REVIEW: Beautiful Things Never Last, by Steph Campbell

14624543Add to Goodreads4 outta 5 stars!


Synopsis: It’s been a year since Quinn’s life was changed for good by that Christmas kiss from Ben.

A year spent getting her life together. No more crazy parents looking over her shoulder, no more self-destructive behavior or secrets. Now, she and Ben share everything— including a tiny apartment, and a beautiful love.

Since he met Quinn, Ben’s life has been full of change. After finally standing up to his mom, he’s cut ties with his family and moved across the country with the only girl he’s ever wanted. But there’s something to be said for feeling needed, and he’s not sure that he is anymore.

When Quinn’s accepted into a month long culinary program in Italy, she’s ecstatic. But while she’s in a gorgeous country learning gnocchi and pesto, Ben’s blowing off her calls and pulling back.

But someone from Ben’s past walks back into his life, and he finally feels like he has a purpose again. Someone to take care of… Someone to save.

When Quinn returns, and the who’s and why’s of Ben’s behavior are revealed, how does she have any choice but to walk away from the only guy she’s ever loved?

And how can Ben ever learn to let her go?

In this follow-up to the 2011 release, GROUNDING QUINN, love and loss take on new meanings when roles are reversed, and the lengths that we go to to protect our hearts are challenged in new ways.

You can read my 4 star review on Grounding Quinn ….. HERE

And my 4 star review of Delicate…. Sydney & Grants story…. HERE


So Quinn and Ben are in California – living THEIR life. The life they dreamed about… away from their parents, away from the chaos back home and forging a REAL life for themselves in Cali. Quinn is attending culinary school and Ben is working for a photographer – they’re both pursuing their dreams and being successful at them… they’re very fortunate.

Carter, Quinn’s brother is living down the hall from them in the same apartment complex – along with Shayna – Quinn’s semi-friend from high school. The four of them are carving out quit a nice live together… a family.

But when Quinn gets an opportunity to go to Italy for school, Ben is excited and saddened at the idea of being away from her for any length of time – let alone across an ocean. Ben is struggling with the fact that Quinn doesn’t seem to need him anymore – she’s independent in nature, but she’s succeeding in all the things she’s set out to do – school, work – everything is working really well for her and Ben is feeling left out. He’s needing a little bit of the old Quinn back… and it’s a struggle for him.

While Quinn is gone, some old players fall into the picture – and secrets are kept…. Quinn comes home to her worst fears and we’re all left scanning pages frantically trying to find out what’s going to happen next!

Arg! The last 1/4 of the book was….. tense!

Check it out!

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