Some call me a party girl. People see me as happy, full of life, with absolutely no cares in the world. They see what I want them to see. But no one knows me – really knows me. Not even Noah Reese. Mr. Perfect is always watching me, most likely judging every single imperfect thing I do. But, if Noah wants to keep an eye on me, that’s just fine. I definitely don’t mind. I just hope he doesn’t have any plans to save me from my new-found life of self-destruction because in order to save me, he will have to see me…
And I’m never going to let that happen.
Perfect. That’s me. That’s the only acceptable way to be, according to my father. Perfect grades. Perfect manners. Perfect athlete. Perfect SAT scores. Perfect college. And recently, I was accepted into the perfect med school. My future has already been mapped out for me and there’s nothing that can change that. Not even Tatum O’Connell. That girl is out of control, yet for some reason, I can’t seem to keep my distance from her. I watch her closely, hoping that one day she’ll let me in, but watching her lead her life down the dangerous path she’s on right now isn’t easy…
I have a feeling I’m about to find myself swept away by the hurricane that is Tatum O’Connell.
“Two fleeting souls,
Too slowly drawn,
Impatient fate calls.
The jolting collide intertwines their lives
And splinters their walls.”
“Catalyst” – Noah Reese
Wow. Just wow. I absolutely adored “Running on Empty” and “Recovery” by L.B. Simmons and I loved the teasers for this one, so I wasn’t really worried that I WOULDN’T enjoy this. I just wasn’t prepared for how much I’d just absolutely freaking LOVE it. You start off with knowing that Tatum is not just broken, but completely shattered. You know that Noah is amazing, but what you don’t realize initially is that he is just as shattered as she is. You’ve got 2 characters that are so shattered that you aren’t sure they can be repaired, much less repair each other.
The writing is flawless, as usual. From the very first sentence, you are sucked in to this story. You want to jump in there and take care of Tatum and make out with Noah. Whatever, I’d totally do a lot of naughty things with Noah. He’s just amazing. Tatum, gosh, I want to hold her and repair the damage that was done. L.B. Simmons did an amazing job with creating this girl and really letting not only her brokenness shine, but also her strength. You know right away that she has it in her, but that she really has a ways to go before she realizes it.
I honestly cannot say enough amazing things about this story or this series as a whole. Each character in this series as a whole is so unique and has their own set of strengths as well as their own flaws. We get a glimpse in to Harlow & Trace a little bit more and I really just can’t wait for their story! And here I am, more than a week after finishing the story, finding myself still reeling from it and contemplating how soon is too soon to read it again!
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L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science. She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.
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