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Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Only...is Sam ready for him to leave her?When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs him...plus, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her. GoodreadsAmazonB&NKoboiTunes
This book was received from YA Bound in exchange for an honest review.
As soon as I read the synopsis, I was very intrigued. Yeah, I have read books about people losing their spouses, but I was so interested in the losing the mind aspect of it. Yes, very intrigued…
Poor, poor, poor Sam. She was grieving not just on the inside but very blatantly on the outside as well. She is lost and the only time she is slightly okay is when she is seeing her dead fiancés ghost. A bit crazy, right? But it really didn’t feel so crazy when I was in her head. I felt her pain but I also felt her strength. It takes someone who has innate strength to be able to bounce back from what she went through. Pretty inspiring.
Holden is Sam’s dead fiancés brother. Yeah, you heard me right. But he is totally amazing in how he helps Sam with her journey. Holden is sexy, artistic and a bad-ass who has a heart of gold. During the flashbacks, I saw his indecision and his guilt over what had happened 5 years ago, and I am so glad he redeemed himself. He’s a total sweetheart in present time. And he has a lip ring. I think those are so hot. :)
Tyler, Sam’s dead fiancé, was an integral part of the story, and we got flashbacks where we saw his character and how Sam perceived him. He clearly loved Sam so much and it was so sweet how he was planning this huge cross-country honeymoon with her. I wept for his many different situations and the secrets that plagued his life.
This book is great. It made me feel all the feels at once, which I think only a great book can. The writing was spot on and the flashbacks added so much depth to the story that I felt was really needed. And seriously guys. This book had the steamiest of all steamiest scenes that I have read it a new adult book. I needed a fan and a glass of cold water for a good bit of the book. And that dancing scene? *fans self*
If you’re looking for a NA contemporary with a dark twist, look no further. It’s innovative, sexy, and sweet and just oh-so amazing!
Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: Shock freezes me in place. My brain empties. And then I grasp Sam’s neck and her back, pulling her body closer to mine before I realize what I’d doing. Her tongue darts into my mouth, and every nerve in my body combusts. My hand is in her wet hair, my fingers entwining, gripping, angling her head back as I meet her hungry kiss with the raw and unstoppable need setting my body on fire.
Rating: 5/5 Tar Heels!
About the Author:
I’m the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), ASTARTE'S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies.A proud business owner, I'm partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.Find Trisha at: