October 23, 2015
Their love burned bright, white hot, and strikingly blue around the edges.
Some thought them careless.
Some thought them crazy.
No one approved.
Taylor Barrett was looking for answers in a universe that had abandoned him.
Jude Boehler flooded her dark world with charisma and mystery, drawing everyone into her hurricane.
It was a most captivating of love affairs. They were shooting stars, meteors in the sky, colliding to create a spectacularly wonderful reckless romance, leaving them breathless and tethered.
But that’s what Love does.
Their souls were exposed to the chaos, bare and vulnerable. Can these two star-crossed lovers survive the madness that is life?
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“Do you want ice cream?”
She hit him with one surprise after another, and he replied, “It’s freezing out here. How about a coffee?”
“I don’t like coffee.”
“Wow, a New Yorker who doesn’t like coffee.” Taking her by the arm, he stopped her. “Are you going to tell me anything about yourself?”
“I just told you I don’t like coffee. That’s something.”
He sighed. “I’m serious, Jude.”
His emotional sigh was wearing on her and she gave him the most honest answer she could. “Not if I can get away with it.”
He looked into her blue eyes. Under a bright fluorescent light of a convenience store, he could see they were tinged in green with champagne centers. They were the most unique eyes he had ever seen. She was the most unique woman he had ever met. Now he felt bad for making her unhappy, so he broke his gaze away. “Fine. I’ll limit my questions.” And just to see her smile again, he said, “Ice cream it is.”
She jumped for joy. “I know a great place a few blocks from here.”
“Should we catch a cab?”
“No, I love the snow. It’s magical.”
Looking down the street and then back to her, he started wondering when he’d stopped seeing magic in the world. He could probably guess, but he didn’t want to think about that time.
A half hour later, his hands were frozen but he still found himself eating pistachio ice cream with Jude for dinner. He bought the treats and joined her at a booth where she was contentedly licking her rocky road. As soon as he sat down, she asked, “I think you can tell everything you need to know about a person by their favorite ice cream flavor.”
★★★★ 1/2 starsI love it when a book surprises me. I was expecting a story about star crossed lovers and instead got a book about two unlikely people who somehow manage to find each other in the chaos of their lives. It's the perfect love story of two very hurt and flawed people who are perfect when they are together.
Saying I loved Taylor and Jude is an understatement. Of course it didn't start off that way. Now don't get me wrong, it's not that I didn't like them, it's just that I wasn't sure what was going on in the beginning of the book. The prologue really threw me off especially since it was profound and then book opened up on a scene that didn't match the intensity with which the story had started. Of course I got over that quickly because I was intrigued about Jude and her motive, if any for showing up at a party where she didn't know the hosts, in attire that didn't fit in with everyone else's. Of course I later learned it must have been fated for Jude and Taylor (Hazel) to meet the way they did.
It didn't take long for me to get caught up in Hazel and Jude's story. Hazel's troubles in life became clear quite quickly and my heart really went out to him. I truly did not like his ex-fiance. That woman was something else. I also didn't understand his parents but they were dealing with a blow in the only way they knew how even if it wasn't the best one. I loved the way Hazel was willing to try new things and take risks because not only did it make him happy but Jude as well. Jude was a conundrum. I wasn't sure what was going on with her for the longest time. I had my suspicions but her reality was much harsher and more grim than I could have ever imagined. She was wronged so many times. For someone who had been through so much, she was so strong. I admired her so much for finding and taking her own happiness when she could.
Life was cruel to both Hazel and Jude. I loved that they were able to find peace and happiness with each other. Of course with everything going on in their lives that didn't last long. I will tell you this. Once I got past my initial confusion, I was totally hooked by this book. I was reading it in public and am usually very observant of what's going on around me. The only thing I was focused on was reading and finding out what new tribulation the unlikely couple was going to face. The twists in this book were almost unbelievable; I could not put this book down. This story is of an unlikely couple, but it will tie you up in knots. I had that anxious-on-edge feeling for almost the entire last half of the book. If you like books heavy on emotions and feelings, this book is for you. Plus you'll cheer, laugh, and cry while reading this book, all plus points.
I know S.L. Scott can write wonderful stories. I've read and enjoyed many of them, but none have been like this one. This one is different and tells an epic tale of love, and the fight it takes to keep your love free and safe. There are some truly romantic lines and there's no way I can do this book justice. Pick it up and check it out. You'll be thinking about this book long after you finish it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures.
Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.
Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys.
Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement.
She welcomes your notes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*