Ten Below Zero
by Whitney Barbetti
My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.
A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.
His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.
He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.
Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.
He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he’s dying.
Ten Below Zero is the first book I have read by this author; honestly this book is not normally my cup of tea. I like a guaranteed happy ever after and even from the blurb I wasn’t sure that this would end how I needed it to.
This book has ALL the feels, in fact I went through total emotional overload. I impressed myself by holding it together until the end when I completely lost it.
Parker is broken; I don’t think there is any other description for her. She kind of broke my heart, all of my motherly instincts kicked in and I wanted to reach into the book and give her a massive hug. Because this poor girl needed a hug more than any character I’ve read in ages, I completely connected with her need to stay outside of normal life, she completely disconnected from the world going on around her and after what happened to her I felt like I understood why she would do it.
I really wanted to slap Jasmine and I was willing Parker to just loose it and belt her one lol
This whole book was unexpected; when Parker meets Everett I was honestly really dubious. How could two broken souls help each other?
And then the bombshell about Everett was dropped and I instantly went from thinking their relationship was unlikely to declaring it doomed. And then it happens word by word, minute by minute this beautiful love story emerges and before I knew it I was hung on every little action desperate for them to stop pretending to annoy one another and realise they were soul mates!!!
The Purgatory speech almost made me loose it and from that moment on my heart pounded with fear every time Everett showed any symptoms.
This couple are broken soul mates, this isn’t your typical romance and these are most definitely not your typical loved up twentysomethings.
Parker and Everett have a much deeper connection and they help each other survive, it is such a beautiful story and such a beautiful connection.
This story got me, it pulled me in and made me love a subject matter that would normally have me running in the opposite direction.
I loved this book it gets 4.5 stars from me.