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This is not a story about fairytales.I expected to be lonely when I dropped everything and ran without telling a soul. I expected to be afraid, hiding from Dean. What I didn’t expect was Vic. Like a moth to my blazing destruction, I’m drawn to him.We’re lust. We’re rage. We might even be love. We’re definitely two people who shouldn’t be together, but we belong together. IThis is not a story about fairytales.I expected to be lonely when I dropped everything and ran without telling a soul. I expected to be afraid, hiding from Dean. What I didn’t expect was Vic. Like a moth to my blazing destruction, I’m drawn to him.We’re lust. We’re rage. We might even be love. We’re definitely two people who shouldn’t be together, but we belong together. It’s not long before I’m wondering if Vic could be more twisted than the man I ran away from. Our fire won’t burn forever, but something tells me Vic might revel in the ashes. I should have known better than to think I stood a chance.WARNING: This book contains graphic sex, graphic violence, and mental illness. This may be a trigger for some. Proceed with caution....

Title : You Own Me
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ISBN : 27467582
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 360 Pages
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You Own Me Reviews

  • Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
    2019-03-31 07:27

    "Vic positioned himself above me. I felt $@#%# right at my entrance, and for a moment everything made sense. Dean, Vic, his wife, it didn't matter. All the stars were in place; the universe had aligned" I'M SORRY WHAT  "his wife..."" didn't matter.."   "All the stars were in place; the universe had aligned" This book is all sex with no sense. Talk about a sex deprived.. main character. I am laughing so hard at how ludicrous this book was. The characters, the plot, even the writing.. it's like it's destined to be disliked. I am being mean, I'm sorry, but seriously.. have you read the quote above?The love interest, Vic, is a jerk with bipolar tendencies. And he's apparently a very high and important cop or spy or... honestly, at this point, I care more about what's happening to Miley Cyrus' love life.And I'm not saying I'm an expert.. or that I'm a professional but if a mere reviewer like me notice grammatical errors like this then this book screams: 'I NEED AN EDITOR'I didn't know what compelled me to finish (okay, I just skimmed the last 30%) this book but it must be something strong. I don't know maybe I was intoxicated at that time... okay, nope, not possible. Because I still remember how this book badly needs an editor.

  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    2019-04-10 10:28

    *NetGalley book review*Now I know I don't type perfectly. I have errors, sometimes my tablet has a mind of it's own (auto-correct) but DAMN! This book needs H E L P! Errors, typos and sentences that make no sense. I was really bummed out as this seemed like a good book. I just can't read one that is littered with these all over every page. No thank you.

  • Khulood
    2019-04-08 09:37

    "I'll love you until you break my heart. I'll give you the broken pieces of my heart as a goddamn offering to you, because you own it, Whole, shattered, alive or dead; you own my heart no matter what condition it is in.."Lenny is on the run from her abusive (psychotic) ex.Vic is the guy who you start off thinking is a lot darker than whatever she is running from.I really enjoyed this book! When I was done reading it, I wasn't very happy about how it ended, but the more time I gave it, the more I feel that it was perfect, and it was exactly how the book should have ended. Yes, we fall in love (that is the easy part!), but staying happily in love is a lot of work.. We don't always get that happy fairytale ending, and this book was great at showing that. As a person who knows what it is like to be stalked and live in constant anxiety and fear,knowing what it is like to feel helpless and lost, while battling dark thoughts, I was really able to relate to Lenny for the most part of the book. I'm not going to delve into the plot, you'll just have to read it because it is that good! There was laughter, tears (yes, there were real tears, not an allergic reaction), anger, and frustration! This story has a serious cocktail of feels. Mary Catherine Gebhard has done brilliantly for a debut novel. I definitely want to read more of her work.*This arc was kindly provided by Xpresso Book Tours via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  • JB's Book Obsession - Jennifer
    2019-04-10 09:40

