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They are both dealing with trust issues due to traumatic experiences, and are weary to get involved. Of course, they simply cannot deny the pull towards each other. I was with him because I wanted to be. I wanted him. I wanted to feel alive and desired, and I needed him to be the one to do it.

Only Brady, with his piercing eyes that could see everything" "Don't ever say this was a mistake, and don't think for one minute I can't read you like a book and see exactly what you're trying to do: push me away first so you don't get hurt. I'm not going anywhere, especially now that I've felt you come around my fingers and heard you cry out my name" "We are absolutely going to pick up where we left off, and the next time you scream my name, it's going to be when I've sunk myself inside of you as deep as I can get" Absolutely every little thing that I disliked in the first book was fixed in this one.

I loved that we go back to first person perspective, seeing both Brady and Layla's. The scene transitions were smooth, the characterization was phenomenal. There were so many twists and turns, suspense, action, and steam that I stayed up all night to finish this. The ending, even though I though I had an idea about the identity of the villain, still caught me by complete surprise. We even get a little preview of Austin and Gwen's book that is coming out. View all 21 comments. Jun 02, Mo rated it liked it. I knew what was coming. The next one sounds good with Gwen and Austin - here's hoping.

View all 19 comments. All of my complaints about the last book too many POV, randomly jumping in and out if everyone's heads etc were all rectified in this one. I liked the addition of some levity between Gwen and Brady. I think that maybe, for me, there just wasn't quite the right balance between the mystery, and the building of the relationship.

I just wasn't feeling the deep connection that Brady and Layla were supposed to have.

I'm excited about the next one though - looking for 3. I'm excited about the next one though - looking forward to Gwen's story. View all 3 comments. I Brady and mega pop star Layla. Layla has had such a sad life and Brady soon realises he shouldn't judge a book by its cover when he gets beneath the surface of her pop persona. Nice chemistry, bitchy mums and a good amount of action made this a great easy read. There's a fab excerpt for book 3 at the end too, can't wait for that one!

View 2 comments. Jan 24, Brenna rated it really liked it Shelves: arc. Although a few things are referenced from book 1, these can absolutely be read as stand alones. This book picks up about a year or so after the events that happen in A Beautiful Lie. Brady is no longer in the Navy and has been having a rough time dealing with some guilt from his past. When his little sister shows up with her young 4.


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When his little sister shows up with her young daughter looking for refuge from her abusive husband, Brady knows he needs a steady job to help provide for his family. She is a pop star at the peak of her career that has been getting some threatening mail from an obsessed fan and Brady has been hired to find out who the psycho is.

Neither Layla nor Brady wants anything to do with this arrangement. Upon meeting though, there is no denying they are instantly attracted to one another. Fuck, stop ogling the client. And absolutely stop picturing her naked. I actually looked him up and down like he was a piece of meat, which he obviously noticed. Son of a bitch! There is this underlying tension about the crazy stalker who is tormenting them. I love that from page one the tone is set and the creepy factor is there.

All the while you are experiencing the connection between Layla and Brady and getting sucked into their relationship. I absolutely love these two characters and their chemistry was HOT! There was such intensity between them, not only physically, but emotionally.

Brady is so protective and yes, quite swoon-worthy. It soon becomes clear that there is more going on than what meets the eye. The mystery goes so much deeper than just some crazy fan. Trusting someone is what got me into this mess. It was clear with A Beautiful Lie that Tara Sivec can absolutely write romantic suspense, but I feel like this book was a bit smoother. I felt so much more connected to the story and the characters. I breezed right through this and read it in one sitting. I never felt like there was a lull and I was completely immersed in the story.

Sing what you want to sing, write what you want to write, and play what you want to play. Be amazing and be free. Let the music take you where you want to go. Let's Get Lost!! Check us out on Facebook too! View all 12 comments. Jan 28, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Well TE Sivec does it again! More to come closer to it's release date.

Apr 25, Kathy rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc. I am now of the opinion that I love anything and everything this author does. Sivec, Tara Sivec, or whatever handle she chooses to use for whatever type of book she writes now has a stalker, groupie, and reader for life. That is exactly what Because of You has done My love for Brady has surpassed my affair with Garrett, and I'm not giving him up without a fight.

Because of You is a beautifully written romantic suspense novel that is exactly what I needed in my reading. I needed something to make me sweat, swoon, white-knuckle my Kindle, and bawl like a baby; and this book delivered all that and more. The true angst in Brady and Layla's story has fulfilled a desperate need to feel more than just a tingle in my cheeks and a hitch in my breath.

