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Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Nova and Quinton: No Regrets (Nova #3) by Jessica Sorensen

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Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Nova and Quinton: No Regrets (Nova #3) by Jessica SorensenNova and Quinton: No Regrets by Jessica Sorensen
Series: Nova #3
Published by: Grand Central Publishing on April 15th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Blog Tour, Publisher

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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?

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Nova and Quinton:  No Regrets is the third and final book in the Nova and Quinton trilogy.  Not recommended for those who haven’t read the first two, this book brings Nova and Quinton’s journey to a close, much needed after everything that the two of them have been through.

 

The novel opens with Nova at a funeral, although we don’t know whose.  So that didn’t exactly leave me hopeful for a happy ending to this series.  We then rewind a few months before the funeral.  Quinton has just been released from rehab, and he’s on the road to recovery.  Nova is still in Idaho in school and living with Tristan and Lea.  She still volunteers at the suicide hotline, she’s majoring in film, and she plays drums in a band.  But when Nova begins to question how clean Tristan is staying, and Lea is sneaking off to do something she won’t tell Nova about, Nova is running out of people she can talk to, so Quinton might be her only shot.

 

Quinton is back to living with his father in Seattle, and he’s a little terrified.  He wants to stay clean, but there’s so much temptation around he isn’t sure he can do it.  His daily phone calls to Nova help a lot, as do his meetings with his sobriety coach and his group therapy sessions.  The one thing he knows he can’t handle?  Seeing Nova.  The two have decided to try and stay just friends, but we’ll see how long that lasts.

 

The third book in the series is just as well written as the first two, and I devoured it a lot quicker than I thought I would.  After the trials and tribulations that Nova and Quinton have been through, I was looking forward to them getting the happy ending that they deserved.  I must say, I was a little disappointed that Quinton and Nova spent the majority of the novel apart, after everything Nova went through to get Quinton sober.  However, I do understand that Quinton needed to make sure he was stable and healthy.  Seeing Nova in the flesh would bring too many emotions that he isn’t ready to deal with yet.  It was interesting to watch Quinton’s journey, his struggles, his temptations.  I really enjoyed Quinton’s half of the story this time around.

 

Nova’s story I didn’t care about that much this novel.  The stuff with Lea sneaking off to do something suspicious just seemed like it was filler.  The twist that I was expecting to happen at the end of the novel didn’t happen, which was both a good thing and a bad thing.  I found myself getting really annoyed with Nova and her incessant need to help people who may not want her help.  Maybe it’s because I read all three books back to back, but it just drove me nuts.

 

As for the ending of the book, without giving any spoilers, I expected there to be more.  I was happy with where Quinton and Nova were in their personal as well as their romantic lives, but I wanted to know where they end up later down the road.  I was just a little disappointed with how it all ended.

 

I am giving Nova and Quinton:  No Regrets 4 out of 5 controllers.  It was a good series, good characters, and it came to a nice ending, I just expected more after being so emotionally invested in these two for three books.

 

 

My Rating


rate 4

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Prologue

Nova

 

December 28, the day of the funeral

 

It’s a strange feeling, getting ready to watch someone get put under the ground into their final resting place. I’ve been to enough funerals to know that my senses always become hyper-aware of everything going on around me: the touch of the wind seems stronger, the sun a little more blinding, the smell of the leaves, grass, and fresh dirt overpowering. It’s like my mind is reaching out and trying to grasp each aspect of the moment, when part of me wants nothing more than to forget.

I’m actually at the church earlier than I’m supposed to be and I don’t even know why, other than that sitting home for a second longer just didn’t seem possible. So I left the house without telling anyone and got in my cherry-red Chevy Nova, the car my dad left to me when he died, and drove it to the church where my dad’s and Landon’s funeral took place. And in just a bit, I’ll say good-bye to another person I once knew and will never see again.

Now that I’m here, staring at the brick building with a white tower pointing to the sky, I’m not sure what I should do. I’m three hours early to a funeral, which might say a lot about me. A lot of people would likely show up late, wanting to avoid death for as long as possible, but I’ve become so familiar with it it’s unsettling.

After sitting in the car for about ten minutes, watching snowflakes fall from the sky and frost the grass and the windshield, I decide to take video instead. I didn’t bring the fancy camera my mom gave me, but the one on my phone works and honestly I use that one a lot more because it’s handy for sporadic recording, which seems to be my specialty.

I blow out a deep breath as I sit back in the seat, aim the camera at myself, and hit record. I have the screen flipped to me and my image immediately pops up. I look tired. The bags under my eyes are pretty obvious, even though I’ve tried to cover them up with makeup, and my brown hair wasn’t being cooperative so I ended up pulling it up into a ponytail. I’m wearing a black dress and earrings and the contrast with my fair skin makes me look pallid.

“It’s amazing how everything can seem so perfect one moment and then suddenly it’s not. How quickly perfection can evaporate… how rare it is.” I pause, gathering my thoughts. “I’ve seen a lot of death. More than the normal person, probably. I watched my father’s life vanish in front of me within minutes. Found my boyfriend’s body right after he took his own life. Too early. Too suddenly. Both of them. I never had time to prepare myself and I thought it was the worst feeling in the world. I always wondered how different it would be, if it ever happened again. If maybe the third or fourth time around, I wouldn’t hurt so badly. If it’d be easier letting someone go now that I’ve had so much practice.” I tuck a fallen strand of my bangs behind my ear and swallow the lump in my throat. “And maybe it has gotten easier… but it still hurts. I still shed tears… it’s still agonizing… painful…” I trail off as a few tears slip from my eyes and roll down my cheeks. “Even now, just thinking about some of the stuff I saw… I should have stopped it… should have done things differently…” I trail off, staring at the window. “But I didn’t… and now they’re gone forever.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Jessica Sorensen

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives with her husband and three kids. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.