Published by Forever on November 15, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Buy on Amazon
New York Times bestselling author JB Salsbury makes her Forever debut with a stand-alone unforgettable new novel, with a twist no one will see coming . . .
What do you do when you wake up with no memory of what you did last night?
Lucas spent the first half of his life protecting himself from others, but now his own mind is his biggest enemy. He doesn't know what happens when the blackouts overtake him, but he can recall the feelings—the rage, the confusion, the fear. Thankfully the quiet life he's found in Payson, Arizona has kept the darkness at bay. Until his boss's estranged daughter shows up in town, asking questions she shouldn't and sparking a desire Lucas can't control. Getting close to Shyann is the best thing that's ever happened to him, but when his blackouts return, unleashing the truth he's battled so long to hide, he may just lose her forever . . .
Wow, this book took me by surprise. It had a slow build and for a while I almost thought it wouldn’t hold my attention but then it slapped me in the face and sunk it’s claws into me and I couldn’t get enough of it. I will admit that this is my first JB Salsbury book. I have a few of her books on my kindle but I haven’t gotten to them yet. Now I’m kicking myself for waiting so long.
Lucas’ past was traumatizing, causing him to have blackouts for the majority of his life. He has no idea where he’s been or what he’s done during his blackouts, which has caused him to constantly be on the move. He’s very quiet and tends to himself. He is not social and does not have any friends. He ends up in a small town in Arizona where he now has a well paying job, a roof over his head and food in his stomach. That’s saying a lot considering his past. He hasn’t had many blackouts lately so he’s been living a very simple, calm life. That is until his boss’ daughter comes back home and shakes his world. There’s just something about her that calls to him and he finds himself becoming close and opening up to her more than he has to anyone else.
Shyann wanted nothing more than to leave her small town behind and chase her dreams as being a leading broadcaster. Fresh out of college and into her new job as a reporter, she makes a mistake that gets her fired and sent packing back home to Arizona. With the goal of saving money and getting out and chasing her goals once again, Shyann goes back to working for her Dad. She had no idea that the new guy working for her Dad would change everything. She thinks she found something in common that they can share and seeks him out. He’s shy and isn’t forthcoming but that doesn’t seem to stop her. She can’t stop waiting to know more about him and finds herself gravitating to him more and more.
When Shyann and Lucas start to embrace a relationship, Lucas’ blackouts come back and puts a strain on everything. There’s a meaning behind these blackouts and Shyann quickly realizes just how complicated Lucas is and how a relationship with him will certainly not be easy. Will she be able to overcome this obstacle or will it bee too much to handle?
Here’s the thing with this story. You most likely will be able to figure out the main plot easy on. If you don’t, then it will make it all that much better when it hits you in the face. I had an idea but until it really happened, I didn’t embrace it. I won’t say it here and I’m sure it will be in other reviews but I like that I went into it blind and got that extra dose of adrenaline when it happens. It’s like that moment when the title all comes into play and makes so much sense.
I really liked Shyann. She’s sassy and a hot headed fire cracker with one huge heart. When she realizes that Lucas is a bit different, she doesn’t run. She embraces it. She loves it. It makes her such a real person that people will easily be able to relate to and like.
Lucas pulled at my heartstrings. Without giving everything away, he’s been battling all his life and the entire time I was pulling for him and his happiness. All I wanted was for him and Shyann to make it work. For him to finally get the love and happiness that he deserved.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s gripping, interesting and hopeful. If you are looking for a slightly unique story that will have you rooting for the underdog, then this is the book for you. Don’t miss out on this! Well done, JB Salsbury!
“You can’t jump.”
She narrows her eyes on me. “Of course I can.”
“Is it safe?”
My grip on her grows tighter and she steps close enough that I can feel the heat of her breasts brush against my ribs. “Lucas, do you trust me?”
“No.” The word comes out on a shaky whisper.
A gentle grin softens her face and with both her hands she works to relax my hold enough for her to slip free. Seconds later she turns, takes four long strides, and disappears off the rock cliff.
A holler that can only be described as guttural exhilaration echoes off the canyon walls and slices through the trees.
I race to the edge and there’s nothing but a circle of white bubbles marring the once shimmering pond.
I wait for her to surface, and just when I’m about to jump in and rescue her, her head pops up out of the water with a feral howl.
“That was amazing!” She waves at me. “The water is perfect!”
With adrenaline coursing through my veins, I allow myself a moment to wonder what it would be like to be as free as Shyann. Everything I do is weighed against the danger of doing it. The threat of blacking out always pulling me back to walk the safer, less risky side of any situation. But something about her makes me want to try harder, makes me want to take a risk like other twenty-five-year-old guys. The sound of her squealing lights a fire in my chest that has me wanting to jump.
Risking a blackout might be worth the few seconds of euphoria I haven’t felt since…I can’t remember.
I think of backing away and yelling for her to meet me at the truck, but something pulls me toward her. Part of me wonders if it’s nothing more than wanting to be close, to keep her safe, because she belongs to Mr. Jennings and I owe him. But even as the thought enters my mind, so does another.
I want her to like me.
I want her to see me as brave.
I want to know what it’s like to be normal.
Author’s Top 5 Songs
He Went to Paris by Jimmy Buffett
Desperado by The Eagles
Your Song by Elton John
Superstition by Stevie Wonder
Ambitionz az a Ridah by Tupac