In case you haven’t caught on yet, when books are in a duet, it means there's a great big cliffy at the end of Book One. But authors are getting smart. They're realizing it infuriates readers to a) not warn about the story being left in suspended animation, and b) make the reader wait months for the conclusion. Fortunately, we only have to wait a few weeks for the rest of Adam and Liv's story. I generally despise cliffhangers and when not warned ahead of time, refuse to read anything else from the author who treated me that way. I don’t mind the duets though. I read so many books that my recall between duet books is lacking, but when a story is as spectacular as this one is, Liv and Adam will still be fresh in my mind and securely ensconced in my heart, because their story is truly phenomenal.
Liv’s home is on the affluent side of the causeway, right on the beach, but before he died, she and her father would walk back across the bridge and spend hours lying on a blanket looking at the stars. On their last trip to their star-gazing field, her dad told Liv to look to the stars, and both he and her mother would be looking back. Liv still goes to that field, sneaking out of the house late at night. Yes, to feel closer to her parents, but mostly to escape her “stepmonster" and creepy step-brother.
Adam Nova first meets sixteen-year-old Liv when he and his two buddies come across her while she's in the field on her blue blanket. Alone. After dark. On the wrong side of the bridge and the seedy side of town. When one of his buddies gets too aggressive with Liv, Adam stops it with only a word. But he's concerned for her safety, and Adam finds himself watching over Liv each night as she star gazes, which eventually leads to them meeting. And in spite of their worlds being oceans apart, they fall in love.
This first book is a sweet, poignant, tender, coming-of-age story between star-crossed lovers who have everything against them except for their young, but very real and deeply abiding love. And I absolutely loved these two characters! Liv went from rags to riches and then from being loved and cherished to being used as a prop and piece of property. At first glance, Adam is a tattooed bad boy, but anyone who takes the time to look will see an intelligent, caring, kind-hearted guy who's experienced far more than anyone should by age nineteen. His mother died when he was nine and his father had an accident that disabled him, so Adam cares for his dad while working and going to college. And truthfully, Adam is a far better caliber person than anyone else in Liv's life. This first part of their story, where they meet, get to know each other and fall in love, is devastatingly exquisite. Liv brings light to Adam's bleak existence and he brings love to hers.
The Luna moon and the Nova star have found each other. They belong together, shining in harmony in an otherwise dark world. They are destined to be together, and I have no doubt the second half of their story will be magnificent! Liv and Adam are two characters who will own your heart and touch your soul, and their light will shine on in your deepest recesses long after they're gone. Amie Knight is definitely an author to watch, because her writing is heartfelt and exceptional, so 1-click this book immediately and start reading this beautiful, evocative, touching story today!
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