Andrew Harper grew up in a house marked by tragedy. His older brother Owen did his best to shelter him, but you can only be protected from life’s pain for so long. Eventually, you end up just feeling numb...and isolated.
Loneliness was the one constant in Andrew’s life. Until one girl, met by chance in a high school hallway, changed everything. Emma Burke was a mystery and all that was beautiful in this world, the only air Andrew ever wanted to breathe. She took the lonely away, and filled it with hope and color, and Andrew would do anything to keep her safe, happy and whole.
But sometimes, what feels good and right is what ends up hurting us the most. And when Andrew and Emma are faced with an impossible decision, Andrew is tested to see just how far he’s willing to go for the girl who owns his heart.
Cuts are deep.
Scars are left behind. And revenge beckons.
When Andrew finally gets his chance, in college, five years after his first love broke him completely, he finds out old feelings don’t really disappear just because you say you hate someone. The more he tries to avenge all that he believes he lost, the more he uncovers the real story of what happened years before.
Love is wicked. But a restless heart is never satisfied beating on its own. Can Andrew and Emma make it right before it's too late, or will the ties that bind them now destroy their only chance at a future?
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
I have read every single Ginger Scott book. Her writing is magical. It overwhelms me. It challenges me. But Wicked Restless? It’s on a whole different level. It consumed me. I got lost within the pages. This? It may just be her best one yet.
Andrew Harper is a wild one. And so is his heart. When Andrew meets Emma Burke everything shifts. You feel it. They feel it. They are in deep. One night tests their feelings. Choices are made. Consequences are dealt with. Hearts shatter. Years later, underneath the hurt and turmoil, they discover that their hearts still beat for each other. Their souls still tethered.
“It's like he was stolen-taken by someone, tortured, and returned half the boy he was-only to grow into a man with holes and broken pieces.”
But love is wicked. Andrew is still broken. He has never forgotten the past. How much love crushed him. His spirit damaged because of one night. When chance puts him back in Emma’s life he is overwhelmed. Unsure if his heart can forgive. Andrew pushes the limits. He tries to make Emma feel what he did. He doesn’t understand why, but he is compelled to go through with his plan. Love hurts. Emma knows this. But Andrew doesn’t know Emma is hiding something. Something big. And it played a part in their demise.
“You get to come first. I don’t have a choice, Emma, the universe wants you to be my reason for living. I’m a salve to its demand.”
You have never read a story like this. You probably never will. Andrew and Emma are no strangers to tragedy. They find solace in each other until they can’t. And even years later, deep down under the darkness and pain, their love still shines through. Andrew’s tragic soul is spoke to me in this story. The author effortlessly places you within his heart. You understand the battle raging inside. You will love him. Deeply. Because his love? It’s the greatest of them all.
“If you want me – you have me. Or…more clearly…I’m yours.”
The writing is breathtaking. There is something so REAL about the author's words. They are compelling. Powerful. They will consume you. My heart was deeply invested in Andrew and Emma’s story. The author has a true talent of touching your heart with her words. You feel their pain. Their anguish. Conflict. You fall with them as they fall for each other. Andrew and Emma are unlike any characters I have ever met. Ginger pours her heart and soul into her characters and it is felt in the powerfulness of the emotions of this story.
"Emma", he breathes, his whisper against my mouth. "So long...I wanted...I waited."
"I ...I waited. For you. I...I haven't given this to anyone. I saved it. And I'm pretty sure I was saving it for you."
Wicked Restless challenges your beliefs on love. On love that is ceaseless. An enduring love. Their love is selfish. Their love is self-less. Unrelenting. And even those words cannot truly capture the greatness of their love . For their love knows no barriers, it shatters them. Their love simply bears all. Wicked Restless is truly a beautiful and profound story. It goes beyond the second chance. It’s about THE absolute love. The one where your heart beat only knows the one person it can’t beat without. Wicked Restless was a beautiful, touching, and poignant story. It will stay with me forever.