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Would a world with justice and freedom, but without love, be a better world? Not if it was achieved by somehow turning us all into loveless law-abiders with none of the yearnings or envies or hatreds that are wellsprings of injustice and subjugation. It is hard to consider such hypotheticals, and I doubt if we should trust our first intuitions about them, but, for what it is worth, I surmise that we almost all want a world in which love, justice, freedom, and peace are all present, as much as possible, but if we had to give up one of these, it wouldn't — and shouldn't — be love.

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But, sad to say, even if it is true that nothing could matter more than love, it wouldn't follow from this that we don't have reason to question the things that we, and others, love. Love is blind, as they say, and because love is blind, it often leads to tragedy: Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together yet not too near together: There's nothing you can do that can't be done Nothing you can sing that can't be sung Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game It's easy. We all been playing those mind games forever Some kinda druid dudes lifting the veil.

Doing the mind guerrilla, Some call it magic — the search for the grail. Love is the answer and you know that for sure. Love is a flower, you got to let it — you got to let it grow. We have come by curious ways To the Light that holds the days; We have sought in haunts of fear For that all-enfolding sphere: Deep in every heart it lies With its untranscended skies; For what heaven should bend above Hearts that own the heaven of love? If you believe in peace , act peacefully; if you believe in love, acting lovingly; if you believe every which way, then act every which way, that's perfectly valid — but don't go out trying to sell your beliefs to the system.

You end up contradicting what you profess to believe in, and you set a bum example. If you want to change the world , change yourself. There are three lessons I would write, — Three words — as with a burning pen, In tracings of eternal light Upon the hearts of men. Though clouds environ now, And gladness hides her face in scorn, Put thou the shadow from thy brow, — No night but hath its morn.

Where'er thy bark is driven, — The calm's disport, the tempest's mirth, — Know this: God rules the hosts of heaven, The habitants of earth. Not love alone for one, But men, as man, thy brothers call; And scatter, like the circling sun, Thy charities on all. Thus grave these lessons on thy soul, — Hope, Faith, and Love, — and thou shalt find Strength when life's surges rudest roll, Light when thou else wert blind.

Far above the golden clouds, the darkness vibrates. The earth is blue. And everything about it is a love song. Before our lives divide for ever, While time is with us and hands are free , Time, swift to fasten and swift to sever Hand from hand, as we stand by the sea I will say no word that a man might say Whose whole life's love goes down in a day; For this could never have been; and never, Though the gods and the years relent, shall be.

Is it worth a tear, is it worth an hour, To think of things that are well outworn? Of fruitless husk and fugitive flower, The dream foregone and the deed forborne? Though joy be done with and grief be vain, Time shall not sever us wholly in twain; Earth is not spoilt for a single shower; But the rain has ruined the ungrown corn. I had grown pure as the dawn and the dew, You had grown strong as the sun or the sea. Six Feet Under targets a heavy topic.

A topic you most likely only truly understand if you walked in the same or at least very similar shoes. And I think Whitney did a tremendous job, creating such a broken character. Mira is so selfish, I couldn't bring myself to really like her or to see what Six might be seeing in her.

But at the same time I felt so sorry, for both of them. Because mental illness is nothing new to me. But Mira is really a mess. She's broken in so many pieces, that she seems to be beyond repair. So it's hard for me to form a connection with her. It was also hard for me to see why Six fell in love with her and why he tolerated her behavior. And as much as it seems that he actual helped her, I don't think he did. Mira changed for him. Everything she changed was for him. IMO you need to change for no other than yourself. You yourself want to get better, to change for yourself. So no wonder Six and Mira's story unfolded the way it did.

Throughout the story Six almost morphs into a side-character. At least from my point of view. We almost no nothing about him, except that he selflessly loves Mira and vaguely what he does for a living. She's very much real and believable. Therefore I pay my fullest respect to the author.

Unfortunately I had some trouble getting into the story and forming a connection with the characters. However I think this book is not for everyone and either you love it or not. Sadly I'm somewhere in the middle. I'm impressed about what the author created, but I guess it's just not for me. View all 4 comments.

