Monday, August 18, 2014



This new contemporary romance standalone is captivating and heartwarming and you don't want to miss out on meeting Jude and Lailah.

A portion of the sales during the first week of release will go to a children's heart charity.


Within these walls, he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength. 

I am not strong. I am just a survivor of circumstance. Isn’t that what we all do? Survive? Each of us has our own set of circumstances to muddle through. Mine are just more…complicated. 

Born with a severe heart defect, I’ve seen the inside of a hospital room more than my own bedroom. I was drowning, a prisoner to the illness that owned me, until he appeared. 

He thinks he’s blocked out the world with his tattoos and hard exterior, but I see the real Jude, the one he so desperately wants to forget. 

But is he the answer to my prayers or will he break my already damaged heart forever? 

My name is Lailah Buchanan, and this is our story of hope, redemption and sacrificing it all for the one you love. 

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A portion of the sales during the first week of release will go to a children's heart charity.

My Review:

Within these Walls is undoubtedly one of the best books I have ever read in my life!

It is so perfect that I can’t even find the words to describe it.

It’s a heartbreaking story that blossoms and becomes a magnificent, magical love story. It is so intense that you feel like you are ready to burst out of your skin. The writing is so strong that it makes you feel every single emotion the characters are experiencing. Loss, heartbreak, fear, love, hope, devastation. You feel everything. Every page leaves you all the more raw and vulnerable.

I was in unshed tears almost throughout the entire book and I would not change a thing about it.

Within these Walls represents everything a book should be and everything an author should give.

Lailah ( and no, I didn’t spell it wrong; in fact, the story behind the name is very beautiful and emotional, as is everything in the book) is a very strong young woman, who survived every dark and unfair hit life had to give her. Most people would crumble under her life’s circumstances or at least become shells of themselves, dark and desperate. But Lailah is sweet, kind and generous and has such a beautiful heart that makes her pain hurt so much more.

Jude is one of the most unique men I have read about. His world was destroyed while it was already burning. His life was never easy or pretty. And then, from bad it went to worse. So much worse. The darkness plagued him from inside out and it overtook him, without having any intention to let him go. He was the quiet handsome man. Until he saw a girl eating pudding.. She made him smile, laugh, hope and love. She brought him out of his darkness. She brought him solace he thought he’d never find or even deserve.

Lailah became his world, while Jude became her heart.

Their story is one of a kind.


“The truth is, you are far from normal. You are light-years away from the world. You are exceptional. The word normal would be an insult to your very nature.” 

“Sorry, I just don’t get it. Being able to hold a conversation with you without your nose buried in a phone is one of the most appealing things about you.” My eyebrows arched in amusement. Do I have horns I’m unaware of? Not having a cell phone is my most appealing feature? “Okay, not one of the most. There are several -no, hundreds of other things I find much more appealing, sexy even. Shit, I’m digging myself into a hole here. Just put me out of my misery and take over?”

Within these Walls is remarkable and absolutely breathtaking! I recommend it from the bottom of my heart…

Within these Walls receives 10 Outstanding Breathtaking Stars!!!!!!!


“What is your deal, Jude?” she yelled, taking several strides toward me. 

“My deal?” 

“Yeah, you’re sweet and endearing one minute and then brushing me off the next. I don’t get it. What do you want from me? Am I a charity case? Do you get off on hanging out with the poor sick girl but then tire of me easily?” 

Closing the last few inches between us, I got in her face. “You have no idea what you’re talking about,” I hissed. 

“No,” she answered, “I really don’t. You don’t tell me anything. You are this big, giant mystery that I know nothing about. Why is that, Jude?” 

“It’s too much,” I simply said. “You mean, I can’t handle it,” she inferred. 
“That’s not what I said, Lailah.” 
“No, but that’s what you meant. You’re just like everyone else. I’m too fragile. I’m too weak. Let’s sugarcoat the truth, so it doesn’t upset Lailah. God forbid that we upset her,” she said in a mocking tone. “Well, I’m neither weak nor fragile. I’ve endured more pain than most people see in a lifetime, so don’t think for one single second that I can’t handle anything you can.” 
“I know you can.” 
“Then, why put me through all this? Do you even care a little about me?” Her voice was quiet and timid. 

“I care too fucking much, Lailah.” 

Without a second thought, I grabbed the nape of her neck and pulled her body to mine before fusing our mouths together. She gasped in surprise, pulling back slightly, but then she surrendered, melting into me completely. My hands tightened around her waist as I deepened our kiss. I knew this had to be her first kiss, and I intended to make sure it was well worth the wait. 

About J.L. Berg

J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC. 

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