Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nova and Quinton: No Regrets by Jessica Sorensen Release Day Blitz Review and Giveaway

Today is the first day of Quinton Carter's new life. The toxic guilt of his past left him in pieces-but one girl unexpectedly put him back together. Thanks to Nova Reed, Quinton can finally see the world with clear eyes. She's the reason his heart is still kicking behind the jagged scar on his chest. And he would love to have her in his arms every minute of the day . . . but he's not ready yet.

Playing drums in a band and living with her best friends are just some of the highlights of Nova's life. But the best new development? Talking to Quinton on the phone each night. She wishes she could touch him, kiss him, though she knows he needs time to heal. Yet shocking news is on the way-a reminder of life's dark side-and Nova will need Quinton like he once needed her. Is he strong enough to take the final leap out of his broken past . . . and into Nova's heart?

4.5 Star Review by Jen Skewes

Nova and Quinton:No Regrets was the perfect ending to their story. When we first met Nova and Quinton they were both trying to survive the guilt as well as the grief of losing someone they loved 

Nova was dealing with Landon's suicide and blaming herself.  But also trying to cope and understand his reasons for doing it.  Quinton lost his girlfriend and cousin in a tragic car accident.  He was driving that night and has since blamed himself.  When they first met each other they has this connection. They felt comfortable with each other but at the time Quinton was submerged in the world of drugs and eventually Nova found herself in that same dark place.  We saw Nova break free from that world in book one.  In Saving Quinton we see Nova try everything she can to find Quinton and help him. She wanted, needed to save him. She couldn't save Landon and needed to help Quinton.  At the end of Saving Quinton we see him finally go for the help that he has needed for the past two years. 

No regrets takes place after Quinton finishes rehab.  It's his new start in a world without drugs.  This story is about surviving and healing.  Quinton may be sober but he is still carrying that guilt around with him. He still believes that it should have been him that died on that tragic night.  Everyday is a struggle for him.  Wanting the drugs, still feeling the pain.  Feeling resposible for Lexi and Ryder's death.    But there is another issue that he has to deal with and that is his feelings for Nova. He knows that he is in love with her but his feelings for her scare him.  And he is not quite sure what to do with them or how to handle them.  He is not ready for what he feels for her.  Plus he feels guilty for moving on with someone else. 

Quinton is back home living with his dad which is just one more issue on top of many that he needs to face.   Honestly it's no wonder that Quinton blames himself for what happened. His father kicked him out, Lexi and Ryder's parents won't speak to him and blame him.  So drugs seemed like the only way out.  Wanting to feel numb and shut out the pain.   But now he is sober and he needs to be able to move on.  To forgive himself and stop blaming himself. And he has Nova to help him along the way. 

Nova and Quinton are currently living in two different states but they still talk and have agreed to being friends for now.  I loved Nova.  She loves Quinton there is no doubt.  And she wants nothing more than to go see him, to touch him, feel him, love him and just hold him. But she knows and understands his need for space right now. She knows what he is going through and knows what a struggle it is for him.  And if just talking on the phone and texting and taking it slow is what he needs then that is what she will do for him. 

What I loved about this story is how they slowly became reacquainted with each other in a way. They met and fell in love at a time when they were both high on drugs.   So to see them form that friendship and bond, to see them connect the way that that do, all while being sober was beautiful and sweet.  They learned how to open up to each other, and get to know each other on a different level.  I loved their nightly ritual that they had.  It was some of the sweet moments between them.  This story isn't as raw and gritty or as sad as the first two. But it is still very real.  There were still some sad moments but we get to see some happier moments for them as well.   Healing does't happen over night and we see that in this book.  And yes they do have their happy moments but right now they are just trying to heal and move on from the guilt.  Quinton needs to put the hurt in the past in order for him to truly be happy and be able to move on.  He needs to let go of the past, but that does t necessarily mean he has to forget it either, meaning Lexi.  And that is something that he is also trying to understand.  This is their journey to finding a certain amount of peace and happiness in life. And while they both are on their way to finding that peace and that happiness it isn't always easy.  There are still struggles that they face but this time around they need to learn to cope with them in a different way.  Nova faces some obstacles as well and has to learn that she cannot fix everyone or everything.  And this time we see Quinton as the one who helps her.  I think with each other they can get through it all.  

