Title: Take Me Away
Author: S. Moose
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Cover Model: Gunnar DeWitt
After breaking up with her long time boyfriend, Jackson DeLacey, eighteen-year-old Zara Borzilleri promises herself to focus on school and play the game she loves. Stepping foot onto the lacrosse field, in front of a cheering crowd, pushes aside the pain and reminds her of the future ahead at least until she graduates in four years.
Lacrosse star Treston ‘The King’ Parker dominates the field and to everyone else he has it all. Behind closed doors he’s just Treston Parker- a monster full of secrets, deep, dark secrets only he knows. He won’t allow anyone to get close and for the past two years he’s kept his promises to her, but never his last promise: falling in love again.
One weekend he gives in and everything changes when he meets Zara. The rules change and she sees Treston for who he truly is, not what everyone else sees. But to Treston, meeting Zara means nothing, even though her blue eyes invades his mind.
We can be friends, but don’t ask about my past or where I go.
He draws the lines.
She erases his lines.
Can Zara help Treston escape his painful past before he sinks deeper into oblivion?
I’ve given away my heart once and only once. Now, I live my life the way I do. I don’t have time to talk about my feelings and get emotional. That shit is for the birds. When you take out emotions you’ll feel a lot better, trust me. Emotions mean feeling and feeling means opening yourself up to get hurt and when you’re hurt, all you can think about is why and what you could have done differently. You blame yourself and think of ways to get her back. When you can’t think of anything, you’re backed up into a corner and feel alone. No one can help you because the only person who can will never be able to. That hurt leaves you feeling broken and you go through hell trying to pick yourself back up. You stop your life, the only life you know, and live in the dark. You’re vulnerable to words and actions. People around you walk on eggshells, scared to make you cry or piss you off. So I’ve taken away my feelings and will never hurt the way I did before. See my point?
For Treston, life is just a shell for him, never letting anyone get close enough to see the real him. That is until he meets Zara, the new star of the lacrosse team at Duke. For the first time in years, he starts to feel again, but feels so undeserving considering what happened to him the last time he loved. They start off as friends first, but the chemistry between the two too strong for either to deny for very long.
Zara, herself is a strong female character. All she wants to do is live life to her fullest, and wants Treston to let her in on the demons he is fighting from his past. But when he won’t, she finally has enough and walks away knowing that unless he lets her completely in, then she won’t ever truly have him. And she sticks to her convictions on that.
Months go by after they have broken up, when Treston finally sees the light as to what he has lost and what is worth fighting for. I was like finally, the light bulb goes off. So many times, I wanted to throttle Treston for what he put both of them through because he was too stuck in his head, and not returning what Zara gave him during their relationship in the beginning, which was everything she could, her heart and soul.
The only real problem that I had with reading it, was the flow of the story. Sometimes, it flowed really well and other times, had trouble following along with what was happening, details were glossed over or things in the story jumped ahead in time. I felt at times like I had whiplash wondering how did it get here in the book when this just happened. And that kept me from being fully engaged in the story. But other than that, I loved the story and the characters I could feel their emotions and the struggles they dealt with on their own and together. It was the first book Ive ever read of S. Moose’s and am looking forward to reading more of her work.
~Catherine B. (Guest reviewer)
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, S.Moose, lives in Webster, NY.
A 2011 St. John Fisher graduate, S.Moose loves to read and write. When she isn’t in her room in front of her computer or a book, she is with her family and friends.
S. Moose is a romantic at heart and loves anything with a happily ever after.