Andrew Harper grew up in a house marked by tragedy. His older brother Owen did his best to shelter him, but you can only be protected from life’s pain for so long. Eventually, you end up just feeling numb…and isolated.
Loneliness was the one constant in Andrew’s life. Until one girl, met by chance in a high school hallway, changed everything. Emma Burke was a mystery and all that was beautiful in this world, the only air Andrew ever wanted to breathe. She took the lonely away, and filled it with hope and color, and Andrew would do anything to keep her safe, happy and whole.
But sometimes, what feels good and right is what ends up hurting us the most. And when Andrew and Emma are faced with an impossible decision, Andrew is tested to see just how far he’s willing to go for the girl who owns his heart.
Cuts are deep.
Scars are left behind.
And revenge beckons.
When Andrew finally gets his chance, in college, five years after his first love broke him completely, he finds out old feelings don’t really disappear just because you say you hate someone. The more he tries to avenge all that he believes he lost, the more he uncovers the real story of what happened years before.
Love is wicked. But a restless heart is never satisfied beating on its own. Can Andrew and Emma make it right before it’s too late, or will the ties that bind them now destroy their only chance at a future?
In this continuation story of those darn and cute Harper boys, we get to know the younger brother Andrew. Andrew is an awkward teen that has been drastically sheltered by his family, in order to protect him from the “Harper” family stigma. Then, he meets Emma Burke and everything changes.
Let’s talk about the angst! OHEMGEE! I DIED when the BIG thing happened. UGH! I hated how much it altered Andrew’s path, his life, his goals. I could FEEL his pain, his despair, his anger! It was all written so well, that I could honestly feel it. I know I am being redundant.
The way Emma and Andrew’s life comes full circle and how they are “reunited” if you will, was pretty smart. I appreciated the realistic qualities of the reunion.
I dont want to just write another synopsis, as I feel this book deserves so much more. I feel the story was woven so carefully, and so beautifully that people just need to experience it on their own. However, I highly encourage them to read the previous story. It is not necessary, but highly encouraged.
Now, in reading some of the reviews on goodreads, a lot of people are commenting on the ferris wheel on the front cover of the book. My 2 cents……the ferris wheel incident was such present factor in both of the boys’ life. How the town treated the Harper boys was VERY important to Andrew and who he was and who he became. He carried the the negative stigma that came from that ferris wheel all the way to the end. It shaped the boy he was and the man he became. He had to overcome that and I think that’s why the ferris wheel is there.
However, I do have to keep it real and tell you what I didn’t feel worked in the story…….I didnt like the return of the a man from Andrew’s past. That part felt a bit too much, a bit too neat, a bit too, let’s tie this up witha pretty little bow. I felt it was unnecessary. I see why, it just didnt work for me.
However, this is def a 4.5 stars for me. This is a story of love, pain, suffering, past hurts, wrong paths, past anger, forgiveness, second chances, new beginnings and once again love. I do recommend this story, I thought it was effortless.
I’ve said this on previously reviewed Ginger Scott novels and I’ll say it again, this writer is the most talented under the radar writer out there. I can not wait for her to blow up, because I feel like it is just a matter of time. I’m just stoked I’ve been here a while.
Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, Wild Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.
A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot
quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.
When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona
Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college
sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).
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