January 24, 2014

Title: Saving Quinton
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Series: Nova #2
Publisher: Forever/Grand Central (Hachette)
Published: February 4, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Synopsis: Nova Reed can’t forget him-Quinton Carter, the boy with the honey-brown eyes who made her realize she deserved more than an empty life. His pain was so similar to her own. But Nova has been coming to terms with her past and healing, while Quinton is out there somewhere, sinking deeper. She’s determined to find him and help him . . . before it’s too late.

Nova has haunted his dreams for nearly a year-but Quinton never thought a sweet, kind person like her would care enough about a person like him. To Quinton, a dark, dangerous life is exactly what he deserves. And Nova has no place in it. But Nova has followed him to Las Vegas, and now he must do whatever it takes to keep her away, to maintain his self-imposed punishment for the unforgivable things he’s done. But there’s one flaw in his plan: Nova isn’t going anywhere . . .

catch my 5 star review of Breaking Nova (Nova #1) here

**I received an ARC of this book from the publisher,
but that did not influence the review**

First Thoughts: 5 sobbing stars For the love of God, please hold me. This was so good I can’t take it. This blows all other series by Jessica Sorensen out of the water. If you love a raw story with a ton of heartache, this is it. I need book 3 immediately.

Plot, Pacing, Setting, and Style: This was told in alternating POVs, and it was desperate. That’s right, be warned: this is not a pretty story, so buckle up and get ready before you sit down to read it. Drugs are bad, and we see how it absolutely destroyed so many lives. They may have numbed Quinton Carter, but they didn’t make any of his problems go away. Nova Reed is determined to make  him see that his life is valuable, especially to her. I died a little each time he went farther down this spiral, but there was always that hope, that one strand that kept me reading like crazy. The setting was grim and filthy, and I’m pretty sure I could envision all of it. It was terrible, but done so very well.

Main Characters: I am in love with both Nova and Quinton. In love. Both are so damaged, but Nova worked through it and is doing alright. Quinton on the other hand, is worse than ever. Even though he makes one bad choice after another, I couldn’t help but still love him. I wanted to save him, and I loved Nova for never giving up on him.

Romance/Chemistry: The love between Quinton and Nova is so deep, and I was so affected by it. However, they really never declare how much they love each other. It was like they were scratching at it, but never got there. There’s too much sh*t going down for a romance to develop, but my god, it’s right there, right under the surface. There were only a few kisses in this book, but boy oh boy were they good. I think we’ll get all the other swoons in book 3 (please, Ms. Sorensen, PLEASE!)

Title/Cover: So perfect I can’t even take it. Well, maybe Quinton should be a little scruffier, but I love both.

Ending: I have hope, but I need more. I am fairly upset that I can’t start the next book tonight!

Gripes/suggestions: I really have almost nothing, but I guess I would have liked to have seen a little more of the mundane stuff mentioned. Like, did Quinton and Tristan ever do laundry or go to the grocery store? How about shower or brush their teeth? It seemed like they didn’t? For what ever reason, I wish it was mentioned because I don’t’ think they were very clean or ever ate.

Final Thoughts/Rec it? If you love dark stories and are willing to work through a whole lot of gut wrenching stuff, well, this series is for you. I’m holding out some serious hope that we get a HEA for Quinton and Nova in book 3.

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