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After a devastating car accident, Aurora struggles to live a normal life. Her attraction to sexy Nate pulls her out of her shell — until he reveals a secret that could change everything… More

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Review by: Cmoynan84 on Aug. 8, 2016 : (no rating)
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I give this book 4 stars. This book was well written and entertaining.

Aurora, in her early twenties and struggling to find her way through life a horrendous accident altered her life forever.

Nate, a somewhat normal guy who has a great family and a real passion for car racing.

Sound perfect until Aurora's fear turns out to be Nate's biggest love and their fledgling relationship seems doomed to fail.

I really enjoyed Nate's character, he was kind, caring and very thoughtful. He was the perfect balance to Aurora's crazy.

I found Aurora's character harder to connect with and she annoyed me at times, Especially with her potty mouth. I didn't enjoy the relationship she had with her dad, and the whole 'black market' drug thing felt very wrong to me. I was pleased that Aurora rehabbed and found better ways to deal with her grief and pain, The ending was good, as I love a HEA.

Thank you
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)
Review by: Cierra McCauley on Aug. 5, 2016 :
Wow. This was definitely not what I was expecting. This was a very emotional read. Pulled a lot of different emotions from me. I loved Nate he was very sweet and patient had a strong love for Aurora. He was a Great Book Boyfriend swoon worthy! Aurora has been through so much loss and desperately needs someone, to be there through her grief and help her through coping. I don't like to read any type of cheating it really puts a ugly mark and can ruin a book for me. However, I know that not all happily ever afters come without problems. Like I said this book pulled so much emotion from me I really felt for each of the characters even Mathew. A great read! Such a strong response. This book will stay on my mind for days to come. A story of how to never take anything for-granted, for Hope and a chance at Love. I received a ARC from the author in exchange for a honest review.
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)
Review by: T.N. Jones on July 16, 2016 :
**** SPOILERS****

So I jumped right into reading and really loved the descriptive writing. I felt like I was there going through every bit of angst and anxiety with Aurora. She is difficult, which I guess is to be expected from a 19 yr old suffering from PTSD. The plot did become predictable and you somehow knew that Aurora was going to get it together by the end. The Matthew James connection was TOO convenient for my liking. I know it's a small world and everything but his wife, who was cheating on him that he said he remained true to even after her death but still had sex with a drugged up 19yr old, was in the same accident that caused Aurora's PTSD. Not enough degrees of separation for me. If it would have stayed as an author wanting to bang his fan at a library, I would have been okay with that. Then the father with his date-rape drug... NOT COOL. I get it that it got her from point A to B but I guess I wanted that facet of the story flushed out a bit more. Just curiosity nagging me I guess.

Overall I really liked the story. It's written well and is a very showing story, not just one that info dumps on you. I like Nate's soft character to Aurora's feisty personality. You can see how well the two work together. Only issue with them is how fast he fell for her, only after a few conversations. A lovely love story, full of anxiety, heartache, and triumph that I wouldn't mind reading again.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
Review by: Christina on July 12, 2016 :
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Aurora has been through a tragic accident that left her mother and sister dead and her body in so much pain she deals with drugs to help calm her. From the accident she also struggles with PTSD with a huge fear of cars. Nate is a normal guy trying to make his away through college and has a passion for cards and racing. Aurora and Nate meet and have a nice banter witty connection. This connection brings them together and has Nate wanting to help Aurora get over her fears. Aurora is content with how her life has been going until Nate swoops in and tries to help her with her fears and problems. Nate makes her see there is more to life and if she wants to experience it she needs to move forward and face her fear because if she doesn't she will lose him.

Unfortunately for me Aurora's character was love/hate. There were times that I liked her but a lot of times when I did not. I know that she went through a lot and dealing with big things but I don't think she handled the situation the best and was a bit immature about some things. I loved Nate. He was so sweet and understanding. He wanted to help Aurora so much and would do anything to help her.

I did enjoy reading this book and it dealt with a lot of strong topics. I would recommend.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: sjp2508 on June 26, 2016 :
Wow what an amazing book, to read about the struggles of PTSD and prescription drug addiction in such detail was amazing.
The love story between Aurora and Nate was one of a kind, he was always there for her and so so calm.
Great story to read, was a first to read from H.M Shander but won't be the last.

Received a copy for an honest review.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: Pamela88 on June 26, 2016 :
Aurora has survived the unthinkable. She is the loan survivor of a terrible car accident that took the lives of her Mother and Sister. But along with surviving she is left with a lot of pain, scars and PTSD. Her PTSD is so bad she has not been able to get ride in a car and has terrible anxiety. Nate enters her small world and Aurora discovers he is part of a world she finds impossible to be in.

Aurora denies her dependence on prescription drugs. She takes entirely too many pills and finds her self making very poor choices that include a one night stand with a man she barely knows.

But after losing who means the most to her she realizes she cannot just keep going down this path that could lead to more tragedy. Aurora finally picks her self up and sees what she needs to do to finally have everything she wants. But is it too late for her to get who she needs?

This book has everything you would want. Angst, love, lies, and a bit of steam. I really enjoyed it.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: pallavib on June 25, 2016 :
When I decided to read this book, I was slightly apprehensive.
As I starting reading, I was hooked.
First of all, I loved the writing style. Very well written.It was so easy to lose myself and become Aurora.
Secondly, her fight with PTSD and her never-give-up attitude is admirable & truly inspiring.
Her everyday struggles & her willingness to succeed makes her a really strong character.
A worth read!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Jiyoung Yoo on June 23, 2016 :
Wow! It was really pleasant reading.
First of all, I liked writing style.
It was somewhat soothing, smooth and simple.
The story was so sweet and pure. Slow-burn romance, it was exactly my thing.
It started with heart-breaking tragedy, it had me in tears. But it was not the only thing that made me shed tears. The emotions, situations, choices also caused heartache.
There were many unpredictable developments which made story far more interesting.
I think It would be more entertaining if some scenes were more extremely explained.
Aurora, the heroine, was so human who was confused and struggling. But she never lost her cuteness and sassiness.
Nate, the hero, was awesome. Patient, strong and also very human. I'm glad I could meet great characters.
This is my first book of HM Shander, but it won't be last one.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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