Without You (Stripped #1.5) by Brooklyn Skye
New Adult contemporary romance
ebook, 85 pages
Expected publication: October 22nd 2013 by Brooklyn Skye
She was broken when I met her, shattered from the death of her sister and running from love. Not to sound like an egotistical douche or anything, but I fixed her. Put her back together, filled in the cracks, and made her whole. A true fairytale in her eyes.
But now real life is getting in the way: school, jobs, and the unexpected opportunity to travel the world under a legendary photographer. This internship will open doors not even my father’s influence could. It’s something I’ve been waiting all my life for. But so is Quinn, and accepting this internship will mean leaving her.
And breaking her all over again.
Paperback/eBook, 345 pages
Published May 14th 2013
Published May 14th 2013
“I like you.” His voice is low and soft, which I don’t deserve. I look away, down the rutted parking lot.
“Don’t... waste those words on me.”
He touches my cheek. “You just need someone to show you.”
“No.” I ease back again. “I don’t. So please, Torrin, stop trying to swoop in and save me. I don’t need saving.”
College freshman, Quinn Montgomery, will do anything to avoid the mistake her sister made — killing herself over a boy. But when she is forced into nude modeling at a local college to support her family after a bankruptcy, she begins to crack, just enough to let Torrin, the university’s top varsity oarsman, see that the real Quinn is not as feisty and unapproachable as she wants everyone to think. But letting someone in comes at a steep cost and, it turns out, Torrin is connected to Quinn’s family in more ways than she could ever imagine.
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Torrin. Torrin. Torrin. What a guy. What an emotionally-packed novella. Torrin is the good, sweet but conflicted guy from Brooklyn Skye's debut, Stripped (my review), a gripping New Adult contemporary romance. He sees something in the snark-filled young woman he meets, Quinn, and pursues her until she opens up to him. Without You is Quinn's story and his perspective is riveting.
Captain of the rowing team, he has suddenly lost his focus. Why? He's in love, something he's not accustomed to, not in this way. The intense need to see Quinn, to touch her, hear her voice, are sure signs that he is smitten. But is it love? The pages of this wrenching story show us. Torn between accepting an internship--the chance of a lifetime and the perfect opportunity to begin living his dream as a photographer--and remaining exactly where he is, close to Quinn's college, is the conflict he faces. This dream job is to apprentice under a famous nature photographer...in Costa Rica.
Torrin runs the gamut of emotion from immediately declining his chance to seeing more into Quinn's interactions with her friend, Billy, to realizing he needs her more than anything else in his life, maybe even his dream. His reactions merely ground him as believable and human. Quinn is, after all, his girl, and he doesn't want to share her but can their relationship last even at such a great distance and for five months?
Brooklyn Skye once again gives us an inspirational story. What Torrin and Quinn share cannot be denied, despite the circumstances which led to their meeting, to the past events between their families and Quinn's loss of a beloved sister. All still come into play in Without You, but this time they are secondary, tempered down by a love between two individuals hurt and damaged yet determined to find much needed solace in the arms of the other.
The more time I spend with Torrin and Quinn, the more I like them. They have begun to mature, to think of each other first, while still retaining a strong sense of self. The scene which sums up this couple perfectly is towards the end of this novella at the bluegrass festival. Both characters are selfless and amazing to watch. This is not one of those overly dramatic stories featuring larger than life characters in overly drawn out story arcs. This couple could be me, could be you. On the surface they seem simple, but below they are so much more.
Like I said, Without You is an inspirational story about an inspirational couple. Check your heartstrings at the door and enter prepared to fall in love with an exceptional guy named Torrin.
I'm still not a fan of the covers in this series. I was surprised to see Quinn all alone on this cover since the story is told from Torrin's pov. Not crazy about the cover art. Quinn wears a lot of dresses and this model looks too distraught to convince me otherwise.
I received a promotional copy in return for my honest review during a blog tour.
About the Author
Brooklyn Skye grew up in a small town where she quickly realized writing was an escape from small town life. Really, she’s just your average awkward girl who’s obsessed with words.
You can follow her on Twitter as @brooklyn__skye or visit her web site for updates, teasers, giveaways, and more.
A Limited Edition of WITHOUT YOU will be available for release week only (pictured left) which includes a bonus interview between Torrin and the author!
Both STRIPPED and WITHOUT YOU will be on sale for $0.99. If you purchase both and forward the receipt to the author at firstname.lastname@example.org, she will send you a handwritten letter!
Signed picture of cover, signed paperback copy of STRIPPED, and a $50 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner's choice) (US only)