738 Days was my top priority on Friday at BEA. I left Columbus, Ohio at 7:00 AM to ensure I arrived before 1:00, which was when they were going to start passing out tickets for this signing. Stacey didn't think there would be a problem with them running out of tickets, but I wasn't taking any chances. I've read all of her books, with the exception of Bitter Pill, and really wanted a signed copy to add to my collection.
The story is told with an alternating point of view. Amanda Grace was abducted at the age of fifteen and was held captive for 738 Days. The book starts out with a look at her rescue, but flashes forward to a couple of years later. She is still dealing with anxiety and her family life remains strained from the incident.
Chase Henry is a famous actor who has fallen from grace. Success got the better of him and he found himself lost in a life of alcohol, which led to a number of bad choices. He has been sober for ten months and wants to get his life and career back on track. He is filming a movie near Amanda Grace's hometown and his publicist insists it would be a great career move for him to invite her to the set. It was his picture on a poster that gave her the courage to survive, so the connection makes complete sense.
Amanda decides to take Chase up on the offer and they settle on a mutually beneficial agreement. She will help him with some publicity while he gives her the opportunity to branch out from her overly protective life and family. What neither of them expected was for their troubled pasts to lead to a real connection between them. They provide a sense of comfort and support to each other that both have been desperately needing. As their feelings begin to escalate, the shaky ground their relationship was built on threatens to tear them apart. Add in a crazy celebrity stalker and this book is full of romance, action and suspense.
738 Days is by far my favorite of Stacey's books, which is definitely saying a lot. She is one of my favorite authors and I would highly recommend reading any of her books. I gave this book 5 stars and enjoyed every page from start to finish. The pacing was perfect and everything wraps up nicely in one novel, which is rarely the case anymore.
Please be advised that 738 Days is NA and not her typical YA. There is some adult language and content that readers may not expect based upon her previous novels. The "adult scenes" were very well written and not over the top, but the added spice definitely kept the pages turning. I really hope she continues to write NA since this book was an absolute pleasure to read.
As a side note...Stacey, you totally underestimate yourself. After reading this book, the tickets should have been gone within minutes :)
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