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"Beautiful . . . will settle deep in your heart." --Sophie JordanIt will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don't care. Faith Watters has a picture-perfect life. She's captain of...
"Beautiful . . . will settle deep in your heart." --Sophie JordanIt will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don't care. Faith Watters has a picture-perfect life. She's captain of...
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  • "Beautiful . . . will settle deep in your heart." --Sophie Jordan

    It will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don't care.

    Faith Watters has a picture-perfect life. She's captain of the dance team, popular, happy. She even spent her junior year traveling the world before returning to Oviedo High School for senior year. But she's living a lie.

    Diego Alvarez hates his new life in the States, but staying in Cuba is not an option. Covered in tattoos and scars, Diego doesn't stand a chance of fitting in, and doesn't want to. His only concern is his secret past--a past, which if it were to surface, would cost him his life.

    Everyone knows that Faith and Diego don't belong together. But fate has its own plan. All they want is to be free. What they get is something different entirely.

    Love--it will ruin you. . .and save you.

    "Will hook and hold you. . ." --K.A. Tucker New York Times bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths

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  • Amber Hart grew up in Orlando, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia. She now resides on the Florida coastline with family and animals including, but not limited to, bulldogs, a cat, and dragons. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. You can visit her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/amberhartbooks.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 21, 2014
    Hart debuts with a steamy romance about affirming love. Faith Watters, 18, returns for her senior year in Oviedo, Fla., after a year in rehab that no one knows about except for her family and best friend, Melissa. Ever since Faith was abandoned by her drug-addicted mother 10 years earlier, she has felt compelled to act the part of her pastor father's perfect daughter. Every aspect of Faith's life feels stifling, including her relationship with her bland boyfriend of four years that resembles an "arranged marriage." When she's assigned to be a "peer helper" to cocky new student Diego Alvarez, the physical attraction between them is immediate. Their inaccurate assumptions about one another and defensive personalities cause conflicts, yet as trust builds, Faith reveals her family history, and Diego confesses his involvement with a drug cartel. As Hart alternates between Faith and Diego's self-aware and expressive first-person narratives, readers will be invested in the couple's intense cross-cultural relationship as they persevere despite an onslaught of personal and societal pressures. Ages 14–up. Agent: Beth Miller, Writers House.

  • Kirkus

    June 15, 2014
    The daughter of a pastor and a young man on the run from a Cuban drug cartel get past their initial animosity to fall in love in this sexy romance.Prickly, wary 18-year-old Diego is disgusted with the beautiful and collected young woman assigned to escort him through his first day of school, assuming she is a snob. Faith, also 18, finds Diego, with multiple scars and tattoos, annoyingly cocky yet attractive: "He is a boy with eyes like hope, with scars that tell stories....I don't trust myself around him." She has erected a carefully crafted facade to disguise her fear of abandonment and a secret year in rehab, while Diego's past has left him ready to brutally fight when threatened. The pair tell their story in alternating, present-tense chapters. Their two families are well-drawn; Diego and his relatives speak in English with a sprinkling of Spanish, which contrasts with Faith's Anglo background. The plot moves slowly for the first two-thirds of the novel, then presents a series of shocks. Hart's writing in this debut conveys a lot of physical and emotional feeling but works a little too hard in places ("Under my fingertips her blood pulses fast, a one-way train on a track bound for collision").This riff on West Side Story is torrid and heartfelt if not at all subtle, with a sequel featuring Faith's best friend still to come. (Romance. 14-18)

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  • School Library Journal

    August 1, 2014

    Gr 9 Up-Faith Watters plans to spend her senior year living up to everyone else's expectations. She'll keep the same boyfriend she's had for three years, wear the same conservative clothes, and maintain her social status as the popular queen bee at her high school. However, her facade is challenged while serving as a student ambassador for a Cuban transfer student, Diego Alvarez. Despite being an unlikely couple, Faith and Diego find themselves instantly drawn to each other. Their steamy attraction quickly, almost too conveniently, becomes a hidden relationship. Faith's father, a pastor at a local church, was almost ruined professionally and personally when Faith's mother abandoned them for a drug habit. The protagonist believes a relationship with a scarred, tattooed boy from another culture would not only be frowned upon by her friends, but also be completely unacceptable to her father and their congregation. As their pasts are revealed, the teens are drawn together by all that they have in common. It isn't until their relationship finally goes public that Diego's past threatens their safety. The story is told in the alternating, indistinguishable voices of Faith and Diego. The narrative has more than a few convenient plot elements as well as some potential flaws, including the boy's English skills originating from his summers in the U.S., despite the long-standing travel restrictions between the two countries. Indiscriminate readers might be willing to overlook these inconsistencies, but even die-hard romance fans may still find the teens' relationship overly cliched.-Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD

    Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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