Published on: December 5th 2013
Published by: Harper Impulse (HarperCollins)
Series: Starting Out #1
Genre: NA Romance
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(summary from Goodreads)
Tomorrow is for regrets. Tonight is for being together.
On a cold winter night, Rachel and Jason’s lives collide on Manhattan Bridge. She’s running from life, he’s running toward it. But compassion urges him to help her.
His offer of a place to stay leads to friendship and trouble. There’s his fiancée back home in Oregon and a family who just don’t trust this girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
But when the connection between them is so electric, so right… everyone else must be wrong. And as the snow begins to settle on the Hudson, there’s nothing but the possibility of what could be – of this, right here, right now. Them.
The description for this book really stood out to me as something really special and pulled me towards this book. I didn’t really know exactly what to expect, but somehow knew that this book was one of those hidden gems that you come to by chance and really sweep you off your feet. And I really wasn’t disappointed. This is one of those romance stories were the guy isn’t a good guy wrapped up in a tough, tattooed, slightly damaged package that we are used to in these angst filled romances. Jason is a good guy, plain and simple (but still very hot!). So when running across the Manhattan bridge one night and coming across Rachel, freezing cold and ready to end her life, it doesn’t take him long to offer his help.
“I didn’t know Rachel, but I did know she’d got herself in a mess, somehow, and she needed help”
Rachel is a mystery. When Jason finds her on the bridge, we know nothing of her situation but I couldn’t help but like her. She has nothing in her life worth living for and a stranger offers to take her home. You can’t help but wonder if she agrees because she really doesn’t care about her life or safety. But it’s not, she sees him for who he really is, and something about him makes her trust him.
“There was something about him that made me feel safer than I’d felt in an entire year, or maybe longer”
Jason really cares for her, right from the beginning. He doesn’t know anything about her, but he knows enough to know that he wants to help her. Trusting his own gut feelings over the dis-trusting opinions of his fiancée and family back home he welcomes Rachel to become a part of his life and she in turn allows herself to be.
Rachel and Jason have a great connection, each giving the other what they need. Jason giving Rachel stability and an unconditional love she has never before felt. Rachel helping Jason to enjoy life and not being as serious as he is used to being. They come from different worlds, have different backgrounds but effortlessly move into friends and then into relationship that we have craved since their first meeting.
“I wanted to take every hurt from her. The emotion was a living being in my chest, it roared and breathed fire and grew hungry with need.””
Their feelings are intense but feel very real and the chemistry between them leads to some very steamy scenes. But the main thing between the two of them was their devotion to the other, their love really was beautiful and it wasn’t all about big romantic gestures, it was the little things they did for each other which really made me swoon. Their differences really made them a perfect match.
“We were probably the most unlikely couple; if I could call us that. Our meeting had been accidental, and we were poles apart. But I wanted to see if could work, if I could succeed in like with a nice guy”
It would be wrong not to mention Lindy, Jason’s fiancé at this point. I’m not going to tell you much, because I don’t want to ruin the story for you. But I will say that I didn’t like her from the beginning. I mean, yes ok, she has a right to be slightly freaked out that her fiancé brought home a girl who was about to kill herself, but if she really loved him and trusted him then she would accept it. In fact, if she really loved him then she would be in New York with him and not sulking back at home with his parents waiting for him to get over his ‘New York Dream’ and come home.
She just seemed so controlling, which we are given clues to even in the first chapter: Jason has specific times when he has to call her evey day, and if he is late then he suffers the consequences. It becomes very obvious throughout the story that Rachel is Lindy’s exact opposite, and in my opinion exactly what Jason needs to be able to live and enjoy his life.
This story is written from both Rachel & Jason’s POV and it was written perfectly that it switched between the two at the exact right moments which allowed us to see both POV at some of the most intense moments. I haven’t read a book with this type of storyline before and I really loved the whole idea behind it and the way it was written.
“Tomorrow is for regrets. Tonight is for being together.””
This is Jane Lark’s first attempt at New Adult and I must say she has done a fantastic job. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book and there were some nice, unexpected twists in there which kept it flowing well. At times I felt like we could have done with some extra information, but as a whole it didn’t damage the story. Lark writes in an engaging way, giving no clues to how she is going to finish the book and you don’t know which of the few potential endings you should be expecting.
I would recommend this book to fans of: NA romance, healing romance, emotional stories, set in New York