Before He Was Gone by Becky Wicks
My rating: 4/5
DRC provided by NetGalley for an honest review
Published August 25th 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sometimes, you have to get lost to find yourself...
When her rock star boyfriend breaks things off out of the blue, Alyssa applies to hit reality TV show Deserted and to her shock she gets through. Abandoned on a remote island with a bunch of strangers and none of the luxuries she’s become accustomed to, it’s not long before an undeniable attraction to the mysterious Joshua starts complicating things even further.
Joshua's different to everyone she's ever known - a traveler, a man with no plan, a world away from the celebrity life she's left behind. As a series of challenges test their wits and weaknesses, things start heating up in paradise, but in a game designed to break people down, it soon becomes clear that Joshua is hiding a painful secret - one he won’t risk anyone finding out.
Struggling to know where she belongs, Alyssa will have to choose - a life she once loved that wants her back, or a brand new reality that heartbreakingly may just have its limits. (Thanks to GoodReads.com for the summary)
***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***
My Thoughts –
I truly enjoyed Before He Was Gone. I thought it was fresh and wicked hot! Josh and Alyssa had an instant kind of attraction - that actually worked and was believable. I liked the competitions, the cast-off island, the big wins and everything else this story had to offer. I think the story from this side of reality TV was interesting and just all-around liked the book. Even though they were on an island, I like how she used just enough description to build her world. I hate overly wordy descriptive scene building, just loath it. The chemistry between Josh and Alyssa was get, their conversations were well written and I applaud the lack of cheese. Great job to the author, keep up the good work – I’ll definitely be reading more!!