Author: JB Salsbury
On Sale: November 15, 2016
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What do you do when you wake up with no memory of what you did last night?
Lucas spent the first half of his life protecting himself from others, but now his own mind is his biggest enemy. He doesn’t know what happens when the blackouts overtake him, but he can recall the feelings—the rage, the confusion, the fear. Thankfully the quiet life he’s found in Payson, Arizona has kept the darkness at bay. Until his boss’s estranged daughter shows up in town, asking questions she shouldn’t and sparking a desire Lucas can’t control. Getting close to Shyann is the best thing that’s ever happened to him, but when his blackouts return, unleashing the truth he’s battled so long to hide, he may just lose her forever . . .
Reviewed by Christina
This was my first J.B. Salsbury book and I can’t wait to read more from her. Split is a compelling book that I couldn’t help but feel the emotions that the characters go through. Shyann and Lucas are well developed characters that pulled me into the story being told around them, at times I had to know what was going to happen next.
Lucas is such a mystery in this book. He has a past that he can’t remember and I couldn’t wait to uncover what it was! He is one of those characters that you can’t help but love and want to nurture but, at the same time I was trying to figure out his angle and if Shyann should stay away or not. At times I was telling Shyann (because she is a real person and not in a book. HA) to run and not to get caught up with him, but then he would redeem himself and I would fall for him all over again.
Shyann is just trying to out run her small town life when her job implodes on her, and she finds herself back home living with her dad and back at square one. Her plan is to make enough money and then go back out and try to find another job in her career field. Only after being home for a short time Lucas catches her eye and she finds herself wondering about him. The pull is both ways and they soon find they are spending a lot of time together.
Can Lucas stay out of the darkness long enough to see what it is like to be loved? What is his darkness?…..well you will just have to read the book to find out. 😉
I have honestly not read a book like this one before. The storyline is like a breath of fresh air because I haven’t read anything like it. I found myself wondering what Lucas’s back story was, what happened to him, and what was really happening. Split is not overly sexy but there are a couple of panty melting scenes thrown in there that are hot. For me this one was more about the story being told and the journey the characters take me on while I read. It’s a great book if you are looking for something that is a little different.
“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.
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.
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