‘Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?
Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.
The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.’
A huge thank you to Kate at The Hot Bed for sending me this book.
How do I even begin with explaining this book? WOW. Just. WOW.
What I was expecting and what I got were completely different, I was expecting a sexy book with a dark brooding man. What I got was one of the best books I have ever read. Instead of a New Adult book filled with sex, we get a compelling story about a guy who falls in love with the wrong girl and ultimately saves her.
The book is divided between Jesse and Alex/Water. Jesse telling his story from the past and Alex/Water telling her story in the present.
Jesse, finds Alex left for dead and saves her life. As the story continues we see that he is a mechanic who is pretty amazing at his job. One night in the pouring rain he pulls over to help a girl with a flat tyre, with the poor lighting they never see each others faces. But they share a kiss and Jesse can’t get her out of his head.
Later on Jesse out with his flatmate/workmate and meets Viktor, a rich and powerful Russian man who is willing to give him his dream car as long as Jesse fixes a car for him. It’s here that he meets Victor’s wife, Alexandria. She is much younger and rather obviously terrified of Viktor, Viktor doesn’t hide the fact he is abusive towards her either by slapping her in front of everyone.
Alexandria turns out to be the girl from the side of the road.
Jesse and Alex play a dangerous game and fall in love. It’s not a sleezy affair but a beautiful story of two people falling in love, it’s out of their control. Jesse wants Alex to be safe and know true love, not the love of a man who cheats and raises his hand. But can Jesse convince Alex to leave her husband for good?
Alex, survives being raped and beaten, she was beaten so badly she is scarred for life. But when Alex wakes up in hospital she has absolutely no idea who she is or what happened to her. With no one looking for her she is completely alone in the world. Her doctor Dr Alwood, seems to take a real liking towards Alex and when she is ready to leave the hospital she finds her a place to stay with her neighbour. Which was no easy task, Ginny has lived alone on her farm for 10 years and doesn’t allow a single sole on or near her property.
Alex soon catches sight of Jesse next door and finds herself attracted to him. But no one has a nice thing to say about the Sheriff and Doctors son.
As time goes on Alex gives herself the name Water and decides to try and embrace her new life in the hope her memory will one day return. Water and Jesse cannot seem to stay away from one another. He accepts her, even with all her scarring and she can’t understand why. She is starting to fall in love with him all over again, without ever knowing she loved him before, but will her memory stay hidden forever?
I adored Ginny, let’s start with her! She was an old lady extremely set in her ways for reasons no one knew. Something happened to her in her life for her to become terrified of men and become a recluse. Having Water around is amazing for her and has her changing her life in so many ways, it’s such a truly touching friendship. Their relationship was just as compelling as Jesse and Water’s.
As for Jesse he was a misunderstood kid who just stole my heart! He was so kind and gentle and his love for Alex/Water was unwavering.
This book was beautiful, absolutely stunning. I was hooked from page one and fell in love on page eighteen. The emotion pours from the pages into your heart.
It was so well written and has you wanting to jump within the pages to steal Jesse for yourself.
Just WOW! An absolute MUST READ!