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Four days before Valentine’s Day, Liese Hansfeld is determined to shut the door to her house, as well as her heart, for her annual four days of mourning her one true love. Little does she know her best friend Freytag Meier is just as determined to keep her from her ritual. He’s ready to pick the lock to her apartment door and camp in her living room if that’s what it takes Four days before Valentine’s Day, Liese Hansfeld is determined to shut the door to her house, as well as her heart, for her annual four days of mourning her one true love. Little does she know her best friend Freytag Meier is just as determined to keep her from her ritual. He’s ready to pick the lock to her apartment door and camp in her living room if that’s what it takes. What Freytag isn’t prepared for is the surge of deep-rooted emotions he feels for Liese, but two things stand in his way: the grief and guilt she still clutches close to her heart, and a man who threatens to snatch Liese from under Frey’s watchful eye. Frey is determined to distract her into forgetting her pain. But is that enough to ease her grief, or help her see he can be more than her best friend?

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Four days before Valentine’s Day, Liese Hansfeld is determined to shut the door to her house, as well as her heart, for her annual four days of mourning her one true love. Little does she know her best friend Freytag Meier is just as determined to keep her from her ritual. He’s ready to pick the lock to her apartment door and camp in her living room if that’s what it takes Four days before Valentine’s Day, Liese Hansfeld is determined to shut the door to her house, as well as her heart, for her annual four days of mourning her one true love. Little does she know her best friend Freytag Meier is just as determined to keep her from her ritual. He’s ready to pick the lock to her apartment door and camp in her living room if that’s what it takes. What Freytag isn’t prepared for is the surge of deep-rooted emotions he feels for Liese, but two things stand in his way: the grief and guilt she still clutches close to her heart, and a man who threatens to snatch Liese from under Frey’s watchful eye. Frey is determined to distract her into forgetting her pain. But is that enough to ease her grief, or help her see he can be more than her best friend?

30 review for Truly, Madly, Deeply, You

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jillian -always aspiring-

    Truly, Madly, Deeply, You: currently, it has a fairly middle-of-the-range average rating (hovering just over the 3.5 star mark) here on Goodreads...so you might be wondering why I'm so far on the other end of the spectrum with a one-star "Sorry, I Didn't Like It" rating. To be honest, what initially drew me to this novella (which clocks in at just around 70-80 pages) was the cover. I haven't had much exposure to interracial romances, so I was intrigued that this novella was so upfront about the k Truly, Madly, Deeply, You: currently, it has a fairly middle-of-the-range average rating (hovering just over the 3.5 star mark) here on Goodreads...so you might be wondering why I'm so far on the other end of the spectrum with a one-star "Sorry, I Didn't Like It" rating. To be honest, what initially drew me to this novella (which clocks in at just around 70-80 pages) was the cover. I haven't had much exposure to interracial romances, so I was intrigued that this novella was so upfront about the kind of romance inside. Almost immediately, I wanted to know the characters depicted on the cover and how their relationship might develop within the story. The blurb also intrigued me because it tackles an issue that I've seen discussed quite a bit over the past few weeks on the internet: the matter of the "friendzoned guy." Freytag "Frey" Meier is one such man, who has held a special place in his heart for his best friend Liese Hansfeld ever since they were thirteen years old...but Liese has seemingly never noticed. In fact, she went on to marry another, only for her to lose her husband a few short years after they wed. Given that kind of backstory, I was a bit concerned with how a male character in the friendzone would react to such a situation. Would he take advantage of his friend's grief and try to "make her love him" by smothering her with (some ill-motivated) kindness and attention? Or would he simply be the friend who lives his own life and tries to move on himself even as he wishes that his friend could (and would) do the same for herself? I was curious to find out. So...what happened to make me react so negatively to this story? How did all my interest and curiosity turn into disappointment and irritation? I really don't think the story started on the right foot when Frey, "being the good friend," ignores Liese's wishes to be alone during her yearly four-day grieving period and breaks into her home. Even though the intention was that Frey was doing all this "for her own good," I felt appalled on behalf of Liese. Why? This man is supposedly her best friend (and, given the context of the story, seemingly her only friend), yet he doesn't think to talk to her about any of this prior to swooping in and saying, "Okay, you don't get an opinion on this. You are not going to be alone this year because I say so." Great that you want to help her! Great that you seem to have good intentions! But why "your way or no way," huh? As best friends, shouldn't your relationship be a bit more equal than that? Of course...as soon as I met and knew Liese, I found myself a bit appalled by her as well. Given her grief, I can understand some lapses in care of herself and such -- but it was a bit annoying that she needs to be reminded by Frey to take care of herself and he cooks every meal for her (otherwise, she doesn't seem to eat). Not to mention the fact that, even when she's in another room (such as the bathroom) and locks the door, Frey often "checks up" on her quickly and (at one point) believes he might have to break down the door "just to make sure she's all right." Now, here's the thing: I could understand some of Frey's overprotectiveness and paranoia if Liese were suicidal. However, even with how often she cried, I never got the deep, frightening impression that "Man, if this girl were left alone, she might really do harm to herself." I don't know if the lack of worry on my end was due to Liese's characterization or something else. For all I know, she was meant to be portrayed as a potentially suicidal woman who needed to be brought back from the brink by her best friend who loves her. Truthfully, I never felt that from Liese while I was reading, but some other reader might see it another way and be more empathetic as to why Frey seemed to have a problem with respecting Liese's space. As for me...well, I found Frey was a manipulator hidden behind the mask of a "nice guy." Only two other characters made an appearance in this novella: Ben (Frey's romantic rival for Liese) and Carmen (Frey's ex-girlfriend). Given that neither character is fleshed out or given complexities beyond being outside "obstacles" to Frey and Liese's romance, Ben and Carmen added nothing more to the story. It was a shame, really, since sometimes supporting characters can make up for some of the slack of the main characters (if said supporting characters are fleshed out enough). Beyond all that, however, what really made me dislike this novella was that I saw no real depth to the friendship or the potential romantic relationship between Liese and Frey. They've known each other since they were in their early teens, yet no real backstory depth is given to their friendship other than Liese sometimes musing how they've already seen each other naked when they were younger or how they sometimes slept in the same bed (both musings of which add very little weight to the reality of friendship between these two characters, in my opinion). On Frey's end, it's a bit disturbing how he coddles Liese (he even compares her to a kitten once): there's no real respect on his end for her other than trying to "protect" her from other guys. As for the romance...well, it has little to do with admirable traits they see in each other but how attractive they find each other. Never once did I read how they admired each other's internal traits and characteristics but rather the external such as beauty and sex appeal. But why does Frey love Liese so much, beyond beauty? Why does Liese start to see him romantically even though she loved and married someone else? I wanted to know these things, but I never received any of the answers. The sad thing is that I might not have had such a dislike for this story if the characters had been teenagers instead of adults. Mind, that's not a preference of mine (it's my personal view that characters of any work should be deep and complex), but rather the characters themselves weren't convincing as adults. Their dialogue, their behavior, their emotions -- all of it seemed more suitable for teenage characters wrought with the potential excuses of hormones, romantic entanglements and drama, and emotional confusion. (I know adults experience all those things as well to varying degrees, but it's not in a book's favor when you have a 24-year-old man who treats a grown woman like a child who must be babied and protected from others and herself. Nor is it a good sign when you have a 24-year-old woman shifting among crying fits, antidepressant-fueled stupor, or sudden lust for her best friend, all the while giving no real indicator that she can care for herself without the help of said best friend.) Plus, we are never clued in to how these characters support themselves, what their hobbies may be, what connections they bear to the outside world other than to each other...and I find that a bit disquieting in and of itself. Other romances give their characters family backgrounds and such, so why couldn't I at least see some of that here? Instead, the story has romance as the one and only core goal, and it suffers for it. By the end of the novella, nothing is truly resolved. Liese still has her issues, and Frey will likely suffocate her with his "love" and not give her the space she needs to try and heal in her own time. No, it's not the most destructive romance in fiction out there (far from it), but I still can't accept it as a "good romance" or even a desirable one (given the unequal balance between Frey and Liese). And I don't think other readers should accept it as such either. However, that's just my opinion. If you're at all interested in Truly, Madly, Deeply, You, then by all means spend the two dollars for the e-book and see how the story fares for you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Meh. We never learn anything about Liese or her lifelong best friend Frey other than the following: Liese is in a deep depression over the loss of her husband and unborn child two years ago. Frey is determined to bring Liese out of her depression by insisting she realize that he is the perfect romantic partner for her. Throughout this story, I saw Frey as a major creep and manipulator. Rather than help Liese with her depression, and then approach her about his feelings, Frey decides to romance Lies Meh. We never learn anything about Liese or her lifelong best friend Frey other than the following: Liese is in a deep depression over the loss of her husband and unborn child two years ago. Frey is determined to bring Liese out of her depression by insisting she realize that he is the perfect romantic partner for her. Throughout this story, I saw Frey as a major creep and manipulator. Rather than help Liese with her depression, and then approach her about his feelings, Frey decides to romance Liese when she is at her most vulnerable; the one weekend out of the year when she sets aside all other personal responsibilities so that she may mourn what she has lost. In addition Frey insists Liese immediately stop taking her depression meds (wha?) without a thought or care to whether Liese is even taking medication which is able to be stopped abruptly (hint: most are not!) The only other characters we meet are Ben, a man with whom Liese went on a few dates with months ago, and Carmen, Frey's ex-girlfriend. Rather than being honest with Liese about his feelings, supposed bff Frey allows Liese to believe Ben has been sending her secret love messages (spoiler, it's not Ben, it's Frey.) So when Frey says, "Let's go out" Liese insists on inviting Ben... Frey says Okay but secretly plans on wooing Liese anyway. And when Liese says, "Let's make it a foursome and you invite Carmen" Frey also says Okay, rather than tell Liese that he has already broken up with Carmen. When poor Carmen tries to flirt with psychotic Frey he angrily rebuffs her. So much of this story was simply not okay. And not well written. And the characters had little to no personality. I definitely don't recommend it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ~Tina~

