November 17, 2013…
In the past, I’ve always been given everything I’ve wanted, but nothing that I truly needed. I’ve experienced a lot of things in my twenty-five years, everything except the one thing I want. It’s the one thing that can’t be bought. It can’t even be taken, it has to be given. And nobody has ever given it to me, not really anyway.
Not until him.
Music is the center of both our lives, but as he found his place in it, I lost my way. He soared, while I spiraled down a destructive path.
I lost myself in more ways than I can count.
The ironic thing is that I didn’t realize how lost I was until he found me.
And now that he has, I have to wonder if he’ll stay around long enough to catch me.
We all have our favorite authors, you know the authors I’m talking about. The authors that you can’t wait til they write another book kind of authors. You stalk their Facebook pages dying to see what they are working on. You fangirl them telling them that they complete your life…the total, complete truth. You hold your breath and when you finally get their book on your ereader, you are completely blissful. Like you don’t wanna do anything else–you savor every word, you live, eat, breathe and soak them up and cry when it’s over. That is what Claire Contreras does for me. When I read There Is No Light in Darkness and Darkness Before Dawn, I fell IN LOVE. I couldn’t wait to read Catch Me because I knew…I just knew that I would fall in love all over again.
Brooklyn has not had an easy life. Sure she has tons of money, a job she loves…and one she doesn’t really want. She has her brother and best friend, Shea, who fill in some gaps, but she doesn’t have what she needs. At twenty-five years old, she has experienced heartbreaking pain and has been torn to shreds by her oh-so-beautiful fashion model mother and tossed aside by her music icon father. Her own life has been “a basket of beautiful lies. One I’ve learned to carry around, even though I don’t like to pick from it.”
Nick is Shea’s producer and has a reputation of being the Slam, Bam, thank you ma’am type. They meet and the outside word doesn’t exist.
He mesmerized me. He captivated me. He melted me and turned me inside out. His soul, his voice, his heart, his eyes: “The blue that makes you want to name a crayon because it’s so magnificent. The shade that makes you want to dive in. Of course I know there’s a great white shark waiting for me in that beautiful water if I dare to take the leap.”
GOD did I want to DIVE IN…like full on swimming-throwing myself into the great big ocean without a life jacket.
“So what if he looks like a God himself sauntered down here and sprinkled gold all over him. So what if he smells like one of those little ads that come in GQ magazine for men to sniff the next perfume of their choice? He could totally model for one of those ads too.”
DAMMIT WHY DON’T THEY MAKE SCRATCH AND SNIFF BOOKS!?!?
The first kiss…the most incredible almost first kiss…Claire had me DYING—twisting my heart, wishing I could jump into the book and take Brooklyn’s place. I needed his lips on mine like I need air. I don’t want to give it away, but I’ll give you a taste.
“I open my mouth automatically for his, but he doesn’t kiss me. He sucks on my bottom lip, slowly, savoring it, moaning as he does it, making me feel like it’s the best thing he’s ever tasted in his life.”
OMFG…I think I just fainted.
Brooklyn doesn’t realize “how lost she was until he found her.”
Will he help her find herself? Will he save her from herself? Will he fill in the empty pieces of her heart? Will he Catch Her?
Claire is a master of her craft. She keeps you awake til all hours of the night thinking about her characters, falling in love with them. There are twists and turns and HOLY CRAP moments that leave you oh so satisfied.
This novel was one that I will not forget. It’s like that first ice cream cone on a hot summer day, the first blossoming flower in spring, the first burnt orange leaf that falls in autumn, and the first snowflake that lands on your tongue in winter. No matter how many times you’ve experienced these firsts, they never cease to amaze you. No matter how many of Claire’s books you read, you feel completely in awe of how breathtakingly beautiful they are.
They warm your heart and seep into your soul.
There are not enough words to describe my thoughts on Catch Me. It’s a do-not-miss, you-will-love-every-word book.
About the Author
Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.
Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.
She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.
Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones.
She is currently working on the second novel in her series.
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