In nineteen-year-old Maggie Carson’s case, it’s taken more than its fair share.
Determined to move forward, Maggie embarks on her first year of college, hoping to finally put her past behind her, exactly where it belongs.
But that’s hard to do when the present is just as difficult. And even harder when someone like Ran, the gorgeous paramedic that keeps crossing Maggie’s path, challenges her to face things head on, rather than bury them like she always does.
Ran hasn’t had a perfect life either. But there’s something different about him, and something different about the way he makes Maggie feel. Maybe meeting Ran is life’s little gift for Maggie—a sort of consolation prize for enduring everything she’s had to go through.
But things don’t come easy for Maggie. Why should love be the exception? And just when everything starts to settle, it’s all turned on its head once again.
If there is one thing Ran has taught Maggie, it’s that you can’t sit on the sidelines of your own existence. When life takes something that’s yours, you have every right to demand it back.
Only for Maggie, that is easier said than done.
What a romantic story! Ran and Maggie meet after she is in an awful car crash and Ran is the paramedic on the scene. They have some quick-witted and playful banter back and forth in the ambulance and Maggie makes a comment about liking Ran’s face…something he won’t let her forget LOL While Maggie is in the hospital she finds out that her brother is very sick, he has a brain tumor. When he continues to get sicker Ran happens to be the paramedic on call and he comes to their house to help, just a few days later he shows up again, off call, and asks Maggie to lunch.
Maggie and Ran are very similar in their personalities. They are both quick-witted and persistent in subjects that matter to them. Unfortunately I felt that this keeps making them butt heads. Ran wants in but Maggie holds back.
“I wouldn’t be so sure. I’ve had over a decade of practice hardening this shell.” – Maggie
“That sounds like a challenge. One I readily accept.” – Ran
“Ran,” I sigh. ”I don’t think you know what you’re getting yourself into.” – Maggie
“No, but I hope I’m about to find out.” – Ran
Slowly the two begin to open up to one another about their pasts. Ran is trying to make Maggie forgive people from her past and to allow herself to heal. Maggie doesn’t see it this way and again, is constantly holding back. Ran does not give up on Maggie and tries to take things slow with her, she is different from anyone and I loved that he wanted everything to be perfect.
Their first real kiss left me breathless, it was perfect and really left me wanting more.
“The fact that Ran wants to take things slow is a crazy turn on, which sort of defeats the whole purpose. It’s like some unfair, sexual oxymoron.”
They bond over snowboarding, Maggie’s little half sisters, and the hot tub. They seem to be moving in the right direction, and of course something happens that FUCKS that all up…I cried! I sat staring at my Kindle and cried, I really could not believe what was happening. I wished for things to be fixed and was on the edge of my seat reading the rest of the story. I cannot wait to see what Megan Squires has planned for Maggie and Ran in the next book, Ransom’s Note, due out in early 2014!