Ten Below Zero

Ten Below Zero

“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you're ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching the...

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  • Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Ten Below Zero

    Standalone

    Whitney Barbetti

    August 28, 2014

    5 stars

    No

    To be perfectly honest, I was a little apprehensive going into this book. I knew that (judging by the synopsis) the potential was there for going through an emotional battle and I wasn’t sure if I would win the war. And with no guarantee of a Happil

    Ten Below Zero

    Standalone

    Whitney Barbetti

    August 28, 2014

    5 stars

    No

    To be perfectly honest, I was a little apprehensive going into this book. I knew that (judging by the synopsis) the potential was there for going through an emotional battle and I wasn’t sure if I would win the war. And with no guarantee of a Happily Ever After…I was jittery. Ok, I was scared. But what really pulled me to this story was the fact that it sounded so different from what I usually read. And here's one thing I know. Different is good.

    If you would have told me that I was going to rate this book 5 stars when I was in the first part of the book I don't think I would have believed you. It wasn't the writing itself-as in her debut novel, Whitney has a style of writing that I'm drawn to. It's thought provoking and eloquent. No, my difficulty was the characters. The heroine is called Ten Below Zero for a reason.

    She's not a very likable person. And he's not much better. One is cold hearted and the other is just hardened. Both rude, blunt, and no sorry a bit about it. But what you have to realize about these characters is they're like an abstract painting. Stand too close, and you see one big mess. But when you stand back and get the bigger picture, you see what it was meant to be.

    Parker is stuck. Numb. Frozen. Unable to experience emotion past indifference or annoyance.

    She's an observer of her own life and everyone else's and can't bring herself to care. As shocking as her physical scars are, her emotional ones are overwhelmingly sad. What she went through and survived is something no one should have to experience. So she avoids conflict and danger at all costs to preserve her safe numbness.

    Everett is Rude, blunt, and living with a death sentence. He's when he and Parker meet, he sees someone like him. Someone who's honest but hurting. She's lashing out, but she's not fooling him. He can see deep down into her. And more than that, he

    As the story progresses, you see them both thawing and changing. They see past each other's scars-the ones you see and the ones you can't. And the more time they spend together, the closer they come to really experiencing happiness. I started rooting for this couple to fight past their circumstances and make everything okay. But would they find their forever together? Or would she be left just with memories?

    This book came rushing up on me in the last half like a tidal wave. The characters were flawed yet there was a a beauty in their struggle to grasp life in all it's possibilities and begin to hope. I'm not going to tell you how this ends. If you know beforehand, you won't experience the same impact that you could have had. I will say that the last 10% of the book was absolutely, positively, nerve-wracking, suspenseful, and I couldn't have imagined it ending in a more perfect way. Down to the last sentence! Everything came together in a way that was so beautiful to me. I can't get over how this book touched me-it wasn't just a book that you read and set aside never to give it a second thought again. It's one that you can come back to-one that you

    to come back to. As much as I loved He Found Me, there was something preventing me from giving it a full 5 stars. But this book had that missing piece to me. The emotion it drags from you, the feeling you have after turning the last page tells me that it's 5 star worthy.

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  • JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust

    So, many of you may

    may not have realized I

    read romance novels as well….. I tend to dislike them. No I haven't t been burned by love

    I find them to be a bit boring and slooooowwwwwwwwwly paced for my impatient taste. I'm one of the weirdo's that doesn’t care for the type of angst they provide, which normally consist of two

    characters running

    like forest gump… i.e. the heroine doesn't want to talk

    So, many of you may

    may not have realized I

    read romance novels as well….. I tend to dislike them. No I haven't t been burned by love

    I find them to be a bit boring and slooooowwwwwwwwwly paced for my impatient taste. I'm one of the weirdo's that doesn’t care for the type of angst they provide, which normally consist of two

    characters running

    like forest gump… i.e. the heroine doesn't want to talk about her feelings and/or past so the twit runs away a sobbing mess … and Mr. Numbnuts chases after said nitwit....but not to talk about their issues.. God forbid! ... its to fuck the problems out of her,. Against a wall no doubt. Shake your head at me all you like, but we all know that's exactly what happens 90% of the time.. or maybe I'm a magnet for this type of plot.

    Regardless,

    agrees with me (Whitney,even if you don't can you please play along with me here?)

