I totally recommend this story definitely five stars.
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View 2 comments. Jan 29, Mspraise50 rated it really liked it. This was Adele and Stefano's story. Adele is the victim of domestic abuse. If this topic is a trigger for you then perhaps you will need to give this story a miss. Adele manages to escape and build a new life for herself with her 5 adopted brothers who are now her protectors. Stefano wants a relationship with Adele but her brothers try to scare him off. I enjoyed this story. However, I would have preferred to have much more dialogue between the couple and see them explore their relationship then th This was Adele and Stefano's story.
However, I would have preferred to have much more dialogue between the couple and see them explore their relationship then the narrative we were given about how they felt towards each other and how Adele had become a strong woman. What to say about this one? Good start, lackluster middle and a decent epilogue. Yeah there was some editing issues but not a train wreck. I'm not going to touch upon the need for an adult woman needing 5 adult men 'protecting' her and not making her have a life.
Nope not going there. I wasn't disappointed okay a little but it was the middle part and it seemed to lose steam , surprisingly it was not a smut fest, it reminded me of Jennifer Lopez's "Enough" except there's no cute kid just t What to say about this one? I wasn't disappointed okay a little but it was the middle part and it seemed to lose steam , surprisingly it was not a smut fest, it reminded me of Jennifer Lopez's "Enough" except there's no cute kid just the five military hulk-hunks that acted like children at times.
Enjoyed most of the elements of the story but the delivery Jan 21, Theresa rated it liked it. There were a couple of parts that could've had either more humor or more drama but not bad and would read about the other men in her life. Sep 13, Michelle rated it really liked it. Delicately Handled I enjoyed Stefano and Adele's story. The story dealt with a sensitive subject and handled it with care and dignity. Stefano was a man that knew his mind and was content to not be committed to any woman until he met Adele. Adele was putting her life back together and reclaiming her self respect after escaping from her abusive marriage.
Adele met, befriended and claimed five military men as her brothers and they claimed her as their sister and were prepared to lay down their lives Delicately Handled I enjoyed Stefano and Adele's story. Adele met, befriended and claimed five military men as her brothers and they claimed her as their sister and were prepared to lay down their lives to keep her safe. Stefano comes on the scene and shakes everything up. Then the journey to heaven begins. Enjoy the ride and thank you Reana Malori for a job well done. May 21, Genney Blass rated it really liked it.
What a great book so much drama from the beginning and how sweet and welcomed the military guys were with her. Come on, each one now needs a book. They need someone in there life. Cheers to the Author. Dec 20, Elysa rated it it was amazing. Zorro Snap Loved everything about this lil gem.. I've got my own personal experiences to draw from. So proud of how she survived and flourished. Her brothers are wonderful and I would adopt them all anyday.
From despair to hope. Well done! May 22, Rosie J. Shelves: angsty , blood-is-spilled , bwwm , crazy-good-bad , dark-disturbing , erotic-a , ir-romance , kick-ass-heroine , kinky , ku-read.
Jun 03, Melissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: reading-challenge-read. I received this ebook as exchange for my honest opinion.
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I really loved this book. I had so many emotions when I was reading it. Crying, laughing, anger, etc. I love that Domestic Violence was added to the storyline because I feel like those affected by this needs to know that they are not alone and there is help out there for them. I loved how Ms Malori included some Domestic Violence websites and I am going to share some of those links or phone numbers here for you all: National Domestic Violence I received this ebook as exchange for my honest opinion. Call Tell a friend. Back to the book, after all Adele has been through, she wasn't ready to date until she knew it in her heart the time was ready.
I love that when Adele moved to VA, that she meet a group of 5 men, all military. It is like these 5 men knew that Adele needed protection and they adopted one another as a family. I would really love to see the 5 men- Ethan, Tyler, Tony, Daniel, and Noah- to have a book of their own. Add in Stefano's mother in those books, too. I am not going to give away any good detail since I think it is better to read the book instead of reading what I think about a particular moment in a book.
