April 2014, Sphere, 369 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Content: drug use, alcohol, moderate romance,
Summary from Little, Brown
Today is the first day of Quinton Carter's new life. The toxic guilt of his past left him in pieces, but one girl unexpectedly put him back together. Thanks to Nova Reed, Quinton can finally see the world with clear eyes. She's the reason his heart is still kicking behind the jagged scar on his chest. And he would love to have her in his arms every minute of the day . . . but he's not ready yet.
Playing drums in a band and living with her best friends are just some of the highlights of Nova's life. But the best new development? Talking to Quinton on the phone each night. She wishes she could touch him, kiss him, though she knows he needs time to heal. Yet shocking news is on the way -- a reminder of life's dark side -- and Nova will need Quinton like he once needed her. Is he strong enough to take the final leap out of his broken past . . . and into Nova's heart?
For some reason this wasn't as thrilling a book as the others in the series. It was missing that extra something which had me captivated by Nova and Quinton's stories as they cross paths, separate, cross paths, then separate some more. Quinton is recovering from his drug addiction, Nova is trying to live her life but she still cares for him. I confess after a few Quinton chapters I skim read them, reading Nova's thoroughly since I enjoy her view on life, and prefer female characters to male ones.
Nova's video journaling which helps her feel closer to her dead boyfriend and to handle her mixed emotions on life in general were insightful, and I was annoyed every time I came across a Quinton chapter. The end was ok, which along with the not as thrilling read is why I gave it 8/10E. I do recommend it if you've read the other books in the series, but if not I wouldn't start with this one.
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