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He is exactly what she needs. But how far into his mind is she willing to go? Jesse has a curious attraction to Charlene, a hostess at the restaurant where he works. Outwardly he’s rude, awkward and unapproachable. But his sudden bursts of charm are inescapable. A devastating childhood filled with physical and emotional abuse have left him complex and frigid. Charlene, an innocent, is quickly mystified. Her craving for him generates an infatuation and a purpose. Losing weight and gaining confidence, she begins taking more risks. She defies her past, damaged and tender, in order to move ahead. "Progress" is a realistic tale of two friends who both have similar issues that make them hesitant to get close to anyone. Jesse's demons have manifested into an emotional detachment, and Charlene's, a physical one. If nobody makes the first move then nobody gets hurt. Their journeys take them down parallel paths which leave them just as emotionally unmatched and conflicted as the day they met.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18711935-progress
Review: ~by April
This is a well written book with wonderful characters that will keep you very interested. A very well developed psychological and suspenseful book with some love.
First we have Charlie (Charlene) Johnson. She is an innocent girl with not a lot of confidence in herself. Charlie grew up always being bullied and self-tormenting herself due to being overweight. She is very insecure and paranoid of what others think of her. I love Charlie. She is always there to listen when others need her and seems to find the right things to say/not say at the right times.
Charlie works as a hostess at the Crimson Cellar when she meets Jesse Anders. He takes her breath away! On the outside he is a jerk but he definitely has his moments of charm and charisma. Jesse is a definite manw*ore. He is also a very moody and angry manic depressive.
Both Charlie and Jesse have their own internal issues they are dealing with. Their eventual friendship and relationship has its share of chaos. This book shows how they are trying to cope with the serious mental issues involved. They really seem to need each other. There is a major love/hate thing happening.
I loved this book and am warning you now there is a cliffhanger. It is not all lovey dovey and keeps you at the edge of your seat. I am giving this book 4 strong stars as this is a great start to what looks to be a promising trilogy.
Some of my favorite quotes from this book are:
“I don’t like it when you run away. I don’t like it when you’re not where I can find you…… I just need for you to be close.”
“Oh, I forgot. You haven’t felt the wrath of my love yet.”
“You are so wonderful and so horrible at the same time.”
After the emotional turmoil that was ‘Jesse’ subsides, Charlie manages to find peace with her decision to leave him, despite her conscience telling her otherwise. Saying goodbye to the drama proves to be an easier task than she anticipated. And although Charlie’s life continues to test her strength, her will, and her motivation to pick herself up and dust herself off, she carves a new path. Making positive changes in her life, she gets a new job, a new apartment, and a new guy; everything is nearly perfect. Nearly. Hundreds of miles away, Jesse isn’t faring too well in their aftermath. But within his darkness, he finds a purpose and reconstructs himself with one goal in mind: He needs to find his Charlie. Interrupted is the second book in The Progress Series.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18711972-interrupted
Review: ~by April
This was a great book, the second in the progress trilogy. Warning – Be ready for a book hangover. There are still wonderful characters and dives even deeper than book 1. This book picks up right where Progress left off.
Charlie is dealing with her decision and trying to start over fresh and clean. Her inner voice fights her on a pretty constant basis. She is doing great, though she feels guilty for Jesse leaving. I love how Charlie still goes to talk to her dad when she needs him. Daddy’s little girl for sure.
Jesse is not doing so very well at all. I was heartbroken when he left. You will still know how he is feeling and his actions and you will have to see what takes place all on your own.
Next thing you know, BAM, here comes Samuel Bordeaux. OMG!! WOW!! I am not telling, you have to read it for yourself! Then even more twists and Charlies world evolves into emotional chaos. You will have moments where you will want to scream, throw things and maybe even curse a little.
You will want book three immediately after this one. This book will stay with you like a bad dream, but in a good way. Which will you be?? Team Jesse or team Sam??