    3.5 stars Aww, what a precious story. It's a real shame this book doesn't come out till March, it would have been the perfect Valentine treat. Liese and Frey are truly adorable. My heart really went out to Liese and what happened to her but I'm glad that Frey made her see that she finally deserves happiness. Truly, Madly, Deeply, You is a lovely short-story about letting go and moving on and who better to move on with then the person that's always been there. (Arc provided by InkSpell Publishing)

  4. 4 out of 5

    CaliGirlRae

    This was another sweet romance from Inkspell that I really enjoyed, with the extra goodness of being an interracial romance (squee) and a friends to lovers story (woo hoo). Like Always You, this book dealt with secrets and moving on. My heart went out to Liese who is the one carrying the guilt in the novel. Her best friend Frey has been there from the beginning before her marriage and eventual loss and is there to pick up the pieces afterward. Also like the previous novel, there is a sense of mys This was another sweet romance from Inkspell that I really enjoyed, with the extra goodness of being an interracial romance (squee) and a friends to lovers story (woo hoo). Like Always You, this book dealt with secrets and moving on. My heart went out to Liese who is the one carrying the guilt in the novel. Her best friend Frey has been there from the beginning before her marriage and eventual loss and is there to pick up the pieces afterward. Also like the previous novel, there is a sense of mystery throughout the novel as 'the secret' is known by the hero and heroine but later revealed to the reader. Liese is a complex character. Suffering from depression, she tries to move on despite the nightmares, the deep melancholia affecting her not only emotionally but also physically and mentally. Frey is a completely sweet and strong hero. Some romance readers may find his beta tendencies a bit jarring if they are used to reading alpha heroes, but I love how he would be so caring of Liese and also very protective of her when someone is hurting her. The romance is low key, sensual and yet very hot when the reader's tension is relieved with a kiss. My hats off to Ms. Roberts for steaming up my reader with the most sensually hot kiss I've read recently! The later scenes between Frey and Liese prove that with the perfect description, a kiss and some tension can go a long way in place of hardcore sexually explicit scenes. At novella length, Truly Madly Deeply You offers a quick and very satisfying read for those looking for an easy going contemporary romance to relax with. (Blog Review Addendum - Double review with by Shilpa Mudiganti) I'm extremely glad I was able to read these two books back to back. With such gorgeous soft pastel covers that look amazing side by side, a theme of secrets, truth and renewal, both Always You and Truly, Madly, Deeply, You go hand in hand for a wonderfully romantic dual read. I must say I'm rather impressed with Inkspell's launch reads. The stories were sensual and sexy without being over the top and in your face with its sexual nature. Many readers I've spoken to have been missing the tension in romance books today where most have replaced characterization with sexual metaphors (and moving body parts) and unresolved tension with hardcore sex every page. I will be sure to mention these titles next time I speak to them because if they are like me looking for some great stories to relax with, lovely romantic tension to get your heart beating, sensual descriptions and characters you want to fall for, they will be in for a lovely treat. :-) I'm looking forward to reading more of Inkspell's book selections!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Preet