I kept lowering my head to my Kindle while reading, getting as close to the screen as I could as if the book was pulling me into its very center, and I couldn't escape it, leaving me with eye strain and neck pain that I won't dare complain about because of the emotions dragged out of me from reading. I was so engrossed in the uneasiness, the romance, and the lyrics that held such meaning to the lives of the characters.

Believe me when I say that Because of You is the best of the best from this author. The story begins with Brady, whom we met as a side character in A Beautiful Lie. He carries so much guilt from things gone wrong in his tenure as a Navy SEAL and as a police officer after retiring from the military.

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He now works as a private eye and provides protection to his sister, Gwen, and his six-year-old niece, Emma, who are fighting their own battles. Unfortunately, his guilt has plagued and turned him into a drunken mess who spends his nights finding release in hookers and whores.

Unable to pay the electric bills, he is forced to consider a job finding a stalker of the famous pop artist, Layla Carlisle. Brady wants nothing to do with Layla, who to him looks like a Barbie on steroids, plastic and fake in every way. Gwen and Emma are huge fans of Layla's music and with much prodding, Gwen finally convinces Brady to take the job hunting down the person harassing and threatening Layla.

The candid banter between Gwen and Brady throughout the story made me chuckle every time. In fact, there were many times that I chuckled and wore a wide grin while reading scenes in which Brady and his macho manliness was forced to do something that had him to watching his own manhood fly out the window as he acquiesced to whatever Gwen or Emma requested. We first meet Layla when she is only ten years old, as the author builds her back story and introduces us to those responsible for making Layla the person and pop star she is today.

Layla's father, Jack, was a strong and loving force in Layla's life until he was taken from her in her youth. He was the mogul behind Hummingbird records and taught Layla to play the guitar, realizing early on that she had a natural talent. He encouraged her to play and sing what made her feel happy and only what she wanted to play and sing; and if she follows his advice, then it would never become just a job. He didn't push Layla to pursue a career in music, because he knew the toll it would take on her. He wanted more in life for his little hummingbird.

Layla's mother, Eve, on the other hand had different thoughts on the subject. What can I say about Eve? She is nasty to the core and is out for cash and power, even if she has to use her own daughter to get it. She is all kinds of evil. Their relationship is very strained and Layla is brow beaten and berated with every private encounter, but Eve is very much the doting and loving mother in the public eye.

Layla's only support is Finn, the former marine and bodyguard who has been her best friend since elementary school. She trusts Finn with her life, and he is the only one who knows her secrets and dreams. When Brady and Layla meet, it is not at all what Brady expected. He quickly learns that Layla is two different people, and he never knows which person he will see - the plastic Barbie doll who sings teeny-bopper songs that make his ears ache or the beautiful girl sans makeup who makes heartfelt music. While the attraction is there for the beautiful Layla minus the plastered hair and painted face early on, their relationship develops at a slower pace, allowing the reader to enjoy Brady and Layla just being together as the romance unfolds.

It isn't rushed or hurried in any way, but paced nicely as they work closely together to solve the stalker mystery. Both characters are strong and plagued with brokenness in different forms. You can't fix me, Brady. What you see is what you get. Brady and Layla learn to lean on each other and attempt to find that trust in each other that neither possess. The heat is turned up when they do find their way together and attempt to trust with their hearts, even though both fear the hurt that can result. But, sometimes the fear of hurt and the realization of living in two different worlds can take over and decisions are made from raw emotion.

I'm not going anywhere, especially now that I've felt you come around my fingers and heard you cry out my name. This book contains subjects of guilt, betrayal, extortion, murder, sexual assault, romance, and dreams. All of these things led me to repeated anxiety attacks, laughter, and sobbing Sivec for doing what I believed was the unthinkable in chapters 24 and I was in complete denial. I couldn't believe what I was reading. I wanted to throw my Kindle and pretend like I hadn't read those chapters, but I reeled it in and read on to receive the much needed closure that would allow me to breathe again.

We do get a few cameo appearances from familiar characters that appeared in A Beautiful Lie which I also highly recommend , and it's my opinion that these books should be read in order due to possible spoilers, but Because of You can be read as a stand-alone. The gripping plot, powerful and remarkable characters, and heartfelt song lyrics will transform the reader from spectator to active participant as the all-riveting events unravel. Sivec has once again proven that she can write anything, and I will read it.

