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Rated: Mature Content
[Reviews - 621]

At some point, you'll have to eventually let your guard down.

Table of Contents
Categories: Original Fiction
Characters: None
Classification: General
Genre: Romance
Story Status: Active
Pairings: None
Warnings: Adult Situations, Original Characters, Sexual Content
Series: None
Chapters: 31
Word count: 192818
Read Count: 266309
Published: May 08 2013
Updated: October 03 2015

Title: Chapter 26: Chapter 21

I feel for Valerie. Perhaps it's because I've known people with insecurity issues like her, or maybe it's because you write her so well. Either way, I understand how hard it is for someone to just "get over" their problems, especially when the issues are so deep-seated and she sees part of the root of her problems almost every day. 

She'd made great strides, but it seems the disappearance of Henry, the first man that truly loved her, caused her to regress. That, and the overall stress of her life. As with everything in life, triumphs and sorrow come and go. If Val can learn to better handle the ebbs and flows she'd be OK. 

I'm rooting for her. I love her character and the realness of it. She may always struggle with her demons, especially if she can't get away from her parents. At some point she may be able to better keep them at bay. I wonder who that was that consoled her and what happened to them. That may be another trauma that she endured that has contributed to her state. 

The great thing is she does know how to live well. She just needs to stop "letting her get her". I'm so happy you are back and I can't wait to see what happens at that rehearsal. I can't imagine she can avoid Henry forever. Even when they're not together they are still so lovely. 

Reviewer: Giro Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: December 07 2014

Title: Chapter 28: Chapter 23

What a fabulous gift! I love that we now have a name for this mysterious protector. I also love the insight into George and his and Valerie's relationship. I always wondered exactly what he was like because when dissecting the little details, he'd seem like a horrible monster and then not so much. That conversation clarifies things; he really was a mind-fuck. Amazing, as always, and I'm going to be checking obsessively for the next update! That sweet, sweet Henry...

Reviewer: Giro Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: December 26 2014

Title: Chapter 29: Chapter 24 pt 1

Short, but very sweet. Love the raw moments, and adorable cameos from Apples and Peaches (the felines). Henry really is a lot more tortured than he ever lets on. 


Impatiently awaiting the next update. 

Reviewer: Giro Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: January 29 2015

Title: Chapter 30: Chapter 24 pt 2

SO amazing, as always. I don't really feel like Valerie has regressed. It seems to me she's still wrestling with her demons, which for some is a lengthy battle. And, as great as Henry is being right now, he hasn't always had the most reliable track record. Valerie is a snail - moving at a slow pace and retreating if someone pokes too aggressively. She's made progress though, and I can't wait to see her turning point when she realizes that she will truly be okay. 


Sad that this is ending, but so wonderfully happy that you're back. Please update soon!

Reviewer: Giro Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: September 27 2015

Title: Chapter 31: A/N

Loved the line in the original update about how low self-esteem can sometimes lead to one being self-centered. So absolutely true, and such a profound recognition. Definitely not exhibited in the traditional sense, but it's very present. 

Also, MAJOR kudos for the O-Town inclusion. 

Interested in where you go with the revamp. 

Reviewer: Giro Signed
Date: October 05 2015

Rated: Members ONLY: 17 and Older
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Sequel to "Love, God & Ultimatums"

Table of Contents
Categories: Original Fiction
Characters: None
Classification: None
Genre: Comedy , Drama, Family, Romance
Story Status: Active
Pairings: None
Warnings: Adult Situations, BDSM, Dark Fic, Drugs/Drug Use, Extreme Language, Graphic Violence, Original Characters, Racism, Rape, Strong Sexual Content , Un-betaed , Work in Progress
Series: None
Chapters: 38
Word count: 227600
Read Count: 77822
Published: July 03 2015
Updated: May 09 2021

Title: Chapter 38: Chapter 38 - Odd Woman Out

Let me start by saying you are a wordsmith. I don’t know that I’ve read better - your command and application is poetic. I’ve probably committed myself to an all but certain future of some level of macular degeneration or some other disorder, not to mention adding to my insomnia, reading through this entire story in a week or so, but it is worth it. 


Brandon, however, is not. Like my girl Diya, I feel bad even saying so because he’s been through so much, but his treatment of her, purposeful or not, is too much for me. Cpt. Save-a-Ho Warner can make every excuse in the world for the selfish, terminally helpless love of his life, but continues to disrespect Diya who is trying to look out for the both of them. For someone so prone to self-blame and remorse, he sure knows how to  turn the table and throw things in her face. To have the audacity to swell up about Mannie while believing he’s justified in carrying on with Marisol is more than I can bare. Especially since he’s so hurt Diya won’t trust him, and sees no reason she shouldn’t trust little miss manipulator, but actually accuses her of impropriety with Mannie. He’d never allow Mannie to be to her what he is to Marisol. Although Diya herself doesn’t help the situation with her constant need to mollycoddle. Even when she starts to challenge him, he gets in his feelings, and she regrets it. Diya doesn’t always say what she needs to, but I understand why. I really hope the line about Marisol and them being haunted isn’t a foreboding of the kind I think it is because I really have no desire to feel sympathy for her. She’s a narcissistic masochist who has no real concern for Brandon. Her past and present treatment is proof of that. And he’s too addicted to playing hero to see it. However, Diya actually needs his heroism now. I just hope she gets out of her own way soon. I can’t help but go back to the line from a previous chapter -

Men don’t bother trying to rescue women who insist on saving themselves.


To say I’m eager for the next update is an understatement. 

Author's Response:

Thank you, Giro, for this wonderful review!!! It really did make my entire day.

Yeah, you're not alone in being over Brandon's bullsh*t. He has a medley of issues triggered by the women in his life. You've summarized the situation perfectly. Diya needs but denies herself what Marisol takes for granted. Because Diya's primary concern is protecting Brandon, not her access to him, even if that means letting him go.

More to come on that and Marisol's fate, hopefully within the next week or so. Muse permitting.

Reviewer: Giro Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: June 03 2021

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