Release Day Blitz, Review & Giveaway: Nova and Quinton No Regrets: Jessica Sorensen

Nova and Quinton No Regrets
Nova #3
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Today is the first day of Quinton Carter's new life. The toxic guilt of his past left him in pieces-but one girl unexpectedly put him back together. Thanks to Nova Reed, Quinton can finally see the world with clear eyes. She's the reason his heart is still kicking behind the jagged scar on his chest. And he would love to have her in his arms every minute of the day . . . but he's not ready yet.

Playing drums in a band and living with her best friends are just some of the highlights of Nova's life. But the best new development? Talking to Quinton on the phone each night. She wishes she could touch him, kiss him, though she knows he needs time to heal. Yet shocking news is on the way-a reminder of life's dark side-and Nova will need Quinton like he once needed her. Is he strong enough to take the final leap out of his broken past . . . and into Nova's heart?
“I have to tell you something else, but it’s not good—it’s bad.” Before I can chicken out, I hurry and sputter, “Someone gave me a bag of meth today and I have it underneath my mattress.” As soon as I say it, I wonder why the hell I thought this was a good idea, throwing this on her. I need to stop relying on her so much—need to stand on my own two feet.
I’m about to hang up, because really it’s the only choice, but then she says, “Did you do any of it?”
“No.” My voice shakes as I grip the side of the mattress and battle to breathe evenly.
“Do you want to?” she asks calmly.
“Yes.” My voice is full of desperation.
“Are you… are you going to?” There’s a hint of worry in her tone.
“I’m not sure,” I admit. “I want to, but I also want to throw it away.”
“Then throw it away,” she says, as if it’s the easiest thing in the world to do.
“I don’t think I can.” My hands quiver just at the thought of it and I rest my forehead on the mattress, still on my knees “It feels fucking impossible.”
“Yes, you can.” She sounds so certain and I have no idea how she’s doing it—managing to sound so calm when I know she can’t be. “Just take it and dump it down the toilet. You can do this. I know you can.”
“You have too much faith in me,” I say, slipping my fingers between the bed and the mattress, fighting the urge to hang up on her and turn to what’s only inches away from my fingertips.
“No, I have the right amount,” she replies. “Now let me know when you have it and you’re headed to the bathroom. And don’t hang up on me.” It’s like she can read my mind.
I sit there forever, going back and forth with what I want and need to do. At one point I grab the bag of crystal and put it back. Then pull it out again and open it, staring at the white crystals so close I can almost taste them. But I can also hear Nova breathing on the other end. Soft and full of concern. Acting calm, when I’m sure she’s freaking out. I want to throw them away just for her, but I have to wonder if it’s possible to care for someone so much that I’d give this up. Do I care for her that much?
After a lot of deliberating, I come to one simple answer.
Yes. I care about her that much.
I get to my feet and make my way to the bathroom, not speaking. Then I lift up the toilet seat and, shutting my eyes, I tip the bag over, pour the contents into the water, and flush them down.
“Did you do it?” Nova asks at the sound of the flushing.
I press my lips together, resting back against the bathroom wall, realizing how sweaty I am and how much I’m gasping for air. “I did.”
“See, I knew you could do it,” she says with relief in her voice. “I knew you’d do the right thing.”
The right thing? Is that what I just did? Sometimes it feels like it is, but there are other times when it feels like what I’m doing is so wrong and disrespectful to Lexi. But through the right and wrong, there’s always one thing that gives me hope and that’s Nova. She’s what keeps me going.

This book begins with a dark teaser that makes you wonder, then takes u back in time unravel it...

Two months earlier Quinton is facing the world outside rehab again. Nova is living with his cousin, Tristan and her friend, Lea. She has made strides in getting her life together, but now worries abut Quinton and the fact that they have been out of touch.

Their interactions begin again via text and phone as Quinton struggles to put the pieces of his life back together. She is his hope even though his feelings scare him too. Quinton has a lot of emotional baggage to still work through in order to try to heal enough to let Nova in. Nova is just a bit farther ahead in her healing process than he is. 

Nova has her hands full with her band and her needy friends. They add tension to her life but at the same time give her purpose since she is a "fixer". Both she and Quinton needed saving at times and needed someone to stand by them and  have faith when they had no faith in themselves. In this one, Quinton was struggling with the frayed parts of his world while being sober and trying to find his path to forgiveness and a future. But Nova also had some issues to deal with as well. 

But we got to see more of Nova, Quinton, and Tristan's personalities shine through now that they are not suppressed by drugs and consumed only with dark thoughts. I enjoyed seeing their vulnerability, humor, support for each other, and seeing the connections build on a more real level.

This series was a rough one at times. It was raw, harsh, depressing, and it sunk down into the terrible lows of addiction and grief. We have seen Nova and Quinton down in their lowest points and gradually drag themselves up. It was not easy and there were plenty of setbacks. But in this installment,  we finally get to see them both at a point where they are trying to overcome their guilt, loss, pain, and addictions in healthier ways.  And beginning to see a glimmer of hope and finally believe that they deserve a future.  There are no shortcuts or easy solutions. It takes commitment, faith, and support. They each needed help and  support at times during this installment. And learning to be there for each other was one of the catalysts that really helped with their own healing process. They both had to find meaning and purpose in their lives. And to try to let go of the past that they could not change and realize that no amount of self medication and avoidance was going to help them move on. 

This series has not been a true romance at all, but more of an emotional journey. But this book  dealt more with feelings and the romantic aspect. It was my favorite installment in the series. It was definitely more positive and hopeful than the first two. It was told in both points of view and we have seen incredible growth from both of these troubled characters. So it ended up being an inspiring story of hope and healing that came out from devastating tragedy, terrible pain, loss, and crippling addictions. I loved his cousin/her room mate, Tristan who has had his own battle with addiction and loss. We have seen him go through so much throughout the series and he continues to struggle. There will be a free novella Tristan: Finding Hope and another book Wreck Me in this series about him. I hope that he can continue to move towards a more positive life and find some true happiness. 

Thanks to Jessica Sorensen and  Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for providing me with a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Breaking Nova

Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?

Saving Quinton (Nova #2)
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From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Breaking Nova comes a gripping story about what it takes to save the one you love . . .

Nova Reed can't forget him-Quinton Carter, the boy with the honey-brown eyes who made her realize she deserved more than an empty life. His pain was so similar to her own. But Nova has been coming to terms with her past and healing, while Quinton is out there somewhere, sinking deeper. She's determined to find him and help him . . . before it's too late.

Nova has haunted his dreams for nearly a year-but Quinton never thought a sweet, kind person like her would care enough about a person like him. To Quinton, a dark, dangerous life is exactly what he deserves. And Nova has no place in it. But Nova has followed him to Las Vegas, and now he must do whatever it takes to keep her away, to maintain his self-imposed punishment for the unforgivable things he's done. But there's one flaw in his plan: Nova isn't going anywhere . . .

Delilah: The Making of Red (Nova #2.5)
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Delilah Peirce: the Invisible Girl. Men crane their necks around Delilah just to catch a glimpse of her bombshell mother. Delilah knows looks of indifference, of friendship-but never of desire.

Then she meets Dylan Sanderson, the impossibly gorgeous guy who thinks she's beautiful. When he looks at her, she feels needed. When he kisses her, her troubles disappear. And when he tells her he will never hurt her, she believes him . . .

Tristan: Finding Hope (Nova #3.5)
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Expected June 3, 2014

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Nova and Quinton series comes a FREE short story featuring Tristan.

Tristan has always felt like a ghost. After a painful loss, he became all but invisible to his grieving family. So he dove headfirst into a dangerous life, sinking deeper until he felt he could disappear-and almost did. Though Tristan survived, staying on track is a 24/7 battle he's not sure he wants to fight.

Then Tristan meets Avery, the girl with purple streaks in her hair and tattoos like secrets, waiting to be uncovered. Her smile is warm and inviting, but her sad, hazel eyes tell a different story. And the strangest part is-she can really see him. A girl like that might just keep Tristan out of the darkness . . . or pull him right back in.

Wreck Me (Nova #4)
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Expected Oct. 2014

Tristan and Avery's story.

Once upon a time there was a girl named Avery Hensley who thought she’d found the guy—the one that she thought she was going to spend the rest of her life with. They got married young and had the most beautiful son in the world. 

Life seemed perfect.

But not everything is what it seems.

Turned out the guy had another side to him, one Avery didn’t see coming. He wrecked her and broke her into a thousand pieces that she had to put back together again. She swore off guys from then on, vowing never to let anyone hurt her or her son again. She built a wall around herself and planned on never letting anyone through it again.

But then she meets Tristan Morganson. He wrecks Avery in a different way, the kind of way that makes her feel free again, the kind of way that makes her think not all guys are bad. But can Avery trust him enough to let her wall come crumbling down?

Jessica Sorensen 

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

Because music plays such an important part in the Nova series, and all of Jessica's books, we're offering a $25 iTunes gift card plus a collection of Jessica's print titles with signed bookplates: THE SECRET OF ELLA AND MICHA, THE TEMPTATION OF LILA AND ETHAN, THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN, THE REDEMPTION OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN, and NOVA AND QUINTON: NO REGRETS. The mini grand prize winner will receive a $25 iTunes gift card and a special print copy of NOVA AND QUINTON: NO REGRETS, and an additional 10 winners will receive a special print copy of NOVA AND QUINTON: NO REGRETS.


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