    Liese, our female lead, is going through something that you hope never happens to anyone. Throughout the book we're kept in suspense about knowing what and who she is mourning, but are given little clues up until the very end. I really felt for her character and understood all of her hesitations through the story. Our other main character named Frey is seriously the best friend any girl could ask for. He's so sweet and adorable that I just wanted to clone him and have one for myself. From beginn Liese, our female lead, is going through something that you hope never happens to anyone. Throughout the book we're kept in suspense about knowing what and who she is mourning, but are given little clues up until the very end. I really felt for her character and understood all of her hesitations through the story. Our other main character named Frey is seriously the best friend any girl could ask for. He's so sweet and adorable that I just wanted to clone him and have one for myself. From beginning to end I always felt his love for her to be real and almost childlike. I was able to see that their relationship had a history to it. The strongest aspect about this story was Robert's writing style. She was able to convey such an array of emotions in such a short period of time that always felt believable. Though the characters were going through hardships, they could still banter with one another and understand what the other was going through without anything said. There was also this underlying tension from the beginning of the book that also added to the emotion of the characters. It was something that was never really mentioned, but as a reader it was something I could always sense. Seriously, the only issue I had with this book was that it wasn't longer. I wanted more from the characters because I felt for them. I finished feeling incomplete because this book was like a tease, haha. This short story has everything for a sweet romance lover. If you want a cute short read with characters you want to know or already know, I'd definitely pick this up in March!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Moss

    GAH! This book ended too soon! Truly, Madly, Deeply, You was an exquisite read. I adore friends-to-lovers stories, as you will all see when my June release comes out. I love the idea of a male/female friendship, where one or both are harboring deeper feelings for each other. Cecelia Robert's did a most excellent job with her dialogue, I can tell that it is her strong suit. I really enjoyed the banter between Liese and Frey, so much so that when they were speaking to other characters, I longed fo GAH! This book ended too soon! Truly, Madly, Deeply, You was an exquisite read. I adore friends-to-lovers stories, as you will all see when my June release comes out. I love the idea of a male/female friendship, where one or both are harboring deeper feelings for each other. Cecelia Robert's did a most excellent job with her dialogue, I can tell that it is her strong suit. I really enjoyed the banter between Liese and Frey, so much so that when they were speaking to other characters, I longed for it to be with each other! I also really enjoyed Ms. Robert's voice from a male P.O.V. She really captured Frey's thoughts beautifully, and I think he is my favorite character because of that. I absolutely cannot wait for more from Ms. Roberts. Grab this novella when it comes out, you won't be disappointed!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Arlena

    Author: Cecilia Robert Published By: Inkspell Publishing Age Recommend:16 Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Raven Rating: 4 Blog Review For: GMTA Review: Truly, Madly, Deeply, You, by Cecilia Robert was a sweet light Valentine's Day romance. The two main characters are Liese Hansfeld and Fretag Meier were simply wonderful. I really enjoyed the way the author put this this sweet short story together. Liese was in her home for her annual four days of mourning of her true love. However, her best friend Freytag dec Author: Cecilia Robert Published By: Inkspell Publishing Age Recommend:16 Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Raven Rating: 4 Blog Review For: GMTA Review: Truly, Madly, Deeply, You, by Cecilia Robert was a sweet light Valentine's Day romance. The two main characters are Liese Hansfeld and Fretag Meier were simply wonderful. I really enjoyed the way the author put this this sweet short story together. Liese was in her home for her annual four days of mourning of her true love. However, her best friend Freytag decides that this year he would make things a little different for Liese. With Freytag having deep feelings for Liese just how was he prepared to let her know of the way he truly feels about her. There were two obstacles standing his Freytag way: With Liese feeling of guilt (for her husband and child that had died in a car crash) and another man who had wanted to get involved with Liese. Fregtag who was Liese's best friend was determined to distract her from all of those distractions (Liese pain and grief) and help her see that he(Freytag) can be much than just a best friend for her. How will Fretag succeed? You will just have to read this wonderful novel to find out the answer. I found Truly, Madly, Deeply, You by Cecilia Robert was a good sweet beautiful romance novel and I believe anyone who would like a quick short romance will enjoy this good read. Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.probo...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    ** I received an eARC copy of the book from Inkspell Publishing.** Truly, Madly, Deeply, You is a very sweet and heartwarming story. Liese has been having a very difficult time the past two years after a tragic accident occurs in her life...changing it forever. The four days leading up to Valentine's Day are always the toughest for her to deal with though. Frey, Liese's best friend since they were kids, has decided enough is enough and he plans to spend those four days with her whether she likes ** I received an eARC copy of the book from Inkspell Publishing.** Truly, Madly, Deeply, You is a very sweet and heartwarming story. Liese has been having a very difficult time the past two years after a tragic accident occurs in her life...changing it forever. The four days leading up to Valentine's Day are always the toughest for her to deal with though. Frey, Liese's best friend since they were kids, has decided enough is enough and he plans to spend those four days with her whether she likes it or not because he can't bear to see her hurting anymore. That's when he notices that things are worse than he realized. What neither of them are aware of is that their feelings for each other have moved past the friendship stage but even so, Liese is afraid of losing yet another person that means everything to her so she denies her feelings for Frey. With everything that Liese had gone through those two years ago, I did feel that she was a strong woman but she wasn't perfect. The guilt she felt was slowly destroying her. I was glad that she wasn't trying to push everyone away ... except, of course, for the four days every year that she set aside to mourn. Frey, gosh, I love him. :) He is everything a girl could want in a best friend. He refuses to let her spiral out of control, he knows her better than most, he's very caring, and he'll do whatever it takes to help her. The story is nicely told and I was immersed in it from the go. What I did notice from this story, compared to other romances that I've read, is there is no major conflict that the main characters have to fight through to get where they are destined to be. Sure, there is another guy hoping to snag Liese's heart but no major conflict occurs. I rather enjoyed it surprisingly. It was different and the story stayed focused on Frey and Liese. Oddly enough, it kind of reminded me about how you might watch a movie and there is a subplot that you'd really rather just fast forward through so that you can get back to the romance aspect. Well this book gave me what I wanted without adding in something that takes you away from Liese's and Frey's story. About the only thing that I could have wished for is. This book was a quick read for me and I would have loved there to be more to the story. Still, I enjoyed it very much and would certainly be interested in reading more from Cecilia Robert in the future.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cass