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Apr 24, Ari rated it really liked it Shelves: Me with this book-. May 10, Greta rated it it was amazing. It's a thing that lives in me. I'm wound so tight that I'm suffocating. It's better to hurt than to be numb. Quando lessi quest'ultimo, sono rimasta subito attratta da questi due misteriosi personaggi, e quando s "Sometimes pain is more than just a feeling.

Quando lessi quest'ultimo, sono rimasta subito attratta da questi due misteriosi personaggi, e quando scoprii che la Barbetti avrebbe creato un duet tutto per loro, non potei fare a meno di buttarmici subito sopra appena arrivati fra le mie mani. Mira ha problemi mentali sin da bambina, sente delle voci nella testa, voci che le dicono che cosa deve fare, come fare e quando fare. Non ha un lavoro, non ha vita sociale, gli unici soldi che riesce ad avere sono quelli che ruba per poi comprarsi la droga.

E gli anni passano, loro continuano ad uscire insieme e si ritrovano adulti, ancora insieme, innamorati e forse un po' cambiati. Ma il lavoro di Six e una cosa del suo passato li metteranno in pericolo. Vi giuro, quel finale mi ha uccisa completamente, ero furiosa, volevo picchiare qualcuno. Ora aspetto di leggere Pieces of Eight, e anche se io non amo l'HEA, qui non posso fare altro che sperare che Mira e Six ritrovino la strada che li riporti uno accanto all'altro.

Sono come due pezzi di un puzzle, per essere completi devono stare insieme. Bravo Barbetti, mi hai fatta piangere. Apr 19, Laura- BookBistroBlog rated it it was amazing. This is not a glitter and sparkly rainbows story. Mira has heard voices in her head since a young child.

Voices that tell her to do things that you and I know are not what we should do. But to Mira, those voices give her freedom. Growing older, she found that along with the voices, now you add cocaine and pills to the mix and you get even more freedom… Now add in self harming and Mira is flying high!!! One step away from total self-destruction, Six walks into her life. What Mira feels when she is around him is something she has never felt before. The drugs are telling her to be free. The cutting allows all self-doubt to escape. Six is a very patient man though. He has seen Mira at her worse times, has helped her to feel for others.

But something is telling Mira that Six has picked her as a charity case. One that maybe he can save. This is a very long book!!! One that sucked me in and had me suffering right along with Mira. Was a story that although is fiction, made me understand more about people with a mental illness. I appreciate authors who write about such things and mention about how people who are suffering can get help. With that being said, I need book two….

Apr 30, Carla Bulian rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Jun 02, Ana Vizentim rated it really liked it. There are so many unanswered questions that I can't understand How he loved her despite all her problems I really don't know how to feel about this book May 16, Yvette Booksandbandanas rated it it was amazing. I cant even describe in the English dictionary the correct words to describe how phenomenal this story was.

The writing is out of this word addicting. I can go on and on. These characters i feel as if I know them. I was right there with them through it all. Read the blurb alone. Whitney what I cant even describe in the English dictionary the correct words to describe how phenomenal this story was. Whitney what have you done to me?! I wake up and think of them. I go to sleep think of them. I love them and hate it all.

Read this story you will not regret it. Apr 25, Mandie rated it it was amazing. It was so beautifully written! I cried, and then cried some more! This book will forever be in my mind!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Apr 25, Vanessa nessreads rated it it was amazing. I feel like I've just gone 10 rounds in a boxing ring with Mike Tyson. I am laying on the floor trying to catch my breath. I am exhausted and emotionally drained. I can't move, I am physically incapable of moving one muscle, the only exception is writing this review.

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Whitney Barbetti has ruined me. If I had any more tears to cry I'm sure they'd be running down my face. I can't think straight. I'm trying to form sentences, but it's hard when my mind is not here. I mean, I'm physically here, but my soul is out of my body. I'm trying, I'm trying really hard, but in all honesty anything I say won't do this book justice. But I'm going to try my best, because this book deserves it.

Can't Buy Me Love by Jane Lovering

Six Feet Under is not a fluffy book. It's not sweet and it most definitely isn't easy. It makes you think. You will rage in more than in occasion, or like me, most of the book. It is a whirlwind. It'll make you feel every single emotion. And you'll want nothing more than to get off of this tumultuous and bumpy ride. But I'm telling you it's worth it, it's so worth it.

