Author: Rachael Wade
Reviewed by: Onnica
Basic Story: Emma Pierce is stuck on Sanibel Island, Florida, trying to get her life back on track. Suffering not only from the death of her sister Jen and being dumped unceremoniously by her ex-boyfriend, Emma’s life is spiralling out of control. She’s determined to honour her sister’s memory and complete her studies in Seattle in the spring, leaving behind all of her unhappy memories for good.
Emma finds comfort in the usual crowd at her local Friday night hangout; her best friend Whitney and the local loser boys. However, one person is able to see through her mask: Jackson Taylor. Self-confessed man-whore of the island, Emma is not interested in becoming another notch on his bedpost. The pair spar, but the chemistry is undeniable. Jackson may be bad news but he also knows Emma’s shameful secret surrounding what really happened the night of her sister’s death. As they become closer they are forced to question whether their love will be strong enough to defeat their demons or whether any future chances of happiness for them is possible.
Why you should read this: If you’re a fan of angst-ridden high drama between two lost and broken souls then you’ll definitely enjoy this read. You’ll also be rewarded with sexy times, which really do sizzle. Jackson and Emma are the epitome of star-crossed lovers.
What you might hate: If you aren’t a fan of high-drama, unfortunate misunderstandings, angst or young people who have already written off their lives (at 24 you’re ready to give up on your dreams – seriously?) then maybe you should avoid this story. I persevered with this book as I really enjoyed the author’s other work, Preservation. Unfortunately, I found a significant portion of this book quite depressing and verging on melodramatic. I also have to say that I really don’t like the cover either.
Rating: I give this book 2/5 due to the sheer stupidity of the characters at times and the endless back and forth between Emma and Jack. At times, they really stood in the way of their own happiness, which frustrated the hell out of me. But hang in there, as there are some really sweet parts too.