    The author provides her readers with something different. You may have heard of it---> Mature Adult Syndrome. I did not know of said syndrome prior to reading TBZ but something about the blurb caught my attention, so I requested it.

    starts off by introducing the reader to

    .She's a 21 year old introvert by choice. The MC doesn't interact with people, she watches them. Parker has no recollection of the attack on her 3 years ago, but she has the physical scars to prove it. Now she did grate my nervous by harping on her damn scars at the start of the book, but my man Tristan calls her out on that shit (and there is a reason) so in the end, it didn't affect my rating.

    One night while lounging around in her room, doing absolutely nothing, Parker receives a text message from a stranger asking if she'd meet them at a local bar. This text message is not meant for her but instead of informing said messenger, Parker throws caution to the wind and agrees to meet…. Okay, if I'm being completely honest I thought it was a slightly farfetched that she would agree to meet a stranger when she doesn't talk to anyone BUT there wouldn't be a touching story to be read if she hadn't so..

    The mystery text messenger is named

    and I LOVED his characters . Some readers may find him bland, rude, maybe a little obnoxious….. I'm not one of them.. Everett is

    a alpha male, he's an honest male. Yup, he has no filter and that is what I loved most about him. I never felt that forced macho side that I often do with a number of female authors . Everett is a 28 year old , middle class, recently unemployed male … who is dying of cancer. Everrett and Parker's first encounter is short lived as Parker runs away… WAIT!! I never said the book was perfect but Parker realized meeting a stranger was a crazy idea.

    Anyway, back to the story. Parker learns via text message that she left her credit card at the bar and for reasons beyond her, she agrees to meet Everett again. There second meeting doesn't fare much better but they have a few more encounters anyway ...during one in which Everett ask Parker to go on a road trip with him.. Yeah,do remember that cancer I told you about? Everett wants to spend his last days exploring new places, facing his fears , having as much fun as possible and mostly importantly he wants his " One sweet moment, one moment in his memory to hold on to when his soul leaves this earth. One moment to be remembered for." ***

    Mission completed. He owned me w/ this statement.

    Everett and Preston journey extends well beyond the open road. If you are looking for perfect characters-->Sorry they are both broken and scarred. If you are hoping to spend 200 pages reading about MC's salivating over each others bodily juices--> NOPE,there are a few sensual scenes( the mirror scene. YUM!). The main focus of the story is about Parker and Everett breaking down personal barriers and living life to fullest.. For however long that might be.

    Don't we all?

  • Maayan

    Ok so I had to think about this book for a while because seriously, I had no idea what I thought about the story or how to rate. It had his ups and it had its downs, and I wasn't sure in which direction the pull was.

    So the book start with a text message to the wrong number. Who would have thought that this small mistake would change the life of this two broken people?

    Ok so I had to think about this book for a while because seriously, I had no idea what I thought about the story or how to rate. It had his ups and it had its downs, and I wasn't sure in which direction the pull was.

    So the book start with a text message to the wrong number. Who would have thought that this small mistake would change the life of this two broken people?

    Parker life was in one word - numb. After a brutal attack from her past she checked out and let life pass her by, living in the shadows of her apartment and her job. She didn't LIVE. She went trough the motions and let life go on without her.

    Everett life is no better. With his cancer recurrence he decided that he won't fight it, he would live every day like it was his last one, without knowing when it would end.

    When they meet each other the attraction is fierce and suddenly Everett is everywhere, and Parker doesn't know how to deal with that. When both went to a road trio together both will learn a few things about life, themselves and LOVE.

    This book was good. The ending was blow minding and I was glad NOT KNOWING beforehand. What can I say, I'm a spoilers kind of girl lol

    I have a few things I didn't like thought.

    # The hero annoyed me pretty much most of the book. And by annoying I mean 'every fucking thing that came out of his mouth' annoying. He was TOO arrogant. TOO smug. TOO cocky. Just .. TOO. He did grow on me but it wasn't enough and his personality made me care less about them I gauss.

    # When she was working at the restaurant she saw him entering with a woman.

    Overall I will recommend because the road trip and the experiences were awesome!! And the final line - god! I was glad to learn what something he was doing during the novel meant ;)

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  • Aestas Book Blog

    This is the story of a college girl, Parker, whose body bears the scars of an attack she doesn't remember and who lives her life keeping to herself as much as possible, playing things safe, watching people live but rarely participating in life. Then one night she gets a text message. It's a wrong number, but she answers it anyways and takes a chance by going to meet the guy who sent it...

