Charlotte Ferro is about to jump.
Yet nothing ruins a perfectly good suicide attempt worse than a handsome do-gooder. After William O’Reilly convinces her to take one last ride with him, Charlotte finds herself forgetting about her own problems and enjoying a world of which she never dreamed.
Now addicted to the rush of fast cars and cool criminals, Charlotte finds herself leaning less towards the ledge and more toward the arms of her savior. But with reasons of his own for keeping Charlotte safe from herself, William is reluctant to involve her in his criminal undertakings. Will his career choice keep them apart? Will Charlotte’s painful past?
Review by Brittany
Charlotte, AKA Lottie, is sad. And not just your normal sad, but depressed. Her parents are never around, she has no friends, and ever since her boyfriend broke up with her a year and a half ago, she’s fallen deeper and deeper, until she decides to end it all.
Standing on top of a busy overpass, she looks down, ready to relieve her pain and feel nothing at all, for the rest of time. But her plans are destroyed when a passing “do-gooder” comes by, asking if she’s all right. He convinces her he’ll take her anywhere, but first she has to meet his friends.
William “Billy the Kid” O’Reilly then dubs Lottie as Jumper. From that point on, no matter how much she tries to deny it, she forms a connection with “Do-gooder.” He saved her life, introducing her to street-racing and many new activities that allow her to get that adrenaline rush she so desperately craves.
Together these two form a bond, with Lottie relying on William to be her saving grace, the one that makes her happy, puts the smile on her face, talks her down from the ledge. Together they form a relationship, but it’s soon torn apart when things get out of hand…
“Remember how you said I shouldn’t hold my breath waiting for you to call me?”
I smiled faintly. “Yeah.”
“Well, I just want you to know that I’d do a lot more than that for you. If you needed me, I’d die holding my breath for you.”
Take that quote as an example. I think the best part about this book is William. There is something about him, I don’t know what it is. I can’t put my finger on it, but I really, really like him. He’s sweet, caring, compassionate, loving, gentle. And he will push when he needs to, when he knows that she needs it. He just has this way about him, and I’ve never felt this way about a book boyfriend boyfriend.
Normally I have that lusty feeling, where you think it’s all about the sex and what he can do for you, but now I know that there is a different type out there, one that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, one that makes you feel the love he has for you. And I want to say lots more about him, but I won’t talk your ear off.
The story line! I loved it! I didn’t read the synopsis; I usually don’t. It doesn’t have any steamy hot sexy-times, so if that’s what you’re looking for, you won’t find it here. But the love that you can feel when these two finally make love… it’s a wonderful feeling. As I said, the plot is definitely different. I haven’t read one like this before. It was refreshing and fun. It was also very funny. There were many parts where I’m laughing out loud, trying my hardest not to spit cereal at my kindle.
The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that it needs a serious run through with an editor. A lot of the times there were misspellings, missing or extra words, and it took away from the story as I had to rearrange what she was trying to say in my mind.
Other than that, I completely loved this book. It is definitely a great read, but because of the editing, I have to give it four stars. If you can look past that, which I can’t as I analyze EVERYTHING, then you will probably find this is a five star read for you. Great job, Amanda Lance! I can’t wait for more!
About Amanda Lance
A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance recently completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing. As an avid reader of all genres, some of her favorite authors include Hemingway, Marquis de Sade, Stevenson, Bukowski and Radcliffe.
When she isn’t writing or reading, Amanda can found indulging in film noir or hiking with her other half and their extremely spoiled dog. She is obsessively working on her next book and trying to tame her caffeine addiction.