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Terminal 19
L.R. Olson, author

My dad always said you can’t run away from your problems, but I’m sure as hell going to try. And where do you go when you’re trying to escape life? You go to Europe. Or Scandinavia to be exact, because Scandinavia does have the hottest guys. Have you seen Thor? I’ve got my bucket list and I’m ready to live life to the fullest. Go abroad where no one knows my past? Check. See the sites? Check. Hook up with a Scandinavian Hottie? Check. 

Despite the threat of my past hanging over my head, everything is going great…until Scandinavian Hottie wants to get serious. It was never my intention to take things to the next level. After all, I don’t want to hurt him when he finds out the truth. However, the more time we spend together, the harder I fall, and in the end I'm not sure if it's his heart or mine that's going to end up broken. 

Half-truths and omissions abound in this poignant new adult romance. Nineteen-year-old Hope Reynolds, who has a terminal illness, arrives in Denmark from Florida, planning to celebrate what may be her last birthday by crossing a few important items off her bucket list. Having left behind her well-meaning family for some much-needed alone time, the last thing Hope wants is to start a relationship. Then she meets wealthy Christian Lund, a disarmingly charming Scandinavian hottie. With dogged persistence, he slowly chips away at her resolve to keep their burgeoning relationship in the casual fling zone. Olson infuses her narrative with plenty of humor and chutzpah, and her main characters have just the right balance of need and vulnerability to make the sexual tension between them utterly irresistible. The story is fast-paced and fueled by beautiful emotion, and a late twist adds much-needed brightness to Hope’s otherwise bleak future. Readers will enjoy this tender romance with plenty of international flavor. (BookLife)

I’m not sure I can accurately put into words how WONDERFUL this book was. This was such a surprise. Honestly, I had put off reading this book, because I thought it was going to be so sad and hard to get through, but I was totally wrong. This book was light and funny and such a joy to read! There was talk of death obviously, but mostly it was about what it does to the people you left behind. I thought it was all handled perfectly.

I absolutely loved Hope. She was sarcastic and funny, and you can totally understand her way of thinking. Christian was the best. I swooned so hard over him. He was so romantic and wonderful. Their first meet was hilarious. All of the side characters were so well developed and added such a depth to the story.

I really enjoyed all of the information about Scandinavia. It’s not an area visited in most other traveling abroad books.

There was definitely some drama in there towards the end, that I wanted to just shake some sense into Hope. But, she had a bit of an identity crisis towards the end, asking so many important questions, that you understand why she did what she did. I highlighted so many lines that I loved.

This was my first book by the author, but won’t be my last! I couldn’t put this book down but at the same time didn’t want it to end. I absolutely loved it and can’t wait for a reread! This is definitely a new favorite! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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