Still Human by Kerry Heavens
Series: Just Human #2
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: October 20, 2013
Format: eARC, 286 pages
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Danny and Liv are back...
Danny loves Liv. He knows he loves her more than she loves him because she ran without a word when she saw their future mapped out before her. He knows he will never love anyone like he loved her and this time he doesn’t think he can move on.
Liv loves Danny. She knows she loves him more than he loves her because he broke her heart in the worst possible way, right when things were falling into place. She knows she will never love anyone like she loves him and this time she doesn’t think she can move on.
They needed a second chance because they just weren’t ready for their first, but when events changed everything between them, they discovered they were just human after all. Now Liv and Danny have to find a way to survive being hurt by each other.
They doubted, they underestimated and they did believe the worst, but only because they were too young the first time and too vulnerable the second time. But now they have changed and if they are not the same, surely things can only turn out differently?
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
“Losing you was the worst experience of my life and now I’m living it all over again. Except this time I’m not quitting. I love you too much.”
My heart broke for Danny and Liv at the end of Just Human. Since the book was narrated in alternating perspectives, I knew Danny had done nothing wrong. Liv just couldn’t face her insecurities because of their past. I wanted to scream and shake her. Danny was amazing. I knew she was making a huge mistake and I wanted to tell her. But, alas, they split up, she went home and severed all communications. It was devastated. I couldn’t wait to see what happened in the next installment of their story.
This book picks up shortly after the end of Just Human. Liv still won’t listen, won’t admit she may have overreacted. Danny is broken. Liv is a mess. It’s obvious how badly they need each other. Danny was making every effort to tell Liv what really happened that night, but she wasn’t having any part of it. With a little intervention from fate and Liv’s best friend Max, the two are put face-to-face again and Danny’s determined to fix things for good this time. He’s in this for the long haul.
The first half of this book was frustrating to me. Liv was driving me up a wall. I understand she was hurt and scared to let Danny back in for fear of things going awry for the third time, but give a guy a break. His intentions were clear. It was obvious how much he loved her, how sorry he was for the misunderstand that she blew *totally* out of proportion and how badly he needed her back in his life.
“Like this tree, we stumbled and fell, but something so strong cannot be wiped out in one moment. I’m always rooted here with you and together we are too strong to fade away. I promise we will continue to grow together even if there are more storms to come.”
Danny is the king of the swoony grand gesture. There were some really special scenes in this book. I read a good portion of it with a big, goofy smile on my face. By the midpoint of the book, I was back to loving Liv like I did in the first. They grew as individuals and as a couple in this book. It felt real. Honest.
Danny and Liv’s friends Jen and Max play such a big part in this book, too. Without the help of their friends, I’m not sure what would have come of Danny and Liv. Whether it was support or a (not-so-gentle) kick in the pants, Jen and Max gave them what they needed. Everyone should have friends like them. I love when books focus nearly as much on the friendships as the romantic relationships. This book does it all — and very well.
If you’re a fan of a new adult contemporary with a bit of angst, some drama, smoking hot sexy scenes and completely swoon-worthy love between two strong characters, this book is a must-read. There’s something very satisfying about watching a couple you love finally get things right. There were a lot of bumps in the road for Danny and Liv, but this book was executed beautifully and left me completely satisfied. I’m completely impressed with Kerry Heavens’ writing and can’t wait to read more.