New York Times bestselling author J.A. Redmerski brings us a stunning and heart-wrenching new novel about a couple who find each other in their darkest moment.
Since they were kids, Elias Kline and Brayelle Bates have been inseparable. When Bray moves to South Carolina, separating the two for the first time, they both at last realize that their innocent childhood friendship has developed into something much more. So when Bray finally returns to Georgia—and to Elias—things between them couldn’t be more perfect…until one fateful night changes everything.
Desperate not to go to prison for a terrible accident, Elias and Bray decide to run. As they try to make the most of their freedom, the two find themselves relying on a rebellious group of people who tempt the duo into a wild and daring new life. But they can’t run from their troubles forever.
As the consequences of their past catch up to them, the couple must finally face reality. Even if they can make it through the unimaginable, Elias knows the truth about Bray’s painful history, and in the end he may not be able to save Bray from herself…
New Adult Contemporary Romance – Standalone Novel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Honestly, this is a really hard book to review. I think I can truthfully say that what I felt by the end of this was conflicted. This book, to me, is the epitome of “New Adult” fiction. What I mean to say is, I firmly believe that most people over 30 will likely either love it completely, or hate it intensely. I did both at separate times in the story.
This is not a lighthearted, fluffy romance. There is a lot of sexual intensity and references to other things that some may find offensive, but it fits the story and the characters, so it isn’t anything that I am going to complain about. I’m not sure those who appreciate traditional love stories intended for an audience of people who haven’t been teens for a while will really appreciate this book to the fullest.
There were times during reading this that I wanted to smack the characters around and times when I wanted to hug them. The relationship between the two main characters is stormy even during the calmer times and by the end–forgive me for this–I was happy to see the book end.
I didn’t hate it, but the constant, never-ending drama of their relationship wore on me after a while and I looked forward to a point when they either agreed to disagree or simply said their goodbyes.
The writing itself was fantastic in places and the author was very good at displaying the emotions of her characters. If you enjoy new adult romances and conflicted relationships, this may be a good book to choose.For me personally, a bit too much drama for my liking.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and provided by Netgalley.