Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Heat by Lis Lucassen

by Lis Lucassen

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: June 10, 2015
Publisher: Storm Publishers
Genre: Romance - Coming of age
Print Length: 210 pages
Available from: Amazon
Under a burning sun more than a thousand miles from home, Lynn Stevens is trying to get her life back on track and leave memories of that one fateful night behind. She meets Dan, a young man with strangely erratic behavior and smoldering brown eyes, who is on an involuntary vacation with his parents. In him, she sees her own struggle reflected every time she is starting to get too close.
Dan doesn’t like being touched. But when he sets out to uncover Lynn’s secret, it means he’ll have to tell her some secrets of his own.

‘Heat’ is Lis Lucassen’s New Adult debut novel. This book puts her on the map in the Netherlands as the first-ever NA author from her own country.

Heat by Lis Lucassen

HeatTwo damaged young people, each running from the nightmares of their pasts, do all they can to hide their personal scars. Perhaps it’s the common bond of pain that brings them together, or maybe the exhaustion caused by constantly re-building their protective walls.

Dan has been roped into a family vacation, the family who still questions how stable he is since “the incident.” In school, Dan had it all, looks, a girlfriend and popularity, but it went to his head and one night his world went up in flames. Lynn carries her own heartbreaking secrets, but somehow, Dan begins to break down her resistance to talking about it. Why doesn’t he reciprocate? Why doesn’t he like to be touched? Two souls meant to find and heal each other or a moment in time stolen to feel normal, will they be like two ships passing in the wind or are they forming a foundation for a better life?

Heat by Lis Lucassen is a powerful tale of pain and forgiveness, of learning to accept the past and build on it instead of letting it tear one apart. Told in alternating POVs, the time spent listening to both Dan and Lynn’s inner turmoil and loathing will creep into your heart and shaking your head at how they could have skewed everything so negatively. No two scenes feel the same as Ms. Lucassen takes us step by step through a tale filled with angst, anger and the longing to be “normal,” to move on. Highly charged form page one, with untold mysteries not cleared up until further in, familial love and frustration, emotional isolation and the magic of finding a special connection make this a read-worthy tale from start to finish in this character driven plot that boils over with spellbinding reading that will haunt you long after that last page.

I received an ARC edition from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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