I am giving this book 4 and a half strong stars. I liked it even better than the first and I am looking forward to reading number three. Thank you so much Amy Queau for this story! Keep up the great work.
My favorite quote in this book is from Charlie, “It’s a strong word. For some reason telling you that I’m capable of love…stings me. It makes me vulnerable.” I just loved that!
“Because if it weren’t for Jesse, I would have never been the girl you fell in love with.” -Charlie Impasse: def. noun. 1. a situation in which no progress seems possible. 2. a difficult or puzzling situation from which there is no easy escape. Charlie is about to find out how far into Jesse’s tormented past she needs to travel when she hops into his car, leaving the man she loves alone and searching for answers. But Samuel’s a fighter. He’s not about to give up without an explanation. And he’s soon to discover events in Charlie’s past that offer reasons to her recent behavior. But will it be enough for him to want her back? Unable to forgive herself for what she’s done to Samuel - and her crumbling future without him - Charlie’s solution is simple: Help Jesse open his mind and his heart, allowing him to trust someone for the first time in his life. Rewired is the third and final book in The Progress Series. Warning: This book contains sensitive material (including sexually explicit content, acts of graphic violence, language, and triggers) and may not be appropriate for all readers.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18080800-rewired
Review: ~by April
Are you ready for a Trilogy hangover. This book will cause it to happen and you will have no choice about it. Once again Amy Queau had me crying, yelling and throwing stuffed animals across the room. Much to my houses displeasure. The crazy looks from my family were well worth it. This book and the conclusion to this trilogy took my emotions and screwed them all up. Thank you I loved it!
Rewired continues on where Interrupted left off. There is a lot of background revealed in this book. A lot of questions become so clear. Answers about Jesse’s past may change your opinion about him if you hated him before.
Be prepared for this series to stick around in your head for quite a while after you have finished it. I really liked how it ended. My imagination flew with it. It is hard not to give out spoilers so I will leave off now and say thank you very much to this author for a wonderful Trilogy. What a great find.
I am giving this book 4 and a half stars and the trilogy together 5 stars. I loved the seamless flow of all these books. I will leave you with my favorite quotes from this book. Know I will be keeping my eye on this author to see what she comes out with next.
“Nurture is what made me an as*hole. My nature just makes it hard to control.”
“I think I loved you before I knew I was capable of it.”
“So all I’m going to say is that you better be ready for this. Because this is going to be a ride to hell and back.”
“There’s a fine line between love and obsession, Charlie.”
Jesse winked and handed Charlie some chalk and a cue. “Let’s see what you got.” “Challenge accepted.” She winked back and began chalking the tip. “Wanna break? “No.” I’d much rather take in the view from here. “Go ahead.” “Okay.” Charlie aligned herself at the head of the table, just two feet directly in front of Jesse. Concentrating on the white cue ball on the table, she focused her attention on the fifteen huddled balls in front of her. After gathering her auburn hair into a ponytail, she bent over slowly with her legs slightly spread. Sweet Jesus. Look at that ass. She’s gotta know what she’s doing to me. “Ahem.” Charlie cleared her throat, concealing a smile. “Your turn.” He hadn’t noticed that she had already broken the balls, and they were scattered beautifully across the table. With a couple of taps on the ashtray, Jesse emptied the resin from his pipe and shoved it back into his pocket, a cheap excuse to loosen his tightening jeans. He took his wallet out of his back pocket, along with the lighter, and set them on the bench. Smiling, he glanced at Charlie out of the corner of his eye. “Prepare yourself, Charlie. I know how to play this game, too.”
About the Author
I am a mother and wife, first and foremost. I decided to hit the computer and write Progress because I had a very personal story to tell. I do hope you enjoy it.
I live in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN with my husband, two children; Junior and Evie, and my dog, Saba Lou.
I enjoy writing, drawing, crosswords, games, reading and of course, spending time with my beautiful family.