    Review posted at: http://librarymosaic.blogspot.pt/2012... Review: I received this book from Inkspell Publishing in exchange if an honest review and I have to say this is a very sweet story. For the past two years and due to a tragic accident, Liese’s life hasn’t been easy and the days leading up to Valentine’s Day are always the worse for her. Knowing this, her childhood friend, Frey has decided enough is enough. He plans to spend the days before Valentine’s Day with Liese whether she wants it or Review posted at: http://librarymosaic.blogspot.pt/2012... Review: I received this book from Inkspell Publishing in exchange if an honest review and I have to say this is a very sweet story. For the past two years and due to a tragic accident, Liese’s life hasn’t been easy and the days leading up to Valentine’s Day are always the worse for her. Knowing this, her childhood friend, Frey has decided enough is enough. He plans to spend the days before Valentine’s Day with Liese whether she wants it or nor. He can’t stand seeing his friend suffer, especially when he realized things are worse than what he imagined. At first, Liese and Frey are not aware their feelings for each other have gone beyond friendship but when they do realize it Liese is too afraid to acknowledge her feelings. She’s took afraid of losing yet another person who is so important to her. I liked Liese. She has gone through a lot but she’s still strong, even though she carries a lot of guilt around. I enjoyed reading about her but I have to confess she sometimes made me feel frustrated, especially because she couldn’t seem to realize how great and sweet Freytag was and that she was really lucky to have him. Frey really is great. He’s sweet, caring, and romantic, threats Liese incredibly well and was always there for her. He knew he loved her but he was willing to wait until she was ready to look at him as more than just a friend. The relationship between the two of them developed nicely and was really sweet. I really enjoyed this book. It is about a great friendship turning into an ever better romance. The story is well told and beautiful and was able to keep me interested. I only wished this book was a little longer. If you like Contemporary Romance and are looking for a sweet story, Truly, Madly, Deeply might just be the book for you. Rating:Worth Your Time a (4 Stars)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Yelania Nightwalker

    At the beginning, I didn't know what was happening to Liese. She was suffering in 4 days of mourning for the death of "someone". I really don't know who or why until late in the novel and is a bit complicated for you, the reader, to ingratiate him/herself with the pain of it, when you're so on blank with what happened to her. As the novel progresses and we see her suffer, we suffer with her. I don't deny it. I was touched. But there were times when I felt it was too, I really wanted that Frey tak At the beginning, I didn't know what was happening to Liese. She was suffering in 4 days of mourning for the death of "someone". I really don't know who or why until late in the novel and is a bit complicated for you, the reader, to ingratiate him/herself with the pain of it, when you're so on blank with what happened to her. As the novel progresses and we see her suffer, we suffer with her. I don't deny it. I was touched. But there were times when I felt it was too, I really wanted that Frey take her out of that pit of self pity. I wanted to see a little more strength in her character. It's hard, knowing what happened. But you can not help wanting a grain of hope. Frey is lovely but too protective of her. I think it's OK to push the limits of someone but you need to keep in mind that you can not do everything for that person. Especially when more than obvious depressive state in which she finds. This a short story and that is their main problem. You can not ask that the characters give more than they allowed in their short length. I think Carmen and Brenn failed in their mission, not as exemplified in the synopsis. That was a point that could be worked better. Give more strength to that love triangle. Liese and Frey are a lovely couple, but it bothered me Lis' reluctance to accept the love of Frey. I liked the novel. I love the Cecilia's writing and I will consider her future books. Truly, Madly, Deeply, You is a poignant novel. There will be a sequel! Yay! If you wanna read something more about it and can download her free novella here. And don't forget to enter the contest we're giving away two copies of Truly, Madly, Deeply, You, here.

