October 20. 2013
3.5 Stars ★★★☆
Blurb ~ "Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."
Corabelle doesn’t feel like any of the other college girls. On what should have been one of the happiest nights of her life, she and her boyfriend Gavin watched a nurse disconnect the ventilator from their seven-day-old baby. During the funeral two days later, Gavin walked out and never returned.
Since then, her life has been a spiral of disasters. The only thing that has helped is her ability to black out whenever the pain gets too hard to bear, a habit that has become an addiction.
When Gavin shows up in her astronomy class four years later, he is hell-bent on getting her back, insisting she forgive him. Corabelle knows she can’t resist the touch that fills the empty ache that has haunted her since he left. But if he learns what she has done, if he follows the trail back through her past, her secrets will destroy their love completely. And once again, she’ll lose the only person who always believed she was innocent.
ARC provided by NetGalley for Honest Review
Ask anyone. I’m a sucker for a story with a baby. There’s just something about a relationship that changes when a baby is involved. Corabelle and Gavin learn this the hard way. After losing their baby days after he is born, Gavin splits, leaving Corabelle lost, confused and alone, dealing with their grief single-handedly. Immediately I felt a bond between Corabelle and me. At the same time I was wondering how in the world Gavin could redeem himself from such a heartless act. It wasn’t as if Corabelle wasn’t suffering too.
The last thing Corabelle expects is to be sharing an Astronomy class with Gavin years later. Unsure of how to handle things, she tries her hardest to avoid him and stay away. Needless to say the harder she tries, the more the two are brought together.
Eventually they have to talk about the past. Neither wants to relive it or take the blame for what happened but wounds fester like they were fresh and just happened. Both have made mistakes after their loss but for me Gavin just wasn’t all he was cracked up to be. Sure in his mind everything like only sleeping with prostitutes makes sense, but in my eyes it was more unsanitary than sleeping with the neighborhood slut. It just seemed to me like he went out of his way to make his life make sense when in the end all he did was make it worse and more dangerous.
The flash back scenes were great as were the scenes of both Gavin and Corabelle rehashing their past and baby Flynn who they lost. There was so much promise with this book but overall there was something missing. I just couldn’t jump on board. The two both still suffer from horrible grief and though their love is still strong they have a long way to go and many issues to work through.
One thing about this book that stands out is how incredibly sad it is. No one but Corabelle or Gavin can truly understand the pain they feel. Honestly they need each other more than they know but Gavin’s running away will always leave a roadblock on their road to recovery. Each is stubborn in their own right and reigniting their passion will brings things back from the past they both would rather remain buried. You will surely feel steamrolled with this one and the waterworks will flow so be prepared. Though, I thought this book was okay, it was missing something for me. More of a solid reconnection and understanding between the two. I feel like when it ended they were almost there but not enough I felt it. It could be I was having an off day so if that’s the case read it and enjoy. Also since this only the start of a series I hope more is in store for Corabelle and Gavin because these two may have had their share of tough times, the rocky road still lay ahead.