Mar 19, Paula rated it really liked it Shelves: suspense-romance. It has everything you could possibly want in a romantic suspense: super sexy alpha hero, hot romance, suspense, mystery, fast-paced action, drama, and angst. Brady Marshall grew up in a privileged life where money and status means everything to his parents. Brady hated this life and his parents expectations. After spending years as a Navy SEAL and then a cop, he can no longer cope with all the losses throughout the years. Consumed by his guilt and grief, he spends his days drinking booze and sleeping with nameless women.

That is, until his sister, Gwen, knocks on his door with her daughter in tow needing a safe place to hide from her very wealthy, but abusive, husband. Brady decides if there is anyone he is willing to get his life together for, it would be his sister, and he is determined to protect her against all costs.

Layla Carlyle is a world famous pop singer, who has loved music all her life. However, the music she loves and is passionate about is not the kind of music she performs. Being a pop princess was not her dream nor was it what her father wanted of her before he died in a car accident. All Eve cares about is making money, and using Layla as a money-making pawn to keep her wealthy. The woman is ruthless and evil. And because Layla is a good person all the way down into her heart and soul, she has let Eve control her through her best friend and bodyguard, Finn.

And Layla would do anything for Finn, even if it meant sacrificing what she wants most in her life — making the kind of music she loves. When Layla and Brady first meet, they don't hit it off. As Brady continues to investigate and protect Layla, the sexual tension rises, and their growing feelings begin to take center stage leading to a very hot and steamy affair. Even though he still feels guilty for the things that happen in his past, he finds the strength to make sure his sister and niece are taken care of. In the process, he finds a woman that begins to mean everything to him.

And once Brady finally sees Layla for who she truly is underneath the facade, he finds out that there is a talented, beautiful, kind woman screaming to be set free of Mommy Dearest. Joan Crawford definitely has nothing on Eve Carlyle. Be free. But as Brady and Layla grow closer, Layla becomes afraid to let Brady into her world. As she tries to push Brady away, he pulls her right back, too stubborn to let this woman walk out of his life. Especially now that he knows who the woman is underneath the layers. He wants THAT woman. Soon these two learn that even though they come from different worlds, they are so very perfect for one another.

In the meantime, as things heat up between Layla and Brady, the stalker threats become more and more intense. It soon becomes clear the stalker issue goes deeper than just a crazed fan.

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The storyline is suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat as the twists kept coming. Miz Sivec has a way with writing mystery that will keep you spinning your wheels the entire time. Who is the stalker? Who is the true villain in this piece? Expect this story to be unpredictable and to be left feeling breathless and shocked when all the secrets are finally revealed. And Austin. Happy sigh. This may not be the most action-packed book of the two in the series so far, there is still a fair amount of fast-paced action and suspense to keep you reading into the late hours of the night.

So, yeah, buying this book is a no-brainer. View all 9 comments. Jan 24, Ashley rated it it was amazing Shelves: 5-stars , arc , series , panty-dropper , im-with-the-band , richie-rich , alpha-male. What we had was everything. We all have that one author that holds a super special place in our heart — you know, the one that you took a chance on when they released their debut novel and you had absolutely no idea what kind of writer they were.

You just bought their book and prayed that it was worth your time. And then when you were balls deep into the story, anxiously flipping page after page, something happened — you fell in love with someone you didn't even know. Tara Sivec is that author that holds a super special place in my heart.

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It will make you grin, make your heart race, make you cry, and oh yes I felt my heartbeat in my vagina during a couple scenes. Or maybe my vagina was just fist pumping out of excitement. And I refuse to give away any spoilers, but I just need to say one thing right now. Just know this — your heart might stop for several minutes. I know mine did. Because of You is just another 5 star piece of perfection that reiterates why Tara is that author for me.

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Oh, one last thing! I present to you Brady and Layla ; [image error] Mar 03, Sofia Lazaridou rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-i-love. Maybe if I had realised sooner, listened earlier, put way pride and belief that everyone has some good in them deep down, I wouldn't be where I am now- fighting for my life and wondering if the person I love cares enough to save me from this hell.

Brady after some bad decisions that led to some people's death. He can't cope with that and he has started drinking and going home with random women. When he can't pay the electricity bill he is persuaded to accept a job as a bodyguard to a pop star p Maybe if I had realised sooner, listened earlier, put way pride and belief that everyone has some good in them deep down, I wouldn't be where I am now- fighting for my life and wondering if the person I love cares enough to save me from this hell.

When he can't pay the electricity bill he is persuaded to accept a job as a bodyguard to a pop star princess. Layla is not the diva he was expecting her to be. Her mother is forcing her to sing songs that she doesn't like and not her own you can see a part of one and another complete and the father she loved and thought he was the only person she could be herself with did not want her and was leaving her behind. With their past hunting them and a stalker threating Layla, Layla and Brady will find true love.

Do I let the darkness swallow me? Do I let go and finally be free? This pain leaves a scar that you cannot erase. Only the darkness can take away my disgrace I really like that T. Sivec names her books after songs. Because of you is a song a love and I am sure you do too. If read the lyrics and the book you will see the similarities they have.

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The heroine is afraid because of what happened and it's not easy to open up. I love everything about The Playing with fire series. Sivec combines romance with military, less military in here but still plenty, but the book has some medium steamy scenes. I laughed a little but overall the book was serious. I liked A beautiful lie more, maybe due to the fact that I might have been wanting to read a book more similar to AB.

I loved the songs Layla wrote, the twists and the revelations, Brady who made mistakes and tried to find a way to fix them and I know that Because of you is the book worth reading. An hour hasn't passed since I finished it and I am already screaming "Where is the third book? When is soon? You should try the series and you will not be dissapointed.

I am still not sure if Because of you is about her father or Brady. Both men are the reason Layla did something. Because of her father she became a pop idol and because of Brady she became herself. Every day is another step closer, to where I don't want to be. Another smile, another laugh, another moment of this fake reality. Because of you I see clearer than I ever have. Because of you I cant let anyone else inside. Because of you I learnt how to be alone. Because of you I am ashamed. Just for a moment, I was back in time, to a place where I belong.

Where dreams could lead you everywhere and wishes could make you strong. But then I wake up and my eyes are open wide. Every day I lose more of who I am Afraid to cry, afraid to hurt because you taught me it was wrong. View all 5 comments. Shelves: adult , rock-stars-need-luv-2 , romance , arc , read Thank you. Click here to read the rules - you must read them before submitting your comment! Some rules to follow when you post comments Your comments may be removed if they do not comply with any of the following rules.

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Notes and melodies that bring me back to life and allow me to be who I really am. My vision is swimming. Spots flash before my eyes as I struggle to remain conscious. Flashbacks of the past few months run through my mind like someone flipping the pages of a book, and my heart shatters at the memories. I should have seen what was happening. I should have listened to him from the beginning, but everything about him scared me.


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Trusting someone is what got me into this mess. Someone who should have been there for me and protected me…it was all a lie from the very beginning. Deep down I knew it. I just never wanted to believe the hatred ran that deep. I close my eyes, thinking back over the last eight years and wondering about all of the things I should have done differently, the choices I made that have led me to where I am now. They are probably just coming back to finish the job, not satisfied with how much they have already broken me, how much they have already taken from me.

The four-door, blue sedan parked three spots down from me has a rear tire that's losing air and will most likely blow a flat within three days. The wind is blowing from the southeast at around five miles per hour. Fireside Bookshop, the store across the street, is three minutes and twenty-seven seconds late opening this morning. Jensen, the owner of the building I rent, has a yappy, shit-kicker dog named Mitzy. They live upstairs from Marshall Investigations, and on nice days like today, he leaves a window open so Mitzy can get some fresh air. Pushing open the door to the office with my shoulder, I sort through a stack of mail as I make my way inside, blindly reaching one hand out to the wall and flipping on the light switch as I walk by.

Mitzy manages to bark thirty-five times from the moment I open my car door to when I reach the quiet tranquility of my office. My dark fucking office. I back up a few steps and feel across the wall with my hand, flicking the switch up and down a few more times and cursing under my breath once more just for the hell of it. When the florescent lights from above fail to blind me, I smack the pile of bills and junk mail down on the closest desk with a loud snapping noise and make a move to touch the light switch again.

I roll my eyes at Gwen as she walks into the office area from the kitchenette in the back. Every time she walks into a room, I can still feel my jaw drop slightly. My baby sister's always been the quiet one, never doing anything to draw attention to herself until she showed up on my doorstep one night looking like she'd gone ten rounds with Mike Tyson. My parents live in a world where the country club dictates their every move.

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