Mira suffers from mental illness. Crazy thoughts constantly swirl in her mind. Drug use somewhat helps to quite the noise inside Mira's head. But it's definitely not the answer. On a night where she just wants to forget, she meets a man who will undoubtedly become a huge presence in her life. Being in her head put me through the ringer. I felt everything she felt and in that, tired me even more.

There were times where I put my hands in my head and pulled my hair and screamed because Mira just wouldn't stop. She's mean, selfish, and self-destructive. But even her being all those things I was still rooting so hard for her. I didn't want her to fail and more importantly I didn't want her to succumb to the voices. She deserved to have happiness. She deserved to be loved and love in return.

Six is a mystery to me. I still haven't figured him out.


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There are these secrets to him that I just want to unravel. He's everything Mira doesn't want, but he's everything she needs. Six's unconditional love for Mira is what sets him apart. There were so many times where he could've thrown in the towel, but he didn't. If that doesn't speak volumes I don't know what does. He was her rock, and I couldn't get enough of him. The writing in this novel is just as hauntingly breathtaking, and heartbreaking as the story of Mira and Six. This novel delves into the subjects of mental illness and drug addiction.

Books with this much emotional depth is what I crave as of late. Apr 18, Whitney rated it it was amazing. That the space allocated for love was infinite. She makes me feel a whole gamut of emotions with every book, but with Six Feet Under, the emotions evoked were deeper and more intense than ever before. Spending ten years with Six and Mira, seeing how their relationship began and watching it change over time, was an incredible—and painful—journey.

Watching Mira battle, and at times embrace, her demons, was both inspiring and torturous. My love for this book is infinite. Sep 24, Karlie cozyreadsandtea rated it liked it. Apr 23, Rabiya marked it as to-read. Can't wait to read it. May 11, Shari Kay marked it as not-for-me. Apr 23, EscapeNBooks rated it it was amazing.

A high, fame, attention, and most of all: The voices did me a favor until they told me to talk to him. Mira lives her life mostly in seclusion. She has her vices, her demons, and they are enough to keep her occupied. At least she knows them intimately, and is able to see their high and low points.

The same cannot be said of Six. He is her unpredictable element. I was in awe. The world she created in this novel was real. Both characters have some type of baggage that needs to be worked through. Those types of stories are always of particular interest to me. And last but certainly not least, Darren is sexy AF. The relationship is HOT! And, we get to catch up with the old gang! Everything about this one is solid and well executed.

Pucked universe fans will LOVE it! View all 11 comments. Coming November 13th in ebook and print. I brushed my teeth less than ten minutes ago, but I pop two Altoids anyway. Fresh breath is crucial. I crunch down and spread the fiery-cold bits over my tongue. The burst of mint makes my eyes water, so I have to dab at the corners with my sleeve and breathe through my nose to avoid making it worse. Darren Westinghouse is picking me up for a coffee date. There are loads of rumors about him. His dating history is unclear and based mostly on speculation and conjecture.

My palms are sweaty, and my panties are inappropriately damp as I wander around my kitchen. My reaction to anxiety is weird. I introduced myself to Darren when I went with my best friend, Violet, to an away game. He was gentlemanly and sweet, offering to walk me back to my room. I went in for a goodnight kiss that turned into an epic make-out session.

We kissed like teenagers until my lips were raw. It took a week before they finally stopped peeling. I smooth my sweaty palms down my jean-covered thighs. My bra matches, of course. I check the time. I mentally scroll through the approved topics of conversation: At nine fifty three I do another breath check and startle as my doorbell chimes.


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  • I take two deep breaths and count to three before I open the door. His short hair is styled neatly, and his hard, icy blue eyes move over me in a casual sweep that I feel everywhere. A half-grin tips his mouth and quickly becomes a disarming full smile that transforms his face from severe to stunning for as long as it lasts. Just let me get my purse. We make small talk as we drive toward the water. Parks can be romantic. I can totally get on board with that.

