Sandy Goldsworthy is our next Madtown author! You can meet her at Madtown Author Daze in Madison on April 15th!
After losing her father, Emma Bennett moves to her aunt’s small town of Westport to finish out her senior year of high school. Emma wants to forget the pain and loss of the past few weeks, finding relief in the company of Ben Parker—a local boy who she has an instant attraction and uncanny connection with. When Ben seems a little too preoccupied with other responsibilities and has no time for her, Emma turns to the town’s hottest flirt—Lucas Crandon—for affection. Unfortunately, she realizes a little too late that, sometimes, bad boys really can be bad for you.
Life as an undercover agent for the Afterworld’s Bureau of Investigation isn’t an easy job. When Ben Parker finds his soul mate, Emma, in a small town, he finds himself forced to choose between doing his job or rekindling a relationship with the love of his existence. After Ben is notified that a notorious immortal is loose somewhere near Westport, he realizes that his love life will just have to wait. There is a criminal to apprehend before he can have his girl.
When lives are at stake and immortals are on the loose, can two soul mates find their happy ever after?
There were a lot of things I really liked about this book, but there were also some things I didn’t.
For starters, the concept of this book was great! Having people that have passed on become agents to protect and help watch over humans was interesting, and was really unique. However, it got confusing trying to figure out or keep up with certain aspects of the world and what agents were able to do. The characters of the story were detailed and I could connect to them, but there were so many of them it was hard to keep up with who was human, and who was an afterworld agent, especially when some were posing as parents and other kids at school. It took me until around 50% of the book to not have to stop and think for a second who a character was when they popped back up in the story.
I really enjoyed the backstory of Ben and Emma/Elizabeth. I would have loved to see more of their history from the 1930’s, which I assume will crop up in later books in the series. The only thing is, the whole story I was waiting for Ben to do something to establish a relationship with Emma, but it wasn’t until around 80% that anything happened. He is in love with her and has been waiting decades to be with her again, yet he won’t even talk to her? It just didn’t make sense to me. But, the last 20% of the book was amazing and I could really feel their connection.
The only other thing that took away from this book was the length. Most of the book felt long and drawn out and I found myself losing attention through some of it. At 80% it picked up and I couldn’t put it down, but until that point it was slow for me. It just seemed like if it was more concise I would have been sucked in from the first few chapters than at the end of the book.
This was a really great story, and I enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
About the Author
Admittedly, Sandy is addicted to coffee and dark chocolate, and is obsessed with all things paranormal. She records more movies and television shows than is humanly possible to watch in a lifetime, and swears there’s a ghost in her house. When not writing, Sandy can be found curled up on the couch nose-deep into a book, or trying to catch up on that recorded season of some paranormal series.
Sandy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she majored in marketing. She spends her days managing corporate client programs, and her nights and weekends drafting new plot lines in spiral notebooks. She resides in southeastern Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and an energetic puppy.