  11. 4 out of 5

    R. Brennan

    I received an ARC copy of this contemporary romance novella from the publisher, Inkspell Publishing. Since I enjoy a nice short romantic read, a one-nighter as it were, once in a while, I dove in anxiously. The story introduces us to Liese, a tortured young woman in self imposed mourning over a loss two years before. For the prior two years, she has spent the four days before Valentine’s day in solitude. Her plan to do so again. Her best friend, Frey refuses to allow her to torture herself for ano I received an ARC copy of this contemporary romance novella from the publisher, Inkspell Publishing. Since I enjoy a nice short romantic read, a one-nighter as it were, once in a while, I dove in anxiously. The story introduces us to Liese, a tortured young woman in self imposed mourning over a loss two years before. For the prior two years, she has spent the four days before Valentine’s day in solitude. Her plan to do so again. Her best friend, Frey refuses to allow her to torture herself for another year, and vows to spend the four days by her side. He says he drew the short straw with her family, who is just as worried about her as he is, but we learn rather quickly that Frey has harbored feelings for Liese for a long time. What ensues is a very sweet, friends to lovers romance. I was really drawn in by Frey’s sweetness and his obvious devotion to Liese as the story unfolded, especially when the first of the “notes” arrives--the card reading simply. Truly. The little notes continue to come, as does the time Frey and Liese spend in each others company. Ms Robert tosses in a few obstacles to their reunion, but we know these two are meant to be together in the end. Overall, I enjoyed the short ride Ms Robert takes us on with these two characters. Some of the writing was a bit stiff for me in places, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t able to tell the story was written by someone whose second language was English, but despite that, I really did find the story engaging and enjoyable. Ms Robert shows some real flashes of brilliance in some of her descriptions and I look forward to seeing what else this author has to offer her readers.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    Truly, Madly, Deeply, You was a very interesting book and I'm glad I got the opportunity to read it! It's a very short book so it was a lovely quick escape and I like that I was able to read it in one sitting! Sometimes I just need something nice and sweet that I can read easily and Truly, Madly, Deepy, You was certainly that kind of book! It manages to be light and entertaining but also had a darker and more meaningful side to it. Liese is not in a good place in her life and hasn't been for seve Truly, Madly, Deeply, You was a very interesting book and I'm glad I got the opportunity to read it! It's a very short book so it was a lovely quick escape and I like that I was able to read it in one sitting! Sometimes I just need something nice and sweet that I can read easily and Truly, Madly, Deepy, You was certainly that kind of book! It manages to be light and entertaining but also had a darker and more meaningful side to it. Liese is not in a good place in her life and hasn't been for several years. She takes four days every year to indulge in her grief though we aren't told the exact details at the beginning. I quite liked that we weren't told everything at once because it added a sense of mystery to the story and kept me intrigued enough to want to keep reading on. The reader is given little hints along the way and I did have it pieced together by the time Liese told the story herself but it was still sad to have to read what had gone on! There are lots of emotions in this book and it kept me on edge the entire time. The friendship/relationship between Liese and Frey is was shown well! It was believable and both characters were easy to like. I did feel like the more minor characters weren't done very well and they didn't really feel like part of the story at all, and sometimes the dialogue just really wasn't working for me. It seemed to be either really frilly or really stiff. But if you're looking for a short and sweet tale; this is it! Also, I love the characters names. It's also nice to read books where the characters have interesting names!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kevis Hendrickson

    I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a review. Truly, Madly, Deeply, You is a sweet romance about a young couple who goes from being friends to lovers. In the story, Liese and Frey, who have been best friends for years must confront the long suppressed feelings they have for each other as the nature of their relationship begins to evolve into a more intimate one. Liese, a grief-stricken young woman, bearing the guilt from a terrible accident that has left her traumatized, has built up I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a review. Truly, Madly, Deeply, You is a sweet romance about a young couple who goes from being friends to lovers. In the story, Liese and Frey, who have been best friends for years must confront the long suppressed feelings they have for each other as the nature of their relationship begins to evolve into a more intimate one. Liese, a grief-stricken young woman, bearing the guilt from a terrible accident that has left her traumatized, has built up walls about her heart, refusing the advances of Frey who reveals his love of her. Frey stubbornly pursues Liese despite her objection, knowing her depression is what threatens to keep them apart. Frey is resolved to help Liese through her pain, confident that he is the only one who can bring joy back to her life. It's a nice breath of fresh air to read an interracial romance of the caliber of this tale, focusing more on the plight of the characters and less about their skin color. Liese and Frey are likeable and I found myself rooting for them from the start. I also enjoyed the exotic locale where the story takes place which only serves to further heighten my interest. This is the second published book I have read from this author and enjoy watching her grow. This was a fun and easy read and one I highly recommend. If you enjoy sweet romances, then you should definitely add this one to your library. 4.3 Stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shilpa Mudiganti

    I LOVED this book! Sensual, sweet, sad and addictive is what I felt as I turned the pages (on my iBook! :p). The story started off with Liese mourning 4 days before Valentine's. It doesn't tell you who she is mourning, so the mystery quotient was in there. But the whole book lights up when Frey, her best friend enters the scene. He is so sweet and the way he nudges his best friend to move on, it is heart breakingly beautiful. I loved every moment of their sensual flirting. I think author Cecilia I LOVED this book! Sensual, sweet, sad and addictive is what I felt as I turned the pages (on my iBook! :p). The story started off with Liese mourning 4 days before Valentine's. It doesn't tell you who she is mourning, so the mystery quotient was in there. But the whole book lights up when Frey, her best friend enters the scene. He is so sweet and the way he nudges his best friend to move on, it is heart breakingly beautiful. I loved every moment of their sensual flirting. I think author Cecilia Robert's strength lies in the quirky dialogues between the two and ofcourse, in heating up the book with romance. The tension was palpable and I found myself smiling all through my reading. A definite read for people who enjoy romance between friends and also to all those romantic hearts who love a tease! I am looking forward to Cecilia's next book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    KaSonndra Leigh

    Truly. Madly. is a charming quick and easy read. If you like romantic stories with vulnerable heroines and modern day knights ready to rescue them then you'll probably love this one. Ms. Robert has a way of demonstrating just how much each character cares for the other one. For me, that alone makes this one "Truly" enjoyable. I just wished it wouldn't have ended so so soon. Sigh. Give it a try.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Keisha

    Freytag Meier Hot couple, dash of mystery, sensual a great cuddle, candles type of book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tina ♥ Bookaholic

