Title: Where the Night Ends
Author: Melissa Toppen
Genre: Coming to Age Romance
It only takes one night—one moment, one small snippet of time—to change everything. At sixteen-years-old, Sebastian Baxter taught me that. He taught me a lot of things.
He never had to work for my heart. In some unexplainable way I think it had always belonged to him anyway.
We spent years loving each other, hurting each other, trying to forget each other, but no matter how hard I tried, I could never erase the memory of him. His eyes, his smile, his touch—these are all things that are embedded in my brain, tattooed on my skin, and etched into my heart.
Some might think our love story is over, but deep down I know it’s only just beginning.
Because it’s not about where the night begins, it’s about where it ends…
Where the Night Ends is a standalone, coming of age, romance.
Where The Night Ends is a standalone young adult/coming of age romance. I’m not a huge reader of this genre as the angst and immaturity frustrates me but I was pleasantly surprised at how mature the characters were in this book. It was a refreshing change for this genre to me.
Sebastian is the hot guy on the football team who all the girls want and the guys want to be. He comes from a rich family and wants for nothing except maybe love and support from his parents. He acts out by throwing wild parties at his house while his parents are away which happens often. It is at one of these parties that he first meets shy, beautiful but doesn’t know it, Tess.
Tess is the typical bookworm who is the opposite of her extrovert BFFs. She would much rather stay at home with her books rather than hit the party scene. However on one occasion she was unable to get out of going and she is dragged to a party that is a must attend. It is whilst she is there that she finally comes face to face with her secret crush, Sebastian. Thinking she has no chance with him at all, she is surprised when they spend the evening together and get on like a house on fire. Even more off the charts is at the end of their night he asks for her number. From then on begins the epic love of Tess and Sebastian.
With a young adult romance there were plenty of instances of angst and insecurity but on the most part this was a really good romance that kept me captivated and engaged throughout. Sebastian and Tess were instantly likable if not loveable characters and even the secondary characters were a hit. The journey of their story was intense and at a steady pace and build. However once the curveball happens about 60% the story does become a little repetitive and slows down substantially. However this did not overly detract from my enjoyment of the read and I was keen to get to that HEA which I’m pleased to say did happen for me but not without a major heart in the mouth moment.
Overall a great young adult/coming of age romance with surprising elements of maturity that would be an enjoyable read for others that may not be hooked on this genre. I really enjoyed and would definitely recommend. Four stars.
*ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
Melissa Toppen is a Reader's Choice award winning and bestselling romance author of new adult, contemporary, erotic and romantic suspense. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read.
Melissa was born and raised in a small town in Ohio and now resides in Cincinnati with her husband and two children, where she writes full time.
In addition to spending time with family and friends, Melissa loves going to concerts and is obsessed with the T.V. shows Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time and Outlander.