Author: S.A. Rolls
Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult
Phoenix Harper never imagined her life would come to this: A life not worth living anymore.
After a failed suicide attempt, Phoenix is sent to be observed at a local psychiatric hospital. There she meets Braeden Harris, a hospital aide with his own haunting past.
Not long after their first encounter, they feel an unexplainable pull towards one another. Will fate bring them together, or will outside forces tear them apart?
About S.A. Rolls:
S.A. Rolls is a native of the Bay Area, where she attended culinary school and obtained a degree in baking and pastry. When she is not baking, she spends her time reading and writing. Stephanie reads anything
– from biographies of her favorite president to the most popular YA series. Inspired by her surroundings, she has written her first novel, based in San Francisco, her favorite city. She currently lives with her boyfriend and their five-year-old pug.
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Excerpt from A Brand New Ending:
“I don’t want to go anywhere, Braeden. Wherever you are is where I want to be.”
I think my heart does a back flip. “You have no idea how happy that makes me, hearing you say that.”
She gives me a sly smile, her fingers playing in and around mine.
“Can’t describe how amazing this feels,” she speaks. “I’ve never had anyone care for me like you do.”
“That’s a shame,” I respond quickly. “You deserve so much more than that.”
I lean over her so that our faces are close but I make sure to do it gently, afraid that she might retreat from my touch.
“Yes,” I say softly as our eyes are locked on each other.
We hold our position and I can tell she is nervous, but I want her to make the first move. I made the mistake of pushing it on her the first time and I won’t be doing that again. I can feel the heat of her breath on my face, its oddly intoxicating. But I hold still. I start to count the number of my heartbeats when I suddenly feel force against my lips. I hold back the smile, my hand coming up to cup her cheek. I start to move my lips against her, the waves of ecstasy flowing through my body. After a second, her lips start to move in unison with mine. I’ve kissed lots of women, but it’s never felt quite like this. I don’t know how long it lasts, but I refrain from sticking my tongue in her mouth, fearing that may be too much. I then swear I feel her moan in my mouth, and it’s the most incredible fucking turn on I have ever heard in my life. She must have realized it too considering she pulled her lips off mine, her hands coming up to her mouth.
A Brand New Ending is a book that savages your emotions. There is nothing better than a story that uses emotion to create conflict that is not contrived, but you’re able to suspend disbelief and embrace it as truth. S. A. Rolls does this in A Brand New Ending.
The female protagonist, Phoenix Harper, reads like a metaphor for the mythical bird, because she rises from the ashes of her past life to create a new one. With the love and help of the male protagonist, Braeden Harris, Phoenix overcomes an attempted suicide and a wide range of other situations thrown at her by her less than ideal family life, institutional life, all while trying to navigate just what it means to be involved in a romance that is the real deal despite how quickly they bond and become enamored with one another.
A Brand New Ending is a story filled with suspense, intrigue, and ambiguity which makes for a thoroughly incredible, unpredictable tale. Phoenix and Braeden are linked together by painful episodes in their lives, and even their romance comes with a lot of ups and downs, twists and turns, and pain beyond measure.
The themes of this story include weighty issues such as child abuse, victimization, battery, alcoholism, compassion, love, loyalty, and friendship. The secondary characters in this book were also well-drawn, and achingly real. The alternate narration employed in the novel allowed us to get into the heads of both Phoenix and Braeden. This made for a richer plot, and stellar characterization.
A Brand New Ending packs a powerfully emotional punch of love, trust, compassion, forgiveness, and renewal that brings us to a ending you won’t see coming, but was altogether satisfying. S.A. Rolls is one to watch.