    Once we have our coffees, Darren drives to the water. He parks the SUV, but leaves the engine running. Instead of rambling about myself, I regale him with Violet stories, which make him chuckle—a sound I like a lot. After an hour or so, during which my stomach starts to grumble since I was too nervous to eat this morning, he shifts to face me. He skims my cheek as he sweeps my hair over my shoulder. I lean into that touch, willing him to lean in, too.

    His thumb rests against that soft spot under my chin. I tip my chin up. He reaches into the backseat and retrieves a messenger bag. He then produces a file folder with my name printed neatly on the front of it. Although that seems to be the way this date is going: Even then, it makes me uncomfortable. The same mouth that was recently suctioned to mine. The agreement is several pages long. I glance at Darren and raise my own eyebrows. I scan the contents. What in the actual fuck? I close the file folder and pass it to him. His smile is so pretty I almost forget why I want to go home.

    Then I remember the pre-date paperwork. I hold up a hand. If you want to have lunch with me, you can do it without asking me to sign away my rights. View all 8 comments. All of the characters are incredible, but those two will forever hold a special place in my heart. This is the last installment of the series. I know there will be several re-reads in my future. What makes this series special, aside from how the Heroes worship the women they love, are the amazing friendships between all of them.

    Through thick and thin they are there for each other. Here are my overall ratings: Get ready to fall in love with yet another amazing couple and enjoy all the fun and heartfelt moments with all your beloved characters from the previous installments! View all 9 comments.

    I am not the biggest fan of audiobooks, but the fact that I was able to finish this one and enjoy it to its fullest is beyond surprising to me.


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    • I was hesitant to dive into it but knowing Helena Hunting and the love I have for her, I could not pass it out. All the kink, the intimacy, the witty banter between both couples made laugh, enjoy, cry, and swoon over them. Thank the heavens that Helena has decided to continue this series, because it never gets old! I throughly enjoyed this story.

      It has all the feels for a good romance story. Between all the witty banter between all the characters, leaving me laughing, to all the swooning I did, the times I cried because of the sad situations these amazing characters found themselves in, and to all the happy smiles I had countless times throughout the whole book. This story captivated me from the prologue and kept me hooked to the very last page. Charlene and Darren are perfect for each other.

      They both ha I throughly enjoyed this story. They both have painful pasts, things they want to keep hidden. This story is a book about finding the person to make all your nightmares better. A story about finally being able to express yourself. Definitely one to pick up and read!!!!!!! View all 22 comments. She's an accountant who works with famous hockey players managing their finances.

      He has a commanding presence on and off the ice, and is known as one of the most mysterious men in the league for the way he values his privacy. He's always respected her need for independence and given her whatever she wanted and needed, but lately things seem to be shifting between them. He's lightness and darkness fused together. And he's unearthly beautiful. Darren and Charlene have both been private about their pasts, and kept their relationship pretty casual.

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      Darren has never wanted to push her too far and risk losing her, so he's been patient, and let her set the rules. With the expansion draft coming up, there's the possibility Darren could be traded at the end of the season. The future is uncertain, but the one thing Darren is sure of is his feelings for Charlene. He's no longer content with the way things are. They both find it hard to trust, but he's slowly realizing he might want more with her.

      As their relationship continues to transform hidden secrets are revealed that could destroy the fragile foundation they've been building. Will they risk it all and take a chance on love? Pucked Love is the final book in the pucked series. It has the entire pucked family throughout the story, but focuses on Darren and Charlene's romance. These two are fun, adventurous, and incredibly hot together.

      I laughed, swooned, and devoured this book! Helena Hunting outdid herself with Darren. He's my absolute favorite! He's the perfect amount of sexy and sweet rolled up into one heartbreakingly beautiful package that will completely steal your heart! You are all I want, Charlene. View all 12 comments. Jul 15, Wil Loves Books! Overall, I didn't love this book but I also didn't hate it. I guess disappointment would be the key word when it comes to this one because I definitely was looking forward to it.

      Now, it can easily be that is not the book and just me and what I expect from a book, and I might as well be in the minority for this one. I won't go into a rant, or I'll try not to. I love this author, she can write some fantastic books, especially the angstier ones. The Pucked series has been hit or miss for me. I str Overall, I didn't love this book but I also didn't hate it.

