by Kristen Kehoe
Published by Self Pub Release date : October 7th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: The Author | Format: eBook
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Cora Whitley and Jake Ferrari both have one thing in common: at twenty-two, they're learning to live again.
Cora, who was met by many in Beyond the Horizon as Mia's adventurous, somewhat reckless cousin, has returned four years later with a hell of a past, and a desire to overcome it. A year out of rehab, Cora says goodbye to her safe life living with her cousin, and moves home to the city she left behind four years ago, with the determination to build a life for herself, while making amends with those she hurt when she left the first time.
Jake is introduced as we enter into Ryan and Mia's wedding (Beyond the Horizon 1). A baseball playing, literature loving, dangerous looking man, Jake is now sidelined with an elbow injury that has cost him not only his baseball career, but his identity. One look at Cora Whitley is all it takes to make him believe there might be something else worth living for in life. When he learns that Cora is moving out of state and starting over he tags along, because worse than staying in Arizona and bearing witness to his replacement is the idea of feeling empty for the rest of his life. One thing Cora has made him do is feel, and he's ready to hold onto that.
Follow Cora and Jake as they battle personal demons, and discover new passions that just might change their lives.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
After reading Life, Interrupted, I knew I would pretty much read any book Kristen wrote. That book hit me hard – and only an extremely talented author could purge so much emotion out of me.
When I was asked to review The Light of Day, I jumped on it. This book is on the more “mature” side, being a New Adult, and I couldn’t wait to see how she would bring Cora and Jake’s story to life.
I am sucker broken characters. Their journey to discover their self-worth is always beautiful and awe-inspiring. It takes a lot to step up when life gets you down, but imagine feeling completely broken – yet learning how to find your feet, your self (and love) and move on?
These are two of the most broken characters I have read about in a long time. Although their self-destructive pasts took route to different circumstances, they both want and need the same thing. To love. To feel wanted. To belong.
To Live again.
Cora has never felt love from her mother, and coming second with her father, she acted out for ANY kind of attention just to get her mother to SEE her. Her self-destructive path took a serious turn for the worst and she was forced to open her eyes and see what she was really doing. After a year in rehab; she is ready to move on, find herself and stand (alone) on her own two feet. Then she meets Jake.
Jake is in a recovery mode when he meets Cora. After an injury that could possibly kill his baseball career, he numbs his pain with alcohol and women. But something in Cora calls to him and he does whatever he can to enter her life.
I loved these two together. The relationship starts off as friends and slowly develops into more. They push each other just enough and break down walls without destroying each other. Jake knows that Cora has a past, but doesn’t know just how deep her destruction and pain runs; and Cora’s fear that she would self-destruct if she let Jake all the way in. Both tell themselves that their “arrangement” is temporary; fearing that they will hold each other back if they surrender completely. It was heartbreaking to watch, because you just know that it isn’t the case.
My only peeve is that I felt the pacing was rather slow at times – and some parts felt redundant. Yet at the same time, this isn’t a plot driven book at all. It’s solely character driven, so while I did feel parts were slow, it was a necessary “evil”. HA.
I LOVED The Light of Day. I could go on and on all day about this book. Kristen’s writing always brings so much emotion out of me, it boggles my mind. It flows naturally from the page and it’s just… beautiful. If you haven’t given her books a chance, remedy that ASAP.