Author: N.G. Jones
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: March 16, 2015
Someone hadn’t scarred my face.
I hadn’t followed my dreams to LA.
That tweaker hadn’t attacked that homeless guy.
I hadn’t invited a stranger over for Thanksgiving.
I hadn’t fallen in love.
If I hadn’t lost him.
I hadn’t gone for that drive.
I saw the world like everyone else.
My “genius” wasn’t slowly destroying me.
I had just walked away before I could ever know her.
She hadn’t ignited the spark.
If the spark didn’t ignite the madness.
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I ran my fingers down the cotton of her tank, over the slope of her backside, and we were intertwined. I felt myself melting into her, our colors swirling in dazzling circles, like paint flowing onto a spinning turntable. I needed to stop this, but the waves of heat that were gentle before overtook me like a raging river, pulling me closer to her. She was so soft, everything about her was velvety and smooth, and it made my kisses harsher. I traveled down the curve of her delicate neck to the space just behind her ear and took in her scent, a hint of soap with a kiss of the flower that only I could smell. I pressed my lips against the secret nook, and she let out a moan, a sound I had never heard from her, and so I saw something new in her voice: a little burst of gold and violet that exploded and disappeared like a firework.
You have to stop, Ash.
God I didn’t want to. I wanted more than anything to take this all the way, to experience every inch of her smooth skin, see all the different shades and shapes of her moans, and taste the rest of her body, but I had rules. I made these rules for myself years ago, and there was a reason for these rules. Memories of death flashed before me, and the heat that was running through me turned so cold, my teeth almost chattered.
The taste of her kisses was overtaken by that of sour milk. Lavender was overtaken by gasoline. I had to make myself remember. I had to find a way to fight this rushing tide.
Fucking stop, Ash!
Finally my rational thoughts screamed loud enough to be listened to, and I pulled away. She looked at me for a few seconds, her stare blank, her lips slightly parted. I understood her confusion. Just seconds ago I could have devoured her, but I couldn’t let the switch flip. Now I was afraid it was too late. I had to leave.
My 5 Star Review-Kimberly Addison
This is a must read for anyone who loves a beautiful and well written story. This is a story of love, pain, and redemption. Love can take you to the highest highs, but then crash and burn and leave you devastated. But, it’s what we do after the devastation that shows the measure of a person. Struggle and pain makes us who we are, and this story explores that truth to perfection.
Bird and Ash are both struggling to survive and in each other they find strength. They see in each other what no one else can see. Reading about these two people falling in love is probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. I felt it down to my soul. But, love cannot stop life from happening, it cannot stop circumstances, love cannot cure everything. Bird and Ash have to both deal with some devastation to finally see what can be, to finally see how far they can fly.
This story also explores mental illness, something I personally have had to deal with in my life. It also explores how death and guilt can destroy a life and a family. But, even when all seems lost, there is always hope if you choose to walk in the light and forgive. I’m not going to lie, this book made me cry, it made me feel, and it brought back some memories, some good and some bad. But, even though it made me hurt, it left me feeling restored after reading it. It’s that powerful of a story.
Nina is one of the best authors out there. She puts a lot of truth into what she writes, she never compromises her characters or her vision. She is one of the most honest writers I have every experienced and her books never fail to make me feel and her stories and characters always stay with me.
I don’t do spoilers, but anyone who is a true Nina fan will be pleasantly surprised and delighted while reading this book…that is all I’m going to say about it!
To all who read this review, please read this book. I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s simply beautiful, and a must read for anyone with a soul.
About The Author
Nina G. Jones is the author of the bestselling novel DEBT, the Strapped Series and the erotic romance, Gorgeous Rotten Scoundrel. She wants to say something clever here, but all her good material goes into her characters.
Nina currently resides in Milwaukee, WI with her husband and two crazy Boxers.
Her first new adult romance, If, releases on March 16th, 2015 under the moniker N.G. Jones.
Nina LOVES connecting with readers. You can connect with her via Facebook, Twitter, or email her through her website, NinaGJones.com.
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