REVIEW – Starting From Lost by S.K. Wills

Starting From Lost

Title – Starting From Lost
Author – S.K. Wills
Publication Date – November 13, 2014
Series – Broken Beginnings, #1

Starting From Lost

Synopsis

Love is a risk. If you lose it all, would you dare to risk it twice?

Hannah Rogers is lost: cynical, insecure, and withdrawn. Skeletons forged through a bad breakup that should have been a marriage proposal. Now four years later, Hannah follows her dead-end job to the big city where her only hope is to survive the next eight months as her flirtatious boss’s personal assistant. The last thing her predictable life needs is to collide with the boy responsible for breaking her heart, or the twist of fate that sends a sexy new neighbor to awaken feelings she’s long since put to bed.

Alex Sorrento doesn’t have any room in his life for another pet project. He’s already put aside his career and his personal dreams to follow his half-sister Mackenzie to the big city. Lost in the guilt over the events that nearly took her life, he feels he owes her that much. When Mackenzie befriends the new girl on the second floor, Alex finds himself defenseless against the sizzling chemistry between them and the sadness in her eyes. Can he protect Hannah from her ex without losing his heart?

In this turbulent journey about self-discovery, forgiveness, and love, some second chances aren’t worth taking, but others have their own rewards.

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Review

Starting From Lost is the debut novel by author S.K. Wills. Between the cover and the synopsis, I was incredibly intrigued and excited to see what this new author could provide. When I opened the pages, I found myself getting lost in the text; getting lost in the story of two broken characters who needed to learn how to heal. Furthermore, I was anxious to see just where their journey would take us.

“Because love is a gift you give. It’s not something selfish you only take.”

When we were introduced to Hannah, I was really nervous that she would become one of those whiny, “woe is me” type of heroines. I was pleasantly surprised when I ended up getting quite the opposite. She screamed independence and though her feelings sometimes ruled her, it felt like a very natural flow. She was learning how to grow and really rediscover herself. I loved those small moments of epiphanies where she figured out another piece to her life. Whether it was with her parents, her job, or her relationships with others. Something really came together for her and I admired seeing her strength grow over time. I also really felt for Alex and the mystery that surrounded him. He had been so burned in the past that it was letting him rule his present. Though this could get frustrating at times, I could understand the greater purpose as the book progressed. Honestly, there wasn’t a main character that I didn’t develop a liking to. They all served their own purposes and I’d be interested to hear their individual stories, especially Mackenzie.

“She knew better than anyone that ghosts in one’s path had a way of holding you back from the future.”

I’ll be honest and say that at times, there wasn’t much action happening throughout the book. I couldn’t predict where everything was heading, which is a good thing. Though the story was filled with moments of significance, it also progressed sort of slowly for my taste. Furthermore, I didn’t quite understand the point of Hannah’s boss, and presenting him the way that the author did. That being said, I actually did enjoy the transformation of both Hannah and Alex. Each had to overcome a lot of obstacles, mainly their own internal struggles. I did appreciate that it didn’t feel like the world was conspiring against them, but rather rooting for them. It created a very special atmosphere to the group of friends who became family.

“Matters of the heart always beat those of the mind.”

Starting From Lost is the first book in a series of what seems to be standalones. S.K. Wills doesn’t give you angst and drama just to keep you on the edge of your seat, but rather she does it to allow the reader to dig into these characters’ psyches. She wants you to experience emotion and heartbreak, while also realizing that your past cannot be allowed to dictate your present or your future. I’m very curious to see where the subsequent books in the series take us and what transformations the other characters will undertake.

Rating

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