Katie and Adam are afraid of love.
She carries the scars of a first kiss gone terribly wrong.
He uproots his life to flee the stinging betrayal of an ex.
When trust is no longer an option, all romance is suspect.
As a young paramedic, Adam rescues people for a living but cannot save himself. Katie, just out of high school, struggles with a tortured home life she cannot escape.
Everything changes when Katie hops into the front seat of Adam's ambulance. Overwhelmed by what they are feeling, neither possess the confidence to make the first move. They walk away from each other, full of regret.
To find her, Adam risks his future. To be with him, Katie sacrifices her security.
Little do they know, what little time they do have, is being measured by a heartbeat that is slowly dying out.
I haven't picked up a contemporary romance in ages, but this was one I knew I had to read. First of all, Faith is awesome (check out her blog!) and I adore New Adult. So, this one was a must-read, and I totally think all of you should do the same :) Adam and Katie are very vivid characters, who I can totally see being in my classes. Their romance is sweet and just, well, it warmed my heart. Plus, there was a totally crazy twist at the end I didn't see coming (fair warning!) that left me very close to tears (that's hopefully not too spoiler-ish!).
Also, Faith brings up a topic I wish I saw more of: verbal abuse. We see a lot of physical abuse and sexual abuse in books, but the insidious effects of verbal abuse are just as real and just as horrible. I'm glad she brings them up and points out what they do to Katie. The whole "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" childhood song is full of crap. Words are just as powerful and what we see with Katie is all too real for far too many people.
*Stepping off of soapbox*
So, do tell, have you read this one? How about any other New Adult titles lately?