Would I recommend this book? Would I read more from this author? Happy Reading! This story has scenes of domestic violence between Adele and her husband Joey Bittner. If this is a trigger for you - this is your warning. After years of her husband's verbal and physical abuse, Adele finds the mental clarity that if she stays she's going to die and she's not ready to die - not yet and certainly not by him. Moving away to start over, Adele finds a new job and joins a local men's gym to take boxing lessons for self defense. During her time at the gym, five men Tyler, Ethan, Tony, Daniel and Noah all former military befriend her and take on big brother roles.
Stefano Indellicati, also former military, is new to the area and a new member at the gym. He thought he was joining an all male boxing gym but once he sees Adele working in the ring he's immediately smitten with not just her boxing style. The romance between Adele and Stefano was a nice build but the story line made it feel way too quick. Their time together was glossed over and didn't endear me to their romance. His back story was sparse to say the least. And there's not a lot of story told about Adele past before her last time with Joey but I would have liked to know what in her past made her think that Joey would be a good choice in a mate.
For those of us readers who like dialogue, this could have been a more likable story if the dialogue was more often and consistent. I felt like I was being told a story that already happened. Happy Reading Folks! Rating: C Also posted on www. Jul 26, Vanessa rated it it was amazing. Even though it has a serious subject matter, it is not just a story of abuse. This book tells the story of a woman who broke free and started over. Learning to take care of herself, finding friends and even finding love again.
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Adele has moved on with her life and is taking steps to never be vulnerable again. Along the way, she gained brothers. The badassed soldiers aren't brothers by blood, but they are a family and they have made Adele the little sister of the group. When Stephano happens to see her at the gym, he knows that he wants to get to know her. First, he has to make it past her protectors.
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This story has it all. You will laugh, cry, get mad beyond reason, and hopefully fall in love with the characters. I know I did. This is the first in a series and I have to commend Reana Malori for tackeling a very serious subject matter with caring and sensitivity. This may be difficult for some people to read, but it is well worth the emotional journey. If a serious subject like domestic violence is something you prefer to avoid, this may not be the story for you.
Jun 04, Sara rated it really liked it. Escape to Heaven was a good starting point for what I hope will be an awesome series. I loved Adele's adopted family, those men know how to take care of their own, and I'm sure they'll each find themselves in an interesting story soon. Adele's story and the author's choice to write about domestic violence which is sometimes taboo, is something that I respect. I think that bringing readers attention to something that happens too often and providing additional information at the end of the book is Escape to Heaven was a good starting point for what I hope will be an awesome series.
I think that bringing readers attention to something that happens too often and providing additional information at the end of the book is very responsible. Although not every real life story has an ending like Adele's, you can't help but be happy for her. I wish that each woman that faces this type of situation could find their own Stefano.
I realize that a good portion of the story was probably designed to help set up the brother's stories, but I would have liked to see just a little more detail in the development of the relationship between Adele and Stefano. Overall, a great, quick read!
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Jun 05, Niki Driscoll rated it really liked it Shelves: finished. This was a great story with a seriously heavy subject matter. The author did a great job in highlighting how Adele had grown after the trauma she endured. The fact that she went to a place not frequented by other women to learn defense was a great indication of the strength and determination of this main character. Add in 5 strong tough men decided to take her under their wing was and interesting play by the author and that non of them were interested in her sexually was a unique twist.
Consider This was a great story with a seriously heavy subject matter. Considering the protectors background it was a given that her love interest would need a similar background or they would not approve. Stefano was a great addition to the group and I enjoyed the banter, bickering and interactions between this wonderful family.
I found this to be well written, entertaining and an enjoyable read. I can't wait to see if her protectors will get stories of their own. Jun 11, Geri rated it it was amazing. This was one of those books that you find yourself liking more and more as you read it. It does contain domestic violence but it is handled so well and it is nice to have a HEA. Adele starts out as a vulnerable, broken woman but once she starts to take back her life there is no stopping her!
