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This story moved me. Evan and Josephine experienced so much tragedy in their young lives but found each other their senior year of high school. They became each other's compass and anchor. They still had more to go through before finding their happily ever after but they did. This was a long book but if you stick with it you will be blessed. I got this ARC via audiobook boom.
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Jo's new to town, she's 17 when she first meets 18 yr old Evan at High School - she's the feisty School outcast and he's the School's so-called freak. Their broken souls instantly connect and reformed as the mysterious handsome tortured boy meets the scarred school slut and, as the days quickly pass, Jo and Evan become everything to each other and an unbreakable bond is formed. They are both damaged, both had heartbreaking stories to tell and both are misunderstood.. but together they become strong, dream of a better life and plan big. But, before they can make their longed for escape, Fate throws in a cruel and vicious wrench that'll have dire consequences on those tender hopes, those dreams.. and it will be four long and challenging years before they will get a second chance.
But their second chance will come at a price.. with bloodshed, murder, grief and insecurity.. and uncharted tomorrows will follow as they desperately run with Evan's ESP dreams and senses guiding them along unknown roads. Roads that are dangerous, roads where they will be hunted fugitives as the Police close in.. and roads that will lead them to their ultimate destruction.. as well as their hard won salvation.
I know the Publisher's Summary says not YA but, IMO, it is.. yes, there are a few sex scenes which makes it an 'adult' listen but nevertheless it's still a YA/NA romance as these two teens connect under very difficult circumstances. Even when they meet again in their early 20's I couldn't shake off the image of High School sweethearts and this image may have been fuelled by the young voice of the narrator. The H/H were devoted to each other - Evan was besotted with Jo who mentally called to him during the dark days of their enforced separation.. and Evan felt the danger, answered her call and came no matter the cost and consequences to himself. Just about an insta-connection, insta-love and an unrealistic romance.. but hey I like to be swept away by the implausible, the fictional, the fantasy world where every story ends with a HEA. Mainly told from Jo's POV but there were a few from Evans too.
Worth a credit? I will admit that I was a little disappointed with the whole NA/YA vibe. There was romance, tension, heartache, sex, sweet times and dangerous times - and I liked them all.. but don't spend your credit if you want a more mature listen, a true to real life listen or a 5* star listen coz this, IMO, ain't it.
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