    3.5 Stars to 4 starsThis is a story of how hard falling in love can be. It’s not about flowers and romantic dinners, it’s about sacrifice and hard work. Lennox is a broken soul on the run from her abusive ex-boyfriend. She left her life and everything in it behind in Seattle, moving to Santa Barbara in an effort to start over. She knew it would be difficult, lonely and sometimes downright miserable. She did not however know that she would meet the man she would love forever. The man she would soon discover she couldn’t live without.Vic is a man with a secret life and a damaged past. He avoids intimacy and lives a simple life to hide the violence he came from and the violence he currently lives with. Lennox is the girl he never expected, the love he never thought he deserved. He should leave her alone, but he can’t their connection is too strong. She could shatter his heart, but he needs her like he needs to breathe. Are they both too shattered by their pasts to truly be able to have a happily ever after?My Review:This book had a lot going on, a crazy ex-boyfriend, mental illness and secret lives. Lennox has some big issues with depression and self-worth. She lost her mom to suicide when she was young and her father became aloof and detached soon after. I felt like Lennox craved love and acceptance and tried to find it anywhere she could. Then when she found it, she became so scared she didn’t know what to do with it. Her insecurities is most likely why she allowed ex-boyfriend to victimize her until she realized it was life or death she needed to leave.When she tries to start over somewhere new, she first falls in lust then love with the secretive hot guy in her building Vic. Vic has some pretty messed up issues as well, coming from an abusive childhood he doesn’t know how to have a healthy relationship. Until Lennox makes him want to be the man, she deserves. It was the moments when they both truly expressed their hearts to each other that I could not put the book down. Their sexual chemistry was off the charts, Vic was a dominant lover, but caring for his woman as well which made me love this character. Lennox could be a bit erratic, not knowing what she really wanted. However, she usually concluded that Vic was whom she wanted. The ending is not your typical happy conclusion for a romance novel, but I think it was the necessary one. Lennox and Vic are not your ordinary couple they are complex characters with many vulnerabilities. The both stole my heart and I wanted to know how their story ends. There are twists, turns, and obstacles that break them apart yet make them stronger at the same time. I believe this is Mary Katherine’s first full novel, at times it was a little wordy for me certain parts could have been told in less time. The majority of the book was told to us by Lennox, at the end, we get some of Vic’s points of view, but I would have liked more of what he was thinking throughout the book. That was a missing element for me. I felt like Lennox was telling me the story instead of experiencing it with her. However, for me, I began to think of it as if I was reading her diary, getting to know what was going on inside her head. I recommend the book it is not a light read it’s a deep story that will sometimes make you chuckle at their banter and others you might want to punch Vic for his stupidity. In the end, you will care what happens to this couple.RECEIVED A GIFTED COPY FROM THE AUTHOR IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.

  • Majanka
    2019-04-03 04:28

    Book Review originally published here: Moore, the main character of You Own Me, is on the run from her psycho ex-boyfriend. She was forced to move halfway across the country all on her own to escape from him. She expected to be lonely in this new town all alone, but then she meets a man named Vic. At first glance, Vic is probably an even darker character than aforementioned ex-boyfriend. He’s controlling and dominating, possessive even, and has his fair share of issues. I liked him though. His personality is complicated, and I like complex characters.Lennox, or “Lenny”, well, let’s say I didn’t understand all of the things she did – like, for example, allowing a new man in her life almost straightaway, even after being burned once already – but, I could sympathize with her, and relate to her. She definitely had some issues too, and throughout the book, she went through some remarkable changes and grew as a person.The book has a few surprises, and especially the ending came as a twist. I enjoyed it though. The characters were complex enough to be intriguing, and the plot wasn’t predictable at all. If you enjoy romance, or the new adult genre, you’ll probably enjoy this book too.

