At Santa Cruz Central High School, they called them the misfits, the outcasts, the weirdos. But most of us knew them as the Lost Boys...
Holden Parish survived his parents' horrific attempts to make him "the perfect son." After a year's stint in a Swiss sanitarium to recover, he has vowed to never let anything--or anyone--trap him again. Brilliant but broken, he seeks refuge behind alcohol, meaningless sex, and uses his wicked sense of humor to keep people away. He only has to ride out one year in the coastal town of Santa Cruz with his aunt and uncle before he inherits his billions and can make his escape. Disappear.
Falling in love is not in the plans.
River Whitmore. Star quarterback of the Central High football team, Prom King, Mr. Popular, ladies' man. He leads the perfect life...except it's all a lie. His father has River's future in the NFL all planned out, while River's dream is to run the family business in the town that he loves. But his mother's illness is tearing the family apart and River is becoming the glue that holds them together. How can he break his father's heart when it's already shattering?
River's carefully-crafted façade explodes when he meets Holden Parish. A guy who dresses in coats and scarves year-round, drinks expensive vodka, and spends his free time breaking into houses for the fun of it. They're complete opposites. River seeks a quiet life, away from the spotlight. Holden would rather have dental surgery than settle down.
Holden's demons and River's responsibilities threaten to keep them apart, while their undeniable attraction crashes them together again and again, growing into something deep and real no matter how they resist.
Until one terrible night changes everything.
Lost Boys is a new series of interconnected, coming-of-age standalones from USA Today bestselling author Emma Scott, coming in 2020
5 Heart Review by Ashley
My heart. My heart. My heart! It is just full to overflowing after reading When You Come Back to Me. I was itching to get Holden's story since I first met him and let me tell you, Emma Scott did not let me down one bit.
I don't even know where to start with Holden. He is so smart. SO dang smart. But so broken. So lost that he didn't know how to trust anyone. Even himself. I just wanted to wrap him up and let him know that he was so much more than the garbage his parents had put him through. But that was the crux of his problem, he had to do the work for himself. And he never had a reason to, Until River.
Oh River. That boy carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. The expectations of his teammates and father. The hope of his mother. The grief of his sister. The secrets of his heart. But all it took was one moment in time with Holden to shake up his perfectly constructed facade.
There were times when the angst was almost unbearable. It was heavy. Full of pain. Both Holden and River caught in this cycle of trying to do the right thing at the sacrifice of their own happiness. The weight of it made my chest ache. But laced under all the pain and turmoil was this thread of hope that just wouldn't let go.
The way Emma Scott took two broken, in wildly different ways, boys and made them whole with the other made When You Come Back to Me a love story for the ages. River and Holden's journey to finding happiness, themselves, love was beautifully charted. Wild. Chaotic. Turbulent. Gut wrenching. But that ending! Be still my heart it was perfection.
About the Author
Emma Scott is a USA Today and Wall St. Journal bestselling author whose books have been translated in five languages and featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today's Happy Ever After. She writes emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels.
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