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Sunny is a mess! She battles the demon of addiction caused by the guilt of her parents death. She has taken the blame of the accident that killed her parents upon herself based on her childish recollection of the accident. With no family she was placed into foster care with nobody to ever explain to her or talk to her about what happened. Drugs became her outlet in dealing with the guilt. Never believing herself to be worthy of love and never expecting to live long enough to become attached to anyone…until she meets Nate.
The love that grows between Nate and Sunny in the hurricane of adversity, the intensity of their feelings, and their chemistry is mind blowing. It is also heart breaking, frustrating, and gut wrenching!
Following The Sun was an amazing read that really hit home for me being not only the product of an alcoholic mother, but also the victim of her violent death at very young age. It was easy for me to identify with Sunny’s grief and confusion, as well as her source of addiction. I throw my hat off to Alisa and her ability to REALLY bring Sunny to life…the good and the bad. There are too many people who really don’t understand that every addiction has pain behind it and how hard it is for a person addicted to confront that pain when they have been hiding it behind the guise of drugs, alcohol, or sex for so long.
I loved this book…I loved the characters…and I loved the emotional roller coaster ride I was taken on. There are a lot of wonderful authors and wonderful books out there but there are some that stand above the rest…for me this was one of them. Maybe it was because it affected me on such a personal level but I truly “FELT” this book and the struggles the characters went through. I would definitely recommend this to anyone over 18 (due to sexual content), but caution that there may be triggers for those who have had experience with addiction and loss so grab your tissues loves!
This is a beautiful and heart-wretching story of the realities of loving an ''imperfect'' person, a person that has been dragged under water, and is struggling to fight their way back to the surface again.
Mullen has created a moral dilemma that is uncomfortable and, unfortunately, a reality for a lot of people in modern society. Addiction is something that isn't shoved in middle class peoples faces very often and when it is...our natural reaction as a society is to shun it. to isolate it. to keep it as far away from us as possible just in case we manage to ''catch'' it and it drags us under too. This is the story of a man that manages to see past the addiction and to see the person that is hiding inside, the scared little girl that is beneith her covers in bed, too terrified to face the monster that's just under the surface.
I'm not going to lie to you here people, this is a gritty and tough read, Of course its immaculately written (If you've ever read anything by Alisa in the past, then you know that that's just a given!) but it captures your soul. It grabs onto your heart and squeezes, you wont feel comfortable, you wont feel warm and fuzzy (very often) but i can guarantee that you will never be able to walk past someone on the street and judge them in the same way.
I implore you to buy this book, buy it and read and be safe in the knowledge that once you've read it...you've already begun to help someone! Alisa is donating all proceeds to the Austin recovery unit.
Thank you Alisa, thank you from me, and thank you for helping that faceless girl find her place in my heart.
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As much as you'd like to think you do have control, you don't.
Nate Wilson is a hardworking, guy in his late twenties. He's hot, non-commital and that's the way he wants it. He's perfectly content with the handful of ladies in his little black book with whom he's comfortable and that give him physical satisfaction. No strings. Besides, he doesn't have time for a committed relationship - or does he? Enter Sunny (also known as Ashley),who is the farthest thing you would expect Nate to fall for. She's damaged goods and by all standards, not for him. She's cursed with a family tragedy and drug addiction. Nate knows better than to fall for a woman like her. She spells trouble. Even her best friend/sponsor tries to warn him. ^^^Enter that first sentence I wrote above.....^^^
This book takes you on a journey which involves compromise, trust, love and letting go. My heart ached more times than not. I felt for Sunny and the horrible things she carried inside her head. She wanted to be good, clean and trust, but she couldn't. Every time she caught herself trying to be happy, something threw her back into her safe world of drugs and alcohol. It was her bandaid to stop the bleeding.
If you've ever known someone with an addiction, then you'll identify. If not, then this book will let you know how it is to love someone who can fall off the edge so quickly, so hard. As much as you want to fix them, you can't do it. They have to WANT to.
This book had me all over the road map with emotions. I was rooting for, yelling at, screaming and yes, I cried. There is one part in the book (sorry, not giving spoilers) but you won't see it coming and it will rip your heart out.
The author did a great job in writing POV's, which there is an art to and she does it with such ease. The characters are well developed and the descriptions are awesome!
I adored Nate and his best friend Daxton. These two guys had a bromance like you wouldn't believe. Friends from childhood, now working together - they had each other's backs at all times. Loved loved loved their friendship!
I loved this book and I recommend it highly!