  • Amanda Lee Disheveled Book Blog
    2019-04-12 04:43

    Lets start with Lennox, she’s funny, clumsy, always finding herself in some sort of trouble, and usually quiet crazy. Vic is that dark haired, sexy, brooding male that will help equal her out. They are perfect for each other in every way. Lennox although at times made the dumbest decisions, had me from page one. She's real life, she’s funny, and I loved reading her even when I wanted to strangle her. The writing is great and the story will grab hold of you in a way that you wont want to let go. The characters are developed well and the side characters are interesting in a way that you want to know more about them as well. I think Romance fans will like it, it’s steamy, cute, funnny, has a bit of angst and it's suspenseful. I look forward to more from this author in the future. Thank you Mary Catherine Gebhard for an ARC copy I enjoyed reading your story, and wish you all the best with your future books as well.

  • LizaJane Chronicles
    2019-04-06 09:52

    Meet Lennox (awesome name by the way!). She’s just moved from Seattle to Santa Barbara to escape a dangerous and violent ex-boyfriend. She is alone in a new place for the first time and also dealing with how her ex’s behavior affected her own mental illness. Lennox is also Bi-polar and questions every thought and move, not knowing if it’s really what she should think or if it’s her illness steering her wrong. Personally if that’s the way her mind works and that’s a disease then in all seriousness I need to talk to my doctor. Reading this book I felt like I was just talking to myself inside my head. Lennox is a strong woman. I like that the author didn’t make the entire book all about how mental illness is everything when you have it. Yes she is bi-polar but she is also incredibly smart, capable and passionate. She feels with her entire self and that made her very real to me.Vic Wall, landlord, Adonis and occasional asshat. He pushes her buttons and calms her storm but she struggles with her feelings regarding him. He also struggles as well. He’s a manly man, he works in a dangerous profession and Lennox somehow crawled inside him on day one and never left. They’re both very combustible people and know exactly how to set the other person off. Vic is a man with a past as well. He has anger issues he has never had to put in check and hasn’t wanted to either. With Lennox he wants more than he ever has but is he willing to make room in his life for intimacy? Vic cares about Lenny in a way that is new and foreign to him but is it healthy for either of them?I like how the author never really gives a full description of the protagonist. We know she has blue eyes but she herself tells you how she’s changed her hair color to fit herself at the time so it’s almost like we can make ourselves Lennox while we take a glimpse into her world.Lennox also makes it a point in her new city to make friends. Did being so closed off during her relationship with her ex made it easier for the abuse? It also left her very alone when she needed support the most.I found myself laughing and grinning at many points in the book despite the serious subject matter. I loved that Lenny would make references to shows like Friends and Scrubs. It made her and the book more related. It was like “Hey! I love those shows and I know exactly what she’s referencing!” I also loved the fact that all of the characters are tech-savvy. I really get annoyed reading a book based in the present and having the main character(s) act like computers are some strange device they just can’t get a grasp on. If my 80 year old grandmother can get on facebook I think a 20/30 something can manage a smartphone and email.I should also mention that I was NOT expecting the hawtness of the sex scenes in this book AT ALL!! I wasn’t expecting any sex scenes really. I’m telling you know it was hard to touch the page to turn it with all the fire exploding off the pages. The chemistry between Lennox and Vic is hands down some of the steamiest stuff I’ve ever read. My heart was definitely beating and I know I had the stupid shit eating grin the entire time I read the scene. I really loved this book and will wait impatiently for Mary Catherine to write more and devour that book as well. I love Lennox and Vic. They are real people with real issues any couple or even people can face. This isn’t your cookie-cutter book at all. It’s raw, real and fresh. Mary Catherine has broken the mold on how a “romance” if you will should be written. The dialogue in the book between the characters is enough to make this one of the best books I’ve ever read but it’s Mary Catherine’s style that makes it a book I will read again and again for many years. Now if we can just get her to write us a story about Vic in general………I’m so curious about him!

