TBR: May 12th
** This is a New Adult romance novel recommended for ages 18+
due to sexual content and mature subject matter.**
Smoking, tattoos, and street racing for fast cash are Elijah’s only interests. A harsh life has made him apathetic and indifferent, until Alexandria enters his life. When their paths cross, turmoil abounds.
An inevitable encounter, an undeniable attraction, and an unexpected chance at love—will it be enough?
When I first started reading this, I had a hard time. It started off with dealing with the death of a loved one from cancer. It is coming up on the four year anniversary of my dad passing away of cancer and that is what the main character's dad passed away from. So yes, I had to put it down because I was crying so hard that it was hard to see the words on my Kindle. But I made myself pick it back up to see how it progressed and I am GLAD I did. It was a beautifully written dual POV friendship blossomed into coming of age love story.
Sometimes in our lives we meet people that effect our lives for different reasons. That is what happened for Elijah and Alex. Alex is going away to college after recently losing her dad, leaving her best friend behind, and a long distance relationship from her boyfriend. She goes to college thinking that she is going to have a female roommate named Ellie, her cousin's former roomie. Well, Ellie is the very hunky misunderstood Elijah (that is going to be your next book boyfriend ladies!!)
Alex and Elijah soon have the love/hate relationship that grows over time. Both of these two have gone through pain, love, loss, and heartbreak. It has a very valuable lessen in it also. Never take anyone for granted, live life to the fullest, and always tell the one you love that you love them no matter what.
I don't want to give anything else away, but this is a must read. It is a coming of age, happily ever after story. These two characters have stuck with me emotionally because of their love and commitment to one another. Yes, it is a tear jerker. Yes, you will need a box (or two) of Kleenex. But it is worth it. I rate it a 4.5 star!! Enjoy!
From Alexandria’s point of view.
“Okay.” Elijah finally looked up, matching his eyes to mine, searching, wanting to read my expression. Whatever he saw, he looked satisfied. “Great.” He paused. “We’re okay?” He paused once more for my answer, giving me a crooked grin.
“Yup,” I said it as if I meant it.
“I’m going to give you a hug now since friends hug after they make up.”
Suddenly, he embraced me before I had time to register what he had said. I sucked in air when my body pressed against his. God he felt so good. I needed him off me. But when he pressed his face into my hair, around the space of my neck, I was reminded of that night and pleasurable heat infused through every part of me. My heart hammered faster and the arms that dangled down by my sides refused to push him away, no matter what my mind told them to do.
“I think the gang is here, Freckles,” he murmured in my ear, sending electric shivers through me again.
Next thing I knew, he released me. The cold air took his space when he headed out the door without looking back. As for me, I stared at the wall to get a hold of myself.
About the Author:
Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed