BY JESSICA SORENSEN
Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.
Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?
“I’m just curious,” she mutters to herself. “About what other people do with their time…with their lives.”
I sit there for a while, drinking in her words. Somewhere between the weed, watching her lips move, and her strange yet insightful words, I get caught up in it all—in her—and suddenly I’m pressing my lips against hers. I’ve done this a lot before, as a way to distract myself from my life. But this isn’t the same. This means something, but I’m still trying to figure out what and if I want it or even deserve to get it.
At first she stiffens, but then she hooks her arms around the back of my neck and inches closer, opening her mouth to me as she spreads her legs open, and my hands travel higher toward the bottom of her shorts. She tastes like beer and smells like pot. Tristan’s gone, but he could come back at any moment. I should stop this. I should care enough to stop Tristan from seeing this, but my will to care about doing the right thing at this moment has died. My thoughts are blurred by the lingering high and the scent and feel of Nova. All I seem to care about is caressing her tongue with mine and feeling her skin because it’s soft and soothing, and in another life I’d touch it all the time.
I’m about to pull away, because emotions are prickling inside me, when she swings her leg over me so she’s straddling my lap, then she grips the sides of my neck and pulls me closer. She kisses me fiercely, to the point where it feels like my lips are going to bruise, then she’s crushing her chest against mine as she gently rocks her hips. I dig my fingers into her waist, bringing her even closer, before I push her back, breaking the connection.
She’s panting, wild-eyed, her hair falling out of the braid. She glances at Tristan’s empty chair and then looks back at me.
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
I have officially decided that Jessica Sorensen is my hero.
I am a huge fan of her work. Everything she writes I read. Plain and simple! When this book was announced I waited with anticipation. Reading the first few paragraphs I was sucked in and didn't come up for air for hours. Thank goodness all my kids are in school, I was able to read uninterrupted.
This book held up to all the things I expect from Jessica. Angst (LOTS OF IT) drama, a great story that makes you keep wanting to swipe the pages of your kindle. Sheer perfection. She knows how to tell a story and do it well.
Gripped and awed as I read Nova's story and the things she went through. I was gasping and crying and having so much feels it was crazy. I have never been in her shoes but the way I felt while reading this was heartbreaking. To lose your love, your friend and the only person you felt you could rely on, well how does one move on?
She survives day by day and its no easy task. Coming home from college and seeing the house across the street where your life ended. Never fully understanding why or how that person you loved so much could just leave you. My heart broke for her. I wanted to wrap her in my arms and soothe her, tell her everything would be alright.
I have a strong suspicion that Jessica likes to make me feel all these sad, frustrating and intense emotions when I read her characters.
This was no exception with Quinton. HOLY GEEZ WOMAN!!! I thought Nova's story was sad and heart wrenching, then I get to his story and I am a complete mess. I can't even begin to imagine the pain and loss he experienced. The feels....The feels ahhhhhhh....
As you are probs guessing this is not a happy unicorns and rainbow kind of book. Its raw and real. I love that the author writes like this. She brings to the forefront many issues facing our teens today. I could never imagine the way Quinton feels about the faithful night he is driving and 2 of his friends die. Man oh man I was gutted for him.
Then to get into the story with both of them together. I am at a loss for words. All I know is that even though it ended like it did and I need the next book like RIGHT NOW, I enjoyed it. Yes, I cried and I got upset and frustrated but that is how I know the author is conveying what needs to be said and getting the point across.
Thank you Jessica for once again showing me what a superb writer you are.
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