Release Day and Review: Chasing Spring by R.S. Grey

Title: Chasing Spring
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: Feb 1, 2016
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I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.
I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.
To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.
I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.

My Review

4 Stars

I seem to be reading books that are more on the heavy side lately. This one isn't really any different. I wasn't truly expecting a more heavy book from Rachel based on the books of hers I read in the past. So to say this one took my breath away is an understatement.

Returning home where you feel and see nothing but the darkness of your past is never an easy thing. This book will take you on a journey of dark memories, self-doubt and forgiveness. It's definitely not full of flowers and rainbows. This book has a nice emotional punch to the gut more than anything else. It's real and raw. There are parts in this book that will definitely make you angry and will break your heart.

For me, this book really needed that happy ending. And many of my followers know I am not always wanting the treasure at the end of the rainbow. I really needed it with this one. This book took a hold of my insides and held them captive from start to finish. Rachel did a wonderful job with grabbing me from the beginning and not releasing me until my heart and head where back in the place they needed to be.

You will get lost in this journey. So I am telling you to be prepared. This book will take you on an emotional rollercoaster. There is a possibility you will need a tissue or two. You might even want a stiff drink to help coax you through the tough parts. To say I really liked this book would be an understatement. 
I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things... everyday.
I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I'm a comedy geek and love all things "funny". Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.