JB Salsbury is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author who has captivated listeners around the world. Her unforgettable new novel is a story of romance and suspense, with a twist no one will see coming.
What do you do when you wake up with no memory of what you did last night?
Lucas spent the first half of his life protecting himself from others, but now his own mind is his biggest enemy. He doesn't know what happens when the blackouts overtake him, but he can recall the feelings - the rage, the confusion, the fear. Thankfully the quiet life he's found in Payson, Arizona, has kept the darkness at bay. Until his boss' estranged daughter shows up in town, asking questions she shouldn't and sparking a desire Lucas can't control. Getting close to Shyann is the best thing that's ever happened to him, but when his blackouts return, unleashing the truth he's battled so long to hide, he may just lose her forever.
©2016 JB Salsbury (P)2016 Hachette Audio
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Running from bad memories and bad press Lucas has found the right job in Payson - it's a small town where nobody will recognize him or put any pressure on him. You see years before there was a family massacre, a lone survivor, a media frenzy, a trial and a young boy was sent to a mental institution. Lucas was that sweet, timid and innocent boy.. but he's still being hounded for sensational stories so now he's happy working construction, living alone and rarely speaking to anyone. Just his job, the mountains, his carvings and the lodge he's been living in while renovating it for his boss - he keeps himself to himself and never socializes with others.. but when he sees the beautiful, sassy and friendly Shyann he's intrigued.
Shyann left Payson five years previously to study and make it big as a newscaster but things didn't quite turn out that way and she's come home to lick her wounds, regroup and start again. She tries to get a job but her father, who owns a construction company, is her best bet - even if she hates the thought of grovelling back to daddy. Then she sees a handsome, awkward, shy and polite construction worker and her reporter senses mix with her feminine ones and Lucas becomes an interesting, mysterious and sexy diversion. But that diversion soon becomes much much more as she witnesses firsthand the change between Lucas and his dark alpha counterpart Gage and suddenly her life may be in danger, there are deep dark heartbreaking secrets to be uncovered and the love of her life is split.
Jeez this story really pulls at your heart strings as you listen to the harrowing childhood abuse (not sexual), heartache and degregation that Lewis suffered at the hands of someone who was meant to unconditionally love him and it's no wonder he created Gage to step in and take over when things got too much for his little body and mind to take. There are no laughs to be had here but it makes up for it with a lot of touching emotional scenes and there's also angst, sex, suspense, drama, a serial killer loose, various douche bags and a beautiful love story. Likeable characters and I'm pleased that JB Salsbury didn't go down the road of trying to fix Lucas but instead only sought for understanding and acceptance for him from those around him and from those who loved him. Shyann won the trust and heart of a possessive sexually clued in alpha as well as a timid shy loving virgin - both wrapped up in one handsome sexy package.. the luck lucky woman. Multiple POV's and great narration.
Worth a credit? JB Salsbury has written an unforgettable, unpredictable, thrilling, thought-provoking, tragic yet beautiful, emotion filled story of despair, survival, acceptance, devotion and love. I loved every second of it and, WOW yes it was very creditworthy.
Audible Addict!!! My Favorite books have change since joining Audible and my taste for erotic has enhanced! Follow me to the dark side. ;)
I have never read anything like this book. It is great from start to beginning. I was so anxious and confused but it was in a really exciting way. The story is so well written that I could not stop listening. You will love Lucas and Gage in different ways and for different reasons. The narration is also stellar. All I can say is GET THIS BOOK.
I just have to roll my eyes and say 'really' when someone writes in a review that a fiction book was not realistic...come on now 'really'
Lucas and his siblings have an evil, sadistic, psychotic mother. Just so you know I hate even referring to her as mother or parent. Lucas being a kind child created, Gage, a personality to be strong and protect him when he couldn't. When Lucas is 14 years old a horrific tragedy strikes the family (you have to listen to find out what and it'll make you sick).
As an adult Lucas is a loaner. He's found a quite life in Payson, Arizona working with a home construction and remodeling company. Even though Gage stays close to the surface Lucas has gone a long time without having a blackout until Shyann returns.
Shyann is the daughter of the owner of the construction company. Shyann wants a career in tv news reporting and comes across as selfish and arrogant, but she changes to a kinder person as she and Lucas develop a relationship. This is their story....
My heart ached for Lucas & Gage. What they went thru as a child and then being called a retard by people in town (but he doesn't know it). I was proud of Shyann for coming thru for Lucas & Gage.
This story will rip out your heart, have you cheering for Lucas & Gage, there's mystery, suspense, twists, and then your heart is put back in place.
J.B. Salsbury outdid herself with this story. I want more.
J.F. Harding and Holly Chandler gave an all consuming performance.
Worth a credit/$$ Absolutely...I didn't want it to end.
Too busy to read as much as I'd like, Audible is the perfect solution. I'm a romance reader mostly, but can stray into any story.
Sometimes you read a book that changes you and makes you see things differently and strikes a chord so roughly within your soul that you just know you are changed. JB Salsbury did that to me with Split. First, JB created a female lead that is so strong and holds so much perseverance that you want to be a better person just like her. Shyann is what every woman should be, throughout her journey in this book she stood her ground and fought for what and who she believed in without wavering. She didn't believe gossip, she didn't make assumptions, she was a woman that I would be proud to be just like. Then she created a man that is broken apart by situations so deplorable and so completely shocking, you will be brought to your knees. I wanted to jump inside the book and save him from the conditions he suffered through. Lucas is a man that is so good, all the way to his core that he just couldn't save himself. It was too much. And now he suffers from black outs and when he wakes up, things are never quite the way he left them. Shyann and Lucas together are the epitome of true love. Shyann is able to get Lucas to open up to her in a way he never opened up with anyone. There were no games or secrets, just honesty and respect. Lucas saw Shyann for the amazing person she was, not the woman she wanted to be. This book game me all the feels. All the emotions. All the intensity. I listened to it on Audible and it was one of, if not the best audios I have listened to. The narrators, Holly Chandler and JF Harding, could not have been more perfect and truly brought these characters to life. I was held deep into the story, unable to come out due to some A+ narration. I wish there were more stars. 5 doesn't quite seem like enough.
I may be addicted to audiobooks. I love my husband and my kids but I get a chance to escape with the books and be someone else for a while
Although I've read every book that JB Salisbury has written, this is unlike any of her previous novels. She has a unique ability in her writing that will both thrill the senses yet rise your protective hackles. This book would bring me to tears one minute yet want to scream in frustration the next. In the end, this is unlike any "love story" you ever have or will read but so worth the read. The narrators both did a phenomenal job as well and brought the charractors to life in a truly spectacular way. Overall, this book was well worth the read and I highly doubt that you will be disappointed....
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