  • Jessica
    2019-04-02 02:27

    I had high hopes for You Own Me. In fact I was sure I was going to love it because within the first two to three pages I was already laughing out loud and highlighting favorite quotes. The plot was intriguing and everything about this book sounded right up my alley. So what happened? The beginning was pretty good, I was thoroughly enjoying it, and the main character was funny - granted a little scatter brained. The writing wasn’t too bad at first. It was unfocused and unstructured and would frequently jump around but I was like, “No big deal. Things will smooth out as the book progresses.” Our main character Lennox was interesting and very funny at times. In the beginning of the book she makes readers away of the fact that she has a mental illness history and that she’s run away from an abusive boyfriend. Everything sounded so interesting and I was really enjoying it. That is up until the 50% mark. Then it began sinking like the Titanic… but with much less grace. My rating for this book went from a solid four down to a two at best. So what made me change my mind? The writing became completely unhinged after the fifty percent mark. Nothing was consistent or flowed. Lennox would be talking about something in one paragraph and then something completely different in the next. I was genuinely confused about what had just happened. This happened frequently as the book went on and it was hard to keep up with. Another issue that I had is that random storylines were inserted into the plot and were never discussed again. For example (potential spoiler) Vic (new love interest) whisks Nox away insisting that people are after her and that only he can protect her. He goes from being her tenant who worked in security to a hit man/spy. Nothing became of the storyline about Nox being in danger with Vic’s employers. I wasn’t sure if the whole thing was just dropped or Vic was lying to get Nox to stay with him. You can’t just say someone is after the main character and then not touch upon it again. It was a big deal and then just forgotten about. It was all very confusing and inconsistent. Oh and another thing that was inconsistent, my biggest WTH moment, is the whole entire situation that happens after Nox and her ex’s have their confrontation. WHAT WAS THAT? WHAT EVEN HAPPENED? It made zero sense. I kept re-reading the pages trying to make sense of how Nox went from point A to point B and acting like nothing happened at all. The entire first fifty percent of the novel was working up to that moment and it was a poorly executed mess. Finally, the biggest problem I had with this book is that Lennox traded in one abusive boyfriend for another one. So much for being independent and wanting to be your own person; everything that Nox had said about herself, and wanted for herself, became inconsistent when she got together with Vic. The only thing I enjoyed about this You Own Me was the witty one-liners and the sexy scenes; which is a shame because this book could have been so much more. You Own Me had the potential for greatness; sadly it ran off the train tracks along the way.

  • ChristinaTorretta
    2019-04-13 06:38

    Oh my... I wanted to enjoy this story. I so did! I did not NOT like Lennox or Vic but I wish their backstories were different.First Lennox is running from a psycho ex who wants to kill her. That's an issue! Then she finds a place and just happens to see this God like man and is instantly in lust. Already I have questions circling. Shouldn't she have so many issues that she doesn't want to talk to or be around men at all? Let alone taking the time and effort to fantasize about them when she also has night terrors. I don't get it!!Most of her story is about her ex and her trying to stay away from him. But of course he finds her in the end. HOW he finds her is ridiculous though. It is so far fetched, and maybe not completely impossible but let's just say highly improbable. And nothing is said to back this up throughout the entire story so I had no idea and could not put any clues together.Then we have Vic, the God. I get that he's cute and he seems to have his own issues. He seems dangerous. What he does for a living also doesn't make sense to me. Again, no clues. There is nothing pointing to his job. Nothing at all! The way he acts towards Lennox is the only indication that he is used to being in control. But again, that could be anything!If I throw out the ideas of their past stories I actually like the two of them together. Lennox is a bit of a klutz and is ALWAYS getting hit in the head or falling down. I mean if you know you are this klutzy you should not take a waltz through the woods by yourself! The way Vic treats her afterwards, and of course the way she treats him is just silly. If this book started here without the back story though, I think I may have liked it. Insta love is so not my thing and it's a trope I try to avoid, however, the characters are cute enough to go along with it but with the plot the way it is set up, none of it makes any sense.So, I liked the characters, I think I liked how it ended (my inner jury is still out), and I enjoyed the intensity of the story. I did not like the backstory and the build up. It just seemed like everything was thrown together. If there were a second book though (maybe a bit more edited) then I think I would want to hear what was next for these two. As long as Lennox stays away from hills and alcohol!Received from publisher for an honest review.2.8/5