Jessica Sorensen has done a fantastic job with the conclusion to Nova and Quinton's story.  I love how real and true to life her stories are.  This s a beautiful yet heart breaking story about healing, surviving, and moving on.  The road to sobriety is not an easy one and that is what is portrayed in this book.  There wasn't a lot of romance because of their time apart but for me personally I loved that part of the story.  I think that is part of what makes it real.   Being a drug addict to going to rehab and getting sober takes time.  Their relationship wasn't rushed.  I loved the moments they shared via text and on the phone. And when they were together it was just amazing.   And I think the ending was perfect and true to the story.  I loved these two characters and just wanted to see them heal and get through it all.  These are two characters who will stay with me and would love to see more of in the future.  

“I have to tell you something else, but it’s not good—it’s bad.” Before I can 

chicken out, I hurry and sputter, “Someone gave me a bag of meth today and I have 

it underneath my mattress.” As soon as I say it, I wonder why the hell I thought this 

was a good idea, throwing this on her. I need to stop relying on her so much—need 

to stand on my own two feet.

I’m about to hang up, because really it’s the only choice, but then she says, 

“Did you do any of it?”

“No.” My voice shakes as I grip the side of the mattress and battle to breathe 


“Do you want to?” she asks calmly.

“Yes.” My voice is full of desperation.

“Are you… are you going to?” There’s a hint of worry in her tone.

“I’m not sure,” I admit. “I want to, but I also want to throw it away.”

“Then throw it away,” she says, as if it’s the easiest thing in the world to do.

“I don’t think I can.” My hands quiver just at the thought of it and I rest my 

forehead on the mattress, still on my knees “It feels fucking impossible.”

“Yes, you can.” She sounds so certain and I have no idea how she’s doing it—

managing to sound so calm when I know she can’t be. “Just take it and dump it down 

the toilet. You can do this. I know you can.”

“You have too much faith in me,” I say, slipping my fingers between the bed 

and the mattress, fighting the urge to hang up on her and turn to what’s only inches 

away from my fingertips.

“No, I have the right amount,” she replies. “Now let me know when you have 

it and you’re headed to the bathroom. And don’t hang up on me.” It’s like she can 

read my mind.

I sit there forever, going back and forth with what I want and need to do. At 

one point I grab the bag of crystal and put it back. Then pull it out again and open 

it, staring at the white crystals so close I can almost taste them. But I can also hear 

Nova breathing on the other end. Soft and full of concern. Acting calm, when I’m sure 

she’s freaking out. I want to throw them away just for her, but I have to wonder if 

it’s possible to care for someone so much that I’d give this up. Do I care for her that 


After a lot of deliberating, I come to one simple answer.

Yes. I care about her that much.

I get to my feet and make my way to the bathroom, not speaking. Then I lift 

up the toilet seat and, shutting my eyes, I tip the bag over, pour the contents into the 

water, and flush them down.

“Did you do it?” Nova asks at the sound of the flushing.

I press my lips together, resting back against the bathroom wall, realizing 

how sweaty I am and how much I’m gasping for air. “I did.”

“See, I knew you could do it,” she says with relief in her voice. “I knew you’d 

do the right thing.”

The right thing? Is that what I just did? Sometimes it feels like it is, but there 

are other times when it feels like what I’m doing is so wrong and disrespectful to 

Lexi. But through the right and wrong, there’s always one thing that gives me hope 

and that’s Nova. She’s what keeps me going.

About Jessica Sorensen:
Jessica Sorensen is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives with her husband and three kids in Idaho. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

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  1. The Fallen Star is what drew me in but they are all great!

  2. I agree, it's very hard to choose when you love them all.


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