New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release: February 24, 2015
If we didn’t know darkness, we couldn’t fully appreciate the light.
Garth Black’s more familiar with this concept than most people are. He hadn’t just lived in the dark for the majority of his life—he thrived in it. With a mom who’d bailed on him and a dad whose understanding of coddling started and ended with a bottle of whiskey, Garth had never been expected to rise to any sort of occasion other than following down the same dead-end paths.
That changed when he fell in love with Josie Gibson. After years of pulling each other closer before shoving the other way, they finally stopped shoving. Josie’s love is like nothing Garth’s ever experienced. He holds it close. He holds it sacred. He would do anything to preserve it and keep it from pollution, even if that means removing himself from the picture.
Garth might have been allowed a temporary furlough to bask in the light, but that pass has been revoked, and he’s been swallowed again by the dark. Will he revert to his old ways of hurting those he cares for most? Will he go back to the same destructive patterns . . . or will it be worse this time?
We can’t know light without first knowing dark . . . and Garth Black’s about to get acquainted with the dark in a whole new way.
Sometimes the hardest thing to remember when times are tough is that love is tougher. Nicole Williams proved that over and over again in Losers Weepers.
Garth’s life changes in an instant. He was on the top of his game, one eight second ride away from finals and his world came crashing down around him. The odds weren’t in his favor. His body wasn’t going to cooperate. This was the end of everything he knew. This was the end of everything he wanted in life and he was not going to let Josie fall with him into the black hole that was sucking him under. Of course, Josie had her own thoughts on the issue. Healing.
This book caught me right from the beginning, it had me from the beginning. Garth was doing everything right. Everything that he had always wanted and the world fell out from under him. I was mad at him through the majority of the book even though I know most of it was coming from a good place deep down. I just wanted to punch him and to tell him to fight harder. Of course, that is always easier said than done. When you have no fight left in you and the odds are against you. That is what kept me clinging to his love for Josie. Hoping that he could find his way through the darkness as long as she was by his side. But the defeatist attitude that he carried through the book was almost more than I could handle.
Josie was the epitome of strength and courage and even though things couldn’t be more grim, she held her ground and stood tall where most of us would have fallen. She had this undeniable strength that just made me want to cheer her on, to hug her for her faith and I wanted, it seems, the same thing Garth did, for Josie to have her happily ever after. But the fight she had to get through was a lot and she was a phenomenal heroine in this story.
This book broke me and fixed me. It have me hope for the impossible and faith in friends and love. It made me angry and happy. But mostly it reminded me that no matter what the odds are in life, there is always that chance that a miracle can happen at the time we least expect it.
Heart wrenching and healing, this book just shows the true power of love and I adored that in this book!
I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.
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