Title: Saving Quinton (Nova #2)
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Release Date: February 4th 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she’s getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.
Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn’t want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he’s done, what he’s lost. He’s sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he’s too damaged to get close to her, yet she’s the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?
Saving Quinton picks up about a year after Breaking Nova ends, just as Nova is on her way home for summer break. After returning to school the previous year, Nova has found some semblance of closure regarding her boyfriend’s suicide, but she still can’t forget the guy that was there for her the previous summer – the man who despite being lost, helped save her from the downward spiral her life taking.
So after receiving some disturbing news about his past and the situation he finds himself in currently, Nova decides that she will try to help him like he helped her. She soon finds that her persistence and sympathy is not going to be enough to save Quinton.
Quinton doesn’t want to be saved. He wants to live his life in a daze because that’s the only way that he can bear being alive. His guilt is eating him alive and if that doesn’t finally end his life, drugs will surely do the trick – and that’s just the way he wants it.
After reading Breaking Nova I was curious to see where life was leading Quinton because he surely was not leading his life. His fall from grace was a sad sight to see in the previous installment, but Jessica Sorensen sure didn’t pull any punches on this one. Holy shit! This was gritty and dark and so emotional! Quinton’s pain jumped off the page. His despair about losing his girlfriend and cousin was portrayed so intensely that my heart went out to him time and time again.
It’s rare that a book with this type of subject matter raises any type of feelings of understanding from my part. I was conflicted. I was engaged. I was invested.
Forgetting my feelings about drug use, I was absorbed in this story. Like Nova, I wanted to save Quinton, but my resolve dwindled and at times I just wanted to punch some sense into him for being an absolute fool. But along with those feelings were the ones of understanding and caring I had for him. I felt myself becoming emotionally invested in his well being and each and every time he did drugs it pained me. I cried along with Nova and rejoiced at glimpses of the old Quinton.
I loved his moments of lucidity if only because I could see how he struggled with not only his guilt but with the feelings Nova had awaken in him. It was a sign that hope could still be harbored for the young man that used to be. I came to enjoy Nova and Quinton’s talks for only that reason. He did try hard not to involve her in his world and I admired the effort it took him to do that. It showed how deeply he had come to care for her.
I also enjoyed seeing this new side of Nova. She was focused and living in the moment. Yes, she still struggled with some issues but she continued to grow as the story progressed and she became more involved with Quinton.
Again, this is not a romance – this is a story about survival. It’s a story about Nova’s loyalty for a young man she barely knew but who had awakened in her feelings she had given up ever feeling again. It’s a story about a troubled young man who can’t bear the guilt he has thrust upon himself and prefers to lose himself in drugs than to feel the pain of loss. But is is also a story about a young man discovering that maybe there is a future to be held. The next installment will surely reveal if Quinton is strong enough to face his past and move onto his future.
All in all, a fantastic addition to the journey of self-discovery for a a girl who once thought she had nothing to live for and a young man who doesn’t even want to continue living but somehow continues to hold on.
About the Author
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
The Nova Series
Breaking Nova (Nova #1)