A young woman desperate to outrun her nightmare reluctantly falls straight into the arms of the one boy who might be able to wake her up in this sweet and sexy debut about finding love while confronting your demons.
After Emma Fletcher is viciously attacked and left for dead, she flees to her old childhood hometown where she’s confronted with bitter memories of her damaged past and alcoholic mother. Emma is determined to make her stay temporary and get out with minimal emotional damage. What she doesn’t count on is Tristan Banks: auto mechanic, coffee addict, and town hottie with dark secrets of his own.
Tristan’s track record of saving girls has historically led to failure. The last thing he needs is trouble in the form of a leggy brunette with an attitude, but when he starts to fall for Emma, Tristan realizes the only way he can save her is to help her save herself.
*ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*
Trigger Warning – Sexual Assault
First off, let me start by saying that any time one of my favourite Wattpad authors has a book out in the world via publishing, it makes my heart happy. I mean, I’ve been on Wattpad for almost 8 years now and there are so many great authors out there and they deserve to have their book read by so many people. So, yes, I absolutely love it when Wattpad authors get published. Leah is one of them. She’s an absolutely amazing author and I have loved whatever I have I read by her. Such amazing writing, you guys!
So, of course, I was really, really, really excited for her debut published novel. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint in the least. It is so, so, so good. I absolutely loved it. I finished the entire thing in two sittings of probably an hour and a half each. Adulting and real life got in the way or I have read this in one go. It is just so amaze. I loved it.
Emma, the protag, is such an amazing character. She has so many demons especially after growing up with an absentee father and an alcoholic mother. Her best friend Marley has been her only support system for a long time and that is saying something because she only meets Marley for the summer every year. She hasn’t done that in almost 2 years when the book opens. Apart from that, of course, she is dealing with other stuff and it is portrayed so beautifully. I loved how she grew from this person afraid from her own shadow to being self reliant. It was an amazing journey. I loved how just getting into a relationship with someone didn’t miraculously cure her of her issues. That has been done so many times and frankly, it’s just so unbelievable and cringe worthy. Nobody can just save you. You have to save yourself. And that was shown so amazingly in the story. I loved that. I mean, yes, there were times when it felt like being with Tristan changed her, but when you read the whole thing and look back on it, you find out that Emma simply brushed it all under the rug and refused to think about it or deal with it and just concentrated on being with Tristan and how good it felt to be in his company. But, in the end, the way she stood up for herself and for Marley and didn’t give in, it made me so proud.
Then, there’s Tristan. He’s fighting demons of his own and he has a shit ton of stuff to deal with. It’s not been sunshine and roses for him. I loved that there was more to him than just the resident town bad boy sleeping around with his pick of the litter and then changing when he met this girl. There are things in his past, too. It was so, so, so heartbreaking. But, he’s so sweet and thoughtful. I love that. But, he’s also hot and sexy. And sassy. It was fun to see all these different sides of him unfold through the story. But, mostly, I love how protective he is of Emma. Even before they were dating, Tristan always made sure to look after Emma, to ensure she was comfortable. It was really sweet of him to be so concerned about her. He was a really good friend to her. I really liked that.
The supporting cast was good too. Mateo is such a sweetheart. I absolutely adored him. And Marley, gosh that girl! It was fun to see their love story unfold side by side with Emma and Tristan and I loved how both the couples were there for each other through the hardships. More than that, they developed bonds with each other and forged beautiful friendships. That was a really nice thing. The three of them together were the biggest support systems for Emma and I really admire them for being so patient and understanding with her and supporting her every step of the way.
The writing is so beautiful and poignant. I loved that it captured you right away and made you want to read, read, read. So, amaze. The plot too. It was really well done and well thought out plot and I loved how things progressed. I loved how being in a relationship/being in love was not a crutch to forget all your problems and miraculously get better.
I would definitely recommend it if you’re into romance. This is one amazing story! 😀
Leah (L.D.) Crichton writes New Adult and Young Adult Romance. Her YA Debut, ALL THE BROKEN PIECES is coming from Disney/Hyperion in Summer 2019.
She’s a Wattpad Star with a pre-existing fanbase 151,000 strong and growing established through various forms of social media like Wattpad, Twitter and Facebook. Her work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Daily Dot, Marketing Magazine, Venture Beat, Contently, Toronto Life and Just Jared.
She is one of 6 hosts for a weekly Twitter chat about writing. Search the hashtag #Wattpad4 Monday nights at 8:00 PM EST on Twitter.
She currently resides in Calgary, Alberta Canada until that impending lotto win that will allow her to move to an island in the Caribbean in search of Jack Sparrow.