Title: Losing Her (His #2)
Author: Mariah Dietz
Release Date: March 1
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“I loved her and she left. Maybe I wasn’t enough. Maybe I’ll never be enough.” I’ve been thinking these words since before we even got together.
Everything is new. The old no longer has a place here. Physical items are easy to replace. I’m constantly battling the ones that aren’t.
Every thought and memory I have is stained.
You weren’t even there for half of them.
How is she still present even though she left?
I can do this. I’m going to survive losing her.
*** This is the second book of the His Series, and it DOES end with a cliffhanger. The final book of the His Series, Finding Me, will release June 1, 2015***
“Dude, you’ve got to get up.” Jameson sighs as I pull the pillow back over my head. I don’t even know what day it is anymore. I don’t care.
What adds salt to my wounds is the fact that the world keeps turning. People continue waking up and going about their day. The sun rises and sets. I hear kids laugh and play, neighbors greet one another, and birds sing, and all the while I wonder how? How does the entire world appear to be surviving this nightmare of losing her?
Hank comes to visit in June. I still haven’t heard from Ace, and yet I’m still staying at my mom’s. I can’t leave. I can’t go back to that house. I’d moved rooms shortly after she left, and now reside in the guest room on the main floor. It’s better this way. There aren’t any pictures of her in here or random memories, like the one of her sitting on my bean bag chair when I was sick last summer. I also don’t have to face the window that looks out onto hers.
Hank knows that I know mom sent for him, hoping that he’d be able to “help” me. She of all people should know that having Hank around isn’t going to help me. He’s fucking married to the love of his life; he doesn’t have a fucking clue about the shit that I’m going through.
Of all things, Hank wants to go camping. I’m sure he thinks that getting away will help. He doesn’t understand that moving rooms has helped me realize I could go to Antarctica, and things wouldn’t change; the distance isn’t going to make the pain any less.
When we get camp set up, Hank opens a cooler and passes me a beer with a giant, shit-eating grin, like we’ve just overcome a huge hurdle. Deciding that I shouldn’t rain on his little douchebag tea party quite yet, I accept the beer with merely a grimace before taking a long swig. Before long, that single swig becomes a chug, and then a guzzle as I consume more alcohol than what three people probably should.
I sit by the fire and close my eyes. My mind automatically reaches back into that locked and forbidden drawer to pull out the image of Ace, striving to recall the sound of her laugh, the feel of her touch. It brings me back to our camping trip last September, when Jameson announced that was what he wanted to do for his birthday.
“You could have asked for the moon and I would have worked to find a way.”
I fell in love with Ace in ‘Becoming His’, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with ‘Losing Her’ (since it’s in Max’s POV). Mariah Dietz surpassed my expectations with this novel. In book 1, you have the angst right from the start that gets your heart racing with anticipation. In Losing Her, the pace and dynamic are incomparable. We get the inside track to Max’s heart and how he’s handling life since Ace left. The longer Ace is gone, the more we see Max start to break down and head down a road that we aren’t used to seeing from him. Emotions steadily increase though out until you’re left feeling helpless, right along with Max.
I love that we’re given information regarding the present and the past. You get to view different experiences through Max’s eyes, with his voice. You are also given insight into moments that weren’t talked about in book 1 (like drunken lady bits… lol). My heart hurt right along with Max anytime we were in the present and you realized that Ace really was gone. Seeing Ace from Max’s perspective helped me really appreciate how strong of a bond they had. The way he describes her and the little things she does (like look over her shoulder and smile) makes you realize that they really are two halves of a whole.
I was given an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can’t wait for book #3 to see how their story ends.
5 out of 5 stars
reviewed by Lisa
Becoming His (#1) – Find on Goodreads
Sometimes life’s unforeseen paths lead us to discovering sides of ourselves we never knew existed.
Ace Bosse has always found solace at home, but when she returns for the summer from college, she builds an unexpected relationship with the Reckless Max Miller.
Three years ago, Max left for Alaska to find what he thought he’d lost, but now realizes just how much he left behind.
Max teaches Ace that sometimes a little crazy is exactly what life needs while learning that some chances are worth taking, regardless of the risks.
But how do you know when you’ve met the right person? And will they be prepared to experience one of life’s biggest obstacles?
Falling in love isn’t easy–but holding on to it is where the real challenge lies.
Mariah Dietz lives in Eastern Washington with her husband and two sons that are the axis of her crazy and wonderful world.
Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon, where she spent the majority of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.
She has a love for all things that include her sons, good coffee, books, travel, and dark chocolate. She also has a deep passion for the stories she writes, and hopes readers enjoy the journeys she takes them on, as much as she loves creating them.