By Jessica Sorensen
Author’s Website: http://jessicasorensen.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Una
From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Breaking Nova comes a gripping story about what it takes to save the one you love . . .
Nova Reed can’t forget him-Quinton Carter, the boy with the honey-brown eyes who made her realize she deserved more than an empty life. His pain was so similar to her own. But Nova has been coming to terms with her past and healing, while Quinton is out there somewhere, sinking deeper. She’s determined to find him and help him . . . before it’s too late.
Nova has haunted his dreams for nearly a year-but Quinton never thought a sweet, kind person like her would care enough about a person like him. To Quinton, a dark, dangerous life is exactly what he deserves. And Nova has no place in it. But Nova has followed him to Las Vegas, and now he must do whatever it takes to keep her away, to maintain his self-imposed punishment for the unforgivable things he’s done. But there’s one flaw in his plan: Nova isn’t going anywhere . . .
The second book to the trilogy this book isn’t any lighter than the first and is even deeper as it delves into the drug scene of Las Vegas.
Nova Reed who is now at school and doing well can’t forget Quinton Carter who she met in the summer. Knowing he is troubled and going down the path of drugs she is compelled to help him. She doesn’t want to be too late as she was with her own boyfriend who committed suicide. When she finds Quinton in Las Vegas he has moved beyond weed and is now doing hard drugs. He lives in a dilapidated housing complex with his cousin and Delilah Nova’s best friend of the past summer and her boyfriend. Delilah’s boyfriend is dealing and selling and all are victims of their drug habits. When Nova arrives Quinton physically has lost weight is disheveled in dress and is beginning to go downhill. She is persistent and won’t give up on him even though he tries to reject her. Although fragile herself she knows that she must somehow get help to him.
Quinton is on a self-destruct journey. He feels that the dangerous lifestyle he has chosen is perfect payment for what he did when he crashed the car and killed his girlfriend and cousin. He feels rejected by his father who he feels resents him because his mother died in childbirth and he has been the receiver of nasty comments from the girls families who told him it should have been him who had died. He continues to put himself in dangerous situations as he gets beaten several times by the drug lords. When Nova comes into his life again he finds it hard to believe that she would still care for the flawed person he has become. His biggest fear is that she might get harmed in the drug scene he is living in. At the end of the book Quinton has started using heroin and physically and mentally has come to where his survival is questioned. When Nova, his father and his cousin find him they finally persuade him to come home and get help and to go into rehab.
Again this story does not stand alone and the reader is left questioning how the characters will turn out. I feel I must read the last book to see if my questions are answered.