    English Review: This short story is about love, friendship, big feelings, but also about loss, grief and forgiveness – specifically to yourself. Hence here it isn’t the plot in the foreground and a story full of actions, but the figures in it, and how they feel in each respective situation. Here are the characters in the foreground and here are the people who count. The beginning was great and has pulled me immediately into story. Unfortunately Liese was sometimes too blue-eyed for me or seen a l English Review: This short story is about love, friendship, big feelings, but also about loss, grief and forgiveness – specifically to yourself. Hence here it isn’t the plot in the foreground and a story full of actions, but the figures in it, and how they feel in each respective situation. Here are the characters in the foreground and here are the people who count. The beginning was great and has pulled me immediately into story. Unfortunately Liese was sometimes too blue-eyed for me or seen a lot or wanted it to see what happened right before her eyes. Therefore I was also frustrated a little bit by her. In comparison to her, Frey was really great and I really liked him, but he also made me desperate with his caring and thinking always first of Liese and his very slow approach to her. He has fulfilled all her wishes, particularly concerning their two friends Ben and Carmen and this was really annoying, and I would have said Ben my opinion about him much earlier. In spite of all, it was a honey-sweet story which I could read fast and easy. The writing style was sensitive and written detailed figuratively, which I really liked and has suited the story very well. Unfortunately it was just a short-story and hence it wasn’t very long and just a short read. ;) But I will read again something of this great and sensitive author. Cover: The cover is wonderful and shows for me also perfectly the two main characters. *beautiful* All in all: A good idea and a sugar-sweet transformation, which could have been longer! A short-story for romantic hearts. ♥ For more Info visit my Blog: http://martinabookaholic.wordpress.co... Deutsche Rezension: Meine Gedanken zum Buch: Diese Kurzgeschichte handelt von Liebe, Freundschaft, großen Gefühlen aber auch von Verlust, Trauer und Vergebung – und zwar sich selber. Daher steht hier auch nicht die Handlungen und eine actionreiche Geschichte im Vordergrund, sondern die Firguren darin, und wie sie sich in der jeweiligen Situation fühlen. Es sind die Menschen, die hier zählen. Der Beginn war toll umd hat mich sofort in die Geschichte gezogen. Liese war mir aber leider teilweise zu blauäugig und hat vieles nicht gesehen oder verdrängt, was vor ihrer Nase passiert ist . Daher war ich auch manchmal etwas frustriert wegen ihr. Frey war im Vergleich dazu wirklich toll, aber auch er hätte mich fast zur Verzweiflung getrieben mit seiner Vorsicht und langsamen Annäherung an Liese. Auch das er ihr alle Wünsche erfüllt hat, besonders im Bezug auf die beiden Freunde Ben und Carmen, war störend, und ich hätte diesen Ben schon viel früher die Meinung gesagt. Trotz allem war es eine honigsüße Geschichte, die man schnell und einfach lesen kann. Der Schreibstil war sensibel und eingehend bildlich geschrieben, hat mir sehr gut gefallen und war auch sehr passend. Leider war es nur eine Kurzgeschichte und daher war nicht lange etwas da zum Lesen. ;) Aber ich werde sicherlich wieder etwas von dieser tollen und einfühlsamen Autorin lesen. Cover: Das Cover ist wunderschön und zeigt für mich auch perfekt die beiden Hauptfiguren. *schön* All in all: Eine gute Idee und zuckersüße Umsetzung, die gerne länger hätte sein können! Ein Kurzgeschichte für romantische Herzen. ♥ Mehr Info auf meinem Blog: http://martinabookaholic.wordpress.co...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    My thoughts: Though a short read, Truly, Madly Deeply, You is still capable of causing emotions to rise as you encounter love, loss and longing. Years passed, young woman, Liese, is still struggling to come to terms with an incredibly unfortunate situation that left her world shattered and her heart broken. Every year she spends four days in voluntary isolation as she relives the drastic event, unable to move on from it she remains drowning in the guilt. Best friend Frey takes a different approac My thoughts: Though a short read, Truly, Madly Deeply, You is still capable of causing emotions to rise as you encounter love, loss and longing. Years passed, young woman, Liese, is still struggling to come to terms with an incredibly unfortunate situation that left her world shattered and her heart broken. Every year she spends four days in voluntary isolation as she relives the drastic event, unable to move on from it she remains drowning in the guilt. Best friend Frey takes a different approach to her yearly tradition. Instead of standing by and waiting for her to leave the apartment after four days, he intrudes and decides staying with her and pulling her out of her gloom is what he must do.Will Frey succeed in convincing Liese she has a reason to live on and be happy? Or is her guilt, fuelling an addiction, going to threaten her chance for happiness once again? What a sweet but sad story! As i said before, it is a short read but this doesn’t take away the effect and impact this story has on you. At first i thought Liese was simply mourning a relationship that had ended: a horrible break up that had her pining over her lost lover. This wasn’t this case and turned out to be a much worse scenario. I hate to say this about such a horrible circumstance, but i’m glad it wasn’t a broken relationship that caused Liese to dedicate four days a year to mourning it. Though sad, i don’t think it would have has as much as an emotional impact as Cecilias story did in the end. Liese is such a troubled and tortured character. What a horrible thing she’s had to live through! And yet, as she mourns, she has her moments where the bubbly and fun side to her shines through. Frey, the best friend is completely loyal and devoted to Liese. His character often turns intense when his true feelings for Liese bubble under the surface and he has to reign it in due to her circumstances. There were times i did think, Woah back off Frey, when he’d silently wish to take things further whilst comforting her in her grief, but he’d keep himself in check and it was clear he had good intentions towards Liese and her recovery. Both characters had those who they’d once dated and in Liese’s case decided to keep dating- Ben. And in Frey’s case- Carmen. Both characters seemed necessary to the story’s progression, they weren’t too involved in the storyline, but eventually helped in making Frey and Lieses’ relationship evolve. Summary & Rating: An overall good read. Romantic, sad and sometimes fun: Cecilia captured my heart with Truly, Madly, Deeply You. Bad points? As i mentioned, Frey's character was a little intense whilst hiding his love for Liese, but there were only snippets of this and easily overlooked/ understandable. And of course only in my opinion. But that was the only thing i found wrong with this novella and so i rate it four stars :-) Recommended to: Those that enjoyed the romance/ sadness elements to books such as The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks and Ps. I love you by Cecelia Ahern. Generally Contemporary romance fans and fond readers of novellas that are short and sweet. © TToria ttoria.blogspot.com Thanks for reading! xo

