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  • Title: Next toYou
  • Author: Julia Gabriel
  • ISBN: 9780988633865
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • A scarred and lonely billionaire hiding from his past Jared Connor lost his innocence at the age of ten when his father poured gasoline around the family home and left his two young sons to die in the flames Now an adult, he s carefully crafted a pretend life where he can hide his scars and his death row father behind the guise of a caretaker s pickup truck and a pairA scarred and lonely billionaire hiding from his past Jared Connor lost his innocence at the age of ten when his father poured gasoline around the family home and left his two young sons to die in the flames Now an adult, he s carefully crafted a pretend life where he can hide his scars and his death row father behind the guise of a caretaker s pickup truck and a pair of gardening shears But when a beautiful woman with scars of her own barges into his quiet, solitary life, Jared finds it increasingly difficult to hide from what he really wants.A successful young businesswoman ill at ease in her newfound beauty Phlox Miller was never the pretty girl and no magic mascara or secret serum was ever going to change that not even one manufactured by her own company When an accident at her country home burns her face and body, she spares no expense on her recovery and plastic surgery Now she turns heads on the street, but can t recognize herself in the mirror and can t convince the man she loves that he s beautiful, too.
    Next toYou A scarred and lonely billionaire hiding from his past Jared Connor lost his innocence at the age of ten when his father poured gasoline around the family home and left his two young sons to die in the

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    1. 3.5 Looking at Who You AreWhat Do You See Stars 1 2It is true life gives us wounds and we heal sometimes easily, other times with scars These scars we carry can be only visible in the mind s eye or can be horribly graphic on the outside At some point, we learn to cope with each type making the results as part of us Each of these characters have scars some in your face, not to be ignored others, covered and altered to create a perfect vision of loveliness.But what happens when you look in the mir [...]

    2. I was hooked from the very beginning The characters were both coming from a history of pain and hurt They both battled their own self image and they both were beautifully written I loved Jared and Phlox They were the kind of characters that make you just fall in love with them There were difficulties, but there was so much heart in each one Jared, kind gentle and loving all the while running Phlox, afraid, wounded and ready for something real in her life The story felt real and alive and I was c [...]

    3. I loved this book from the very beginning This is a story about acceptance, love, and acceptance all over again.Jared was a man who thought nobody would ever love him because of the scars he d sustained from a house fire his father had set and he and his brother had narrowly escaped when they were children His brother, Jake, came out okay but Jared wasn t so lucky but he had saved his brother Consequently, Jared s life had been hard He was very successful in the business world but his personal l [...]

    4. Didn t finish after page 21 Yup Page 21 I was very excited when I started reading this book because I was so happy that Jared wasn t going to be the standard romance male character of most handsome, sexy, perfect, amazing, etc male model types, as is extraordinarily typical in many romance novels I was excited that he was going to be real and obviously troubled and imperfect But my high hopes were completely destroyed after reading only a few chapters Because by page 21 I m already so completel [...]

    5. Thank you Netgalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review Next To You follows the unlikely story of Phlox and Jared Phlox is the co owner of a huge cosmetics company But after she suffers a horrible accident, she stayed behind the scenes When she decides to leave New York for a two week get away at her home in Connecticut, she wasn t expecting to fall for the equally damaged caretaker Jared has been keeping up with things on Phlox s home Like Phlox, Jared also suffered a horrible accide [...]

    6. This book is about two burn victims who find each other and fall in love One has had plastic surgery and the other hasn t Both are billionaires Rather than just get together, the man angsts over his past and his face affecting the woman s business White people problems, you know They re both amazing, but they can t be together because it might look bad to the press Sheesh.While the book is well written and the heroine well characterized not to mention many lively secondary characters , the sheer [...]

    7. I was given a gifted copy by Story Cartel.Jared has suffered a big trauma when he was ten years old and now that he is an adult he still suffers from it and he doesn t trust anybody.Phlox doesn t recognize her face when she looks at her reflection in the mirror She needs to move on but it is not easy.This is a good example of Never judge a book by its cover Two scarred people where the scars are deeper than the ones on the skin Two people who have suffered by people s rejection The book is about [...]

