Summary (from Goodreads):
“Not everything is as perfect as it seems in this dark romance by A Matter of Heart author, Amy Dominy.
Theirs was the perfect love story.
After Emma Lorde’s parents’ divorce forces her to move halfway across the state of Arizona to live with her father, Emma must face her senior year in a new school knowing absolutely no one.
Then she meets Dillon Hobbs and something just clicks.
Dillon introduces Emma to friends she can call her own. He provides a refuge from the chaos of her past and the security of a commitment that he promises will last forever. And because circumstances of her messy life forced Emma to put aside her dream of pursuing archaeology, Dillon creates a blueprint for a future together.
He saves her, over and over, by loving her more than she thought anyone ever would.
But just when everything seems picture-perfect, Emma is offered an opportunity that will upend the future they’ve planned. Uncertainty grows, and fear spirals into something darker.
Now Dillon is the one who needs saving.
But how much do you sacrifice for the one you love? What if saving Dillon means losing herself?”
I am a huge fan of Amy Dominy’s and I have been since I read OyMG. This is her fourth novel (and second for young adults) and I cannot even tell you how big of a departure this is for her novels. She’s always had an incredible amount of talent, but this is a whole other level.
I mean, think about it: odds are a book like this would be incredibly fun but campy. Right? Kind of ridiculous? Like, say, Swimfan?
I immediately loved Emma, and I could see that Dillon showed creeper potential, but it happened slowly and organically, and it was absolutely chilling.
And it shows just how easy it is to make excuses. Like, “Oh, he loves me; he’s just having a bad day” or “He loves me; I just need to be patient.”
Highly, highly recommended.