ARC Review & Giveaway: Labeled Love-Danielle Rocco


Labeled Love (Labeled Series #1)-Danielle Rocco
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: August 6,2015
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I was twelve years old when I met him. I guess you could say opposites attract. We didn’t know it then. Or maybe we did, but we didn’t care. It’s not easy growing up in Los Angeles. Well, for me it was. But, not for him.

I’m a Hollywood girl born and raised in the business.
I have everything I’ve ever needed
and only wanted him.

Is it possible to find your forever love when you’re thirteen? Maybe not for most, but I did.
I’m just a boy raised in the pits of Los Angeles.
I have nothing
and only ever wanted her.

Worlds apart
Miles away

It would only be her
It would only be him

Labels never defined us
But will they tear us apart

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“One of my FAVORITE reads of the year and I don’t say that lightly. I love how this story begins at the “beginning” and we follow it all the way through in realistic and thought provoking way. The characters are easy to fall in love it. And yeah…” ~ My Book Boyfriend

“I am blown away this is Danielle’s first book, she absolutely has an amazing talent and I feel privileged that I got to experience it. The emotions and the “feels” she brought out of me was extraordinary!” ~ Sugar Shack Book Blog

“I’m completely in AWE over the raw emotions these characters bring out in me. I’m not one to read YA Romances very often, but boy what I’ve been missing in a truly mesmerizing fairytale of love.. ” ~ Goodreads Reviewer

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review and participation in this tour via Enticing Journey’s Promotions.

Labeled Love is a sweet contemporary romance that couples with a coming of age story. As the characters grow, their love blossoms into a perfect kind of forever.

PROS:

  • Shay and Jace’s love is adorable. It starts with childish wonder and fascination that quickly turns into a solid love at first sight. Their emotions are innocent, beautifully written. Their happiness is honest and pure, their need to see each other is beyond cute. Their love is there from the very beginning, bold and raw, full of light and the overwhelming sense of rightness.
  • Everytime Jace’s eyes light on Shay it’s like a revelation, a homecoming of pure bliss. He worships her with every fiber of his being, he wants nothing more that to be a better person for her, to give her everything she needs. His awe is incredibly swoony 🙂 Nothing compares to his love for Shay, she’s his moon and stars. The letters her writes her are like confessions full of powerful emotion. Sometimes they’re a little too much and embarrassingly cheesy but they show the major romantic thread running through Jace. The boy is a chivalrous, poetic heart throb with a perverse side that pops up in the most shocking, unexpected moments. Jace has had a hard life, his situation is something that no one should have to deal with and the fact that he rises above it speaks to the compassionate, determined guy he is.
  • Shay is a sweetheart. Being with Jace is like an awakening, not only to love and passion but to the world outside her privilege. Shay is understanding and never judges, she gives her heart freely and shines her light on everyone she comes into contact with. Shay’s music is her passion (though it’s not as prominent as it could have been for later plot points) and through it, she expresses herself in the same ways Jace does through his letters. 
  • This is mature YA. Some scenes are more adult than others. As the romance escalates, their love is expressed more physically. Some scenes are insanely sweet. Jace and Shay compliment each other. Jace protects her, makes her feel comfortable, and Shay showers Jace with affection in the form of heart-shaped sandwiches and pure love.

CONS:

  • There’s not much character development. Despite a strong start, once their declarations of love happen, it’s a constant flurry of I love yous and terms of endearment. There’s no real growth. Both characters are kind-hearted, good people and from ages 12-19 they stay pretty much the same in tone and expression (apart from the occasional dirty talk late in the story). 
  • The plot, for a large chunk of the story falls a little flat, mainly because while changes are occurring, they’re peripheral to the romance. The drama and intensity fades to the background and the story falls into a fairly predictable pattern.
  • Secondary characters were lost to the romance as well. Just when you get funny, endearing moments between Jules and Shay or Jace and Landon, they’re cut off or so short that they don’t leave a strong impression. I would have loved to see more Jules and Shay time. The glimpses of Jules’ personality and even Beau’s were intriguing, light, full of spark that was just snuffed out of the plot too soon. Other small characters were typical high school archetypes, the jealous friend who acts like a mean ex boyfriend, the easy mean girl, and the fast girls from the other side of the tracks were all there and lacking substance.
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I glance at him while twisting my lip up in amusement.”She’s the only one that makes me that way.” He rolls his eyes at me, pushing me toward the girl that makes my hear beat. I can feel it the closer I get to her. As our eyes lock, she stands up and starts walking toward me. She looks so damn pretty. Long, dark, wavy hair, bright blue eyes, and the prettiest smile I’ve ever seen wraps her arms around me. It’s comfort, it’s familiar, and it’s the best fucking feeling in the world.

It’s home.

Her embrace is all I need. Even over the smell of the fire, her intoxicating scent is around me, invading me to the point of surrender. 
I don’t want to let go of her…
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I could try to think of a bunch of exciting things to say about myself, but really I’m just a Mom who has stayed home raising my four fabulous kids. How did I become a writer? Well, when you have a house full of teenagers and all their friends at the house all day, you find plenty of inspiration. I’m married to my junior high school love, who still swoons me just as much as when we were fourteen years old. I love to laugh, swoon, daydream, and watch scary movies. Spending time with my family and friends is my idea of a perfect day and getting lost in a book is part of my bliss. My debut novel Labeled Love is just the beginning of my writing journey. Happy reading!
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