Release Blitz – Back to Yesterday (Bleeding Hearts #2) By Whitney Barbetti

Title: Back to Yesterday
Series: Bleeding Hearts #2
Author: Whitney Barbetti
Release Date: Oct 20, 2016
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The distance from Colorado to Maine is not far enough to escape the memories.

The time I’ve been away is not long enough to heal the pain.

I left Colorado, determined to discover who I am outside of my grief, but I fell apart along the way.

I’m lost again.When Jude follows me, I can’t turn him away. But I can’t let him in, either.

Not all the way.

I know when he finds out my secret, the one I keep hidden in the darkest part of my heart, he’ll leave me.

Alone.

Like I was before.

“Are you okay?”
He laughed, but it was without humor. He dropped his head and stared at his plate as I had minutes earlier. “Am I okay?” Shaking his head, he said, “No, I’m not fucking okay.” He pushed away from the table hard enough that the screech of the chair across the wooden floor startled me. Jude was always so steady, and while he wasn’t necessarily predictable, he wasn’t prone to outbursts of anger like this. He picked up his plate and walked to the sink and I stared at his back, willing him to talk to me. But I couldn’t ask that of him.
Picking up my plate, I debated what to do. It was surreal almost, being in Jude’s apartment but not touching him the way I wanted to. Finally, I joined him at the sink as he worked a sponge into a lather and swiped it across his plate. “Let me do it,” I said softly, reaching a hand in to take the sponge from him.
He let go of the plate and clasped my forearm as I reached into the sink. His touch was gentle as he turned my wrist over and rubbed a thumb slowly across the length of my vein, visible through my translucent skin. I could only hold my breath as he touched me like this, like he was memorizing the blue lines that ran the length of my forearm. His hands were warm, searching, and I realized that I’d been yearning for this, for the simple act of him touching my skin like it was delicate. His fingers moved down, and my closed fist opened to give him access to my palm, where he traced the lines in my hands. It was so intimate, even in its simplicity, that all I could do was watch him as he examined my hands. “I’ve missed you,” he said in a voice that was just short of a whisper. My heart turned over as he bent my fingers gently back into my fist and rubbed his soapy fingers over the knuckles.
When he let go of my hand and turned away from me, I felt goose bumps ignite across my skin. All I wanted was for him to keep touching me, but I’d hurt him. And he’d hurt me.
We had miles of pain between the two of us, and even though we were no longer miles apart, that pain existed between us like another person, holding both of us back.
“I missed you too,” I said too late, when I’d caught my breath again.
“Please,” he pleaded as he rinsed the plate in his hands. “I can’t hear you say that right now.”
Nodding, I backed away. I understood. This wasn’t the time or place, and we were little more than strangers right now. I was a new Trista, someone he had never known.
Likely, someone he didn’t want to know.

My Review –

 

 

 

 

4.5 Heartbreaking And Painfully Beautiful Stars!!

*I volunteered to review an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Southern Belle Promotions*

Thank you so very much Southern Belle Promotions!! I am extremely honored and grateful!! 😀

After that ending in Into the Tomorrows I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Back to Yesterday!! This was my second time reading Ms.Barbetti’s work as well and it won’t be the last. This book picks up right where things left off in the last installment which made me so anxious. With how things were left in the last one I knew this one would be even more of emotional journey but I didn’t expect it to grab my heart and never let go. It deals with tough subjects that aren’t usually approached in romances which really shows how realistic this tale is. Back to Yesterday is about a woman named Trista Kohl who is on a journey of finding herself but when the past becomes all too consuming moving towards the future seems impossible. Her pain became my own and my tears wouldn’t stop as I read all that she went through.

The continuation of Trista’s story was heartbreaking, shocking, unique, eye-opening, intense, and engrossing. It was hard to read some parts at times because they hit close to home and you hurt for these characters but that’s what made it so great because it was unapologetically honest. At times I was so incredibly worried about both main characters in this story as if I knew them as my own friends. I found myself yelling at my kindle at times as if Trista and Jude could hear me. Since this is a sequel I don’t want to give anything away because reader’s need to go into both books blind and enjoy every second of them.

Ms.Barbetti really surprised me with this book and she showed that we all have our demons especially those hidden within. I liked the fact that it was still about finding your own adventure in life and at the same time how we can be our own worst enemies without even realizing it. I kept my fingers crossed non-stop throughout because when it comes to this story I was always hopeful even in the darkest of times. It sure does pack a punch. I’m glad that i got my hands on the end of Trista’s story and learned more about her. I’m looking forward to the next book and picking up more of Ms.Barbetti’s work!! If you haven’t already picked up Into the Tomorrows and Back to Yesterday One-Click Today!! Be sure to grab some tissues before you dive in, Expect the urge to seek your own adventure, and see the beauty of the world through a lens. 🙂

I am a wife to one and a mom to two humans and one cat. I have a deep and abiding love for nachos – especially the kind with the liquid cheese, like from Taco Bell (sorry). I run on less than four hours of sleep thanks to copious amounts of Diet Coke. (Note: this paragraph is not sponsored by anyone except my hungry stomach.) 
As a Navy brat, I grew up all over the country, from California, up the east coast from Florida to New England and Colorado. I currently live in Idaho, where we have lots of potatoes and windmills. 
I write character-driven New Adult novels, heavy on the emotional connection. I LOVE love. I love writing about broken characters who find their soul mates. 
   

 

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