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.
Very Mature YA Contemporary Romance
Scheduled to release: March 17, 2015
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of this blog tour*
Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down... nor did I want to.
Owen Harper is a jerk... except he's not. From the prologue alone I knew right then that Owen Harper was about to take hold of my heart and refuse to let go. So as the story progressed and everyone had him pegged as trouble, as the boy with the wild heart who lives a reckless life, I was steadfastly on Team Owen, just rooting for him to prove everyone wrong.
While the prologue is written from Owen's POV, the rest of the story is where we get to hear from Kensington.
Kensington is a gifted pianist who thought she knew how her last year of high school was going to be. But then she is moved from her life in the city to a new school in a new town. Her new house just happens to be right next door to one Owen Harper. From the very beginning he makes it clear that he is not going to make anything easy on her.
"Just then, I realize, he's not really wild at all. He's heartbroken."
Without going into too much detail and risking any spoilers there are a few things I want to give kudos to:
This book deals with some serious issues for both Kensington and Owen. But I loved the approach Scott took to incorporate them into the story. She not only drew attention to the affects on the person, she also seemed to highlight how it affected the entire family units and the long term lasting effects. She found a way to discuss some intense things and subsequent intense emotions, while making all the characters endearing (well almost all of them).
I loved reading about the relationship between Kensington and her mother. I truly adored watching Kensington come into her own strength and in turn giving her mother the confidence and backing to find her own voice again. It truly put a mile wide smile on my face and touched my heart.
Another thing I loved (LOVED) is that Owen continually encourages Kensington to find her way to grasping her own dream even as he must find his. He quickly became a cheerleader for her and always seems to put her first even if he realizes that she is something that he needs. This was a standout feature for me especially since this is a story of young love/first love.
"I love how he watches me, how he watches over me, fights for me, and makes me a better version of myself. I love him..."
And I do too.
Kensington is relatable and a girl after my own heart.
Owen is beautifully complex, with a huge heart even if he likes to keep that out of public knowledge.
Ginger Scott has done it again folks! I am giving this book 5 Stars.
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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