Title: Chasing Spring
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: Feb 1, 2016
I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.
I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.
To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.
I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.
Chasing Spring is a thought provoking tale of friendship, love and finding absolution in the wake of heartache and tragedy.
I was frustrated with Lilah for much of the story though I recognize her guarded persona was the result of all she encountered in her young life. She was broody and mischievous and at times behaved like a rebellious teenager. But she was also wise beyond her years and it hurt my heart to think about the childhood she lost. I adored Chase and his unwavering resolve where Lily was concerned. He was patient in his pursuit to restore her faith in him and the friendship they once shared despite his own demons and secrets. Their chemistry was palpable and provided great angst throughout the story.
Grey has woven an intense tale with flawed characters you can’t help but love and secrets that are sure to break your heart. Chasing Spring showcased Grey’s versatile writing style and was slightly reminiscent of With this Heart, the book that started my love affair with this author. This was a good book and I am thrilled to have read an early copy.
Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars
I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.
I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.