Title: Saying Goodbye, Part 1
Author: Abigail Drake
Pages: 221 (ebook)
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Published: Sept 10, 2016
Rating: 5 Stars
Samantha Barnes always dreamed of seeing the world, and only has a few months left before she starts a semester aboard in Japan. Enough time to say goodbye to her friends, polish up her language skills, and maybe squeeze in a quick fling with handsome fraternity boy Dylan Hunter.
All she wants from Dylan is something casual, and perhaps some mind-blowing sex, but things don’t work out as planned. Dylan wants a lot more from her than a hook-up. Before Sam realizes what’s happening, their relationship has become serious, something she never intended. And then she discovers Dylan is hiding a dark secret that makes breaking up with him nearly impossible.
Sam is running out of time. She has to leave soon. She has no choice. But leaving Dylan could mean more than just the end of their relationship. It could also mean destroying him completely.
Special thanks to netgalley for providing me with an e-arc for an honest review
First off I just want to say is that I love the cover of this book. It’s so beautiful with the colors and how the girl is taken in this picture. Now with that being said, if you don’t like anything that has to with rape, mental illness and a controlling relationship. Then this isn’t the book for you unless you can handle it. You have the whole college experience in here. From parties, sex, friendship, sororities. Even have a Sober Sister for when they go drinking. However, I do HIGHLY recommend this book. It’s a really well written new adult romance book. Saying Goodbye is a two part story and I’ve only read one part so far. Once I read part two I will have it up to share my thoughts.
“I’d once Googled “Fun things to do on campus that don’t involve drinking>” The results included crafts and sporting events. Please. I’d rather drink than use a glue gun. I’d rather drink and use a glue gun. That actually wou;d be kind of fun.”
We have three different character development. Which surprised me but at the same time seemed very realistic with everything that happened. It did take awhile for these developments to happen but it was well written. Even developed at a normal pace. Learning from the experience they went through to become who they are now. In this book we have Samantha, who is studying Japanese and is leaving the next semester to go aboard. When she meets Dylan, who is the perfect guy but of course he has a dark past that will cause problems for Sam, their relationship and their future. Then one of her friends gets raped at a frat party. Though the friend happens to have complications with telling the truth with what happened. Then we also have one of Sam’s ex boyfriends who uses drugs and hooks up with her occasionally.
Things do move quickly with Sam and Dylan, however it’s not instalove. Only because she doesn’t really feel that way towards him. Though things do get complicated between the two of them. Dylan’s dark past starts to show up and Sam doesn’t feel like it’s safe to leave him. There is scenarios where he is the perfect gentleman and then there is times when you question who he is. Even her friends notice. So Sam is in a situation with what is the best decision.
“You’re right. You are observant.”
“And brown eyes.”
“Yes. Two of them. They came as a set.”
There is a cliffhanger but this isn’t a bad one. It could almost be a one part story. Now it’s been almost a month since I’ve read this and it’s still on my mind. All I want to do is read it all over again. However, I’d like to be able to have part two when I do. So then I can have the complete story. If you’re interested in a new adult contemporary with a good plot then this is the book for you. Trust me it’s not a book you’ll want to miss.