How to Save a Life by Emma Scott ~ Review & Teaser (@EmmaS_writes)

Emma Scott is an Aussie author that I haven’t picked up before, and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t do so earlier. It began as a sweet read and turned into an intense read as the story unfolded! It was really good.
Title: How to Save a Life
Author: Emma Scott
Series: Dreamcatcher #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 9th 2016 by Trillian (first published February 5th 2016)

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Josephine Clark is trapped. A harrowing past haunts her every time she looks in the mirror, and she can’t escape the violence of her everyday life. More and more, her thoughts turn to Evan Salinger, the boy she knew in high school. The boy they called a mental case. A loner. A freak. The boy who seemed to know things no one could know. For a few short weeks, Jo had found perfect solace in Evan’s company, sneaking every night to meet him at the local pool. In the cool of the water and the warmth of Evan’s arms around her, Jo had tasted something close to happiness.

Cruel circumstances tore them apart, and four years later, the sweet memory of their time together is dissolving under the punishing reality of Jo’s life now. Evan seems like a fading dream…until he reappears at the moment she needs him most. Guided by Evan’s strange intuition, they flee her small Louisiana town, on the run from the police, and Jo begins to suspect there is something more to his sudden return than he admits.

Over twelve days across America’s heartland, deep secrets come to light, buried pasts are unearthed, and the line between dreams and reality is blurred as Evan and Jo fight to hold on to their soul-deep love, and discover that there is more than one way to save a life.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from How to Save a Life, but I certainly wasn’t prepared for the roller coaster ride that I went on. I really enjoyed meeting Jo and Evan, and understanding how difficult their pasts were. It was a very emotional and difficult story, and I was all on board to journey with them.

What Jo had been through broke my heart, she had been through one of the most horrific things as a child and had lost so much. She didn’t have a very stable life, but she was safe. It was interesting, watching her try to start over in a new town and taking charge of her life. The more she learned about Evan, the more she was drawn to him.

Evan’s life was not easy either, but he had a stable home. However, he had had an issue a few years prior that left him as a loner at school. He had difficult relationships with his adopted brothers, and really didn’t connect with anyone until Jo came to town.

It was sweet watching the relationship between Jo and Evan grow... until some massive twists were thrown in and their lives were torn apart. The story was then thrown into the future, and on a road trip that had a Thelma and Louise type of feel. I felt so many emotions; happiness, dread, relief and love. I didn’t know where the story was going, but I hoped it would have a happy ending.

I must admit, this story isn’t for everyone. There is a bit of a psychic feel to it. I enjoyed the way Emma Scott told the story and how she revealed each aspect to the reader. I was left shattered, I shed a tear, but my heart ached for these two to find happiness.
Jo and Evan took a long time to show affection to one another, and this was one of the sweetest moments before their lives were torn apart again.

His hand rose up out of the water and I watched it move to my face. I didn’t stop him. His fingertips touched my cheek and his thumb traced the line of my scar from under my eye down to my jaw.
“You’re the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen.”
It was too much. No one looked at me like this. No one told me I was beautiful. And no boy had ever moved to kiss me like Evan did. His face slowly coming toward mine, his eyes gentle, the warmth of his attention like a roaring fire over me.
He covered my mouth with his and inhaled a little while I exhaled. A little sigh that turned to a soft moan as his mouth opened and mine opened with him, letting him in. I let go. The shields guarding my heart lowered. Evan wasn’t taking, he was giving. His kiss gave me those impossible things I’d desperately wanted all my life: tenderness, consideration, reverence.

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Emma Scott is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy thoughtful, realistic stories with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels.

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