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Series: Living Heartwood
on August 6, 2013
Genres: New Adult
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Also in this series: Losing Track
Also by this author: Of Silver & Beasts, Fireblood
Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.
Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Only...is Sam ready for him to leave her?
When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs him...plus, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.
On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her.
Many of you know that I’m a huge fan of Trisha Wolfe. This book is her first New Adult Contemporary, and she totally rocked it!
Sam and Holden are great characters. They have an intense connection, and so much tension between them. There’s definitely some unresolved issues between the two. They never thought they would spend so much time in a cramped vehicle. This kind of forces them to deal with each other. Sam has the best intentions as for the reasons of this trip. But she needs to get a grasp on reality, and learn how to deal with loss in a healthy way. Holden needs to learn to let things go, and trust someone already. The characters had me gushing and fuming many times, but the way they are able to grow is amazing.
I love the road trip these two go on. They meet new people, and are forced to figure themselves out. They are also able to put together pieces of their lives without so much hurt. Some things that happen that I love are kind of spoilery, so I won’t go into them, but things start to add up in figure out what happened with Tyler. And oh my the sexy scenes. Seriously this lady can write some saucy scenes like no other.
I recommend this to everyone that reads the contemporary genre. You think you know everything that’s going on, or that’s going to happen, but somethings aren’t as they seem. And some secrets can hurt.