Wednesday, July 23, 2014

REVIEW - NOVA AND QUINTON: No Regrets (Nova #3) by Jessica Sorensen:

Nova and Quinton: No Regrets
AUTHOR: Jessica Sorensen
AGE GROUP: New Adult
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 15, 2014
FORMAT: eBook and Audio
PAGES: Approx. 235

RATING: ★★★★

Today is the first day of Quinton Carter's new life. The toxic guilt of his past left him in pieces-but one girl unexpectedly put him back together. Thanks to Nova Reed, Quinton can finally see the world with clear eyes. She's the reason his heart is still kicking behind the jagged scar on his chest. And he would love to have her in his arms every minute of the day . . . but he's not ready yet.

Playing drums in a band and living with her best friends are just some of the highlights of Nova's life. But the best new development? Talking to Quinton on the phone each night. She wishes she could touch him, kiss him, though she knows he needs time to heal. Yet shocking news is on the way-a reminder of life's dark side-and Nova will need Quinton like he once needed her. Is he strong enough to take the final leap out of his broken past . . . and into Nova's heart?

4 Healing, Reborn Stars!
A Beautiful Ending To A Tragic Tale of Loss, Sorrow and Guilt! 

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”For everyone who suffered loss and learned how to live again. Know that you’re not alone.”

The Review: 
I’ve been a fan of this author for a while and loved all her books, but the Nova series has stuck with me the most because it’s steeped in such tragedy, heartbreak and pain that when I finished the first book, I felt a little lost and a whole lot broken-hearted. These characters go through so much grief it made me heartsick. The story took me to it’s darkest depths and I felt like I was drowning right alongside the characters. It’s wonderfully written and tragically beautiful. I loved every angsty moment of it!

This book wasn’t as romantic as I thought it would be. After the first two books, I thought we’d go into this one with Nova and Quinton finally overcoming their pasts and coming together and finding their life together. And we did, but it didn’t really happen until the end. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the slow build and the recovery process and I really enjoyed the direction it took because the healing NEEDED to be explored. This book just took a different direction than the one I anticipated. Quinton had been drowning his mind in drugs since the accident and just coming out of rehab was no time to commit to a serious relationship. I understood that, so I was happy with what this book gave us, it was just unexpected.

No Regrets wasn’t nearly as intense as the first two as our two main characters are finally finding their way towards healing both body and mind. They are struggling to cope with everyday life, but slowly, painfully and with the help of their family and friendships, they are getting there.

Quinton has just come out of rehab and has to learn to live again. He has to face the hardships of life without a drug induced buffer to numb him. He has to deal with the loss and guilt of losing the girl he loved years ago in a horrific accident which he completely blames himself for. It might have been a couple of years since the accident but because he drowned himself in drugs he never dealt with the loss and guilt in a healthy way so he’s having to learn all over again, as if it happened yesterday. 

Nova has her good days and her bad days. Things are good for a while, but she, out of everyone, knows nothing good lasts forever. She’s trying to save everyone and keep them safe and healthy. Tristan is living with her and though he seems to be doing better and keeping himself clean, she knows its a slippery slope. And when she realizes his attraction to her isn’t only in the friendship zone, things become awkward and her feelings for Quinton doesn’t leave her heart open for anyone but him. There’s tension, even as Nova is still coping with the loss of her first love all the while trying to keep in contact with Quinton and make sure he stays healthy. 

Then there’s news from their past which sends them all reeling. 

The Wrap Up: 
It was good to see everyone again. To see them progressing towards something good and finding a way to live with everything they’d been through. It was hard for them. Every day was a struggle but as time passes, they heal a little more with each passing day and the pain, loss and guilt become a little less. This series will stay with me for a long time to come. I would have loved to have been given a better sense of what the future held for Quinton and Nova and perhaps we’ll get them as a side story in book three, which I can’t wait for because it will be Tristan’s story!

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