Title: A Brand New Ending
Author: S.A. Rolls
Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult
Phoenix Harper never imagined her life would come to this: A life not worth living anymore.
After a failed suicide attempt, Phoenix is sent to be observed at a local psychiatric hospital. There she meets Braeden Harris, a hospital aide with his own haunting past.
Not long after their first encounter, they feel an unexplainable pull towards one another. Will fate bring them together, or will outside forces tear them apart?
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I was captured by this book pretty much from page 1. It starts out with Phoenix planning to kill herself and you really want to know what has happened to her to make her choose death. Braeden is working in the psych ward and from the moment he hears about her he is pulled towards her. It is kind of weird that they are so drawn to each other. I mean to the point of when they touch they feel electricity. You truly ache for Phoenix and everything that has happened in her life. She had a great life with her father who loved her very much. Unfortunately, he passed away and her mother was awarded custody of her. From there her life went downhill. At the same time, Braeden had an awful life too. There was no abuse and you know that his father loved him but there are a lot of demons that he is fighting too.
I love that at the end of the day, Phoenix is not looking for a hand out. She wants to make her way in the world but does not have the resources. She is a fighter even though she is tying to get out of her situation in any way she can. She is not whiny and does not complain. She has problems and needs help. Braeden had a life of luxury in that he father is a doctor and he really doesn't want for anything. He also needs help too but he is functioning. There are times when he does act like a spoiled brat but at the same time...I LOVE HIM. He works hard and when he does do stupid stuff (the bar scene) he just owns and says hey it was a one time thing...whatever.
This book has some awesome twists to it. I thought it was going to be the typical boy swoops in and saves the girl and they live happily ever after. That is not the case. I really think that I am going to reread this book soon. I think I am going to give this book a 4.5. I had to text a friend when I finished since Darra hadn't read it yet. It was one of those endings. LOVE IT!
Excerpt from A Brand New Ending:
"I don't want to go anywhere, Braeden. Wherever you are is where I want to be."
I think my heart does a back flip. "You have no idea how happy that makes me, hearing you say that."
She gives me a sly smile, her fingers playing in and around mine.
"Can't describe how amazing this feels," she speaks. "I've never had anyone care for me like you do."
"That's a shame," I respond quickly. "You deserve so much more than that."
I lean over her so that our faces are close but I make sure to do it gently, afraid that she might retreat from my touch.
"Yes," I say softly as our eyes are locked on each other.
We hold our position and I can tell she is nervous, but I want her to make the first move. I made the mistake of pushing it on her the first time and I won't be doing that again. I can feel the heat of her breath on my face, its oddly intoxicating. But I hold still. I start to count the number of my heartbeats when I suddenly feel force against my lips. I hold back the smile, my hand coming up to cup her cheek. I start to move my lips against her, the waves of ecstasy flowing through my body. After a second, her lips start to move in unison with mine. I've kissed lots of women, but it's never felt quite like this. I don't know how long it lasts, but I refrain from sticking my tongue in her mouth, fearing that may be too much. I then swear I feel her moan in my mouth, and it's the most incredible fucking turn on I have ever heard in my life. She must have realized it too considering she pulled her lips off mine, her hands coming up to her mouth.
(sigh...I love Braeden)
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About S. A. Rolls:
S.A. Rolls is a native of the Bay Area, where she attended culinary school and obtained a degree in baking and pastry. When she is not baking, she spends her time reading and writing. Stephanie reads anything – from biographies of her favorite president to the most popular YA series. Inspired by her surroundings, she has written her first novel, based in San Francisco, her favorite city. She currently lives with her boyfriend and their five-year-old pug.
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