Then add in her family of mismatched brothers, who just happen to be hot military men, and there is even some lighthearted fun. When Stefano finally enters the picture there is fireworks and not just between This was one of those books that you find yourself liking more and more as you read it. When Stefano finally enters the picture there is fireworks and not just between Adele and Stefano. Loved it and it was a quick read.
Jun 05, Amy rated it it was amazing. I loved Escape to Heaven. This is one of my favorites of the books I have read by Reana. She choose a difficult topic to write about with domestic abuse and I thought she did a great job. I loved the family bond she and the men developed and I look forward to hearing about each on I loved Escape to Heaven. His Spear, to equal which the tallest Pine Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the Mast Of some great Ammiral , were but a wand, He walkt with to support uneasie steps [ ] Over the burning Marle , not like those steps On Heavens Azure, and the torrid Clime Smote on him sore besides, vaulted with Fire; Nathless he so endur'd , till on the Beach Of that inflamed Sea, he stood and call'd [ ] His Legions, Angel Forms, who lay intrans't Thick as Autumnal Leaves that strow the Brooks In Vallombrosa, where th' Etrurian shades High overarch't imbowr ; or scatterd sedge Afloat, when with fierce Winds Orion arm'd [ ] Hath vext the Red-Sea Coast, whose waves orethrew Busiris and his Memphian Chivalry, While with perfidious hatred they pursu'd The Sojourners of Goshen, who beheld From the safe shore thir floating Carkases [ ] And broken Chariot Wheels, so thick bestrown Abject and lost lay these, covering the Flood, Under amazement of thir hideous change.
He call'd so loud, that all the hollow Deep Of Hell resounded. Princes, Potentates, [ ] Warriers , the Flowr of Heav'n , once yours, now lost, If such astonishment as this can sieze Eternal spirits; or have ye chos'n this place After the toyl of Battel to repose Your wearied vertue , for the ease you find [ ] To slumber here, as in the Vales of Heav'n?
Or in this abject posture have ye sworn To adore the Conquerour? Awake, arise, or be for ever fall'n. They heard, and were abasht , and up they sprung Upon the wing, as when men wont to watch On duty, sleeping found by whom they dread, Rouse and bestir themselves ere well awake. Nor did they not perceave the evil plight [ ] In which they were, or the fierce pains not feel; Yet to thir Generals Voyce they soon obeyd Innumerable. As when the potent Rod Of Amrams Son in Egypts evill day Wav'd round the Coast, up call'd a pitchy cloud [ ] Of Locusts, warping on the Eastern Wind, That ore the Realm of impious Pharaoh hung Like Night, and darken'd all the Land of Nile : So numberless were those bad Angels seen Hovering on wing under the Cope of Hell [ ] 'Twixt upper, nether, and surrounding Fires; Till, as a signal giv'n , th' uplifted Spear Of thir great Sultan waving to direct Thir course, in even ballance down they light On the firm brimstone, and fill all the Plain; [ ] A multitude, like which the populous North Pour'd never from her frozen loyns , to pass Rhene or the Danaw, when her barbarous Sons Came like a Deluge on the South, and spread Beneath Gibralter to the Lybian sands.
Nor had they yet among the Sons of Eve Got them new Names , till wandring ore the Earth, [ ] Through Gods high sufferance for the tryal of man, By falsities and lyes the greatest part Of Mankind they corrupted to forsake God thir Creator, and th' invisible Glory of him that made them, to transform [ ] Oft to the Image of a Brute, a dorn'd With gay Religions full of Pomp and Gold, And Devils to adore for Deities : Then were they known to men by various Names, And various Idols through the Heathen World.
First Moloch, horrid King besmear'd with blood Of human sacrifice, and parents tears, Though for the noyse of Drums and Timbrels loud Thir childrens cries unheard , that past through fire [ ] To his grim Idol. Peor his other Name, when he entic'd Israel in Sittim on thir march from Nile To do him wanton rites, which cost them woe.
