Christie's Reviews

~ Kill Devil Hills by Sarah Darlington Review ~

81KLhRMb0bL._SL1500_SynopsisHe’s twenty-four. She’s eighteen.

His life is exactly the way he’s always wanted it to be…stable.
She’s quite possibly the very definition of unstable.

Noah saved her.
Georgina never wanted to be saved.

Growing up, Noah Clark was passed from one relative to the next until he finally ended up living with his abusive, alcoholic uncle in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Thanks in part to the unwavering love and support of his best friend, Ellie Turner, Noah survived those years, escaped his uncle, and grew into the man he is today. Now he runs his own business and lives a pretty normal, no-nonsense life—one where he maintains a high level of control.

Georgina is Ellie’s younger sister. Four months ago, Noah saved Georgie’s life, but he thought that was where his involvement with his friend’s sister would end. Now Georgie has returned home from the recovery facility her parents sent her away to and Noah, still haunted by the night that connects them, can’t stop himself from continuously trying to protect this girl he barely knows. But is he willing to give up all of the control he’s worked so hard to build in his life and risk everything for her? Even more importantly, would she do the same for him?

This novel is the first in the Kill Devil Hills series, however it can be read as a stand alone. Recommended for 18+ due to sexy scenes, explicit language, and adult themes.

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christie review5 star aKill Devil Hills was a wonderful love story between two individuals that have been scarred by their pasts. Yet, it was so much more….I am going to use a quote from the book that Georgie uses to describe kissing Noah, but I think the line is a perfect description of what the book meant for me. “THIS WAS HOPE AND LIFE AND A LITTLE BIT OF DANGER ALL MIXED TOGETHER AS ONE.”

The book opens with Noah finding Georgie in the bathroom floor close to death after cutting her wrists. Georgie is his best friend, Ellie’s, little sister. He is able to save her and she returns home several months later after being in treatment for her problems. Georgie can’t seem to forget about Noah, and Noah has been almost obsessed with her. When they see each other, the pull they feel toward each other grows stronger. But, the question remains, “Are these feelings true feelings they have for one another, or are these feelings they have because of that horrific night he held her in the bathroom floor trying to keep her alive?” Another obstacle is their age difference. He’s twenty-four, and she’s eighteen. Will they be able to overcome these hurdles and give love a try?

There were so many aspects of the book that I fell in love with. All the characters were well-developed, and I loved the dynamics of Georgie’s family. They had come through so much tragedy, yet stayed intact with love and support. It was nice to see a family like this since there seems to be a trend in this genre in which the family of the main character is horrible, although Noah had a bit of that in his past. The sexual chemistry was written at a good pace, not too rushed or too slow. The sex scenes were pretty steamy yet sweet. There was just enough description to give readers butterflies yet not overly descriptive. There was angst and serious issues, such as death, child abuse, and suicide, present throughout the story. However, it was a story of hope, of pulling yourself out of a dark hole, and learning to live again.

“None of us knew how many days or even how many minutes we had left on this planet–why not take advantage of every single second? And I knew without a doubt, that if I didn’t live this experience to its absolute fullest then I’d regret the hell out of it for the rest of my life.”

I love a book that has a great storyline, great characters, and of course a love story. But, I especially love a book that pulls on my heartstrings and causes me to look at the world in a bit of a different light. Kill Devil Hills did this for me, from the opening scene in the book with Noah cradling Georgie in his arms until the author’s acknowledgements with a very important message about suicide. Sarah Darlington not only gave her readers a great love story, but a story that could help someone who may find themselves in the same position. I have always been a fan of hers, and she now made me love her even more. I can’t wait to read the next installment in this series.

Abou the author7462746Sarah Darlington lives in Virginia with her husband and crazy-active son. She’s a former flight attendant, day-dreamer, traveler, wanderer, and wannabe photographer. Her debut novel HE BELONGS WITH ME was released March 2014. And she has another novel coming soon: KILL DEVIL HILLS. Find more information about Sarah on her

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