    8. I enjoyed this until the end when it got so bloody repetitive I couldn t stand it any and felt relieved to get to the end of the book.

    9. Be forewarned, the heroine is a millionaire and the hero is a billionaire That s a complete uphill battle for the author to convince me that my sympathy and or empathy should be targeted towards either of these characters For goodness sake, they re both rolling in the dough come on now we all know that money happiness or is it Phlox pronounced Floks Miller and her best friend, Zelda Malisewski, have answered a market need, they sell beauty products Recently, they created a new line of specialty [...]

    10. This story is about two people who are victims of severe burns Phlox is a co owner of Phlox Beauty, a successful skin care and makeup company that has made her and her partner millionaires Being the geeky scientist type, Phlox was experimenting with a formula in her Connecticut home when it blew up, splashing and burning her After a year of reconstructive surgeries she went back to the Connecticut house to vanquish the demons There she met Jared, the caretaker He had also suffered burns His were [...]

    11. Next to You by Julia Gabriel is the story of Jared Connor who got burned in a childhood accident and now lives in hiding doing menial jobs despite being a billionaire and Phlox Miller who has returned to her country house to adjust to her changed life and return back as the old, dedicated Phlox But sparks fly when they meet and it is not something either of them wants.I love reading romances about reclusive heroes and independent heroines and this one had all this and in it The cover, blurb and [...]

    12. Loved this story, its unusual even in some of the things that both MC s had to face That said, let me also say that I am sooo NOT a fan of the F swear word It appeared than several times in this story Now that I have gotten that off my chest, I can continue.Once I got past my dislike of the former mentioned word, I m glad I kept going The story was well worth it In fact the blurb about the story made me want to read it and I wasn t disappointed in the story itself Its one of those stories that [...]

    13. The beauty and the beast plot is one of my favorites it is pretty much a given that I will pick up the story if it even hints at it And I m very happy to say that here it works very well.Phlox is a wonderful heroine She s smart and fun, but she s also got a solid head on her shoulders She may be gorgeous but she hasn t always been and she had to go thru a horrible experience where she was burned badly These things have given her a different take on beauty and other people s reaction to it, which [...]

    14. I received a complimentary book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.I have never read anything by this author before However, I chose this book based on the summary of the story Jared Connor was ten years old when his father set fire to his house and left his two young sons to die Fortunately, Jared awoke in time, and, by carrying his eight year old brother on his back, saved both of them from certain death Jared s brother completely healed while Jared was severely injured with thir [...]

    15. This is the fist book I have read by the author and I wasn t disappointed This was a really touching story and I enjoyed it very much The author knows how to write to get you hooked into the book I loved how the characters connected in the story and loved getting the background on how the characters got their scars Some emotions will run high in this book and some parts will touch your heart Overall, the author did an amazing job.Phlox had an accident that burned her bad and went through a numer [...]

    16. I was reading a lot of fresh takes on fairy tales and thought this advance read from NetGalley might be a great way to pass the time Unfortunately, Next to You didn t quite work for me I get that fairy tales are supposed to include fantastical elements, such as how two successful burn victims happen meet up and think each other is physically attractive think lust at 1st sight without originally knowing who the other is, overcome a hiccup but love conquers all, such as he s too ashamed of his bur [...]

    17. This is the first book that I have read from this author and I was very pleased Jared and Phlox are soulmates, but it took a very convoluted path for them to meet At the age of 10, Jared was permanently scarred, both physically and mentally when he woke up to find his house a flame, rescued his little brother to be severely burnt all over his body Then to learn that his father had murdered their mother and attempted to do the same to his sons Being shunned and ridiculed he worked hard to build h [...]

    18. Heartwarming story of two emotionally struggling soulsJared Connor is the caretaker for a large Connecticut property, having been hired sight unseen by entrepreneur Phlox Miller s most capable assistant But Jared is not an ordinary caretaker, and has his own physical, emotional, and family demons to exorcise.Phlox returns to her weekend retreat to fight her own demons Approximately a year before, she was seriously burned in an a kitchen accident at the house, and has scars both internal and exte [...]

