The journey that began in top-rated, best-selling Bright Side, continues …
This is the story of Gus.
And healing along the way.
“ … but the honest-to-God truth is I don’t even know how to function anymore. Bright Side wasn’t only my best friend; she was like my other half … the other half of my brain, the other half of my conscience, the other half of my sense of humor, the other half of my creativity, the other half of my heart. How do you go back to doing what you did before, when half of you is gone forever?”
There are books you read that you love, some you really like and some are just so incredible that they stay with you long after you finish. I’m not going to lie—I waited a long time to read Bright Side. I was a chicken, afraid of the ugly cry that everyone spoke about. But when I dove in, I couldn’t put it down and it changed my life.
When Gus was released, I didn’t hesitate. I had to know what happened to the hot rocker with the heart of gold. My heart broke for him, and I longed to spend more time with him. Did his heart hurt? Chest ache? Did he find any peace? How would he survive losing his best friend—the other half of his heart? I’ve been there. I know how it feels to have a gaping whole in your heart. It hurts to breath. You have no idea how you’ll make it from one minute to the next or how you will possibly have a future without your loved one in it.
Gus is broken. He has no idea how to move forward. The pain is raw. Like someone ripped his chest open and left a wound that will never heal. You travel on his journey with him, wishing you could hold his hand, or hold him in your arms.
Of course there were so many glimpses of Bright Side. I love Kate. Hard. Even in her absence, she was so present, still there to prove that there is no greater gift you can give someone than a warm smile, kind words, a helping hand and your whole heart.
What can I tell you without giving anything away? Well, I’m not going to say much. This is one story that you need to experience, to cherish, to feel. How can I convey how much I loved Gus and Kim Holden’s words? She has a way of making you think differently, opening your eyes to all that life has to offer. To appreciate everyone around you, to love and love with your whole being.
This is why I read. I’ve said those very same words with a few select books in the past. Kim’s storytelling is a breath of fresh air. You feel as if you’re experiencing the story right along with the characters. I was moved to tears so many times and others, my smile was so bright and my heart felt as if it would burst.
Gus gets 6+++++ stars from me. I am a forever Kim Holden fan and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next. AMAZING!!!!
Purchase Link for Bright Side (Book 1)
Schmexy Girl Book Blog is giving away 2 ebooks of Gus!
About Kim Holden
Some of my favorite things: reading, writing, the two coolest guys on the planet (my husband and son), my bicycle (my husband built it for me), Facebook (I’m fairly certain it’s an addiction at this point), iced coffee (hazelnut), and music (LOVE the 1975, Dredg, the xx, Haim, Teenage Bottlerocket, and 30 Seconds to Mars). I also love dreaming, which brings me to my next point. I have one bit of advice for anyone reading this … follow your dreams. It’s never too late. Get started today … heck get started RIGHT NOW! I wanted to write a book 20 years ago. Instead I waited. And waited. I should’ve been writing. But I didn’t. I don’t do regrets, because the past is just that, the past. But let me tell you there’s nothing in the world like achieving something you’ve dreamt about for years and years. So, get started. Make your dreams reality.
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