By: Jessica Sorensen
Published: April 15, 2014 by Grand Central Publishing
Source: ARC via publisher from Netgalley
(Goodreads / Amazon)
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.MY REVIEW:
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?
I was somewhat nervous to start this story because books one and two are extremely emotionally draining and dark. Both are very heavy books. But at the same time I really wanted to see how Nova and Quinton's story ended. I'm glad I read it!
The story starts with Quinton leaving rehab after his 2 month stay to get clean off of drugs. He moves in with his Dad in Seattle and begins group therapy sessions where he eventually makes a friend who encourages him to get involved in helping others through Habitat for Humanity, to focus on things that are good and helpful as a way to make up for his mistakes and guilt from his past. Nova is still in college in Utah living with Lea and Tristan. Nova is in a really good place. She's playing drums in a band, going to school and still recording her daily entries. Finally she works up the nerve to call Quinton, not having spoken to him in 2 months and nervous that he doesn't want to talk to her or can't handle it. What she finds is that Quinton needs and wants her friendship. Though he isn't ready to see her yet or to get into a physical relationship with her yet, he depends on her calmness and support to help him heal from the scars of his past.
Forgiveness. If only more people could do it. Then maybe there'd be less pain in the world.
"...it's not about numbing the pain, but accepting it and doing something with it. Doing something good to make up for the bad."
...she's become more important to me than drugs. More important than maybe anything else.
Final Rating - 4 stars.
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