Review: Still Life by A.M. Johnson

still lifeStill Life by A.M. Johnson
Series: Forever Still #1
Published by Self Published on April 15th 2015
Genres: Military, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 262
Source: Finished copy from author
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Loss… a word Elizabeth Haddington knows only too well. Despite the tragedies she’s endured, she’s been able to rise from the adversity she’s faced and begin her life again. Being a self-assured and strong woman, she knows she doesn’t need anyone to make her whole.

Hate, pain, and twisted memories are all Sawyer Bryant’s ever known. He’d slowly lost who he was and what he should’ve become. His only escape was the military… Eight years later, as an ex-Navy SEAL, he’s forced to confront his father and their disturbed and violent past.

Then one day, his life is turned upside down, when he glimpses a woman singing in her car at a set of traffic lights. Thinking he’d never see her again, amazingly he finds her performing with her band at the local bar. This chance encounter brings these two lost souls together. Once Sawyer gets a taste of her melodic voice, there’s no turning back.

For Elizabeth, when she meets Sawyer… she realizes she’s fallen hard. But is this really love she’s feeling or does love build slowly over time?

What happens when fate turns things around on you, creates flashes you can’t turn from… moments that will shape your life?
They are faced with the choice of darkness surrounding them or to rid themselves of the guilt and pain and move toward the light.

This story is about life’s moments. How they can make you or break you, and one man’s hope that… Love, won’t judge him.

what i thoughtI received a finished copy in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My sister always pointed this out in the Harry Potter movies. if you look at the intros, you can tell how darker they go. Sorcerer’s Stone is light and happy, then by Deathly Hallows it’s dark and dreary and you know something major is going to happen… This is basically Still Life. It starts fairly light, then as the book progresses you learn about Sawyer and Elizabeth with their pasts and I can’t help but make that little connection. That’s the best way to describe the progression of this book.

Elizabeth knows all to well what loss means. It has completely stripped her bare. The only person keeping her standing up is her best friend and life line, Todd. Todd’s roommate, Sawyer is an ex-Navy SEAL and he’s fighting his own battles too.

While driving one day, Sawyer stops at a stop light to look over to see a girl singing her heart out. Never did he think he would ever see this girl again. It was an instant attraction between the 2, but as they get to know each other’s past, can they keep each other standing or will they tumble?

I’m completely blown away from this book. I knew it wasn’t a light read, but this book definitely took me by surprise. By the last 100 pages, I LITERALLY could not put the book down. I was completely immersed in this story and had to know what was going to happen next. The way A.M. Johnson writes, it’s just so memorizing, you can’t get enough. You never want to put the book down and you can’t get enough of her writing.

Sawyer and Elizabeth both have pasts that are not pretty at all. The strength that Elizabeth had was unbelievable. To have what happened to her and come out the person she is now is inspiring.

The epilogue destroyed what was left of my already shattered heart. I got teary eyed and cried multiple times while reading. Did I say how beautiful A.M. Johnson writes? I’m serious… You guys need to pick this book up! Then the 2 sequels that are out now. Seriously. SO. GOOD.

I can’t recommend this book enough!

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