    19. Jarad had a lot of scars on his face and body as when he was ten and his brother Jake was eight his father set the house on fire with his kids in it Jarad saved Jake s life and Jake is fine But Jarad believes no one will ever love him because of the scars and why he has them His father is setting on death row and even now appealing his death sentence Jarad is a billionaire and sold his business and lives in seclusion as a caregiver Then he meets the woman who owns the home he is taking care of a [...]

    20. This was a sweet, beautiful story.Jared Connor suffered a traumatic event as a kid and lives with the physical and emotional scars, every day A reclusive billionaire, he now lives his life simply, out of the public eye, taking contracts as a caretaker His current job is looking after Phlox Miller s estate.Phlox Miller suffered terrible disfigurement after an experiment went wrong She s undergone a multitude of surgeries and now lives with a new face a beautiful stranger looks back at her in the [...]

    21. Jared just wants to be left alone as he knows that he is a monster and everyone pities him So he happy to tend to people s gardens but this time it is different as he meets someone that turns his whole world upside down.Phlox is coming to terms with her new face after an accident but it is still strange looking in the mirror and seeing someone else She has come here to hide and recover so the last thing she expects to find is someone that is dealing for the same deep issues.Jared knows that she [...]

    22. This is the first I have found Julia She is a very thorough writer She does a good job giving you a deep story line but doesn t make you feel stuffy or bored She gives you people who you wish were your real friends You will also need a box of tissues Phlox is a scientist who had an accident and got burned Spoilers She is recovering at her Connecticut house where she meets her caretaker Spoilers Jared was in a fire and got badly burned saving his brother Spoilers Big Spoilers He hides from everyo [...]

    23. What a joy to read such a heartfelt romance This is my first book by Gabriel and cannot wait to read others She manages to give us beautiful characters with tortured souls, both injured physically by horrific accidents Jared had a disturbing childhood that left him damaged physically and mentally Phlox is a chemist and suffered an accident while creating something, her injuries were healed but changed her appearance making her uncomfortable in her own skin The way their stories were told was bea [...]

    24. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I need to find a hard copy of this book so that I can take it with me everywhere I go and read it all the time That is how much I loved this book It is an amazing story of love and how it really does beat all the odds Jared is easily one of my favourite book characters ever He has the biggest heart and really is the nicest man He has obviously been scarred on the inside as well but once he opens himself up to the opportunity of [...]

    25. There are certain books you read during the year that you don t want to put down This was one of them Both Jared and Phlox have their issues and they aren t minor ones Both are dealing with them in very different ways and in the end, they help each other to face these issues and the outside world I love strong heroines and Phlox is definately a strong woman In this story, he s the one running and hiding and she s the one helping him to face the world.This is a well written love story and well wo [...]

    26. Phlox Miller, scientist and beauty business owner, needed to face demons after an accidental explosion changed her face, body and life Jared Connor, the caretaker of her country home, was actually a billionaire hiding his face and life from the world This was a very Beauty and the Beast story and I really enjoyed it The story showed both characters growth and healing journey from their past injuries and the love story was sexy and sweet Would definitely read this author again I received a copy o [...]

    27. This is really good and it flows well The two main characters Jared and Phlox are very likeable The book tells us of their love story It is beautifully written with compassion Jared has bad burn scars down one side of his face and body He is pretty much a recluse, and takes a job as caretaker to Phlox s Connecticut house Phlox was burned when oil exploded onto her face She has had 32 plastic surgery operations and has decided , no When Phlox and Jared meet, the attraction is instant But can the [...]

    28. This book was fantastic Jared and Phlox s tragic accidents concerning fire brings them both together in this moving book Where one has visible scars the other has emotional scars but Phlox sees past Jared s visible scars and that s what makes the whole story so heartwarming The chemistry between these two is amazing including lots if steamy hot scenes This is a beautiful book to read and I would definitely recommend this book This is definitely a book I ll be reading again.

    29. Two burn victims Jared sees his scars every day, and Phlox got plastic surgery to cover up hers.He is a billionaire but works as a caretaker for Phlox because he does not want people cringing when they see him or worse off listen to them say that his father wanted to kill them by setting their house ablaze His brother, Jake, handles his business while he attends to Phlox s garden and when they meet, the journey to healing, forgiveness and acceptance begins.

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