Author: Steph Campbell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Two broken hearts.
One night to set each other free.
Almost dying from an undiagnosed heart condition means every second of your life is a precious gift to be guarded.
Lena Pettitt was born a miracle.
And her parents never let her forget it.
Even if that daily reminder kept her from experiencing the one thing they were trying to protect most--her life.
Gabriel Martinez’s heart has been ripped out.
His pride has been stomped on.
Oh, and he now has an arrest record that’s caused an even bigger rift between him and his DA mother. All for a love that wasn’t really true.
Now he’s exiled to his grandmother’s, working on his late grandpa’s old Corvair when a shivering girl knocks on the garage door. Lena, left alone for the first time ever, has locked herself out of her house--in the snow. Gabe knows he could help this girl get back inside her house--but that may mean missing the next train to Boston to pick up the part he’s spent eight weeks tracking down. She can wait for him at his grandmother’s or…
A few hours, an aluminum valve cover, and some strong coffee later, neither Gabe or Lena can feign disappointment when they race to the station and arrive just as the last train home from Boston is pulling out.
As jaded as he is, Gabe can’t deny the fact that he’s excited to spend the night exploring a city he knows nearly every corner of, with a girl who sees magic in the simplest things.
Lena has been waiting for her tiny world to crack open her entire life. Now that it’s finally happened, she finds the only thing she can focus on is the unexpected tour guide who opens her eyes to possibilities she never imagined.
All they have is this one night, together, under the bright moon in a city full of hidden beauty.
It’s one night that will change how they see the world and the paths their hearts will take forever.
I haven’t read a YA book in a while. I forgot how sweet, raw and meaningful they can be. That once you stipe away the hot sex, that a book can still be amazing. Don’t get me wrong, I love my sexy books but if you haven’t taken the time to read a YA book, especially done right like is with Steph Cambell, you are sorely missing out.
Lena is a survivor. She was born with a heart defect. And because of this her parents have kept her in bubble since the day she came home from the hospital when she was a baby. Always scared of germs, they homeschooled and never let her live a normal life. She wanted freedom. She wanted to live, to do things for the first time.
“I feel like… I feel like I’m this person, who isn’t even a whole person. Does that make sense? I’ve never done anything. Seen anything.” ~Lena
Gabe is a misguided teenager. Makes bad choices for the right reasons. Allowed himself to fall in love with a drama seeking girl. These acts led him to be kicked out of his awful mother’s house in Boston. Banished to Glouchester. One day minding his business working a car that his grandfather and father hadn’t finished restoring, there was a knock on the door. A scared and cold Lena locked herself out of her house. Her parents were away, her sister out and she needed help.
Gabe needed to go into Boston, Lena went along for the ride. An adventure began that would forever alter their lives.
“The thing that they weren’t looking for, the thing no one expected after the massively bad thing happened was actually the one thing that saved me.”
I really like this book. The message that I took away from this book was you need to be you. You need to find yourself and not what others want you to be. That sometime scars aren’t physical, that some people have scars on their hearts that make them miraculous.
(1) Kindle Fire and ebooks: Grounding Quinn, Delicate, Beautiful Things Never Last, and Even The Moon Has Scars
Steph Campbell grew up in Southern California, but now lives in the hot, humid south. She has one husband, four children and a serious nail polish obsession. When she's not writing or taking care of her brood, she's reading or scouring travel sites, always ready for life's next adventure.