  19. 5 out of 5

    Niina

    Vienna, Austria. Frey has been stuck in the friend zone with Liese since he was 13, finally he decides she needs to know how he feels, he's picked the time to show her he's there for her when she feels most vulnerable, the four days before Valentine's Day. Liese's haunted by the Valentine's Day two years ago when a fatal car accident cost her husband and her unborn child. Wanting nothing more than to wallow in her misery and isolate herself from the world the four days before Valentine's she's an Vienna, Austria. Frey has been stuck in the friend zone with Liese since he was 13, finally he decides she needs to know how he feels, he's picked the time to show her he's there for her when she feels most vulnerable, the four days before Valentine's Day. Liese's haunted by the Valentine's Day two years ago when a fatal car accident cost her husband and her unborn child. Wanting nothing more than to wallow in her misery and isolate herself from the world the four days before Valentine's she's annoyed when Frey turns up, with a plan to stay with her for the four days. When her best friend begins to act different she tries her best to use another man to deter him, but what she doesn't know is that Frey's made up his mind and he's not going to give up easy. A truly sweet love story, Truly. Madly. Deeply. You. is heartwarming, emotional, caressing read where you can't help but feel almost in love yourself. Truly sweet, happy-ending kind of novella that doesn't disappoint in making it's reader feel nothing but happy in the end. The plot I loved, a hot guy like Frey battling to control the love he feels for Li and failing, deciding to finally show her he has Ben to face and an ex-girlfriend who can't take a hint to take a hike. His devotion and love for Li was so deliciously happy to read and it made me all giddy inside. Both Li and Frey were wonderful and you couldn't help but fall in love with them both. They had such sweet chemistry, passion and humor that you felt like you'd known them a long time. With Li's dramatic past and Frey's tender care of her this couple was a joy to get to know. The romance was emotional and passionate, but sweet. There was no love scenes, though few came close, but for a sweet romance this was hot! I loved Frey's jealousy and his devotion to Li. Loved it! Highly recommended to lovers of sweet romance and fans of the Friendzone stories. So worth the $1.99!

  20. 4 out of 5

    ѦѺ™

    Sometimes, when you imagine a perfect guy ... you realize you've described a person you've known forever. - Unknown Liese Hansfeld has an annual ritual. four days before Valentine's Day, she isolates herself from everyone in her life and mourns for the loss of her husband. this year, though, her best friend Freytag Meier decides to interfere and do something about it. author Cecilia Robert's novella deals with friendship, grief, healing and love. there are two issues that are at the heart of the Sometimes, when you imagine a perfect guy ... you realize you've described a person you've known forever. - Unknown Liese Hansfeld has an annual ritual. four days before Valentine's Day, she isolates herself from everyone in her life and mourns for the loss of her husband. this year, though, her best friend Freytag Meier decides to interfere and do something about it. author Cecilia Robert's novella deals with friendship, grief, healing and love. there are two issues that are at the heart of the book - Liese's mourning and Frey's falling in love with his best friend. there is not much conflict to speak of other than this character Ben who flirts with Liese and makes Frey jealously mad. the language is contemporary and the setting is in Europe. i found the location interesting because i got to learn that young people are willing to be dressed to the nines and still attending balls out there. the highlights of the story were the unraveling of Liese's pain and the realization that Frey and Liese's friendship was changing into something deeper. even if the story was short, it was complete in itself. there may have been some cheesy moments for me but i guess a love story would not be one if it did not have those. Disclosure of Material Connection: i received an eARC of Truly, Madly, Deeply, You from the publisher. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)

    Having read and loved Cecilia's book Reaper's Novice (curently only 99 cents, trust me it's money well spent, go and buy it now) I was eager to read this and see if Cecilia writes contemporary romance as well as she does paranormal and I'm happy to say that she does! I love this kind of a story, the best-friend who's secretly in love with their best-friend whom is completely oblivious to other friends feelings and this is true of Freytag (Frey) who is in love with Liese who has been in mourning t Having read and loved Cecilia's book Reaper's Novice (curently only 99 cents, trust me it's money well spent, go and buy it now) I was eager to read this and see if Cecilia writes contemporary romance as well as she does paranormal and I'm happy to say that she does! I love this kind of a story, the best-friend who's secretly in love with their best-friend whom is completely oblivious to other friends feelings and this is true of Freytag (Frey) who is in love with Liese who has been in mourning these past two years and she shuts herself away four days of the year around Valentine's Day, we don't really find out into later on in the story who Liese is mourning but the name Bastian keeps being brought up, and while there are clues scattered throughout the story I did figure out what had happened before it was revealed at the end but that's alright it was still written in such a way that was still emotional and made an impact on the storyline when you realise what Liese has been through. This year Frey has decided that enough's enough and he is going to camp out in her living room and try to get her out her funk by keeping her busy whilst secretly hoping that she may feel the same way he feels about her, and so through dancing and skiing and the interest of a boy named Ben whom Liese has dated once or twice and Frey's ex Carmen, can these two best-friends find their way to each other, and can Liese let go of the grief and guilt she's been carrying around with her for far too long? I loved this book but Reaper's Novice is still up there in terms of my favourite Cecilia Robert's story, if you love contemporary romance/new adult books then definitely consider picking this one up.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diayll

    Originally Reviewed at: Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3 out of 5 Controllers Review Source:Enchanted Book Promotions Tour Reviewer: Jennifer Truly, Madly, Deeply You was a relatively interesting novella. It’s a short story of Frey and his quest to admit his love to his best friend Liese. While the story was short,sweet and romantic, there were a few things about Truly, Madly, Deeply, You that annoyed me – all of them having to do with Liese. The first thing you learn is that Liese has a tremendous amou Originally Reviewed at: Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3 out of 5 Controllers Review Source:Enchanted Book Promotions Tour Reviewer: Jennifer Truly, Madly, Deeply You was a relatively interesting novella. It’s a short story of Frey and his quest to admit his love to his best friend Liese. While the story was short,sweet and romantic, there were a few things about Truly, Madly, Deeply, You that annoyed me – all of them having to do with Liese. The first thing you learn is that Liese has a tremendous amount of guilt from the death of her previous lover. This part I understood, but her obliviousness to not only Frey’s feelings for her, but also her feelings for him, was frustrating. Frey’s feelings are basically screaming at her throughout the entire story but she is so wrapped up in her own guilt that she couldn’t see it. Frey is such a wonderful guy (the best part about the whole book) you can’t help but root for him and give Liese the “death glare” for not realizing what was right in front of her face. Seriously, how many women wouldn’t want a genuine nice guy who was willing to do anything and everything to be with them? But needless to say when she finally did come to her senses, it was well worth the wait. Truly, Madly, Deeply, You is a fun quick tale and would make an excellent beach read or a nice book to pull out when you are taking a long train ride. Robert has a classical romance style of writing which I would like to see spread out over a full length novel (actually I’m really, really, really hoping to see more of these characters). I defiantly recommend this novella for those of you who need a quick romance fix.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Naj

