In the latest from the author of One Night, tragedy causes a young woman to struggle to keep her head above water, and the only one who can help her is the guy who’s been in the friend zone for the past year . . .
Every time life throws Zoe Adler a curve ball, she changes her appearance. Freshmen year—after almost following in her mother’s alcoholic footsteps—she said good-bye to her blonde, girl-next-door image and opted for jet black hair and piercings galore. After her brother Wyatt’s death, she escapes to the city to teach a summer art program for kids. Her black hair goes blue, and she finds solace in the arms of a longtime friend, in his heart, and in his bed—but her guilt makes her unable to accept the love he wants to give.
Spock might be the guy to save Zoe. But when she learns the truth about his past, the edge she’s teetered on since losing Wyatt drops out from under her. The girl who kept it together for everyone finally falls apart. Now Zoe must choose between drowning in guilt about Wyatt or asking for help. But even if she gets the help she needs, Spock may not be waiting for her when she’s ready to let love in.
Earlier this year we met Zoe and Zach ‘Spock’ and I wanted their story like others as there was a story to tell. As whilst that story was Jess’s and Adam’s, they were memorable characters . There was something about these two that was begging for a story.
If you haven’t read the previous one it doesn’t matter as this can be a standalone but you can learn about how they all meet each other in that book in their senior year of college and Zoe was there for her best friend Jess.
Now the tables are turned and its Zoe who needs help after her life falls apart after they gradate when her baby brother Wyatt dies after a crazy stunt in trying to fuel his addiction for adrenaline . Stemming family hereditary for addiction and Zoe is a mess about his death as unlike the rest of her family. She knew what he had planned and never talked him out of it. Now Zoe is guilty about it and it is eating at her.
So the four of them reunite for the first time in months when they arrive at Zoe’s house and discover Zoe isn’t exactly the girl they remember as she isn’t coping and needs help. Jess may be her best friend but Spock steps up knowing that it now or never to help the girl he wants
Spock has been on tour with his band, but the news that her brother has died means decisions and he is a at a crossroad after he leaves the band. He knows he needs to help her as she starts a new chapter in her life teaching in a summer program as he notices the girl he knows is slipping away.
With a new roommate , a tattoo artist who is more then happy to help Zoe in quest to forget and start over to give ink. Her life is quickly changing as tries to forget and it starting to reach scary levels as the only one who is helping her keep any sense of being ground is Spock .
However as they start to connect on a deep personal intimate level. Both of their issues start to flair up and each day gets more worrying by the minute. Is Zoe ever going to acknowledge her problems and make a change for the better?
This book is silent killer, not the murdering kind but the emotion kind. It sucks up every emotion that you feel and then hits you like a train. There is no other way to explain this book. Zoe doesn’t show much emotion. She feels it though and I get why. She has so much on her plate and I wonder if for a while if Spock was too perfect as he only seemed surface problems. But I shouldn’t question myself as I know Pine has always had a surprise or to up their shelves.
Pine’s books only seemed to be getting better and better. I didn’t expect the story that we got from this book. I thought I had Zoe worked out but his surprisingly another heart wrenching story that ties perfectly with Jess’s series. Burdens and emotions are not easy to deal with and these two both had their problems but it was such a beautiful story. I can’t wait to see what is next from this author. She has come along way since her first book last year and I do enjoy her new adults now. They are definitely worth a read
AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, her books have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires and superheroes. And in the midst of all of this, you’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago ‘burbs.