New York Times bestselling author J. B. Salsbury delivers a contemporary romance with a suspenseful twist.After her career goes sour, Shyann finds herself jobless, penniless, and packing for her hometown--where unwanted memories await.
Lucas needs the quiet life. And that's exactly what he's found in Payson, Arizona. For the first time in his life, he finally feels like his mind is in check. Lucas has suffered from blackouts since he was a child. He knows he's not like other guys.
But when Lucas meets his boss's daughter, her probing eyes and personal questions pick away at his barriers. Shyann is everything he should never have...everything he wants. And soon the blackouts return. The last thing he wants is to expose how dangerous he can be--but he's helpless, and it could cost him Shyann.
Author: J.B. Salsbury
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Wrecked
Published by Forever Source: Publisher
Published: November 15, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Drama, New Adult
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Split has one of those covers that just grabs your attention. It speaks to me that this will be a sinister book, to consider yourself warned. Moreover, as I see things like ‘twist’ ‘blackouts’ and the big one, ‘not like other guys’ in the blurb, I start mentally bracing myself. So mixing those things together, you expect dark and scary right? WRONG! I was so, so wrong. Try the word gut wrenching.
Sometimes the easiest reviews to write are the hardest. Easy because you know the book deserves 10-stars and the hardest because you just don’t want to give anything away to explain why. That is the problem I have with Split. So please take a moment and read the blurb. Go ahead I’ll wait…. You done? Good, because then I don’t have to hash it out and I can cover the pertinent points.
Shyann, hmmm, she I waffled back and forth on. Her life plans to get the heck out of Dodge, or in this case Payson, ends up going south and she has to come crawling home to where she needs to try to re-build herself to once again escape. I had a few moments of being annoyed by her. At first, I found her to be kind of a snobbish princess. However, once I got to know her I released, it was all a mask. Lucas. Sweet, shy, well-mannered. And oh my gosh you are going to cry like a baby once you learn his entire story. His entire life he has suffers from blackout, the reason why is horrific. I’m sure from the title you can figure out what happens during those blackouts. They are my the only characters in this book but they are the most important. And then there is Gage. Yeah… Gage…
Split is going to be one of those stories that grabs your attention right away. I found my attention divided between following the story and trying to guess what was really going on. My guesses could not even begin to come close to the horrors or the causes of the horrors. Before you think you are reading a dark romance, let me clarify, you are not. What you are about to experience is a love story of a local girl trying to escape from the pain in her life, and a man you can never escape from his. It’s going to crush you, destroy you and leave you sobbing. It’s not pretty, in fact, there are so many triggers of abuse, I wouldn’t know where to even begin. However, if you are strong enough to endure it all, you are going to walk away with a book hangover that will leave you smiling.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
“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.