Author: Robin Covington
My Rating: A-
Genre: New Adult
Series: Nashville Nights #2
Main Characters: Carlisle and Mateo
Release Date: May 2015
Publisher: Burning Up the Sheets, LLC
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Letting go never felt so good.
Carlisle Queen is dying and no one knows it.
Burying the pain of losing her friends and her professional swimming career in a terrorist attack, America’s former sweetheart dulls her pain with drugs, pills and parties. The bomb left her with more than nightmares; shrapnel is lodged in her back and inching closer to her spinal cord. When the doctors tell her paralysis is inevitable, she decides to take her own life rather than face a lifetime in a wheelchair.
Mateo Butler isn’t anyone’s hero.
Reeling from the death of his little sister and his own cowardice, he spends his nights partying and his days ignoring the medical school acceptance letters and his parents’ concerned phone calls. Just a couple of months from graduation, he’s facing a future filled with shame and regret. The last thing he needs is to meet the woman who compels him to be a better man.
Can they save each other?
When Carlisle and Mateo meet, the chemistry between them is combustible. They play, party and hide their true selves until one night turns their lust into something more…something real. As secrets are revealed and walls collapse, what they were and what they might become doesn’t matter as much as who they are together. When the choice comes down to life or death, can love be their salvation?
Okay, read that story description...this is not an easy book, especially at first. Carlisle was on top of the world when she was a victim of a terrorist attack at the Olympic village. Her boyfriend, and the love of her life, was standing next to her and died in her arms. Since then, her life has gone to crap. She has this huge specter of death hanging over her. She has metal embedded in her spine which causes awful pain and will eventually kill her or paralyze her. She self-medicates and knows it's not fair to anyone else to make connections, so she keeps everyone at arms length. She has very strict rules for her interpersonal relationships. That works until she finally gives into Mateo. She only gives into him planning for a single night...he should be on his way to medical school soon
Even though neither of them want it, things between them get pretty serious quickly, but she's not telling Mateo what's really going on. There is a ton of emotion in this book and for a while, I was worried that this was going to be one of those authors who likes to torment her readers with awful, horrible endings. (This is the first book I've read by this author.) Luckily that isn't the case, but she definitely sends her characters through the wringer over the course of the book. Translation...it was really good and angst-filled.
The story line was creative and very well-written. I loved both the characters and their chemistry. Now I need to check out the rest of the series, although all the books work perfectly well as stand-alone. But the series is FILLED with great characters and I want to read more.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.