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Andrew Harper grew up in a house marked by tragedy. His older brother Owen did his best to shelter him, but you can only be protected from life’s pain for so long. Eventually, you end up just feeling numb…and isolated.Pages: 354
Loneliness was the one constant in Andrew’s life. Until one girl, met by chance in a high school hallway, changed everything. Emma Burke was a mystery and all that was beautiful in this world, the only air Andrew ever wanted to breathe. She took the lonely away, and filled it with hope and color, and Andrew would do anything to keep her safe, happy and whole.
But sometimes, what feels good and right is what ends up hurting us the most. And when Andrew and Emma are faced with an impossible decision, Andrew is tested to see just how far he’s willing to go for the girl who owns his heart.
Cuts are deep.
Scars are left behind.
And revenge beckons.
When Andrew finally gets his chance, in college, five years after his first love broke him completely, he finds out old feelings don’t really disappear just because you say you hate someone. The more he tries to avenge all that he believes he lost, the more he uncovers the real story of what happened years before.
Love is wicked. But a restless heart is never satisfied beating on its own. Can Andrew and Emma make it right before it's too late, or will the ties that bind them now destroy their only chance at a future?
I’m not even sure where to start this review. I openly and justifiably gush over every single one of Ginger’s books. She is the master of writing about first loves, and she writes the best first kiss scenes known to man. There is always some drama and her characters have depth and a meaningful back story. However Andrew Harpers story is a little more than that. There is so much angst it was actually ripping my heart out. While I am used to there being conflict and misunderstandings, there was actually ugliness in this story. Understandable ugliness, and it made the story that much greater. It is not often that you get to follow a relatively new author and read every one of their books as they come out and then get that one where you can actually feel their writing turn from greatness to excellence. That is what I felt reading this book. I have always felt that Ginger was great writer but something felt different, deeper, and greater with Andrew and Emma’s story. If you’ve read her previous works, you will know that this is a bold statement.
Andrew had a rough life growing up. As the baby of the Harper family, he has seen things that would break most people. When Emma walks into his life, she is like a ray of sunshine in his world filled with clouds. Emma has her own set of problems, and while she is completely enamored with him, she is unable to open her heart wholly to him. Their time together is short lived, as one night completely changes the course of both their lives. When things come full circle and their worlds collide five years later, neither of them is unscarred from the events of their past.
Andrew is so full of anger it is almost painful to watch. Some of the things he does to Emma are just downright cruel, however I found them to be understandable and relatable. He just wants her to feel as much pain as he does. Little does he know that Emma has had just as much pain and suffering in his absence. I found myself wanting to scream at the both of them to just shut up and listen to the other one. Their lack of real communication and stubbornness on both their parts led to more heartache. Both of their back stories are painful to read about, but just so stinking good at the same time.
This book will definitely give you all the feels. Like all of her other books, they get their own version of a HAE, but this book is really on another level. I truly can’t wait for everyone else to get the opportunity to read Andrew’s story.
5 stars and a bottle of 2 Gingers whiskey! Enjoy!