Aleena Moore is haunted by Jared Holt. It's been six years since she's seen her brother's best friend, the self-destructive bad boy she secretly loved in high school. As the years pass, she knows it's time to move on. Time to decide between a practical nursing degree and her true dream as an artist. Time to get over Jared and give another guy a chance…Just when she opens her heart to her friend, Gabe, Aly returns home to find Jared sleeping on her couch. The teenage boy she loved has grown into a man she can't resist. Covered in tattoos and lost in rage, he's begging to be saved from his demons - the memories of the day he destroyed his family. As the two reconnect, their passion is hot enough to torch Aly's judgment. But can she risk her future for a man who lives on the edge of destruction?
©2014 A.L. Jackson (P)2014 Tantor
I like Aly's relationship with Jared when they were growing up. How she always loves him, even when she was young.
The concept of this story is not something new but it was beautifully written. This story is about second chance. I could feel Jared's guilt and heartache. I was so sad for his lost but also how he blamed himself. I could feel the chemistry and love between Jared and Aly. I thought the relationship they had growing up was very special. Made me wish that I have someone like Jared growing up; someone who always be there for me and stood up for me.
I look forward to the next book. I hope that Jared learns to let go of the past and guilt.
I'm a girl who loves angst in my stories, but something about this one was just too over-the-top emotionally for me. I spent a lot of the story rolling my eyes at the characters...and I'll be honest, I'm not sure that would have been the case if I hadn't been listening to it in audio. I don't think it would have bothered me near as much if I had just been reading the book...although I don't think that would have solved my issue completely. This was my first audiobook in the New Adult genre and I just think that's not ideal for me.
I do like the way this book was done with two narrators though. The book alternates the first person pov chapters between Jared and Aleena and there was both a male and female narrators for those chapters. I liked that and truly enjoyed both narrators. They stayed on character and had great distinctive voices for all the various characters in the story.
Then there was the romance. Like I said, it was a bit over the top for me, but that's the way that the NA genre is written it seems. The story did work for me with the characters backgrounds and it definitely had credible conflict. I enjoyed the way the author wrote the flashbacks and intertwined them throughout.
This definitely wasn't my favorite book ever, but the book is written in the normal way for the new adult genre. I think if you generally enjoy that genre, you will like this one too. My heart did break for Jared and his self-loathing at something that was simply a mistake. I had issues with how other's dealt with him when it all happened, because hands down, they were wrong and did him wrong as a result and really ruined a kid's life. He didn't deserve that.
I also really enjoyed the moments with Ally drawing. I liked that she saw Jared behind all the rough and sometimes harsh demeanor.
Not my favorite book, but it wasn't bad. Lesson learned...listening to an audiobook in the NA genre is not for me.
This was a really angst packed story. The hero is full of self hate because of an accident when he was 16. The heroine has loved him since she was a little girl and he's been gone for years, without anyone knowing where he was. He comes back and they are instantly attracted to each other, though he fights loving her because he feels he doesn't deserve to be happy. Good ending and great narration!
I have liked other books by this author but this was a shocker. It was a single thought dragged (and I do mean dragged) out for far too long. The monologues were excruciating and I only persevered because I was hoping something interesting would happen. Spoiler - it didn't!
I keep trying to read books by this author. Every time I feel either depressed or confused. There's always some weird conflict and suffering. This is the third series by this author I've read and the only reason I'd read another is if I can't find anything else.
The back and forth tug a war wondering how they would get together
Second chances for people who made mistakes
Yes. The story is beautiful.
A. L. Jackson's writing style. Characters are well developed and realistic. The story sucks you in right from the beginning.
This is my first audiobook, so it seemed awkward to have a voice for the characters that wasn't what I would have imagined that they sounded like in my head. The narrators sounded older than what I would have imagined for the characters in their early twenties. The male narrator also made me laugh every time he did the softer "female" voice. It was hard to take seriously when you started laughing at emotional points. However, as my first audiobook, I don't have any other frame of reference.
Very emotional throughout the book, at times too much so. Their first big argument, as well as the night they first slept together were moving. Jared could be a bit too dramatic in his self-hate for me at times also.
Beautiful story! A. L. Jackson has a way of writing stories that are beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. Brace yourself for an emotional read.
That being said, I absolutely love a forbidden love story! Jared has returned to town 6 years after a tragic accident tears his family and his world apart. Allie, his best friend's little sister has loved him since she was a child. She's not a child any longer...and I'm sure you can see where this is leading.
She wants to heal him. He doesn't think that he's worthy of love or happiness, blaming himself for the death of his mother. Jared carries a LOT of guilt around. Seriously, this guy needs a good therapist. At times, his self-punishing, "I don't deserve to be happy," attitude was a bit too much and got on my nerves. Come on Eeyore! Quit being such a downer!
All in all, I liked this story a lot. I'm starting book 2 now. Hopefully, Jared will pep up a little. ;)
The build up took entirely too long and by the time you got to the issue bam the book is over really. 10 hrs of this and this is how it ends GAHHH. I guess my expectaions were too high and I wanted more. Not for sure as of right now how I really feel about reading book 2 when it comes out.
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