  • Melek
    2019-04-08 05:44

    What the hell was that?When I downloaded this book from NetGalley, I was simply in the mood for some romance and I wasn't too picky about it. Review was screaming "cheesy romance", but I didn't mind it as I figured, how bad could it possibly be?This bad.Everything aside, this book needs a good editor. Typos and errors and unnecessarily stupid, definitely not understandable sentences are dime a dozen and it makes you want to blow your head off. You need a really (not "realy" for god's sake) good reason or some solid motivation to finish it. Mine was my duty sense AND the fact that I wasn't planning on letting a shitty book take my ratio down.Plot? I can only snort at that. Characterization, too. Apart from the very low quality, writing style is just repetitive and bland. There isn't one single thing that I can appreciate about this book. It goes straight to my 0-out-of-5 shelf to stay there forever and ever and ever.

  • 1-Click Addict Support Group
    2019-04-08 09:51

    Anybody whose name is so close to being Mary Catherine Gallagher just has to be awesome, and Ms. Gebhard totally is! You Own Me has a lot of funny, sometimes downright silly moments that had me laughing loudly and choking on air. Let's just say that I'm glad I wasn't reading this in public because I don't think I would've been able to contain myself, and I definitely would have been labeled as a crazy person and given a wide berth. This book wasn't all laughs though; it has serious, heartbreaking, suspenseful, and beautiful moments too. I absolutely, positively loved it!!!I truly enjoyed Lennox as the heroine!!! She was witty, impulsive, crazy, and sometimes did not very smart things that had me grabbing my hair and yelling at her. But it worked for her, and it was pretty entertaining. Lennox is a strong character most of the time, but the times when she wasn't or when she thought she wasn't, I didn't get really annoyed with her. She won me over with her humor and I just loved her!!And now we will talk about the Asian Greek God also known as Vic Wall. Oh my gosh, this man is just sigh-girl-grrr worthy! I swear he is nummy and scrumptious--I shall call him... numpstrious. Vic is dominant, infuriating, commanding, protective, and possessive, but he does have a sweet side that will melt heart as well as your panties!! I completely loved this HOT man!!You Own Me is sexy and steamy, dark and light, and calm and hectic. It was an intense read and brought out a lot of my emotions. It gave me heartburn, made me think, made me furious, and punched me in the gut on occasion. I was anxious, happy, hopeful and breathless all while reading this amazing book and I'm so glad that I was lucky enough to get the chance to read it because I simply loved it!!You Own Me is a standalone, it's told from Lennox's POV, but we do get inside Vic's head for the epilogue and it was hot, Hot, HOT!! They do get their HEA and I can't wait to read more from Mary Catherine Gallagher--whoops--I meant Mary Catherine Gebhard because I absolutely loved her style!!! ~ Paige, 5 stars

  • Jen Zingaro
    2019-03-30 09:30

    I wasn't sure what to expect after reading the synopsis of the book. For me, it took a couple of chapters to really get into it. After that, there is so much action, suspense and twists that I didn't realize how many pages or how much time had gone by! I felt edgy, like I had to keep looking over my shoulder! The characters are really interesting and funny. I like how you keep learning about pieces of them throughout the entire book. There is so much chemistry to enjoy. You know you've read a good book when by the end of it, you feel like you are in the book and when it leaves you thinking about it for a couple of days afterward. An excellent choice for those that enjoy romantic suspense.

  • Becky
    2019-04-17 09:26

    This book was given to me by Netgalley for an honest review. The book itself was really good and I did enjoy it but it was another very sexual book. I'm not ashamed that I've read this because to me it's just another book. The books main characters were great. We had Vic, Lenny, Dean and Zoe. All the characters were well thought of and I could picture them all. This book has quiet a bit of domestic violence which you can find a bit distressing. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5.See my full review at my blog :)

  • Mary Gebhard
    2019-04-12 05:47

    New Cover. New Chapters. New Editing. Same great story.You Own Me is being re-released on 11.12.15, just in time for you to read it before Let Me Go.Stay up to date with all the giveaways and teasers on Facebook.

  • Katina Sprouse
    2019-03-30 02:47

    Have you ever read a book that you felt like was written straight from clips of your own life?That’s how I felt about Mary Catherine Gebhard’s story of Lennox and Vic, “You Own Me”. A story of love and passion that transcends any rules your universe has set regarding relationships. When it comes down to it, the person that your heart chooses can’t be unchosen. This is shown vividly in the dark intense writing of the first book in the Owned series.The story starts off by introducing us to Lennox, a fiery impulsive young woman that you immediately relate to. She tells us about the violent history of her romance with her ex and the reasons behind her new life in a new city. You begin to understand her Bi-Polar disorder and the type of thinking that comes with it. This woman is broken and scared, running from demons. She needs something big in her life to change the cycle of abuse and destruction she has lived through.Then we meet the dark and alluring Vic who you are sure is much worse than the dark terrors of her past. His complex and dominating personality catches Lennox quickly. As the character of Vic develops, you find that he is the kind of man that is knock your socks of sexy, yet will piss you off and infuriate you with his possessive, controlling protectiveness.As a woman who is desperate for love and acceptance, she is drawn to Vic. The tension that grows between them is far more than lust. It quickly becomes apparent that these two people NEED to be together.This novel, while about love, is not about romance in a traditional sense. Mary Catherine brings to light the darkness in this world. She shows the side of real life that many authors refuse to acknowledge; the steamy, sensual, passionate, dangerous love that speaks to the deepest parts of our souls. It is easy to fall in love and to fall in love with the idea of a perfect romance. This novel shatters that notion and shows that loves isn’t always easy. Sacrifice and pain sometimes take over and you will do things and let go of ideas that you hold true, just to hold on to love. After all, you don’t get to choose who you love.Aside from a few typo errors, that with time, the author will undoubtedly correct when shown, this book was well developed, beautifully written, and true to life.A certain 5 star.

  • Kimothy
    2019-03-25 06:39

    This book was not what i thought and it has a lot of potential for some readers, i liked the book but found it hard to connect with the characters. Lennox has a damaged past and is trying to move on, she is your every woman who has had some unfortunate bad luck with men. But the woman has guts and whit, her verbal spats with Vic are brilliant especially with the scenes in the elevator, Lennox most certainly wins that round. One of my issues is all the issues Lennox has, yeah we all have issues but Lennox's seem very very numerous. They are valid issues and the way we learn Lennox deals with them is very interesting .The author writes a interesting story, that has plenty of twists and turns and funny anecdotes, seriously i laughed and i was in shock with some of the revelations. The sexual tension she creates between Vic and Lennox is brilliant you feeling it sparking from your kindle, but i felt then when the deal is sealed it sort of fell a bit flat between Lennox and Vic, and i know why that was part of the story but i wanted more sparks. Vic is a different type of male book lead he does not look like the typical hero and his feelings i feel are refreshing and his back ground. I would be interested to see if ther will be a second book, there is a happy ever after ending but it is left open for the story to continue. This appears to be the first novel by the author from what i can see on goodreads and amazon i will be interested to see what direction her future writing goes in and the stories she has to tell.

  • Habiba Hasabo
    2019-04-12 03:25

    Irritated. This book irritated me!!! But when a book irritates me I just keep on reading cause I want to know more and get to the ending! I loved this book, it weird, Lennox and Vic made me angry 99% of the book! Specially, Vic. He was so UGHHHH!!! I pitied Lenny with her illness and what happened to her, sometimes she went over the top, but I loved her. Vic was over the top secretive, sometimes it made no sense. I felt rushed with their feelings, one page they like and lusted after each other then BAM love! It came pretty quickly to me this shift in their feelings! I felt rushed with the ending. I was like WHAT? I didn't get what they were going to do, is it going to succeed? Just tell me what! I need to know! But still it was great to somehow leave it open! I loved it. I loved Zoe and Lessie, they were awesome! And their friendship! Excited for the next book by this author! I received this as an ARC from the author, so I want to thank her and waiting for the re-release day! Will I read this book again when I get it as a paperback? ABSOLUTELY!

