REVIEW – With This Heart by R.S. Grey

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Title: With This Heart
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: March 25, 2014

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Synopsis

If someone had told me a year ago that I was about to fall in love, go on an epic road trip, ride a Triceratops, sing on a bar, and lose my virginity, I would have assumed they were on drugs.

Well, that is, until I met Beckham.

Beck was mostly to blame for my recklessness. Gorgeous, clever, undeniably charming Beck barreled into my life as if it were his mission to make sure I never took living for granted. He showed me that there were no boundaries, rules were for the spineless, and a kiss was supposed to happen when I least expected.

Beck was the plot twist that took me by surprise. Two months before I met him, death was knocking at my door. I’d all but given up my last scrap of hope when suddenly, I was given a second chance at life. This time around, I wasn’t going to let it slip through my fingers.

We set out on a road trip with nothing to lose and no guarantees of tomorrow.

Our road trip was about young, reckless love.

The kind of love that burns bright.

The kind of love that no road-map could bring me back from.

Review

With This Heart is one of those books that just leaves you feeling lighter and more full of life. This story was poignant and unexpected, filled with ups and downs that stole my breath and left my heart beating faster. Beck and Abby’s story is truly a journey, that takes them not only on a road trip across the state, but through the harsh realities of human life. R.S. Grey paints a beautiful picture that is both heartfelt and hilarious. She has a gift for expertly balancing the levity of humor with the weight of internal struggle and it always leaves me wanting more.

“So you’re a stalker?” I asked with a hard stare. He smirked, a knees-turning-to-jelly kind of smirk.
“I prefer gravitationally linked by your presence.”

Abby felt so genuine to me, like a friend I’d known my whole life. She could have easily been out of control, trying anything and everything with her newfound freedom, but R.S. Grey kept her real. Abby pushed past her boundaries, but only on her own schedule and even as she branched out, she dealt with her insecurities and the uncertainty that is innate from a lifetime of being told no. Her struggle, both the triumphs and the setbacks connected me to her from the beginning, tying me to her story permanently. I loved Abby’s voice. She was equal parts fearless and hesitant, strong and broken. As we follow her journey, I found that R.S. Grey had really managed to polish an exquisite gem in creating Abby.

“Our hearts were already beating rapidly from our run, but they blended together as Beck gave me the best second-first kiss anyone has ever had.”

Beck is struggling to set himself free in a totally different way, but he sees a kindred spirit in Abby and they set off on their road trip not knowing much about each other. On the surface, his flirtatious nature and live-in-the-moment attitude seems so far from Abby’s cautious and carefully planned life. As these two spent more time together, R.S. Grey had me falling hard for them. Their teasing, flirting, and intense moments of honesty set fire to the connection that sparked between them until it became an all-consuming fire. Their dynamic was one-of-a-kind and so transformative. Abby and Beck both grew immensely as characters in each other’s presence and it was beautiful being a part of that evolution.

“I needed you to follow your dreams so that I could follow mine alongside you.”

R.S. Grey confronts mortality in a way that is both simple in its delivery and overflowing with raw emotion. She takes on several tough truths about life and growing up and faces them head on. I respect R.S. Grey so choosing to tell a story that couldn’t have been easy. This book is perfect in its innocence and strength, tugging on heartstrings and reaching deep into the human soul. With This Heart forced me to feel every bit of it. Abby and Beck’s story made me laugh, cry, and dare to dream. This book is a breath of fresh air that will leave you completely enchanted.

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