Her past is wrought with demons.
His past is full of heartbreak.
Yet he’s the one person that can remind her what it means to live.
Abbi Jenkins never thought she would leave the walls of the mental institution that’s housed her for the last year. Now she has, but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten everything Pearce put her through.
She knows there’s only one way to deal with the depression that claws at her mind each day, and ballet becomes more than a hobby, a dream. Ballet – and Julliard – becomes a reason to live. Something to hold on for.
Blake Smith left London for one reason and one reason only. Running from the heartbreak of his past was never something he wanted to do, but with constant reminders everywhere he turned, it became his only option. When he arrives in New York City, he vows he’ll keep the promise he made to his sister and get into Juilliard.
But he doesn’t expect to be paired with Abbi in class, the girl whose eyes show a world of pain he’s seen before. Pain he knows too well. As each hour they spend together pulls them closer, Blake can’t fight his need to save her from herself.
I’ve read some books by Emma Hart and I must say that this one affected me the most – in a positive way of course.
“The things that give you real happiness are priceless.”
I was used to Maddie and Braden’s playful banter in The Love Game and I honestly expected something like that too in this book but Hart surprised me.
Abbi is a very brave woman. Battling depression is one thing, but living through all the hardships is another. Sure, she was admitted in an institution, treated there and finally got out but the real challenge will only begin once she is out there again. The fear, the pain and the uncertainty can all come back in just a blink of an eye. Even though at one point, it seemed like her situation was hopeless, I love that her parents were portrayed as the supportive ones, can be overprotective at times, but still very concerned for their daughter and her well-being.
Blake, for me, is like happiness personified (he’s also The Hot British Guy). Sure, he has his fair share of misery but it did not stop him from achieving his dream and her sister’s. He also went through some pretty tough times but it only made him stronger, and wiser. And on a lighter note, HE IS A DANCER (ballet at that) yet he’s still this very masculine guy that you can’t get enough of!
This book opened my eyes to the struggles of a person who is fighting depression. There were times when I was annoyed at Abbi for pushing people away but I realized that if there’s one thing that’s hard for her to do it would have to be to trust other people again and to trust HERSELF again after everything that’s happened. The story wasn’t rushed and the love angle was played beautifully, and Hart even incorporated dance which made the story much more interesting.
I just wish there were more details about Blake’s family and his siblings because I want to know more about them and how close they were to Tori and Blake. Also, I didn’t read much about Blake’s mother and her reaction towards the end but I must say that it is pretty realistic and I’m glad that Blake had the guts to stand up to her even though it is a difficult thing to do.
I believe that Abbi and Blake are a perfect fit, and they are each other’s lightness in the dark.
About the Author
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies – usually wine – and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.