Thursday, 4 June 2015

Review of Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorenson

The bit on the back…

Nova Reed used to have dreams of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next, until she meets Quinton Carter.

Quinton once got a second chance at life, but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life, but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?

This is the first book by Jessica Sorenson that I’ve read even though I’ve seen her name linked with many authors that I’ve enjoyed. I guess it was just one of those “I will eventually get to them” moments. I downloaded this and the second in the series after being approved for a review copy of the third title in the series on NetGalley.

The story is about Nova and Quinton. Both characters are tortured by their past and struggling to cope with living in their present.

I got into this story really quickly. I think you probably will if you are fans of the likes of K.A. Tucker and Samantha Young. The story is told in a dual POV which really suited here because each character’s story is quite different to the other and while Nova struggles to cope with the unanswered questions Quinton is crippled by guilt.

The characters meet through mutual friends and Nova soon gets dragged into her friend’s lifestyle and into drugs which turn into a coping mechanism for her. The story is quite dark throughout most of the narrative owing to the situations the characters are in. I felt compelled to read this non-stop until I had finished it. Quinton is stuck in a perpetual cycle of “coping” but can see there is a better way out for Nova and throughout he tries to persuade her to take the higher road even though he is falling deeper into drugs himself.

I can’t wait to start the next book in the series because Breaking Nova left on a cliff hanger and I’m desperate to see a happy ending for both characters.

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