  • Maari
    2019-03-25 09:41

    A good mix of humor and seriousnessI'm not really sure how to write this review. There is a lot of it that I enjoyed, and it is well written, given that it is a debut.. but it wasn't what I expected at all. I could not relate very well to the characters and the ending felt that it really wasn't the ending, like it was just 'chopped off'. With that, I took in to consideration that this is this author's first book and it takes a lot to put yourself out there.. I give it a good solid 3*'s, because she made me laugh right out loud quite a few times! I would like to check out more from Ms. Gebhard to see where this goes.I was gifted this ebook in exchange for my honest review.

  • Shannon
    2019-04-13 08:47

    I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.I really liked this book. I liked it so much that I stayed up reading til 2 am the night I started it. The characters were great. I liked the plot. I do hope that there will be another book because the ending felt unfinished to me. I also thought that there could have been a smoother transition between the different sections of the chapters. That being said, I did enjoy the book and I would read more by this author.

  • LauraRedmon
    2019-04-05 10:27

    Lennox is running from a dangerous past. Vic is the owner of the building that Lennox moves into.When Lennox's past comes back she runs to Vic for help. Will anything come from their friendship?A wonderful read can't wait for the next in the series.I received this book as an ARC for a honest review. This book was read and reviewed by: Stacy Aube for Cutting Muse Blog Review.

  • Bonni
    2019-04-05 06:48

    It wasn't quite what I expected but pleasantly surprised all the same. For a first time author I thought the characters were well developed and the plot moved along nicely. I would try the next book by this author.

  • TLBC
    2019-03-28 04:31

    ARC providedI loved the premise of this book but unfortunately I just didn't connect with it. I thought the execution could've been better.This is only my opinion and I'm sure many people will enjoy it.

  • Danielle
    2019-04-21 04:48

    I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review and I have to tell you that I really enjoyed this book!! It was funny. There was suspense. The characters were all great. I loved how mysterious Vic was. I am so glad I was given the opportunity to read this!! Thank you Mary!!!

  • Judy
    2019-04-04 07:31

    Loved the story about Vic and Lennox. Highly recommend

  • Brandi Reeves-Pearson (Saints and Sinners Books)
    2019-03-25 05:52

    When I first started reading You Own Me, I was instantly sucked into the story. I wanted to know more about Lennox, what or who she was running from, and what happened to her. Mary Catherine Gebhard held my attention with her storyline until about halfway through the book. This is when things turned to a different type of interesting for me. I really wanted to like Lennox. I really wanted to like Vic. In the beginning I loved them both, but as the story progressed, I started to see a new side to each character. Lennox turned into the character I hate to see in books. I felt she let her hormones get the best of her, and instead of standing up for herself, she became a doormat. Vic wasn’t any better either in my opinion. It was obvious they wanted each other, but Vic claimed didn’t want Lennox and more than once he said so. Not to mention he tried to stay away from her. In my mind, if a hero of the story continues to show how much he isn’t interested or is just a plain a**, then it would make sense to just move on right? Lennox didn’t. And that frustrated me to no end. Like I said, the first part of the book was great. The second half just ruined it for me. You Own Me had such promise and I really wanted to love it. But in the end I’m actually surprised I finished it, and that ending was not what it should’ve been. There isn’t a good epilogue either, so I’m guessing Lennox and Vic’s story will be shown more in the other books in this series. I’m not sure if I’ll continue with this series because heroines like Lennox just make the entire book frustrating to read.

  • AmberMeredith
    2019-04-14 08:39

    Yeah, I couldn't get into this book at all. Started out okay, then got progressively more chaotic and confusing. I hate not finishing books but I just couldn't keep reading this one. Got about 70% through and lost interest/ motivation to finish completely. It was inconsistent, and I have no idea if an editor went through it, but I felt like it needed editing BAD. Forget grammatical errors, it needed some serious plot reconstructing.I thought about writing about the scenes that bothered me, but now I really don't see the point. Oh well.

