A life she can't remember.
When Emma Walker wakes up in the hospital with no knowledge of how she got there, she learns that she's been in a coma for six months. Strangers show up and claim to be her parents, but she can't remember them. She can't remember anyone. Not her friends, not even her boyfriend. Even though she can't remember, everyone wants her to just pick up where she left off, but what she learns about the 'old her' makes her start to wish she'd never woken up. Her boyfriend breaks up with the new girl he's dating to be with her, her parents want her to start planning for college, her friends want their leader back, and her physical therapist with the hazel eyes keeps his distance to save his position at the hospital.
Will she ever feel like she recognizes the girl in the mirror?
He smiled that Mason smile that set me on fire all over. Then he put one hand on the other side on the hospital bed and the other lifted toward my face. I waited, bated breath, gulping, sweaty palms, fluttering eyes, the works. His face got so close before he stopped. I thought he had decided against whatever he was doing he waited so long. I began to pull back in disappointment, but he reached behind my neck gently and pulled me to him. The barest of touches was the best way to describe our first kiss. It wasn't really a kiss at all. His bottom lip barely brushed my top one. When he leaned back and opened his eyes, he must've seen the confusion and frustration in my face.
He chuckled. "I just had to taste that coconut…" he licked his lips, "but I don't want to kiss you when you've been angry at me and I messed up our date." He said 'date'. Like…a date. "I want to kiss you when if we go another second without it, one of us will combust."
My breaths were raging. I tried to calm myself. "I…" I failed.
"I want to give you back your first kiss, the one that jerk stole from you. And I want it to be something that even a coma can't make you forget."
5 of 5 Wide Awake
First I have to say that Shelly Crane is BRILLIANT! I fell in love with her writing right from the very first book she has ever written. Shelly has a way with writing a story that grabs you right from the first page. Every time I read she has a new book coming out I get all girly and giddy because I can't wait to see what she is going to write. She is just so dam amazing! I have to say that Wide Awake totally blew my mind! I mean I read it and I cried and I laughed and I yelled at the book but after reading it I just sat at the computer saying HOLY HELL how can I write this review with out revealing to much. It was hard and of course I typed and deleted and typed and deleted and laughed my butt off because I was determined not to spoil this book for anyone. Anyone who reads Shelly's books knows she has a way of writing about romance that has your heart swooning over and over.
Wide Awake is such a great story. I have to say that I can't imagine waking up and not knowing who I am or anyone around me. It must have been so scary for Emma when she woke up and she saw these people she had no idea who they were but she saw a man-boy and knew she could trust him so she stuck to him. When all the doctors and nurses and her family came in she knew the one bright light and the one person she could trust was the man-boy and she searched for him in the room and was there waiting in the corner and looking at her. After everyone left and she was introduced to the man-boy she found out that he was her psychical therapist and his name is Mason.
To Emma Mason is the light unto her darkness because she can't remember anyone or anything and everybody expects her to wake up and be the same person she was before the accident. As Emma finds out who she was and what she did she does not like that old person. She wants to be herself which is who she is trying to find in herself. She does not know why people expect so much from her but she is frustrated because she wants to do what is right but she also wants to find a new self. That is why she loves Mason because he tells her it is okay for her to want to be someone else and that she does not have to go back to her old self just to please people. She should live life to the fullest and be who she wants to be because she was given a second chance at life.
Mason lord have mercy I need a Mason in my life. He is such a care taker to people. He loves his job and when he finds out that Emma has woken up something in Mason changes. He wants to protect her from everyone and everything because the hospice wants her rehabilitated and out and her parents want her to be someone she does not know and her friends and boyfriend want her to hurry up and come back to school and rule the school again. But Mason is also keeping something to himself because he knows what it is like to be pulled in fifty directions and have to take care of people. What happens between Mason and Emma is such an amazing story that I will not give it away. You will have to read it to find out if they end up together or just best friends.
This story is about love, loss and finding ones self. Emma is so lost and confused but with Mason's help she is able to find a life that she wants and lives it. Man I can't say enough praises about this book but get out there and buy it because you will not be disappointed and Shelly please write me some more books like this one!
"Hey, girl." I looked back at him while Mason took his wasted brother's shoes off. "You dating my big brother, or what? 'Cause he'll just ruin you, you know. He doesn't care about anyone but himself." I stared at him. Mason had just saved his ungrateful behind and this was how he repaid him?
He let his head fall back to the bed and Mason tossed a blanket over him. He guided me away from his room with a hand on the small of my back. I couldn't believe this was what Mason's life was like. All he did was take care of other people.
We retreated back to the shop. "The sad thing?" he asked as soon as he shut the door and sighed, pulling me by my hips. "He'll be gone by morning."
Shelly is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. They currently reside in everywhere USA as they happily travel all over with her husband's job. She loves to spend time with her family, binge on candy corn, go out to eat at new restaurants, buy paperbacks at little bookstores, site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music everywhere and also LOVES to read.
Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.
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