on October 3, 2017
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The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.
Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.
Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.
Poignant and powerful, WITHOUT MERIT explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love.
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Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing a mistake deserves is forgiveness.
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Without Merit hooked me from chapter one. Merit was original, and her story was intense and addictive. Like with every other CoHo book, I told myself just a few chapters before bed…and then I stayed up until 2 a.m. on a work night to devour it in one sitting. I’m no quitter at 65%! Plus, I needed answers. I had my assumptions about the plot twists, but you know what they say about assuming. I see you CoHo proving my theories wrong. *side eyes Colleen* I loved the unusual Voss family dynamic and each member’s individual quirks. I understood them by the end of the book and realized their oddities is what made them endearing. Without Merit is light on the romance, but I really loved Merit’s love interest, Sagan. His backstory pulled at my heart so much! If you’re in the mood to cry, laugh, and catch a case of the feels, or just need snapping out of your book funk, (it snapped my funk. I haven’t been able to read a full-length book since June) Without Merit will NOT disappoint!
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