*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
When 19-yr-old Ava Flynn’s dad dies, she decides to give up her scholarship to Georgetown, move with her mom and little brother to her grandmother’s old home on the coast of Maine and attend the tiny college there. She makes friends, but it’s the mysterious leather-clad boy who makes her heart beat fast. Who is he? Ava has no idea that her life is connected to the past and her present is about to change yet again. But the big question is, will this change be the death of her?
I love the concept of this story and the sections of the past. It’s a delicious serving of paranormal, romance and time travel seasoned with mystery and danger. Personally I’d label this YA because I put all teenagers in that category, but it’s most likely more in the New Adult range since it involves college students even if they are Freshmen. The setting is wonderful and, old or not, can I have Ava’s house? My problem with the story is the characters. I just couldn’t connect with them. Soul mates or not, Ava is very naïve and Maddox just grated on my nerves with all his smirking and cocky smiles. Then there’s the big problem of him hiding information from Ava and Ava not pushing for it. I hate characters that do that. I seriously do. Laith is another problem and the fact that he and Maddox fight over Ava like she’s prime steak or some kind of property and that she has no say in the matter even though she’s very much caught in the middle, well…harrumph. In addition, I’ve always had a problem with the concept of time travel. I’ve never been any good at figuring it out. I always feel like my head will explode, so it’s entirely my fault that I couldn’t wrap my head around what Maddox and Laith are doing. Don’t get me wrong, the story is very well-written and the concept is fascinating, it just wasn’t for me.