by JB Salsbury
Release Date: November 15, 2016
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! Is kind of hard to talk about this book without giving away the meat of the story, especially the mystery surrounding the hero, Lucas. Is even harder to categorize what exactly does Split falls on. It reads like a contemporary, but have some dark elements that clearly makes me uncomfortable and with a side of suspense and mystery.
Shyann, a young ambitious reporter who plan to take world by storm ended up back in her redneck hometown when her disastrous live reporting cause her to be the blacksheep of the industry. While, admitting defeat to her dad and begging for a job in town, she came across the new quiet guy, Lucas and found him intriguing. But what Shyann found out later about him might just landed her in a whole heap of trouble that might just to be too much for her to handle.
Lucas is our mysterious hero, who on the surface looks like a shy and quiet guy who minded his own business, but had been hiding his own secret past from the towner. If they ever found out what he did and where he came from, they might run him out of town. All Lucas want is peace and quiet and the arrival of his boss's daughter might just disrupt his carefully crafted live here.
I have a soft spot for Lucas, especially knowing his horrible past and his current predicament. He is just so shy around the heroine and a total sweetheart at times. But I have to admit some of the darker element in regard to his past seems way too over the top. I'm used to reading dark books, but this one still manage to make me uncomfortable. I find myself feeling sorry for him more than in lust with him.
Shyann is a tough cookie who resent her hometown because it reminds too much of what she lost, her mother. She was so desperate to make it big out there that she couldn't fathom the idea of staying with her father. But as she gets to know Lucas, she find her resolve to leave wavering. I get that she was intrigued with Lucas, she might even want to help him, but despite my inner romantic, I still feel that Lucas is more trouble than is worth. I admire her tenacity and her love for him, but the author didn't quite manage to make me see what Lucas can offer in return. Also I find that Shyann's reaction towards finding out the truth about Lucas seems under-react. Is that even a term? Anyway, I was expecting more freaked out from her, its only fitting for something that huge.
Overall, Split is definitely not your average read about a sweet, beta hero. Be prepare for some suspense and twist along the way.
“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.
New York Times bestselling author JB Salsbury spends her days lost in a world of budding romance and impossible obstacles. Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. Since 2013 she has published six bestselling novels in The Fighting Series and won a RONE Award. JB Salsbury lives with her husband and two kids in Phoenix, Arizona.