Yet thence his lustful Orgies he enlarg'd [ ] Even to that Hill of scandal , by the Grove Of Moloch homicide, lust hard by hate; Till good Josiah drove them thence to Hell. For Spirits when they please Can either Sex assume, or both; so soft And uncompounded is thir Essence pure , [ ] Not ti'd or manacl'd with joynt or limb, Nor founded on the brittle strength of bones, Like cumbrous flesh; but in what shape they choose Dilated or condens't , bright or obscure, Can execute thir aerie purposes, [ ] And works of love or enmity fulfill. For those the Race of Israel oft forsook Thir living strength , and unfrequented left His righteous Altar, bowing lowly down To bestial Gods; for which thir heads as low [ ] Bow'd down in Battel , sunk before the Spear Of despicable foes.
Thammuz came next behind, Whose annual wound in Lebanon allur'd The Syrian Damsels to lament his fate In amorous dittyes all a Summers day, While smooth Adonis from his native Rock [ ] Ran purple to the Sea, suppos'd with blood Of Thammuz yearly wounded: the Love-tale Infected Sions daughters with like heat, Whose wanton passions in the sacred Porch Ezekiel saw, when by the Vision led [ ] His eye survay'd the dark Idolatries Of alienated Judah. He also against the house of God was bold: [ ] A Leper once he lost and gain'd a King, Ahaz his sottish Conquerour, whom he drew Gods Altar to disparage and displace For one of Syrian mode, whereon to burn His odious off'rings , and adore the Gods [ ] Whom he had vanquisht.
Belial came last, then whom a Spirit more lewd [ ] Fell not from Heaven, or more gross to love Vice for it self: To him no Temple stood Or Altar smoak'd ; yet who more oft then hee In Temples and at Altars, when the Priest Turns Atheist, as did Ely's Sons , who fill'd [ ] With lust and violence the house of God. Witness the Streets of Sodom, and that night In Gibeah, when the hospitable door Expos'd a Matron to avoid worse rape.
All these and more came flocking; but with looks Down cast and damp, yet such wherein appear'd Obscure some glimps of joy, to have found thir chief Not in despair, to have found themselves not lost [ ] In loss it self; which on his count'nance cast Like doubtful hue: but he his wonted pride Soon recollecting, with high words, that bore Semblance of worth, not substance , gently rais'd Thir fainting courage, and dispel'd thir fears.
All in a moment through the gloom were seen Ten thousand Banners rise into the Air [ ] With Orient Colours waving: with them rose A Forest huge of Spears: and thronging Helms Appear'd , and serried shields in thick array Of depth immeasurable: Anon they move In perfect Phalanx to the Dorian mood [ ] Of Flutes and soft Recorders; such as rais'd To hight of noblest temper Hero's old Arming to Battel , and in stead of rage Deliberate valour breath'd , firm and unmov'd With dread of death to flight or foul retreat, [ ] Nor wanting power to mitigate and swage With solemn touches, troubl'd thoughts, and chase Anguish and doubt and fear and sorrow and pain From mortal or immortal minds.
Thus they Breathing united force with fixed thought [ ] Mov'd on in silence to soft Pipes that charm'd Thir painful steps o're the burnt soyle ; and now Advanc't in view, they stand, a horrid Front Of dreadful length and dazling Arms, in guise Of Warriers old with order'd Spear and Shield, [ ] Awaiting what command thir mighty Chief Had to impose: He through the armed Files Darts his experienc't eye, and soon traverse The whole Battalion views, thir order due, Thir visages and stature as of Gods, [ ] Thir number last he summs.
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Thus far these beyond Compare of mortal prowess, yet observ'd Thir dread commander: he above the rest In shape and gesture proudly eminent [ ] Stood like a Towr ; his form had yet not lost All her Original brightness, nor appear'd Less then Arch Angel ruind, and th' excess Of Glory obscur'd : As when the Sun new ris'n Looks through the Horizontal misty Air [ ] Shorn of his Beams, or from behind the Moon In dim Eclips disastrous twilight sheds On half the Nations, and with fear of change Perplexes Monarchs.
