Released: March 25th 2013
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Review: To come!
Synopsis: Sometimes you need someone else to help you find your way.
Maria's life was torn apart when she was fifteen, and for seven years she's kept her terrible secret hidden from the world. Now, in her final semester of college, she still struggles against paralyzing fear just trying to speak up in class, and the terror and helplessness linger on in her nightmares.
Across campus, Owen sees his scars in the mirror every morning while he gets ready for class. They remind him of the broken home he left behind, the father he hates and fears, and the little sister he couldn't protect. Now, in his final semester of college, he's scared that he may have to return to the hell he called home after staying away for almost five years.
When Owen becomes a teaching assistant for one of Maria's classes, they find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. As the two learn each other's secrets and grow closer, they realize that although they may be lost, they're not alone anymore.
This new adult contemporary romance is recommended for ages 17+ due to heavy subject matter.
About the Author:Nadia Simonenko is a scientist and author currently living in Indianapolis with her husband, two cats and a dog. When she isn’t writing, she develops new oncolytic compounds and dreams about someday getting to take a vacation.
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Before he can finish his sentence and before my fears can catch up to me, I push myself back across the sofa and interrupt the excuses. Our lips meet, and my body instinctively shows me what to do as my mind falters. I've never kisses anyone - not willing at least - and I have no clue what I'm doing. All I know is that I like it.
I really like it.
The warmth of his lips against mine somehow spreads all throughout my body as he kisses me, and I can barely contain the overwhelming feeling of happiness blossoming inside me. I'm shaking, but for once in my life, it isn't from fear.
Owen caresses my cheek again, his lips still clinging to mine as if he wanted this just as desperately as I did, and then he slowly embraces me and pulls me close to him. I feel his warm arms around me, his strong chest pressing against mine, but just when I feel like I could die and go to Heaven, the gates of Hell open up instead.
"Let go of me!" I scream, wriggling out of Owen's arms and pushing him away.
"Maria, what's wrong?" he asks in alarm, raising his hands to try to calm me down.
I'm off the oouch in a flash, but the triggered memory is already fading. Now I just look like a lunatic. Again.
"I hate you Darren. I fucking hate you."
"I'm sorry Owen. I can't do this," I whimper, trying not to burst into tears in front of him. "God, I want to, but I can't!"
"That's okay. I'm sorry," says Owen, his voice calm and reassuring. He's trying so hard to put up with me, but I'm such a horrible wreck. I don't deserve him any more than I deserve Tina.
"I have to go," I blurt out, and I leap up from the couch.
Before he can say another word, I'm out the door and racing through the falling snow toward my apartment.
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