Published by Forever on 11/15/2016
What do you do when you wake up with no memory of what you did last night?
Lucas spent the first half of his life protecting himself from others, but now his own mind is his biggest enemy. He doesn't know what happens when the blackouts overtake him, but he can recall the feelings---the rage, the confusion, the fear. Thankfully the quiet life he's found in Payson, Arizona has kept the darkness at bay. Until his boss's estranged daughter shows up in town, asking questions she shouldn't and sparking a desire Lucas can't control. Getting close to Shyann is the best thing that's ever happened to him, but when his blackouts return, unleashing the truth he's battled so long to hide, he may just lose her forever . . .
J.B. Salsbury’s indie romances are among some of my favorites. I was excited to have the chance to review an early copy of her first traditionally published work. Being a long time fan, I didn’t bother much with reading the synopsis, because really, Split? A title like that could go a few different ways, so I was excited when I realized where the story was headed. I’ve read a book like this before, which I loved, however the execution here was unbearable at times. Unfortunately, I have to report that I’m pretty disappointed with the entire experience.
For starters, there was so much introspection. I’m good with a little inner dialogue here and there, and can find enjoyment in it, but the use here was excessive. It was to the point where I thought many times “what’s even happening here?” Oh, and coming from multiple (yes, more than two) points of view? Just maddening. It took so much away from my enjoyment that I never really got the chance to know the characters because I ended up skimming all the long drawn out mind drama.
Also, the element of suspense really overshadowed any kind of chemistry between the protagonists. So much that when it finally came time for the steamy scenes, I was disinterested as they felt rote and manufactured.
Needless to say I won’t be recommending Split. Kind of bummed. I hope this isn’t the beginning of a break up.