Title: Where the Night Ends
Author: Melissa Toppen
Genre: Coming to Age Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Hot Books and Sassy Girls Book Blog - “Where the night ends, will leave you emotional and breathless. This one gives you hope for true love and the author did a great job in capturing the emotions of true love.”
My Time Out Book Blog - “I've never experienced so many emotions while reading a book. But at the same time brings back so many memories.”
Book Haven Book Blog - “Completely phenomenal!! This book filled me with nostalgia for the power and longevity of a first time love, and literally brought me to my knees at 3am in a puddled mess on the floor when it was all over because I lost an entire day with Sebastian and Tessa.”
It only takes one night—one moment, one small snippet of time—to change everything. At sixteen-years-old, Sebastian Baxter taught me that. He taught me a lot of things.
He never had to work for my heart. In some unexplainable way I think it had always belonged to him anyway.
We spent years loving each other, hurting each other, trying to forget each other, but no matter how hard I tried, I could never erase the memory of him. His eyes, his smile, his touch—these are all things that are embedded in my brain, tattooed on my skin, and etched into my heart.
Some might think our love story is over, but deep down I know it’s only just beginning.
Because it’s not about where the night begins, it’s about where it ends…
Where the Night Ends is a standalone, coming of age, romance.
Reviewed By: Elizabeth Gilbert
Tess: a lovely, naïve, sassy girl who doesn't realise the extent of her beauty meets her long term crush - Sebastian: the population, good looking star football player one night at a party at his house.
When Tess meets Sebastian sitting on the balcony of his house she is surprised by how nice and normal he is. To her he has always been off limits as he is the popular one and she just melts into the background. To her surprise Sebastian does know who she is as her last boyfriend made a big deal of her virginal status. Sebastian truly surprises Tess as he really is not anything like his reputation - he is a really nice young man who is respectful and treats her well. He respects her virginity and holds out until the right time.
The fact Tess was a virgin was mentioned a lot when they were in high school - this rather annoyed me, as in reality it is quite normal to be a virgin in high school! It also wasn’t a big point of the story but the constant mentioning of it in the high school years became overkill.
It really is a lovely story where you meet these two characters in high school and see how their lives go on after high school. The emotions are palpable, especially when they are older and Sebastian has graduated, as he realises how he made the mistake of letting Tess go for her own good and to allow her to establish herself independently from him and they bump into each other on occasion. These happenstance meetings bring all the emotions back to the surface.
I am not normally a fan of high school romances as I remember the angst and life planning all too well, however, the story is delicate and we get to follow the characters throughout their college years until they graduate and eventually meet up again. At times the story felt too long but this did help add to the drama.
A lovely story with great main and secondary characters. Well done to Melissa Toppen - a well written book with all the dramas you expect from high school and college students.
Melissa Toppen is a Reader's Choice Award Winning and Bestselling Romance Author of New Adult, Contemporary, Erotic and Romantic Suspense. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read. Melissa was born and raised in a small town in Ohio and now resides in Cincinnati with her husband and two children, where she writes full time. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Melissa loves going to concerts and is obsessed with the T.V. shows Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time and Outlander.