Series: Mending Hearts #2
Published by Self-Published on 22nd October 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Issues, Mature New Adult, Romance
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Some call me a party girl. People see me as happy, full of life, with absolutely no cares in the world. They see what I want them to see. But no one knows me - really knows me. Not even Noah Reese. Mr. Perfect is always watching me, most likely judging every single imperfect thing I do. But, if Noah wants to keep an eye on me, that’s just fine. I definitely don’t mind. I just hope he doesn’t have any plans to save me from my new-found life of self-destruction because in order to save me, he will have to see me…
And I’m never going to let that happen.
Perfect. That’s me. That’s the only acceptable way to be, according to my father. Perfect grades. Perfect manners. Perfect athlete. Perfect SAT scores. Perfect college. And recently, I was accepted into the perfect med school. My future has already been mapped out for me and there’s nothing that can change that. Not even Tatum O’Connell. That girl is out of control, yet for some reason, I can’t seem to keep my distance from her. I watch her closely, hoping that one day she’ll let me in, but watching her lead her life down the dangerous path she’s on right now isn’t easy…
I have a feeling I’m about to find myself swept away by the hurricane that is Tatum O’Connell.
“Two fleeting souls,
Too slowly drawn,
Impatient fate calls.
The jolting collide intertwines their lives
And splinters their walls.”
“Catalyst” – Noah Reese
**NA Contemporary Romance, can be read as a stand alone. Due to theme of Child Abuse, Explicit Language, Mild Violence, and Sexual Situations - Recommend Readers 18+**
REVIEWED BY SARAH
*I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*
I’m lost. I’m alone. I’m going nowhere in my life, and I have no reason to. How fucking depressing.
So I first read Running on Empty back in January, and DEVOURED it! I typically go through a book a day, and while I love them all for completely different reasons, it takes something special to stick out in my mind. Months later, I can still remember not only everything about Alex and Blake, but her daughters and their friends. Little details that have stuck with me all this time, festering and fermenting, waiting to see what L.B. Simmons would come out with next. We were treated to a deliciously sweet novella a few months ago that not only cemented their story but also introduced us briefly to Tatum and Noah.
But the hatred for my mother keeps driving me forward. The anger overwhelms me. It festers inside my soul, inside my mind, its darkness spreading throughout my entire being. I hate her. I hate myself. The fact that I’m not strong enough to stop letting her control my actions, disgusts me.
Oh Tatum….. I just want to grab her, envelope her in a big hug, and reassure that that not only is she loved but SO worthy of it. This story, quite literally, broke my heart. The angst, heartbreak, and hope grabbed a hold of my soul from the very first page and did not release its grip until the very last. I was drawn in, suffering and growing right beside them, a not so innocent bystander. When they cried, I felt the pain. When they felt hope, I wanted to shout it from the rooftop. When they were brave or beaten down, I was right there cheering them on from the sidelines.
A smile on Noah Reese occurs about as often as a solar eclipse and it’s just as breathtaking.
Ah, the completely, utterly delicious Noah Reese. Ladies, get ready to swoon, because who doesn’t want a broken knight in polished armor? Someone so strong that they would defend you to the death, yet underneath their strong exterior lays a wounded soul. My heartstrings were yanked, and pulled, and prodded relentlessly until they were practically tethers. My shredded essence wanted nothing more than to make his pain go away. L.B. wrote Noah so multi-faceted, you never knew what was around the next corner; just that you couldn’t wait to find out.
I would fly, with no worries, no constraints. I would finally be free, from my past, from my present, to conquer my future. I sigh inwardly. Well, one can dream.
My heart simply broke, over and over again, for this lost little girl. Even though she is an adult, I say little girl because in many ways, that is what she is. She was not only neglected her entire childhood, but repeatedly told how unworthy and unwanted she was. All this from the ONE person who should ALWAYS be there for you. I have to say, I was excited for Trace and Harlow in Running in Place, but I am NOT a fan of his. Not after what goes on, or rather doesn’t go on, in this book. I am hoping that Harlow’s story is up next, so maybe I will change my mind. But there are just some things that are inexcusable. Sometimes turning a blind eye and running away may seem like a solution, but it never is.
“Broken hopes and expectations can leave very, very broken people. So, after a while, you learn not to aim to high, because when people fail you, you land hard and there’s only so many times a person can be shattered before they’re beyond repair.”
I truly believe that these two souls were destined to meet. Their story will beat you down, bring you up, have you fighting right along with them, infuriate you, and make your heart soar. The words are so relatable that it is impossible to not experience a thousand feelings throughout the journey. And that is what this is; a journey. A journey of self-discovery, a journey or growing up, falling in love, realizing that you are perfect and enough JUST as you are. My emotions were ALL over the place with this one and I absolutely LOVED it!
“Well, sometimes it just so happens that when you meet the right person, all those unspoken rules that you make for yourself go right out the window, and you find yourself wanting to break every single one of them.”
This book was a resounding 5 star read for me. I cannot wait to see where L.B. takes us next in this series. I only hope that it never ends.
“I’m tired of denying myself the only thing in my life that I’ve ever really wanted. And I want you. Every part of you, flaws and all.”