Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on March 25, 2014
Length: 7 hours, 54 minutes
You know those books that you finish with a smile on your face and you saying out loud, “I Loved It.” This is one of those books for me. The story of a young woman just beginning to really live her life meeting a young man that just really needed her in his life was simple in concept, but with a difference. It ended up not being simple at all. Keep in mind that this is not a young adult book and in fact is recommended to ages 17 plus.
Abby is nineteen and has spent most of her life in and out of the hospital with heart problems and a bad prognosis. Two months out from her heart transplant she is ready to make a life, starting with a road trip. She meets Beckham when he starts talking to her at a funeral home while she is shopping for an urn. They immediately feel comfortable with each other and he even says he will go on the road trip with her. Of course, she says no. But prior to leaving, after nights texting with him, she asks him to go with her. She’s been very ill, her parents are super overprotective and are constantly wanting to spend their time with her, but she still takes off with him, not telling her parents anything. Could it all go right for a change in Abby’s life? Or could it all go wrong?
Abby was an amazing character. She was full of snark, but was pretty charming too, and ready to take on every new thing that had been denied her over the years. She’s never had a boyfriend or even a first kiss. Her best friend is Caroline, whom she had met on one of her hospital stays. United because they were both terminally ill at the time, they have kept the friendship strong even though Carolyn is again hospitalized and not doing great. She encourages Abby to go on the road trip so she can live vicariously through her. Beckham or Beck was a wonderful hero. He doesn’t even flinch when he sees her scar and accepts her for who she is striving to be. He’s twenty one and in college is Boston, far away from Dallas where they live. And he is very easy on the eyes.
What followed was a road trip with stops along the way at various places. Falling in love was a given for the two. Having the time of their lives was as well. The story was romantic and fun at times, even humorous at others. But it also has some sadness and scary times to balance that out. The chemistry was off the charts with the two, but Beck is very patient with Abby. The sex scenes were definitely on the page and not with a shut door. There are several of them and actually are pretty explicit. For a change that didn’t really bother me. The whole end part of the book was pretty epic, worthy of a movie ending, and actually I think it would make for a pretty great movie.
I listened and really enjoyed the narrator, Jessica Almasy, who is new to me. She had a great male voice for Beck that really added to the story. Actually she was a bit reminiscent of Amanda Ronconi and that’s a big compliment. I gave her 4.5 stars.
R.S. Grey has done it again for me. I didn’t even know this book existed even though I have read a lot of hers. I was happy to find it on Audible Escape and snatched it up. It might have been out for six years, but that didn’t bother me at all. Highly recommended to adult romance readers.