Series: Stay With Me #1
In a desperate final attempt to save nineteen-year-old Mia from herself, she gets transferred to Dolor University, a reformatory college in the UK that housed deranged and dangerous young adults who viewed the private institution as their own personal playground. Mia didn’t care. She needed feelings to care. She’d keep her head down, ignore everyone, and make it through the next two years effortlessly.
Though Mia never anticipated Ollie Masters.
With green eyes, tattoos, and the voice of a poet, she is quickly drawn to him. But because of her sociopath tendencies, she knows it could only end in one of two ways. Either he will be the one to free her from her past, or she will be the one to destroy him.
Stay With Me by Nicole Fiorina is a debut story that will stay with you long after the book is over. The story touches on topics of mental health and I really appreciated the author’s approach on the topic.
Mia, the heroine, thinks she is a sociopath. She simply doesn’t have feelings. She is sent to a reform school of sorts where she can get mental health support and an education. You can imagine the unique characters she meets at Dolor (the school). Ollie, the hero, is very different from Mia, but still struggling with his own mental health. These two have a seriously complicated relationship but you can’t help but want them to find their HEA. The angst level is HIGH in this book as I’m sure you can imagine given the place they meet. My personal struggle with their relationship is that I know how dangerous it can be for people in mental health crisis to begin a relationship with others in mental health crisis. Its like addicts-you don’t date a fellow addict you met in rehab because its just a recipe for relapse. However, the story is more than my issue and I think my personal feelings about the topic may cloud my opinion.
Stay With Me handles some tough topics and is a bit dark so it might not appeal to all readers. Fiorina manages to blend the darker topics with sweet moments though. If you want a story that will tear your heart to pieces, provide tons of angst, and leave you desperate for more, this is your book. I must applaud Nicole Fiorina’s writing as well-she has a smooth style that draws you in. I think we will see lots of great books from her in the future if she starts off this strong!
- Tears: so many
- Trope: mental health, opposites attract
- Triggers: View Spoiler »This is a mine field of mental health issues that could be triggers from some readers and there are some issues in Mia’s past that she is working to uncover « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »unknown at this point « Hide Spoiler
angsty new adult books like Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan, Crash by Nicole Williams …then you will probably like Stay With Me!
Thanks for the review, Samantha! I’m adding this to my wishlist.