Sarah's Review of STILL LIFE by A.M.

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Loss… a word Elizabeth Haddington knows only too well. Despite the tragedies she’s endured, she’s been able to rise from the adversity she’s faced and begin her life again. Being a self-assured and strong woman, she knows she doesn’t need anyone to make her whole.

Hate, pain, and twisted memories are all Sawyer Bryant’s ever known. He’d slowly lost who he was and what he should’ve become. His only escape was the military… Eight years later, as an ex-Navy SEAL, he’s forced to confront his father and their disturbed and violent past.

Then one day, his life is turned upside down, when he glimpses a woman singing in her car at a set of traffic lights. Thinking he’d never see her again, amazingly he finds her performing with her band at the local bar. This chance encounter brings these two lost souls together. Once Sawyer gets a taste of her melodic voice, there’s no turning back.

For Elizabeth, when she meets Sawyer… she realizes she’s fallen hard. But is this really love she’s feeling or does love build slowly over time?

What happens when fate turns things around on you, creates flashes you can’t turn from… moments that will shape your life?

They are faced with the choice of darkness surrounding them or to rid themselves of the guilt and pain and move toward the light.

This story is about life’s moments. How they can make you or break you, and one man’s hope that… Love, won’t judge him.

AM Johnson reached out to me to review her first novel, and I was more than happy to.  I love getting the word of new, or unknown authors, out there.  They deserve every opportunity to be noticed.

This story is about overcoming loss, dealing with demons, and finding your true match in life.  Sawyer and Elizabeth meet and it's insta-love.  Elizabeth is somewhat forbidden because of her relationship with Sawyer's roommate but they can't keep themselves away from each other.

"I don't do regret, Sawyer.  Life is too damn short.  I sure as hell don't want to be anyone's regret."

Thirteen years after the death of her parents, Elizabeth is still dealing with the horror of what she witnessed that day and ways to overcome and help others in similar situations.  Sawyer has his own issues he's dealing with as well, being a retired Navy SEAL and recovering from a horrible childhood and adolescence.  Elizabeth and Sawyer's strong connection will heal their wounds, but not without some major bumps in the road.

"I'm scared to death.  I know I've only known you for a short time, but you bring feelings out that I've never experienced."

I really did enjoy this book.  After reading a few others with the hero being a Navy SEAL, I was kind of turned off, but A.M. Johnson made Sawyer's story unique and truly loveable.  You just want to hug him, and stare at him.  Elizabeth is the type of girl that I could be best friends with, pretty, smart, sarcastic and most of all, strong.  I really loved the ending of the book but would have liked maybe a few more chapters of their life together since it all kind of came to fruition very fast at the end.  A.M. Johnson will also be releasing book 2 in this series, Still Water which surrounds Todd (Elizabeth's best friend) and his quest for happiness.

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