Saturday, May 4, 2013

In A Heartbeat by Teodora Kostova

In a Heartbeat (Heartbeat #1)In a Heartbeat by Teodora Kostova
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A part of Stella feels cursed. She endured losing her father and brother in a car crash, five years later she is a cancer survivor. When Stella was initially diagnosed she was given false hope it would be easy to catch, two surgeries later Stella has three months to wait to see if the cancer has returned.

Instead of sitting home watching the time tick by, Stella leaves for Italy to stay with her cousin. She wants three months of frolicking fun and not to be recognized as "that poor girl, she has been through so much". The minute she hits the beach she sees the most mouth watering lifeguard she ever dared to meet.

Max is known as flirtatious and he is also best friends with Stella's cousin. He knows Stella is special the minute he meets her, but getting her to admit the attraction and act on it is another matter altogether. Stella doesn't want to put her cousin in the middle when the summer of fun is over, making Max off limits in her mind. As they become closer friends it is to hard to resist the connection they feel, but Stella doesn't want Max to carry the burden he will have if her cancer is back, managing to push him away in the process. What Stella doesn't expect is Max is not turning away ever, she is his happily ever after regardless of the time they have left.

This was a beautifully written story, I thought the emotions both Stella and Max had were realistic and endearing. Max is an idiot at times but he is acting out not sure what to do about Stella. Wonderful story, can't wait to read the next in the Heartbeat story.

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