    This is the story of a college girl, Parker, whose body bears the scars of an attack she doesn't remember and who lives her life keeping to herself as much as possible, playing things safe, watching people live but rarely participating in life. Then one night she gets a text message. It's a wrong number, but she answers it anyways and takes a chance by going to meet the guy who sent it...

    Everett is not like anyone else she's ever met. He's brutally honest (some people, like Parker, might call it rude) and nearly everything about him annoys her to no end. He's pushy, he challenges her every word, wears all black and yet, for the first time since the attack that scarred her, he makes her feel. Something.

    He's also dying. And not only is he dying, but he's okay with it... Or at least, he's embraced the idea and his only wish is to live out the rest of his life on his own terms... truly living each moment to the max.

    And something about her draws him in. He can see that she's hiding behind her scars and he becomes bound and determined to teach her to truly live while he still has time. With one condition...

    I really liked both Everett and Parker. I know some people might call Everett rude or even an asshole but I actually loved his attitude. He wasn't mean, he was just really blunt about everything. He didn't lie or sugar coat things and there was nothing he wouldn't say. He was completely honest and didn't have time for bullshit. I found it really refreshing to read about someone who didn't hide or hold back their opinions.

    In turn, Parker was an oddly perfect match for him even though she was the complete opposite in many ways. She was more closed off because she hadn't yet accepted or figured out the the way she wanted to be. And I loved that Everett wasn't trying to change her. He liked her just the way she was, he just wanted her to live. But this story wasn't just about choosing to live though, it was about choosing how to live. About finding out what you valued most in life, and sometimes that wasn't even literally life itself, but the precious moments and memories that make up who we are and make life worth living.

    This was such a great story. For those of you who are scared by the blurb, just trust me that everything will be ok. This is a HEA book. I don't usually come out and say it that bluntly but I'm making an exception in this case because I want to reassure you that while this book will make you care for the characters and their story, it won't devastate you. I promise. You're totally safe to read it! :)

    Again.... this book is NOT tragic!!! :-)

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  • J *deep in the heart of Texas*

    3--

    --Stars!!

    I really liked the premise of this story. I loved how Everett and Parker met. I loved the idea of two scarred people healing each other. Two broken people who had given up on living wanting to live for each other. Two people deeply affected by their pasts.

    For me, Parker's character just wasn't very likable...from the very beginning.

    I didn't feel anything for Pa

    3--

    --Stars!!

    I really liked the premise of this story. I loved how Everett and Parker met. I loved the idea of two scarred people healing each other. Two broken people who had given up on living wanting to live for each other. Two people deeply affected by their pasts.

    For me, Parker's character just wasn't very likable...from the very beginning.

    I didn't feel anything for Parker. She lacked emotion and feeling.

    I just never connected with her and what she went through. Her actions came off as rude and petulant more than anything. I really wanted to like her but I never warmed up to her, not even in the end.

    I also struggled with Everett's character. He was equally as lost as Parker but for different reasons.

    I think the story was really lacking by not having Everett's POV. I couldn't sympathize with him and what he was going through because I never knew what he was thinking or feeling.

    I just felt disconnected to both characters. I never saw their feelings for each other progress, through their actions. I never felt them falling in love. It felt like they were constantly bickering.

    I thought the rude thing was WAY overdone not to mention how many times Parker called Everett an asshole. In fact, a lot of things were a bit too repetitive.

    I was expecting to feel, to ache, to hurt....to root for the characters to find love. To feel the pain that they went through. The hurt that brought them to where they are today. And in the end, I just didn't.

  • Jennifer Kyle

    Perhaps it’s the fact that I have read similar stories about the numb girl who learns to love and live again with the thrown in road trip but this one did have its positives. Parker is living completely numb to life since a horrific event in her past. She was meant to be unlikable so Everett can breathe life back into her. These facts I completely understand, still I didn’t like her much in the first portion of the book.

    Perhaps it’s the fact that I have read similar stories about the numb girl who learns to love and live again with the thrown in road trip but this one did have its positives. Parker is living completely numb to life since a horrific event in her past. She was meant to be unlikable so Everett can breathe life back into her. These facts I completely understand, still I didn’t like her much in the first portion of the book.

