Amy: You guys! YOU GUYS!!!! Did any of you read it way back when? I read it not long after Thoughtless and HOLY FREAKING ANGST! It’s taboo with heartbreaking angst, and it just doesn’t let up from what I remember. MARYSE! This one needs to be added to the I’ll-never-forgive-you list!!!!
Maryse: OMHG OMG OMG OICJBDHSVCdhjbCKDJSBCD OMG!!!!!!! THAT BOOK. I CAN’T. HOTTEST MOST TABOO (ALMOST TABOO? AND YET SO CLEVERLY <— TABOO) MOST OMG BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!
Amy: YES!! *jumps up and down and points at Maryse* That!!! THAT is the perfect reaction to that book!! The sex-but-without-actual-sex-’cause-it-is-taboo scene?!? *thunk* And the bee sting scene? “Stupid bees!” GAH!!! It was one of those “why can’t they just be together” scenes!! I’m having so many flashbacks from that book and going nuts now because EVERYONE who loved Thoughtless needs this one!!! The butterflies in my tummy just smoked a sh!t-ton of crack!!!!
Jean: I never read it Amy. Is it just being rereleased or something? I preordered it of course based on your and Maryse’s reaction!
Maryse: OMG OMG!!!!!!! I NEED TO WRITE THIS REVIEW!!! I READ THIS… whoops sorry. *capslock* TEE HEE!! Okay… so. I read this back in my I dunno… 2012-2013 early indie-days when it was free, and it BLEW. MY. FORBIDDEN-LOVE MIND!!!!!! And now… it’s up for pre-order and I FREAKING BLUSHED!!!!!! THIS ONE. You like forbidden love stories? THIS ONE. OMG LOL!!!!!! Ahhhhhhh *giggle* (P.S. Thank you AMY!! FINALLY!!!!!)
Kim: I’m so happy!!!! I’ve wanted to read this one!!!
Maryse: Tee hee!!!!!!
Nadia: Loved this one !
Danielle: Eeekkkk I’ve never read I cannot wait to!!!
Kristie: I read this while standing in lines for rides at various amusement parks (Cedar Point, Kings Island, etc) on a family trip about 3 years ago. It was such a crazy book to read while a bunch of people are standing right by you… Loved it!!! And boy did those line times just FLY BY…
Francine: This book was awesome!!!!!! Fiction press! Let’s not forget Collision Course!!!!! Woo hoo!
Michelle: I loved it too!
I’m serious you guys. You like taboo? THIS. THIIIIIISSSSS!!!! Oh yes. This will make your eyes bug out, your brain and your heart war against each other, and will give you all the chills and thrills that S.C. Stephens is known for. YOU KNOW she goes “there”. All of that uncomfortable pining, resisting, loving, and everything shocking that will make you say NO!! NO THEY DID NOT!!! Oh yes. Yes. They. Did. This is one of those.
Patricia: It’s all Relative was hot Maryse you feel (naughty at first) but hot nontheless
Yamira: It’s all relative, it has a tabooish thing about it, since the *spoiler*, but its also very good.
Sara: I can’t wait until you get to experience ” it’s all relative” I’m dying to know what you think about it. Since the subject is uh,well ….uncomfortable? Lol. And the guy….AHHHHH! Soooo hot ~
Amy: It’s All Relative? *biting my fist* S.C. Stephens can write some angst!
Maryse: Amy… just you wait. The day it comes out, I may even do a re-read of “It’s All Relative”.
Rachel: I read It’s All Relative twice when it was free on Smashwords. Soooo good! I’ll be curious to read new reviews when it’s released!
Okay… now I’m writing this review from memory, having read this book maybe 3 or 4 years ago when it was still free on Fictionpress (or something like that), so bear with me. I don’t even think I still actually “have” the book so that I can backtrack and quote some delicious, shocking, emotional goodies for you. But here’s what makes this one extra-special… it’s the fact that I can write this review without even having to backtrack, no matter how long ago I read this. YES!!!!!! IT STUCK WITH ME!!! The feeling, the scenes, the OMG-STEAM that I could barely handle… oh WOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!
And while (from memory) the writing at that time wasn’t… you know… profound or anything, (meaning it wasn’t a really “deep” book, other than of course… love, and how we want it to conquer all… even social expectations), it WAS unputtdownable! It was a full-on thrilling love story, with everything needed to make me jealous, worried, exciting, and heart-palpitatey! Yeah yeah… I know… it’s not a word. Doesn’t matter. You know what I’m saying.
So what’s it about?
Her grandma is in the hospital, so she comes to town to visit (er… or did she already live in that town – can’t remember)… anyway… she’s there to help take care of her and visit with her. And one night… she goes out to a bar, gets all gussied-up and meets HIM. OMG HIM. Everything about him is pure HOT and their attraction is electric. They can’t resist, they immediately connect (I know what you’re thinking – insta-love) but it’s not that exactly. And anyway, tell me you’ve never seen someone from across the room, and felt your heart thump HARD for him even if you had no idea who he was. Right? It’s like that…
So they go home together. And OMG. IT. IS. HOT! Not only hot, but they REALLY like each other. But the next morning, she gets up, and leaves (after all, it’s a one-night stand and all that… you know how it goes) and eventually heads over to see her grandma that day.
Maryse: But Amy….. RIGHT????? How CLEVER was that freaking book? I mean… you know… *waggles eyebrows* OMG she was a little bit genius with all that. Just sayin’
Amy: It was SOOOOO clever!!! I was dying while reading it because it just seemed SO FREAKING UNFAIR and the angst was killing me and then…and then…her brilliance body-slammed me!!! IT WAS FREAKING AWESOME!!! Gah! I love the way that woman slays me with her stories!!
And I’m letting y’all off, here. Let me tell you. It gets CRAZY, it gets ANGSTY, and it gets EVEN HOTTER than their one-night stand. Tee hee!!!!!!
Now… it doesn’t top “Thoughtless” for me, I mean… that was just a masterpiece of romance-angst, and heartache. But if you love S.C. Stephens, this one sure does the trick, too! Like I’ve told y’all in the past… taboo subjects <— I’m a sucker for those stories, but I always feel *squicky* when it comes to review time. Tee hee! I read this one back when I was in the “taboo closet”. So I kept… *mostly* mum on the subject.
BUT I’M OUT and if you love a fun, thrilling read… (and actually get a kick out of the shocking – yet fun – stuff), this one is for you!
4 stars (back in the day, I would have given this one 3.5 stars, but considering that I still remember it, and still think about it often and get the thrill-y feel, I MUST give it 4 stars!)
P.S. The author says:
“I’ll be releasing the cult hit, It’s All Relative!
For those of you who loved it on Fictionpress, you’ll be happy to know it’s the same basic story you read, it’s just been cleaned up with slight revisions here and there. For new readers, this one is packed with love, angst, heartache, and a pretty unfortunate circumstance (but hang in there while you’re reading it–the payoff is worth it!!).”
Now for the giveaway!!
How to enter for a chance to win the signed copy of this book? Just leave a comment below (and/or if you have one… let me know your favorite forbidden romance book) and by 10pm EST, Sunday March 20th 2016, I will randomly select one winner for the signed copy of “It’s All Relative”!
The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. This book will be sent to the winner directly by the author.
Giveaway open to international!!