Out of Control by Sarah Alderson

heart thumping
heart thumping

Published by Simon & Schuster, 12th May 2015, 320 pages, £6.99

Quick description: YA romance thriller set in New York City.

Steam?: rising off the page, but nothing explicit.

Plot: When seventeen-year-old Liva came to New York City, all she wanted was to escape the painful memories of her past and finally find a fresh start. Her hopes for a new future were dashed the moment she became the sole witness to a brutal murder. When she’s taken into police custody—supposedly for her own protection—she realizes something isn’t right, but it’s too late. Soon, bullets start flying, and Liva realizes that she is not just a witness, but the target—and she needs to escape before it’s too late.

With the help of a sexy car thief that she met at the station, Liva manages to get away from the massacre unharmed, but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit the two killers who will stop at nothing to find them. Liva and Jay are living on the edge, but when you’re on the edge, there’s a long way to fall.

This was SO GOOD! Anything Sarah Alderson writes now I think of as big lump of chocolate pudding to tuck into after a long slog in the office. Even though this was published ages ago, I still think this is worth publicizing. I got this as a giveaway after my interview with the amazing author about writing romance, to sum it up- have more sex… So thank you so much!! I have always focused on her NA books and thought that her YA may be too young for me. Hah! It really wasn’t. There was nothing graphic, but you can slice up the sexual tension, scoop it up even.

Ok, firstly, if you liked Conspiracy Girl you will definitely like this. Both are quite similar, a bold but confused heroine getting chased by a bunch of bad guys who hate her dad. To top it up, there seems to be another group of people after her. I mean, whats going on?? And these are seriously scary hitmen. The action and mystery pretty much starts from the first page and does not stop. The adrenaline flows to the end. What’s great is that its not predictable. There is a plot twist at the end, but the concluding page is a little abrupt.

I think I preferred Conspiracy Girl, purely because I loved the double POV. I would have loved to get more of Jay’s mind coming through. Despite being a complete stranger, he is the only person that Liva can depend on, and never mind him being a potential murderer. He helps her escape when police station gets attacked and when the chase continues. And yes he is pretty smoking. Whilst being scared, exhausted and confused by the chase, Liva has to battle her uncontrollable (get it?) attraction to Jay. The feelings mutual. They have 24 hours to stay alive, can they keep their hands off each other?

Get it, read, and thank me later.

Thanks again Sarah for the copy xxx


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