Author: Blue Ashcroft
Series: Stand Alone
Published: August 3, 2013
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4 Stars!
Rain Wilson isn’t ever going to love again.
It’s a promise she made the day her boyfriend died in a water park accident, one she still blames herself for. Now she’s a senior lifeguard in a new town with a new pool and she’s just going to keep her head down and everyone safe.
Until a mysterious guy follows her into the waves at the pre-season bonfire and kisses her senseless. It’s just one mistake, and Rain is determined to put it behind her, until the dark haired, blue eyed hottie turns out to be her new co-supervisor Knight Mcallister.
Knight is hot, tatted, and carrying baggage of his own. He’s not happy about having Rain for a co-supervisor, and he’s even less happy about his attraction to her.
But between lifeguard drama, hot underwater kisses, and a growing attraction between them that can’t be stopped, Knight and Rain are being pulled deeper into their pasts, and realizing that sometimes too much broken can make a relationship impossible.
Then again sometimes it’s the broken parts of us that fit together best.
My Thoughts and Review:
Blue Ashcroft's dive into the New Adult genre was a hit. You could say her debut novel, Deeper, made a huge splash.
Okay, sounds cheesy but the fact is, I really enjoyed this. If I am being brutally honest, I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. As we all know I am a sucker for broken people finding happiness when they never thought it possible and because of that weakness, I tend to love this genre and read a lot of stories about broken people. I can't help it, I am drawn to it. Sorting though all those reads, as angsty as they sometimes are, is worth it when you finally find a story with characters that stick with you long after their story is over. Those characters that leave an impression on you long after the book as been put down and the last page read.
Knight and Rain really are those characters. This wasn't anything mind blowing, maybe not even completely original. It isn't filled with sunshine and rainbows but it isn't all about the angst either. Instead about two people suffering from very similar situations in their life but both handling it in their own way. Not a right way or a wrong way necessarily but in ways that are hindering them from moving on and really living the rest of their life to the fullest.
Ways that make them believe that even though love may be out there, that is just isn't for them. Two people that, until they meet, never thought their life was going to have more to it. That this, was as good as it was going to get.
There is just something beautiful about another person being able to help you pick up the pieces. To help you realize how great you really are and that you deserve to be loved and to be happy. There is just something so wonderful about someone else wanting to help make you whole and already seeing you that way.
This is a story about what happens when two people are so very broken that only their broken pieces, coming together, can make a whole.
This was a beautiful story and one that will stick with me long after the book was put down and the review was written.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author. I was not compensated for this review.*