Dark'n'd so, yet shon Above them all th' Arch Angel: but his face [ ] Deep scars of Thunder had intrencht , and care Sat on his faded cheek, but under Browes Of dauntless courage, and considerate Pride Waiting revenge: cruel his eye, but cast Signs of remorse and passion to behold [ ] The fellows of his crime, the followers rather Far other once beheld in bliss condemn'd For ever now to have thir lot in pain, Millions of Spirits for his fault amerc't Of Heav'n , and from Eternal Splendors flung [ ] For his revolt, yet faithfull how they stood, Thir Glory witherd.
He now prepar'd [ ] To speak; whereat thir doubl'd Ranks they bend From wing to wing, and half enclose him round With all his Peers: attention held them mute. Thrice he assayd , and thrice in spight of scorn, Tears such as Angels weep , burst forth: at last [ ] Words interwove with sighs found out thir way. O Myriads of immortal Spirits, O Powers Matchless, but with th' Almighty, and that strife Was not inglorious, though th' event was dire, As this place testifies, and this dire change [ ] Hateful to utter: but what power of mind Foreseeing or presaging, from the Depth Of knowledge past or present, could have fear'd , How such united force of Gods, how such As stood like these, could ever know repulse?
For mee be witness all the Host of Heav'n , [ ] If counsels different, or danger shun'd By me, have lost our hopes. But he who reigns Monarch in Heav'n , till then as one secure Sat on his Throne, upheld by old repute, Consent or custome , and his Regal State [ ] Put forth at full, but still his strength conceal'd , Which tempted our attempt, and wrought our fall.
Henceforth his might we know, and know our own So as not either to provoke, or dread New warr , provok't ; our better part remains [ ] To work in close design, by fraud or guile What force effected not: that he no less At length from us may find, who overcomes By force, hath overcome but half his foe. But these thoughts Full Counsel must mature: Peace is despaird , [ ] For who can think Submission? Warr then, Warr Open or understood must be resolv'd.
He spake: and to confirm his words, out-flew Millions of flaming swords, drawn from the thighs Of mighty Cherubim ; the sudden blaze [ ] Far round illumin'd hell: highly they rag'd Against the Highest, and fierce with grasped arms Clash'd on thir sounding Shields the din of war, Hurling defiance toward the vault of Heav'n. There stood a Hill not far whose griesly top [ ] Belch'd fire and rowling smoak ; the rest entire Shon with a glossie scurff , undoubted sign That in his womb was hid metallic Ore, The work of Sulphur.
Thither wing'd with speed A numerous Brigad hasten'd. Mammon led them on, Mammon, the least erected Spirit that fell From heav'n , for ev'n in heav'n his looks and thoughts [ ] Were always downward bent , admiring more The riches of Heav'ns pavement, trod'n Gold, Then aught divine or holy else enjoy'd In vision beatific : by him first Men also, and by his suggestion taught, [ ] Ransack'd the Center , and with impious hands Rifl'd the bowels of thir mother Earth For Treasures better hid.
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Soon had his crew Op'nd into the Hill a spacious wound And dig'd out ribs of Gold. Let none admire [ ] That riches grow in Hell; that soyle may best Deserve the precious bane. And here let those Who boast in mortal things, and wond'ring tell Of Babel, and the works of Memphian Kings Learn how thir greatest Monuments of Fame, [ ] And Strength and Art are easily out-done By Spirits reprobate, and in an hour What in an age they with incessant toyle And hands innumerable scarce perform. Nigh on the Plain in many cells prepar'd , [ ] That underneath had veins of liquid fire Sluc'd from the Lake, a second multitude With wondrous Art found out the massie Ore, Severing each kind, and scum'd the Bullion dross: A third as soon had form'd within the ground [ ] A various mould , and from the boyling cells By strange conveyance fill'd each hollow nook, As in an Organ from one blast of wind To many a row of Pipes the sound-board breaths.
Th' ascending pile Stood fixt her stately highth , and strait the dores Op'ning thir brazen foulds discover wide Within, her ample spaces, o're the smooth [ ] And level pavement: from the arched roof Pendant by suttle Magic many a row Of Starry Lamps and blazing Cressets fed With Naphtha and Asphaltus yeilded light As from a sky.
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