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.
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?
We are introduced to Andrew in book 1 of the Harper Series, Wild Reckless. He is about 14/15 at the time and still strongly sheltered by his older brother, Owen, and his mother. We learn in that story that Andrew is pretty much a genius. He doesn’t have to work hard to do well at school. He does half of his classes at the local community college and the other half at the high school, where his teachers have to give him more advance work. We find out that Andrew has to still take a P.E class at the high school and that is where he meets Emma. Andrew and Emma. Meet in high school and had an instant connection. They became friends and sought out one another’s company when the opportunity was available.
One night was all it took to tear everything apart. A night they will always remember for the good and the bad; a happy experience ending with pain and fear. This night Emma could have lost it all, but instead Andrew sacrificed himself. He gave up everything for her and was left alone.
I really liked this book. There is so much more story and angst between Emma and Andrew then there was between Kensi and Owen. As usual to Ginger Scott books, there is a sports theme. Andrew is a hockey player. Not professional, but good enough to be recognized. While Emma and Andrew are in high school they bond over ice skating. There first outing together was at a skating rink and he helped teach Emma how to skate. love that he says,
About half of the book we are unsure of the secret Emma is keeping from Andrew. We know the night they got into the car accident, she said how everything will be ruined. We don’t find out about her heart condition till she does a seminar and tells her story.
The majority of the beginning of the novel is from the POV of Andrew. We get little snips of Emma, but once we get about half away it become an even distribution of POV’s.
What I liked about this book, it is very different from the first. Owen was brooding and always had a chip on this shoulder, Andrew isn’t like that. He doesn’t want to be dark and gloomy. The only reason he becomes like that is because of the situations he was forced into at the boys group home. He was always the gentlemen and never pushed Emma. I liked how the book wasn’t all about sex and finding ones physical pleasures. It was more about coping with difficult emotional baggage. Andrew was abused and feared for his life every day at the “boy’s reform school.” He learned that physical pain felt better then dealing with the emotional abandonment. Andrew’s largest hurdle in his life was the feeling of loneliness. He never fit in at school, being a Harper and super smart made him a large outcast. All of his friends were through Owen, so when Owen left for college Andrew was lost. The beginning of the book he expresses his feelings of always being alone, by the end he finds peace with his life. Trent (his best friend, roommate and teammate) gives him comfort and his reconnection with Emma.
Emma holds guilt. Guilt for the burned she is on her family. Guilt towards Andrew and the accident. Guilt towards feeling indebted to the doctor that saved her life. Guilt towards her best friend Lindsey. The list goes on. She allows the guilt and obligations to decide many of her choices. It isn’t till she reports to the police about an assault that happened to her that she begins to not feel complete burned down by these emotions. That was her true first step in overcoming her guilt. Comforting them head on and not hiding behind others or her school work.
Emma and Andrew have an immense amount of growth within the book. They have many low points, but find their high points with the strength of each other.
Should you read this Book?
The Harper boy’s do not disappoint.
And come on, it is Ginger Scott, how can you turn down one of her books.