Breaking Nova
Jessica Sorensen

New Adult
Heat Level: Sensual

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Ella and Micha series comes a powerful story of love, scars, and impossible choices . . .

Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?


I will warn you right now, if you don’t like reading about people who are often getting high/drunk, DO NOT READ THIS!  This was a pretty good book, but it definitely isn’t for everyone.

This book is really sad, but not necessarily in the way that makes you cry. It is hard to watch the main characters in this book feel so lost, broken, and/or insignificant that it doesn't matter if they live or die. I mean, a small part of me can't blame them for feeling that way. I honestly can't say how I would react in their situations. However, you just want to wrap them in love, and show them that there is a reason that they are alive, and that they are worth it.

Nova and Quinton have both been through some absolutely terrible things, that have to do with the deaths of people they loved.  Both of them have found different ways of coping with their pain…Quinton through drugs, and Nova by counting EVERYTHING…steps, breaths, heartbeats, stairs, pictures on the wall…you name it, she counts it.  But after meeting Quinton, and finding out that her best friend is smoking pot again, Nova decides that maybe they have found a better way to make the pain and anxiety go away.  But, when Quinton starts to get to know Nova, the good part of him—the part that used to want college, and marriage, and babies—knows that Nova is too good to be doing things like smoking pot and hanging out with guys like him.  They both seem to want to help the other person, but neither of them seems to think they deserve to be with the other person.

Will either of them figure out that there’s still a life out there for them to live?  Will they help each other to move on, or will they only hurt each other while they’re on their own paths of self-destruction?

Reviewed by Ashley B.