Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen
This book should come with a warning: Crying commences less than 10 pages into reading and continues throughout. Seriously—you think there is only so much that can go wrong for two people until you read about Nova and Quinton. Jessica Sorensen is a master at creating broken, flawed characters you can't help but want to come out the other side better people who find love and their happily ever after. But if you've ever read any other Jessica Sorensen books, you know that you don't get to have any kind of resolution until well into the second or third book in the series. And that's exactly what she's done with Breaking Nova: there's no resolution except for the promise of more emotional torment in the next book to come. I can't help but think that it's so good to feel so much for fictional characters who deserve good things. Breaking Nova is a MUST read. [September 2013]
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?