He's twenty-four. She's eighteen.
His life is exactly the way he's always wanted it to be...stable.
She's quite possibly the very definition of unstable.
Noah saved her.
Georgina never wanted to be saved.
Growing up, Noah Clark was passed from one relative to the next until he finally ended up living with his abusive, alcoholic uncle in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Thanks in part to the unwavering love and support of his best friend, Ellie Turner, Noah survived those years, escaped his uncle, and grew into the man he is today. Now he runs his own business and lives a pretty normal, no-nonsense life–one where he maintains a high level of control.
Georgina is Ellie's younger sister. Four months ago, Noah saved Georgie's life, but he thought that was where his involvement with his friend's sister would end. Now Georgie has returned home from the recovery facility her parents sent her away to and Noah, still haunted by the night that connects them, can't stop himself from continuously trying to protect this girl he barely knows. But is he willing to give up all of the control he's worked so hard to build in his life and risk everything for her? Even more importantly, would she do the same for him?
Weeeellll. . .it's been five months since I've reviewed anything, let alone read much of anything. As I've attempted to kick the book funk to the curb, I've been sporadically picking books on my Kindle that I've had for awhile and never read. Kill Devil Hills was one of them, unlike many of the others that I've been picking, I kept reading.
The first chapter is a zinger, powerful, disturbing, visceral. It grabbed me by the throat and kicked my book funk officially to the curb, yay!, as I proceeded to consume the book in it's entirety.
Told in the dual points of view of Georgie and Noah, it is romantic, sweet, sexy, heartbreaking, and completely awesomely awesome. Trigger alert - the first chapter is all about suicide and it is hardcore. Sarah Darlington doesn't pull her punches with how fast and hard she grips you into her story.
I am new to Sarah Darlington's writing, but I am definitely adding her to my go-to list because of this book. I loved being able to see what was happening from both Georgie and Noah's points of views. It's a story with a whole lot of punch told gently and flowing really nicely.
The story was organic and the pacing was awesome. The reason I am giving it four stars instead of five is simply because I just felt it was missing. . .something. A little more information, a little less eye-rolling-quickly-resolved-angst. Yeah, there were a couple of misunderstanding attempts at angst, thankfully they didn't last long.
BUT. The reason it's getting four stars is the writing and the characters, especially Noah and Georgie.
Noah and Georgie share a romantic tension and the chemistry between them had my heart racing and a giddy smile on my face. I had no problem with their relationship, or how it flowed across the pages. Pretty close to perfect. Individually they are truly awesome characters. Together off the charts.
All in all, Kill Devil Hills is a sweet book. If you are looking for easy reading, and a snappy plot that moves you along just right, then you need to check this book out! It's a quick New Adult read that deals with some serious issues, while balancing it out with incredible sweetness drizzled in sexiness.
Sarah Darlington writes New Adult Romance. Her debut novel HE BELONGS WITH ME was released March 2014. And recently she released another novel: KILL DEVIL HILLS. Sarah lives in Virginia with her husband and son.