Addison Snow is your typical teenager. She has a family that loves her, friends that make her laugh, and she’s wrapped up in the excitement of graduating high school and going off to college to pursue her dream of becoming an author. When her mother, who also happens to be Addison’s best friend, dies unexpectedly, her world comes to a crashing halt.
Death changes everyone…
To make the pain go away, Addison and her father travel down separate, dark paths. She chooses to end her grief forever, while he drowns his sorrows in the bottom of a bottle. How do you learn to live again when the most important person in your life is gone?
Addison struggles to pick up the pieces of her life. Instead of getting back to being the carefree teenager she once was, she’s stuck handling all of the responsibilities that should have been her father’s. She has no time to grieve, no time for emotions, and no time for happiness…until Zander Reinhardt walks in. All it takes is one little handwritten note on a napkin to kick-start her back to life and help her realize that maybe there’s more to that life than pain.
But can it really be that simple? Can she really trust this man who makes her feel alive again for the first time in a year?
Addison and Zander both have secrets they aren’t ready to share. When the truth finally comes out, is it enough to tear them apart or has something bigger than themselves always been watching over them, pushing them together, making sure they both get their happily ever after?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Beautiful, heart-breaking, breathtaking…just REAL!! Wow…I am not sure how much more I can say other than…WOW! One of the most beautiful books I have read this year. Watch Over Me had me in crying fits multiple times and I loved every second of it. Addison Snow will shatter your heart into tiny little pieces while telling her story and she will ever so slowly, glue them all back together right along with her own.
Tara Sivec has absolutely knocked this one out of the book world ballpark. If you think she rocked at making you laugh until you urinated all over yourself with her Chocolate Lovers Series, then be prepared to cry until you have either a.) run out of Kleenexes and you now have to use your shirt, or b.) become dehydrated due to massive overflow of the tear ducts. Yeah, it happens.
Watch Over Me is the remarkable story of how death can change you drastically. How it can turn you inside out in an instant leaving you broken, bleeding, and fully exposed. How it can torture you day in and day out until one day you decide, that enough is enough. That the pain is too unbearable to endure any longer. That there is a time to just give up and let go.
“I want to tell him to run as fast as he can because I’m broken. Funny thing though, I don’t want him to go. I don’t want to do anything that will make him leave because I don’t want to be strong anymore. I’m so tired of being strong.” ~Addison
Addison Snow has had one hell of an amazing life until one day, her mother, her best friend is taken from her. She loses more than her mother that day and she is now faced with growing up a little sooner than she ever expected. As you sit alongside Addison during her story you get to look deep inside of her. This poor girl is broken and as she sees it, there are just no pieces left to put back together.
“…I smell his cologne and it reminds me of our interaction in the elevator. It reminds me of just how adept he is at making me forget about my problems, and I instantly feel like I can breathe again. I can breathe as long as I can breathe him in. I can function because he makes me forget. I just want to forget…” ~Addison
I wanted to jump right into this book and take care of Addison, to hold her, to comfort her. To do whatever it took to make her whole again even though she was missing one of the most important pieces. You can’t help but love her and hurt for her every time she hurts, which is pretty much a whole hell of a lot.
Luckily though, I didn’t have to break out my magic “book jumping powers” because in comes one of the most amazing guys I think I have ever had the pleasure of reading about.
Zander Reinhardt is 100% exactly what Addison needs. He is kind, generous, thoughtful, supportive and he leaves her notes on napkins…how more perfect could you get? He is willing to do whatever it takes to make Addison whole again. My heart just melted every time this man spoke. The world just needs more Zander’s!
“When he kisses me, I forget about my problems and the world around me disappears. I want to feel his lips on mine again so I can close my eyes and just forget.” ~Addison
But…and yes, there is a but….Both Addison and Zander have secrets that they just aren’t willing to share with each other yet. I was scared to death at this point. Just when you think things are going so good, things are finally looking up for Addison, things take a dramatic turn! I know I know…no spoilers. So I will stop there.
“Don’t you understand?” he asked as he removed my left hand from around his neck and kissed my scar. “That story right there, it’s your heart and soul, and it’s the reason why I love you. Every single word is why I fell in love with you, and it’s why I could never, ever stop loving you no matter what. You amaze me, Addison. Your strength amazes me, and the fact that you love me back amazes me. At least I hope you still love me back,” he said nervously as he bit his bottom lip. ~zander
I promise you, I am not sure that I have ever read a more beautiful book. Tara’s writing is exquisite. She makes it to where you feel everything that Addison is feeling-the good, the bad, the extreme lows, the amazing highs…yep, all of it! And I wouldn’t change a single thing! And the ending…oh holy GOD the ending. Kleenexes…please remember the Kleenexes!
Please go out and grab this book like right away. I can pretty much promise you that won’t be disappointed. Just don’t come complaining about the hysterics because I warned you…GRAB THE KLEENEXES FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!!!!!
Happy Reading 🙂
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