perfect book guy. He had character and he’s playing with fire. He has Holly, his friend with benefits and April the married substitute teacher. These characters were not what they seemed as Luke discovers through facing what is important, thrilling and what is right.
The author captured so much of the emotional and moral complexity of our lives and the highs and lows that come with it. The writing was refined and well delivered. JJ Rossum is a writer! This was a fascinating, sexy, stark, moving and exciting tale of someone flawed. I really enjoyed this atypical romance. Give this a try!! 4.0 Stars
How do you deal with a situation that you know is wrong, not just morally, but on so many other levels, yet it feels so right? Do you talk yourself into the reasons why you should pursue…right, wrong, or indifferent, or do you talk yourself into walking away and never looking back? Do you see only what you want to see? Do you ignore what’s been in front of you all along? How do you justify your thoughts, your actions? Everything and everyone are not always what they seem and sometimes when you’re “blinded by the beautiful” and a situation arises that causes the “ugly side” to surface can sometimes leave you in a state of disbelief…..maybe even shock.
Thou Shalt Not is a read so real and so raw about love, loss, the forbidden, and opening your eyes to see what’s been right in front of you all along. There were times I had to literally walk away from this story….and in a good way because I was so caught up and so emotional, crying, that the words were nothing but a blur. Basically I was one hot mess! A story told from a male point of view (which I loved), written and developed so fantastically, that I couldn’t help but get swept away in the pages.
On a personal side note: I think that book 2 is going to bring us something that most of us don’t expect. I suspect something…..but will keep it to myself (for now), but I’m anxious to find out if I’ll be able to say “Ah-ha! I knew it!” Time will tell……
Thou Shalt Not is an absolute must read, and it wouldn’t hurt to have some tissue handy….you’re definitely going to need it because it is one hell of an incredible, emotional ride!! ~ 5 ~ Shalt thou? ~ Shalt not thou? ~ Stars
JJ Rossum traveled the world as a child, and called many places “home”. Currently, home is Portland, Oregon, where he is at work on other novels that were hatched while people watching during many airport layovers.