Very Mature YA Contemporary Romance
Scheduled to release: March 17, 2015
Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.
Instead, a nightmare took over.
It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.
Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.
Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.
And those things…they were the scariest of all.
My 5 Star Review
“I’m starting a war with a guy who doesn’t lose – a guy who doesn’t play by the rules. A guy who scares me, and who knows where I sleep at night.”
Kensi Worthington has just moved from the city and will spending her senior year attending a rural public school. This world is so much different from the one she left behind. She is a gifted pianist and was attending a private school in the city, with the wealthy and privileged. Kensi is very mature for her age, she is an only child and spent her life surrounded by adults for the most part.
Kensi finds her niche at her new school with the band geeks. Side note: I loved these characters. These group of friends added so much fun and youth to the story. That isn’t the only attention she is drawing though, her neighbor Owen Harper notices her too.
Owen is the town bad boy and star athlete, sounds pretty hot right? Well, he is, but there is so much more to Owen. Owen may have this reputation, but in the small town the one thing everyone knows about Owen is how crazy his dad was and how messed up Owen is after watching his dad commit suicide.
As I was saying, Owen is not your typical high school boy. My heart broke for Owen from the very beginning when I read the prologue. I can’t imagine what he experienced and then the guilt and sorrow he continued to live with. Owen was constantly struggling with wanting to forget, move on from his guilt and trying save the rest of his family. Then comes Kensi and she changes it all.
After the prologue I had an idea of how the story would play out, but Scott didn’t pulled out all the stops with this heartbreaking, beautiful story. I absolutely loved the struggles and development the characters underwent. I love how there was drama and angst without things being over the top. I love how Owen was able to save Kensi, too.
"And as much as I should be careful, I kind of want to be reckless."
I adored the connection between Owen and Kensi. These two young people genuinely cared about each other and were so mature in their feelings. I felt like their attributes matched their past and experiences. Their story wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. They didn't give up or jump to conclusions.
I highly recommend this sweet story. It was the perfect read for me. Yes, it was so sweet, but more than that it had tons of heart. I love books that make me feel and this one gave me lots of feels from the very start.
ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author:
Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of six young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling and You and Everything After.
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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