Author: Victoria L. James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Five weeks after Natalie walked out of my life, I was forced to go back to the start. Twice I’d given my heart to those who didn’t want it, leaving me alone again wondering who I was, where I was meant to be going, and what I stood for.
Loneliness became my new best friend, no matter how hard I tried to deny it. Bitterness threatened to take over and turn me into somebody I wasn’t. Nothing made me feel alive anymore. Nothing made me happy.
Until she arrived. Her. The girl no one was meant to fall in love with—especially not me. Especially not then.
We didn’t know that our time together was fleeting. Our futures were already shaped for us, weaved together by a string of events that were destined to tear us apart if we let them. I just wasn’t willing to go down without a fight this time.
Not all men give up so easily, and the scars on my heart had made me stronger. If anyone could beat the cruel hand of fate, it was me. All I had to do was believe.
In me. In her. In us.
That beautiful, unexpected, thrilling, surprise love of mine.
Meet the Author
Victoria L James is a teenage girl stuck in a thirty-something year-olds body. Living somewhere ‘oop north’ in England, she has had a strong passion for words and stories going as far back as she can remember, which she credits to her grandmother and her love of reading anything that was on sale and cheap from the local market stall. Never once did she think she would release a novel, though. At best, she thought her love of language and her ability to create stories in her mind would provide her with a ‘get out of jail free’ card whenever she messed up and her parents were mad at her during her teenage years… and when even that didn’t work out, she thought she was pretty much done for.
When an opportunity presented itself for her to take a back seat from paid working life for a few years, she knew straight away that she had to try and write about a few of these worlds she’d come up with along the way, and quieten all the voices in her head without racking up a heavy psychiatry bill for the pleasure.
Wearing her heart on her sleeve and trying to lighten her friends’ and family’s lives with naff, and more often than not, badly timed, nineties jokes, she has yet to learn the art of knowing when to shut up. Which is another reason writing became a passion of hers. With pen and paper, there are no limits.
A firm believer in never quitting, with a ridiculous obsession for all things Rocky, she hopes that one day she writes a story that will inspire at least one person out there to keep on going if they’re struggling. Other than that, she’s just a regular old converse wearing, corona sipping, English version of Chandler Bing, who loves and adores her family more than life itself. Oh, and she also has two cats. Every writer has to mention their cats, right?
Other Books in the Series
Download Natexus (book one) here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01B8I03HM
Download All the Way (book two) here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MF8SF9K
This review is so hard to write for three main reasons.
1. You really need to read Natexus first and it’s hard not to give anything away about Natexus whilst reviewing Marcus.
2. You have to ‘live’ Marcus as you’re reading it, it’s raw, it’s painful, it’s beautiful, in no particular order which means everything I write about the story would be giving something away and I don’t want to ruin the magic for you.
3. How do you put words that do any sort of justice to the words Victoria writes?
I’ll try and babble some thoughts although they’ll likely be in an incoherent form. Firstly I should start by saying I had high expectations of Marcus. I thought it would be awesome but it was nothing like I expected, the angst wasn’t as terrifying as I thought it would be and it wasn’t as sad as I feared. It was indescribable really. But here’s what it was, it was beautiful, it was poetic, it made me smile, it made me swoon, it made me gasp and it made me happy, at the same time it made me sad and made me appreciate life. The best way to describe Marcus is after how Natexus left me, Marcus ‘squeezed all my cracks back together’. Some of the moments were heartstopping and many of the one liners thought provoking. The author is a sorceress. She has the ability to create a world in which I want to immerse myself, her words reach out to me like no other and I find them making sense in my own life. She writes words so good that you would happily ink them on your skin. I can’t really write a review without giving away spoilers so this is all you’re getting, go read it for yourself and fall in love with the characters, the world that’s created and Victoria L. James.
Marcus, is right up there as one of my ultimates he’s given Travis Maddox one hell of a run for his money. He’s my grown up adult version of the perfect book boyf. Thank you Victoria L. James for not giving me the awesome story I expected, thank you for giving me the stupendous story I didn’t even know I needed. ❤️