Publication date: December 17th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Don’t judge me.
I am not what you see.
I am the opposite.
—Nadia’s lipstick note on Bo’s mirror.
Indie-rocker Bo Lindgren is worshiped for his looks and musical genius. It’s been lonely at the top since his ex left. Bo will never take a girlfriend again though, because he doesn’t have the chops to love. He knows he’s poison, a heartbreak waiting to happen for anyone he allows too close—like his ex. Bo screws his way through the fangirls until he’s sick of it all. Until the dark gaze of Nadia Vidal appears in the door to his dressing room.
Saved from an arranged marriage by Jude, the love of her life, Nadia eloped and got married at nineteen. But now, two years later, life is wilted, dead, and not what anyone should have to endure.
Nadia, with her secret-keeper eyes and instant understanding of who Bo is, attracts and fascinates him without even trying. The ring gleaming on her finger should keep them apart, but morals can’t always resist destiny.
When brokenhearted meets heartbreaker, whose heart is really at stake?
Her moods flow in gentle waves. The coffee of her irises swims with sadness then lifts into whiskey gold with the twang of my guitar. Left to ourselves in the back lounge, our silence is sinuous, laced with stories from my hometown, Skala, and Nadia’s anecdotes from growing up in a cult. But when we’re quiet, my fingers itch and find my guitar. Toy with strings and enunciate emotions she tries to conceal.
Sometimes, my riffs turn to ballads while lyrics splash out in patches of color in my head. Sometimes, when Nadia curves a hip to get comfortable, my gaze float to her waist and shifts to her chest. The game of my chords turns loaded, adding a steady, slow beat, the way I do to make her climb when we’re together.
Without words, she still hears my hunger. Watches my fingers work metal strings with a need that becomes X-rated. And she sits up. Joins her legs and lowers her chin to her knees, demure, secretive, hiding behind her hair in shyness and not understanding that she’s sexier than ever.
All these females. So many women and vixens with a past, a present, and a future—a full life I never wanted to be a part of. But now, I crave to bury deep under the skin of a single girl who is not single.
It’s been a while since I spoke last, so my voice rasps deep when I say, “You kill me.”
“I don’t want to kill you. Do you know the person you are? How talented you are? You deserve so much, Bo, you don’t even know, and the last thing you need is dead weight like me.”
I met Bo in Adrenaline Crush and I loved him immediately. He was the bad boy rocker who just couldn’t love Inga no matter how hard he tried. So the idea that we were going to get to know Bo, understand him, find out why he was as stoic as he was….God I was all over that. I couldn’t wait for this book….I mean come on Bo was the bad boy that not even Inga could claim and hell….I loved Inga. Calling this one of my most anticipated books of 2015 would be an understatement.
When I finally got my hands on this baby, I found out it was so much more than a book about Bo Lindgren. I mean, he was here and he was absolutely amazing and so much better than I even hoped he could be, more nuanced, more endearing, more everything. But even with all of that, he was only one piece of the puzzle that was so much more intricate than I imagined. Nadia was ….well she was everything. She was sweet and sad and sincere and so completely torn apart by the unexpected turns her life had taken. But she was also strong and brave and bold…..she was just everything. But even with these two wonderful characters, it’s the secondary character’s that set this book apart and make it not just a story, but a complete world. I adored Jude, Nadia’s husband (yep her husband). I loved him, I believed in him and I was so glad he was a part of this journey. And Bo’s band mates and Nadia’s best friend supply just the right amount of comic relief, friendship and support.
This book just wasn’t like anything else I’ve read. It was a spectacular breath of new and different and OMG I can’t put this down until I know. It’s more than just the story of Bo and Nadia, it’s the story of before Bo and Nadia too. How they got there, what shaped them into the people they are and where life is taking them next.
Lastly, there is just something about how Sunniva writes that makes her books an entirely different experience than an other author out there. To be completely honest, when I read my first Sunniva Dee book, I didn’t get it right away. I actually put it down and went back to it later and started it over. And then I just got it and I LOVED it. She just bombards you with feelings and thoughts and emotions, one after another tumbling over each other in this way that makes you stop thinking and start feeling. It’s not about grammar and proper sentences and complete thoughts, which isn’t to say that all of those things are neglected, they’re not. It just becomes about what it really feels like to be that character in that moment feeling all of the crazy or all of the love or all of the pain or all of the hope. It’s the difference between watching the roller coaster or being on the roller coaster.
Sunniva was born in Norway, the Land of The Midnight Sun, but spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece—Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in California, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah. Sunniva has a Master’s degree in Spanish, which she taught until she settled in as an adviser at an art college in the South.
Sunniva writes New Adult fiction with soul. Sometimes it’s with a paranormal twist, like in Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love. At other times, it’s contemporary, as in Pandora Wild Child, Leon’s Way, Adrenaline Crush, and now Walking Heartbreak.
Sunniva is the happiest when her characters take over, let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep you on your toes until the end of each story.
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