      I struggled with Pucked, even though I've enjoyed it more the more I revisit it. Those were amazing, so amazing. With that said, I was looking forward to this one. I mean Darren and Charlene are this enigma that has been in the background for the majority of the other books. What's the deal with them, how did they get together?

      So yeah, the anticipation was strong. I mean, we got some info on Pucked I'll go back to that later but not enough. So imagine my surprise when the book picks up and we're two years into their relationship. And the worst part is that there are no flashbacks or real explanations as to what's going on. So, for me it's a timing issue. Either this book should've come out after Pucked or Pucked Up or it needed some serious flashbacks.

      Obviously I'm not a fan of books that just suddenly drop you in the middle of an ongoing relationship, especially without flashbacks. Is hard to relate to the characters and hard to connect with them, also hard to follow the story and the motivations behind the character actions. You either are or aren't. I had a hard time understanding that these characters would've never had some of these conversations in the previous 2 years since it still sounded that they had a pretty steady relationship.

      I also kept questioning the why now? And this brings me to my next issue. This book was highly inconsistent with certain things mentioned in previous books, mainly Pucked. I kept questioning certain things because I was sure I remembered different things from Pucked. After I read this I immediately jumped into the Pucked audio and I was definitely right.

      Certain things about Charlene are described differently and also certain things that Charlene tells Violet about Darren I guess are not true anymore? I'm confused, on Pucked Charlene tells Violet "He's the sweetest man alive. He's close to his family" "I want to have his little hockey babies" "He's got to be the most romantic man I've ever met".

      So yeah, that was in Pucked. In the beginning of Pucked Love Darren is none of that. And I won't spoil you the drama and the bombshells in PL, but they are definitely inconsistent with Pucked. The sex scenes are few and far in between, there's a lot of mentions of them having sex but not descriptive scenes, if that makes sense.

      For a couple that had always been rumored to be into kinks and stuff, that was just weird to listen. I was just expecting something else. Overall, I didn't get much in the feels department and couldn't connect with Darren or Charlene. Seems like a lot was thrown in there either for shock value or just to make it fit with the story. The character development was just not quite there, they both still felt like background characters while we got caught up with the rest of the gang. While Violet also takes over in this one when does she not? So overall, it wasn't bad but it wasn't great.

      I guess I just expected more but then again Pucked Off was a really though act to follow. It's a shame because it's the last one in the series. If you're a fan of the series I'm sure you will enjoy this one, especially the catching up with the side characters. I'm still a huge fan of this author though and can't wait for what she'll bring next! View all 4 comments. This is one of my most anticipated books—in the top 5 or 3!!! Bring it now, please!!! View all 3 comments. The characters are unique and each book in the series offers passion, romance, humor, and hours and hours of non-stop entertainment.

      In Pucked Love , we finally learn the truth about Darren Westinghouse, the intense alpha male who exudes intrigue, and his firefly Charlene Hoar. Charlene and Darren have been to "I'm available whenever you need me. Charlene and Darren have been together throughout the series but the mystery behind their story has been a constant presence as each book of the series has been released. Now that it is their time, we learn that Charlene and Darren are perfectly matched and as they unpack their baggage and learn to trust each other, a beautiful romance is forged.

      As the final book in the series, Ms. Hunting has once again mastered perfection as each and every moment unfolds. This team is a family and when one family member is going through a trial, the entire team is walking through that trial right by their side. As the truth about Charlene and Darren's past is revealed, it's no wonder why these two are drawn to one another. The plot is complex and the characters are thoroughly explored through each and every moment. And this final installment of this series is truly magical! I will miss them so much.

      If you are looking for a series full of romance, passion, and non-stop humor, The Pucked Series is an absolute must-read. Helena Hunting is by far one of my favorite authors and I look forward to more Hunting goodness to come! View all 16 comments. Darren and Charlene are literally everything right now, just everything! Each book and their characters burrow deep into your heart and soul and leave a permanent mark.

      My heart damn near shattered near the end, my emotions were all over the place. The main thing I loved in this book was the way Darren cares for and protects Charlene.