  • Karen Maher
    2019-04-10 10:33

    A fun rompI really enjoyed this book! I bought it on a whim, looking for something mindless and quick, and instead unearthed a gem. The uncertainties of Lennie, along with her hurts, history, and totally honest self-talk struck a familiar chord with me. To find love, a crazy, illogical, passionate love is a universal theme for many folks, but listening to Lennie working through her demons was fun, as well as many of us carry battle scars. So few of us learn how to push through and thrive in spite of them. Enjoy!

  • Kyami
    2019-04-20 10:51

    I really wanted to love this book. It has all the elements that could have made it great. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish the story. I couldn't get passed the confusion and whiplash. The characters felt inconsistent and their development disproportionate to the storyline. I made it 60% through the book. But the more I read, the more frustrated I felt. I'm curious if anyone else had the same feeling. Maybe I will finish it later but for now I have to put it aside.

  • Dana
    2019-04-06 04:40

    I struggled through this book. The chemistry between the characters felt forced and never progressed past lust. The book was all over the place with what was going on and was hard to follow. For me this book had potential as I have read other works by the author. This book didnt make me want to continue with the series.

  • Aaly
    2019-04-05 05:46

    *** Review for the second editing ** Beta Read **I think I read this book more than 4 times already, and every time, it’s always a surprise.Mary, I was more than happy to Beta read for you. I am so proud for all the amazing work you did with this second editing and thank you for keeping up with my crazy feedbacks and my pickiness!I’m stop rambling, I promise!You Own Me was a whirlwind and excruciating read. Your head is gonna be spinning around and trust me, when you enter into the tornado of Vic and Lennox’s love story, you will not be remained indifferent. Rough, raw, insane, at times heartbreaking and gut-wrenching, but always with this intense passion emanating through the story.Lennox is running from her past. This girl had more than a heavy luggage and a lot of problems. I don’t think I ever read about a woman who can endure so much! Always on the run, she tried to move on but her crazy life won’t let her to settle down. When she met one of most handsome asshat in chief, Vic, she was pulled to him, like a moth to a flame. Each time, she got burn, and each time she was asking for more. She couldn’t stay away.How about Vic? Thanks Mary for writing about this hero, definitely with a complex personality. You just want to read more, to peel all the layers, be cause what we read is just the tip of the iceberg. This man is full of mystery, stubborn and domineering. He was playing by his rules … Until Lennox, who completely turned his world upside down.The two of them is a combination of a freaking bomb, ready to explode at any moment … An explosive and destructive relationship. As the story unfolds they were mostly avoiding the inevitable, not to face each other’s problems. Love can conquer it all, but with Vic and Lennox, we were not so sure. The attraction was too powerful to resist, and I was hurt to see them going into this path, where they were both happy and at the same time miserable. Their story broke my heart and even at the end, I felt like they had so much more to tell, and especially having more from Vic. (The story is told in Lennox’s POV)I have to tell that this book drove me sometimes crazy, made me frustrated, and between each other big issues, I wanted their happiness. To my mind, it was a half-hearted reading. I loved it and I hate it at the same time!Very good job, Mary, keep writing!My rating : *****************************************************************Reviex first edition (February 2015)I was expecting a very powerful storyline with both very tortured characters.It was from the beginning an intriguing story with a huge potential, but throughout the story, I was losing interest and couldn’t get along with the story.Lennox was running from her crazy and twisted ex-boyfriend and Vic was the landlord of her apartment.It was kind of hot at first, with this attraction they felt for each other. It was rough, tense. Vic was trying to stay away from her because of his work. He had a very dark side and didn’t want to let her in.But it was too hard to do that. Lennox was naive and was too kind and always came back to him. I said it before, but all was here to make a great story: the plot, characters, suspense!The scenes weren’t very related and it was difficult to follow the story.The story was too much repetitive. It needeed more deepening, the end was unfinished.Even if the characters were mostly well developed, the storyline was disorderly.I was disappointed, maybe I was expecting too much.I gave actually 2.5 Stars