Publishing Date: July 16, 2013
Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn't expect - an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she's been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family's traumatic history. As dark current threaten to pull hum under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.
Wow - words can't describe this book. It was so good! There was everything in this book that you could want in a great novel: love, heartache, adventure, passion, healing, and overall, a great story line. I wasn't really sure what to expect form this book when I first started reading it. I hadn't read anything by Jessica Park before (hadn't even heard of her, unfortunately), but this one blew me away :) Blythe and Chris are perfect. They each have struggles and tragic pasts they have to work through. They help each other heal, though Chris helps Blythe much more in the beginning than Blythe is able to help Chris. But they pull through. There are ups and downs in their relationship, which makes it so real! On top of that, there's a bunch of steamy sex scenes, which are always a plus ;)
I also really loved the rest of the characters in this story. Sabin is a charmer and definitely the lovable big-brother figure. Estelle is beautiful and full of live, but deep down is struggling with her past. James is Blythe's younger brother that also struggles with their tragic childhood. And Eric and Zach are the cute couple that everyone roots for! The story definitely wouldn't have been the same without these characters!
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