November 15, 2016

ARC Review: Split by J.B. Salsbury

ARC Review: Split by J.B. SalsburySplit by J.B. Salsbury
Published by Forever on November 15, 2016
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Pages: 416
4 Stars
Goodreads

JB Salsbury is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has captivated readers around the world. Her unforgettable new novel is a story of romance and suspense, with a twist no one will see coming . . .

What do you do when you wake up with no memory of what you did last night?

Lucas spent the first half of his life protecting himself from others, but now his own mind is his biggest enemy. He doesn't know what happens when the blackouts overtake him, but he can recall the feelings--the rage, the confusion, the fear. Thankfully the quiet life he's found in Payson, Arizona has kept the darkness at bay. Until his boss's estranged daughter shows up in town, asking questions she shouldn't and sparking a desire Lucas can't control. Getting close to Shyann is the best thing that's ever happened to him, but when his blackouts return, unleashing the truth he's battled so long to hide, he may just lose her forever . . .

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Do you know those story where you have no idea what the story will be about but the description still draws you in, anyway? That was Split for me. Everything about it intrigued me, from the suspense/mystery, the author, the description, the cover (AND MY IS THAT COVER PRETTY!). I wanted, needed, to know more. And when I picked it up? What is time and where did it go when I started reading?

The story follows Shyann, a small town girl who got out five years ago for school and vowed to never come back. But when job prospects becomes nonexistent after what happened during a live news broadcasting. No station wants a girl who freaked out on the gruesome aspects of journalism. So when Shyann moves back to the town she never wanted to go home to, she realizes that small towns never change. Except for the new guy in town.

Lucas keeps to himself. He’s shy, quiet, and keeps his head down. He’s also incredibly artistic and can do amazing things when it comes to wood carving. But Lucas doesn’t like to be around people for too long, he’s afraid of them. Of what could happen. You see, Lucas blacks out when he gets overly emotional and doesn’t remember what happens, only who takes his place when he does.

Lucas has multiple personalities and his other personality, Gage, protects Lucas from everything that could hurt him. Gage isn’t a nice person. He’s mean and hurtful and pushes people away from Lucas so Lucas keeps away from everyone, to avoid other’s facing the wrath of Gage.

It was really interesting with Lucas and Gage to see how multiple personality disorder effected not only Lucas and Gage, but also Shyann, and how contrasting her relationship with them were. Now, I’m not super familiar with this disorder so I wished it was explored a little more, with more explanation on why Lucas never saw a doctor or got on medication for it since the condition stripped him of not only memories but life experiences.

I finished this book last week and STILL don’t know what to make of Gage, I have such contrasting feelings toward the man and his personality, but I lovelovelovelove Lucas so much that I feel so conflicted about it! LIKE HOW! This book plays with your head in so many ways, not even with feelings involving Lucas and Gage, but with outside forces. So many mind games, I absolutely loved it!

Overall, I’m so happy that I read this book and for it to be my first book by this author. I’m definitely going to be reading the rest of her titles after that because her writing style and me? We vibe. If you’re looking for a romance with sides of suspense and mystery than don’t miss out on this one!

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