With This HeartIf someone had told me a year ago that I was about to fall in love, go on an epic road trip, ride a Triceratops, sing on a bar, and lose my virginity, I would have assumed they were on drugs. Well, that is, until I met Beckham. Beck was mostly to blame for my recklessness. Gorgeous, clever, undeniably charming Beck barreled into my life as if it were his mission to make sure I never took living for granted. He showed me that there were no boundaries, rules were for the spineless, and a kiss was supposed to happen when I least expected. Beck was the plot twist that took me by surprise. Two months before I met him, death was knocking at my door. I’d all but given up my last scrap of hope when suddenly, I was given a second chance at life. This time around, I wasn’t going to let it slip through my fingers. We set out on a road trip with nothing to lose and no guarantees of tomorrow. Our road trip was about young, reckless love. The kind of love that burns bright. The kind of love that no road-map could bring me back from.
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For most of us, it’s natural to go through life taking things, such as life for granted. We don’t really take appreciation of the little things. We are all in such a rush that we tend to lose sight of is most important to us and I’m not just talking physical possessions. With This Heart is one of those tales that really had me step out of myself and take a real, long hard look on how I not only view me, but life… more importantly my life.
With This Heart is not your typical young adult love story. No, it’s so much more than that. It’s about getting a second chance at life. Living with no regrets, trying to get as much out of it as you can and being the best person you can be for yourself. Also, realizing that no matter how bad you think you have it or whatever tough, hard situation you may have going on, try to remember there are people out in the world that have it much worse. Life is too short to harp on the insignificant. That is what Beck and Abby taught me in With This Heart, as you follow their journey both individually and as a couple.
These two young individuals blend so well together. Their individual personalities alone make it nearly impossible to not love them. Abby, the young, 19 year old witty, sarcastic, sassy girl, who in her short life has experienced more than anyone her age should, is the embodiment of strength and a true fighter. Beck is a carefree, sweet, adorable 21 year old college student, who lives his life like it’s his last and with no regrets. He has a huge heart and is not afraid to show it.
R.S. Grey completely out did herself with this highly emotional and totally sobering life and love story of two people who truly belong together. The significant difference between her first book Behind His Lens and this new book, With This Heart, shows her range as an author holds no bounds. She is able to branch out in two different genres and is able to take a completely fictional story and have it come to life and portray it to be extremely personal, shows me, her talent is endless and awe inspiring. I have been a fan since the beginning and I will forever be one.
“I grabbed my first bag and opened my front door to find Beck standing a few feet
outside. I took in his messy brown hair, white t-shirt, and dark jeans. Why did a
white t-shirt look so good on him? Maybe because it was fitted enough to show off
his toned body without being obnoxiously tight? I wasn’t quite sure.
He didn’t say anything at first. His hazel eyes scanned down my body, lingering a
moment longer on my bare legs, and then he looked back up at me with a wide,
perfectly straight smile.
“Is that all you’re bringing?” he asked, pointing at the smallest of my three bags.
“Hah! Yeah right, I have like ten times more stuff.”
He shook his head and narrowed his eyes on me playfully. “I like a girl with baggage,
Abby Mae. Keeps things interesting.”
His comment was too much; it stripped away my normal sarcastic responses. I was
left with nothing but the bag in my hand, so I tossed it at him. He had to think fast
and catch it before it fell to the ground at his feet.
“Good. Help me load it up then,” I smirked, and then turned to collect the rest of my
“Don’t forget to go to the bathroom! We aren’t stopping until we’re out of hell!” he
called behind me.
“You mean Dallas?” I asked over my shoulder.
I was sitting in the passenger seat in Beck’s old, yellow VW Camper. It had been
renovated recently, so the inside was all new leather, but it still had a lot of the
Our stuff fit easily in the back and he wasn’t kidding about there being space to
sleep. We’d have to be really close, but there was definitely room. My face reddened
at the thought.
I wedged the urn between my feet so that it wouldn’t tip over, and then buckled my
seat belt. When I looked up, Beck was watching me with a bemused smile. My hand
instinctively slid over my side braid and my face. I didn’t feel anything out of the
“What?” I asked.
He shook his head, but his grin never faltered. “Nothing. Just trying to remember
I furrowed my brows in wonder and tilted my head. The sun shone through the
windshield of the Camper, highlighting the green details in his eyes. Beck wasn’t
movie-star good-looking; he was boy-next-door good-looking— the kind of guy that
might not know the full extent of his effect on the female population.
“Why?” I asked.
“Because our lives will never be the same.”
A small dimple formed on the corner of his mouth before he turned toward the
steering wheel and pulled out of my apartment complex.
That dimple was the first thing I told myself to remember about the road trip.
Just as we turned onto the entrance for the highway, I peered over at Beck. “Just so
you know, my faith in humanity is dangling by a few threads. If you murder me, I’ll
pretty much lose all hope.”
I couldn’t keep the hint of a smile from my lips.
He nodded. “And if you murder me?”
I shrugged. “That would just be a good plot twist.”
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Author Bio:I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, metaphors and similes, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things... everyday. I was born and raised in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I'm a comedy geek and love all things funny. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.
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