I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audra Madison simply wanted to walk in the shoes of Emily Cavanaugh, a free-spirited teenager who died too young. After all, Audra wasn’t supposed to be here.

Thanks to Emily, Audra has a second chance at life. She’s doing all the things that seemed impossible just two years ago: Go to college. Date. Stargaze in the Rocky Mountains. Maybe get a tattoo. You know, live.
Jake Cavanaugh, a photographer with mysterious, brooding gray eyes, agrees to help chronicle her newfound experiences. She makes him laugh, one of the only people who can these days. As they delve into each other’s pasts – and secrets – the closer they become.

But she’s guarded and feels like she can’t trust anyone, including herself. And he’s struggling with the fact that his beloved sister’s heart beats inside her.

So the first thing that drew me to this book was the cover, I’m not going to lie. Just look at his butt it. Then I read the synopsis and it sounded like a deeply emotional story so I knew I had to read it.

The plot of the story is great, but I’m a stickler for details, and I’m not sure that Audra would really be able to contact the donor’s family, and I also think she would be on a lot more meds with a lot more side effects and honestly…ZERO booze. However, I went with it and enjoyed how she was able to melt Jake’s cool attitude. She broke down his walls and she was just the antidote Jake needed, even though he didn’t know it yet.

Jake is just how I love my heroes. Brooding. Quietly angry. Complex. And hot, let’s not forget hot. Audra was lovely, and she had been through so much. I expected her to be a little more mature, but she seemed immature on many levels. I still liked her, as her intentions were always good.

The best friend situation and the one with Jake’s parents came out of left field, and once again I’m not sure I bought how easily each thing wrapped up. It also didn’t strike me emotionally, it was as if the heartache was scratching the surface but I couldn’t reach it. However, it did get the characters to the other side and they found their HEA. I think this is a great story for someone who doesn’t want to be using up a whole box of tissues and sobbing.

Rec it? Yes! A sweet story, not as deep and heart wrenching as I like, but I still enjoyed it. It had a lot of potential to be fleshed out, but I still closed the book feeling happy I got to know these characters, especially Jake.

Happy reading!

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