    My only knowledge of this book was that it was about two best friends and their trip to the alps on a ski trip. I'm surprised at how deep this book was. It was short but it held the major starting points of an even bigger book. It started out with Liese, our leading female character and her struggle to live life normally and past the 4 days before Valentines day after the worst tragedy of her life that she blames herself for and can't move out. I liked Liese but not as much as I liked Frey. Frey My only knowledge of this book was that it was about two best friends and their trip to the alps on a ski trip. I'm surprised at how deep this book was. It was short but it held the major starting points of an even bigger book. It started out with Liese, our leading female character and her struggle to live life normally and past the 4 days before Valentines day after the worst tragedy of her life that she blames herself for and can't move out. I liked Liese but not as much as I liked Frey. Frey was more of the person I'd liked to seen in every romance novel. Hes sweet, devoted and in love with his best friend. Frey interrupts Liese's sulking and tries to get her out of her negative zone and tries to make her happy in every way possible. Who wouldn't want a best friend like that? Hes not only so caring and sweet but romantic as well. The plot was simple and present. The dialogue was adorable. The secondary characters are the hateful kind and the only fault the book holds is that it was short and I'm a bit sad that there wasn't much more for both the characters. I'd love to read more from the Frey and Li. Truly, Madly, Deeply, You is truly beautiful, madly romantic and deeply deep. Despite its length, I simply adored the characters and the romance. It is a perfect one sitting read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nanette Bradford

    I was in dyer need of a cute love story and truly, madly, deeply, you hit the spot. The pure love that Frey has for Liese was just so sweet and exactly what Liese needs. Even if she doesn't realize it yet. Valentines day is hard for Liese. A life changing and tragic thing happens to her that she just can't get over and for the last two years she's hidden herself away from everyone. She blames herself for what happened that valentines night. The guilt and heartache are hard for her to endear. Thi I was in dyer need of a cute love story and truly, madly, deeply, you hit the spot. The pure love that Frey has for Liese was just so sweet and exactly what Liese needs. Even if she doesn't realize it yet. Valentines day is hard for Liese. A life changing and tragic thing happens to her that she just can't get over and for the last two years she's hidden herself away from everyone. She blames herself for what happened that valentines night. The guilt and heartache are hard for her to endear. This year is going to be different. No longer will Frey allow her to do this to herself. He's got to find a way to prove to Liese that she deserves to be happy and loved and he's the guy to do all that. He's know Liese practically all his life and he knows her better than anyone. He's loved her from afar all these years. He's been her best friend, her shoulder and now he wants her to know how strongly he feels and he's pulling out all the stops. I can't say enough about the swoon worthiness of Frey. He's the kind of guy you've wanted around you growing up. The friend, the trouble maker, the lover? Maybe, maybe not. Why don't you find out.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    “Truly, Madly, Deeply, You” is about a sweet friendship that turns into a steamy romance. I really enjoyed this tender hearted romance. The story was beautiful and just grabbed my attention from the beginning. It is so amazing when friendship turns into something more, especially when the pair are a perfect match like these two. Liese is a beautiful woman who just doesn’t know what a gem she has in Frey. I really enjoyed her character and getting to know her even though I was a bit frustrated that “Truly, Madly, Deeply, You” is about a sweet friendship that turns into a steamy romance. I really enjoyed this tender hearted romance. The story was beautiful and just grabbed my attention from the beginning. It is so amazing when friendship turns into something more, especially when the pair are a perfect match like these two. Liese is a beautiful woman who just doesn’t know what a gem she has in Frey. I really enjoyed her character and getting to know her even though I was a bit frustrated that she couldn’t see how great Frey really was as more than just a friend. The relationship between these two is so compelling and sweet. I loved seeing it blossom into something more. Frey is such a sweet and romantic man (even though Liese takes a while to realize it). He really cares for her and treats her with kindness and respect. He loved her, but waited and did his best to make her see that the man for her was right in front of her all along. (I love Frey). I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a sweet romance!

  26. 5 out of 5

    heather

    This book was a love story about 2 best friends trying to see if their relationship could go further. I enjoyed the storyline and liked both of the main characters. Frey has been Liese’s best friend since they were kids. But, he has always loved her, she just never knew how much. Liese is trying to get over a major tragedy in her life and Frey is there to help her every step of the way. Frey tries to keep Liese out of another man’s arms while Liese considers if she could handle their friendship ch This book was a love story about 2 best friends trying to see if their relationship could go further. I enjoyed the storyline and liked both of the main characters. Frey has been Liese’s best friend since they were kids. But, he has always loved her, she just never knew how much. Liese is trying to get over a major tragedy in her life and Frey is there to help her every step of the way. Frey tries to keep Liese out of another man’s arms while Liese considers if she could handle their friendship changing. The ending was perfect and the little surprise was let “out of the bag”. The book was, short, sweet and to the point. Just the way i like ‘em sometimes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Viari Rose

    Truly, Madly, Deeply, You is the story of a grief stricken woman Liese, and her best friend Frey. It is Frey who has always loved and adores Liese from afar. Liese hasn't forgiven herself yet and Frey is there to help her through it. It is a heartbreaking, engaging and short read. It's absorbing and I found myself unable to put it down until it was through. I felt the characters were very well developed.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Annabelle Blume

    A story of loss and redemption, this book takes you through the journey of Leise's healing and learning to trust herself in love again. It's filled with a heavy dose of sexual tension to keep you turning the pages. The perfect book for a vacation or to read by the pool. It leaves you smiling about Leise and Frey's Happily Ever After.

  29. 4 out of 5

    C.A. Szarek

    My biggest complaint was that it was so short! I look forward to the next one. The story was awesomesauce. So packed with emotion and tenderness. I LOVE FREY! I was really moved by the couple and the story and I need more!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lissette

    Review coming soon.

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