Try as he might, Quinton can't forget Nova, but he knows that he doesn't deserve her or anything good in his life at all. Quinton has sunk deeper into his addiction and is finding it harder and harder to hold on. When Nova shows up at his door, having followed him to Las Vegas, he finds himself in a constant battle to push Nova away, while wanting to pull her close at the same time. He doesn't deserve her, but Nova refuses to go away.
While Nova desperately tries to convince Quinton to get help, he continues to engage in drugs and dealing, which leads to some trouble for him and his cousin, Tristan. Nova's hope is continually tested as Quinton heads towards rock bottom and she finds herself wondering if she is strong enough to help him. When Quinton finally hits rock bottom, he faces the most important decision of his life: surrender to the darkness for good or move toward the light.
This book...I have no words for this book. It was HEARTBREAKING and I found myself on the verge of tears almost the whole time. My heart just aches for Quinton. Having seen addiction with my own eyes and watched helplessly as someone I loved slowly destroyed themselves, I totally get Nova's perspective. What I appreciated about this book is that Jessica did not try and sugar coat anything. There was no easy way out, no magical cure. Addiction is ugly and it brings out the worst in people and makes them do things that they wouldn't normally do. Addicts hurt those around them because they can't see or think through the haze. It is a battle to get out of addiction. It is not something that happens overnight and it is a commitment that must be made each and every day. I believe that Jessica portrayed this perfectly.
I couldn't put this book down and I read it in a matter of hours. Jessica had me from the very first page. After I finished, I didn't have the heart to pick up another book and my thoughts kept wandering back to Quinton and Nova. I was emotionally wrecked. It's been awhile since I have been emotionally destroyed by a book and this one did the job thoroughly. I cannot wait to see what the next chapter holds for these characters. I desperately hope that they will find happiness together.
Up next in the Nova Series...
Book #2.5: Delilah: The Making of Red
Free novella - release date March 18, 2014
Then she meets Dylan Sanderson, the impossibly gorgeous guy who thinks she's beautiful. When he looks at her, she feels needed. When he kisses her, her troubles disappear. And when he tells her he will never hurt her, she believes him . . .
Expected release April, 2014
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?