Layla Flaherty had the perfect life, or close to it. Until a stranger gunned her parents down right in front of her, leaving her with seizure inducing PTSD. After years of trying to pass as normal and failing miserably, she resigns herself to being invisible. But new to town Landen O’Brien sees her, and he likes what he sees. Much to Layla’s surprise, he doesn’t freak out when she has a seizure in front of him. He does the exact opposite, calming her until the tremors subside. But Landen has secrets of his own. Secrets that both bind them together and tear them apart.
Scarred by loss, Layla leaves her hometown of Hope Springs, Georgia, hoping to put her painful past behind her and start over in college in California. When she runs into Landen at freshmen orientation, she has a choice to make. Reinforce those steel walls she’s built up around herself or give the only boy who can keep her still a second chance.
Landen’s more than ready to tear down those walls but this time when they come crashing down, they might bury her.
This book is by far one of the best books I’ve read in the New Adult genre. This will make my must-read list and will live on in my head and heart for a long time. It was a very emotional journey for me. For someone who is new to Caisey Quinn’s writing let me say she is truly talented. I stepped into this story and I felt every emotion. I laughed, I cried, I was infuriated…quite often, especially with the latter part of the book. I also spent a great deal of time rooting for these two broken and fragile individuals. They both went through a great deal, both carried secrets. The difficulties they faced up until their meeting is nothing in comparison to when they enter each others lives. Finding each other whether it was fate or some other force pulling them together it was truly beautiful, but it proves to be a challenge in many ways; one of the greatest challenges filled with joy and pain they never could have imagined. The truth is once I picked up this book it was incredibly difficult to set it aside. I loved every minute of this book and I had quite a few scares along the way. I will not give away any spoilers, but it is well worth the read and very much a New Adult readers dream come true.
Layla is broken and simply living, going through the daily motions, but not truly alive, that is until she meets Landen who slowly begins to chip away the pieces of her somewhat impenetrable wall. This book goes from young, sweet and innocent love, albeit complicated to something more raw, something more vulnerable, sexy, and overall much more adult. It makes you believe in love and how powerful love can be despite the tribulations that surely follow. I am amazed at how much these two grew and the amount of strength they find to stand by one another through all the bumps along the road. This is a beautiful and moving story and I love the growth you see with each character throughout the course of the book. There are even a few secondary characters who I’m sure readers will love to know more about. Although this was my first CQ book it certainly will not be my last. I am officially a fan! I highly recommend this book and this author!
About the Author
Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online at
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