Publisher: Self-Published on August 25, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
Pages: Novel Length
Source: Blog Tour
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When her rock star boyfriend breaks things off out of the blue, Alyssa applies to hit reality TV show Deserted and to her shock she gets through. Abandoned on a remote island with a bunch of strangers and none of the luxuries she’s become accustomed to, it’s not long before an undeniable attraction to the mysterious Joshua starts complicating things even further.
Joshua’s different to everyone she’s ever known – a traveller, a man with no plan, a world away from the celebrity life she’s left behind. As a series of challenges test their wits and weaknesses, things start heating up in paradise, but in a game designed to break people down, it soon becomes clear that Joshua is hiding a painful secret – one he won’t risk anyone finding out.
Struggling to know where she belongs, Alyssa will have to choose – a life she once loved that wants her back, or a brand new reality that heartbreakingly may just have its limits.
˃˃˃ “Becky does it again, delivering a searingly hot, emotionally intense and brilliantly written book. I loved it.” – Sarah Alderson (author of Hunting Lila, Fated, The Sound)
***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***
At A Glance
A unique romance that left me smiling, but there could have been ‘a little more.’
I have not read the first book of the series but that didn’t really affect anything. Before He Was Gone can be read as standalone. The concept was the most standout in this novel. Alyssa and Joshua sign up for a show very similar to Survivor. Alyssa is running away as Joshua is trying to better his life. I was excited to see that both of them studied hard to survive in the wild and never batted an eye at the grueling hard work it took to stay on the survivalist game show. The behind the scenes was the best part. All the production and manipulation. It’s like we know reality TV is often scripted or twisted but you don’t think about it until you see it first hand. But through it all, Alyssa and Joshua tried to stay sane within each other’s arms. Corny but true.
There were many bumps in the road, but no matter how much the other wanted to stay focused in the game, Alyssa and Joshua couldn’t keep apart for very long. They just had that connection that left me giggling like a school girl. The other characters were awesome too. I loved how they had the ‘token contestants,’ like the cheerleader, army vet, geek, gay guy, and so on. I never felt bored. The writing was great. More importantly, this book shines light on something I never knew about. Something that affects many people in the real world, every day. It was heartbreaking to read those parts, but I am happy to now be educated on the subject.
I think I expected a little more. Like that extra oomph was missing. I wanted more stuff involving the reality show, which was often glanced over for the romance.
Alyssa and Joshua were hot together, but also a little volatile. Joshua made it hard for Alyssa to stick by him, but I respected her searching the truth behind his attitude before making judgment. A lot more grown-up than I would have been, that’s for sure.
The sex was spontaneous and hot. It was minimal but enough to keep things interesting.
Before He Was Gone is definitely worth the read. I now want to read the first and next book of the series, just so I can get to know more characters in Wicks’ world. Very recommended.
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