Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she’s getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.
Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn’t want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he’s done, what he’s lost. He’s sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he’s too damaged to get close to her, yet she’s the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?
Jessica Sorensen has dominated the New Adult genre since its birth. With The Secret of Ella and Micha, she grabbed my feels by the throat and wouldn’t let go. One of her Young Adult novel series, The Fallen Star, was also a fantastically written paranormal story. Sorensen’s ability to incorporate wit, humor, and sarcasm made each of her stories realistic, even when the main character was battling against paranormal enemies.
Breaking Nova is one of her more recent NA releases, with the sequel, Saving Quinton, releasing soon. The story revolves around Nova, whose boyfriend committed suicide, and how she desperately wants to move on but it tethered to her memories with him. It was a more emotional read than her YA, but similar to the emotional issues that give The Secret of Ella and Micha its backbone. Quinton is Nova’s love interest in the story, and no matter how much I hated their relationship and how unhealthy it is, I still felt for Nova and Quinton, and felt loss and sorrow for their individual problems and issues.
One of the main reasons I kept with the story was because I wanted Quinton to redeem himself, but he never allowed himself to open up enough with Nova for it to happen. I find the title interesting, compared to the sequel’s title, because I felt Nova was broken down in this installment, but I feel that their relationship broke Quinton just as much. There are a lot of romantic scenes, but they didn’t overshadow the story line, even though the story is about their relationship. There was a lot of sexual tension that you usually find in YA, but it sometimes took it a little bit further only to pull back and stop short. It was definitely tease romance, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Sorensen plays it out in the sequel.
Nova’s character, as it says in the title, is a wreck for the majority of the story. She discovers her boyfriend after he hangs himself, and finds she can barely function because she can’t come to terms with not seeing the signs. She gets wrapped up in her sadness that she doesn’t seem to care when she falls for a boy that is not right for her, considering her fragile state of mind. Quinton enters the pictures, as a friend of Nova’s fling, who introduces her to a very unhealthy atmosphere and lifestyle. There are a lot of drugs and drinking in Quinton’s life and Nova gets sucked into it. I felt Nova wanted any type of escape so she dove for it. I wasn’t a huge fan of Nova during the middle of the story, but one of the last scenes, we see her come to terms with what’s she’s done and what her next move is.
I’m definitely on board with the series, and I’d recommend anyone looking for a read about an unhealthy relationship, loss of love, and some steamy but teasing scenes to check this out! Fans of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire might enjoy this, minus the domineering factor of the male character.
My Over All Rating: