Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she’s getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn’t want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he’s done, what he’s lost. He’s sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he’s too damaged to get close to her, yet she’s the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?

4 stars!!“People say that time heals all wounds, and maybe they’re right. But what if the wounds don’t heal correctly, like when cuts leave behind nasty scars or when broken bones mend together but aren’t as smooth anymore?”

I’ve read several books from Jessica Sorensen and I have to say, Breaking Nova is the most depressing one out of all of them. Drugs, suicide, accidents, and more are all packed in this book and it took a toll on me. Nevertheless, I couldn’t look away from the book once I started, and I do admire the author for not being afraid to portray the ugly side of things – she really dug in and went for it. And as usual, her writing style is fantastic so I had no problem getting into the story.

Innately sad and a loner with OCD, Nova Reed has never emotionally recovered after her father’s death and when her boyfriend Landon commits suicide, she completely shuts down and spirals into a bottomless pit. Constantly asking herself ‘why?’ when thinking of Landon’s suicide, Nova barely lives. She’s perpetually melancholy. On one of the rare days she hangs out with her friend Delilah, she meets Quinton and she sees something in him that reflects her own sorrow.

At the same time Nova loses her boyfriend, Quinton Carter loses his girlfriend in a tragic car accident. Having carried around her death for over a year, Quinton is the complete opposite of who he once was; now, he relies on drugs and meaningless sex to get him through the days, thinking he doesn’t deserve any better. Meeting Nova knocks him off his feet, because for once, he feels like he has a reason to live.*******************************This book was not a light read. It pretty much crushed me to see the baggage both Nova and Quinton carried and their reluctance to get to know each other. But at the same time, I understood. Both have been burned badly by their past experiences and guilt and immense pain have ruled over their lives for so long they don’t know how to experience anything else. Timing wise, I found their budding romance to be very realistic and liberating for the both of them.

My only reason for not rating this book 5 stars is because I didn’t love it, which I expected when I started it. Usually books like these where many sensitive topics like drugs, death, suicide and more are touched upon, it becomes hard for me as the reader to fall for the characters and romance when all my mind is focused on are the depressing moments. For books to get all five of my stars, I HAVE to be emotionally invested in these characters on top of a well-delivered story. So in short, I liked this one very much. It held my attention from start to finish and I liked both of the characters: Quinton with his damaged bad boy vibe and Nova with her tough-as-nails attitude. If you’re thinking about reading this book and worrying that you’ll drown in the depressing parts, don’t be. I promise there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.