    Parker responds to a text message sent wrongly to her phone and decides to go meet this stranger and see what happens. The stranger, Everett who claims to be an alcoholic and oh yes and he’s dying.

    Parker and Everett’s interactions leading to their road trip were just odd for me but once they hit the road of redemption and sightseeing, I liked their connection and what the two find in one another.

    There was a scene where Parker is being a decoy for a friend that for me just seemed out of place and the term ‘rude’ was so over done I keep thinking of Michelle Tanner from Full House instead of flirting with Everett.

    Overall, I feel the author produced several great quotes, she went for an epic idea and I do think she got her story across still I had to take a few days to think on my rating.

  • Candace

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    I've read a lot of fabulous books over the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, 'Ten Below Zero' wasn't one of them. Was I harsher on this book because I had read so many spectacular books around the same time? Maybe. It is possible that I would have given this a 4-star rating if I had read it at some other point in time. However, it paled in comparison to the other books that I've read recently.

    The story is about two damaged individuals tha

    Check out more of my reviews at

    I've read a lot of fabulous books over the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, 'Ten Below Zero' wasn't one of them. Was I harsher on this book because I had read so many spectacular books around the same time? Maybe. It is possible that I would have given this a 4-star rating if I had read it at some other point in time. However, it paled in comparison to the other books that I've read recently.

    The story is about two damaged individuals that form a friendship, and later a romantic relationship. They help each other come to terms with their "issues" and face some hard truths. Most of this bonding occurs over the course of a long road-trip together after they check out of their day-to-day lives.

    Although this story was okay, I never felt any type of strong connection to either of the characters. The heroine, Parker, was a withdrawn and socially inept lady that was a total doormat for her nasty roommates. She went through the motions, but never formed any attachments or had any concern for others. After escaping the clutches of a serial killer, she survived each day, but never really lived.

    Everett was also tough to relate to. More often than not, I found him to be rude and insulting. He is an alcoholic with a brain tumor. Despite being relatively young and otherwise healthy, he decides to forego an operation that may save his life. Meanwhile, he constantly harasses Parker about the fact that she isn't really "living" her life. Hypocritical much?

    Together, these two were just overwhelmingly depressing. I just couldn't get into this story or relate to the characters. I listened to the Audible edition and despite the good narration, I had to force myself to finish this story. It just seemed to drag along, like a dark cloud hanging over my head.

    That being said, the writing was good. It just wasn't the story for me at this time. I had a really hard time concentrating on this one. In the end, it picked up a little, but not enough to make me care about the characters or where they were headed. The whole story was just kind of "meh" for me.

  • Jasmine

    Well I'll be damned. Having a nice record of finishing my books, this is my 2nd DNF-ed book in GR history. Sorry guys,

    But but..

    I can't stand Parker; she's annoyingly

    and

    . You know what else is annoyingly

    ? Saying the word

    13 times to Everett within 4 chapters (yes I did a word search for the heck of it). I mean, there's always "pretentious" or "arse" y'know.

    Also by 20% in, I felt no connection whatsoever with both MC's. All I got

    Well I'll be damned. Having a nice record of finishing my books, this is my 2nd DNF-ed book in GR history. Sorry guys,

    But but..

    I can't stand Parker; she's annoyingly

    and

    . You know what else is annoyingly

    ? Saying the word

    13 times to Everett within 4 chapters (yes I did a word search for the heck of it). I mean, there's always "pretentious" or "arse" y'know.

    Also by 20% in, I felt no connection whatsoever with both MC's. All I got was them bickering and calling each other

    . Seriously, is this a new way of flirting? Am I living in a different era?

    And I've read other stories with heroine scarred faces but this was downright OTT for me. Parker was overly self-conscious (or at least her POV sounded that way for me) & I don't mean to sound insensitive but repeating the word "scar" is like shoving the message to my face over and over again. I get the message, I really do!

    Andddd I'm done.

  • Christy

    On hold for now... at 35%

    The blurb of this story called to me.... the characters seemed damaged and I thought I would love it so I picked up the audio. At 35% and I haven't connected to either of the characters. Also, the narration is far too masculine for Parker's voice. I may come back to it at some point (I'll read- not listen) but for now I'm moving on to something else :)

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