SEVERANCE                                       N. N. BRITT

They say first love doesn’t last. Alana’s ends on the night her boyfriend Dakota dies in a deadly shooting at a Portland club. 

In an attempt to look for ways to deal with her grief, Alana reaches out to Dakota’s older brother Mikah, who’s struggling with moving on himself.

Both damaged beyond repair, neither Alana or Mikah know how to cope with their loss. What’s worse, they have zero ideas of how to handle the unexpected feelings they start developing for each other. 


     Unfortunately, somewhere in this nation, there is another senseless act just like this one.  Sad to say sometimes multiple in a day.  The moment I started reading my heart started racing and I wanted to put it down.  At the same time, I could not stop reading.
     Having a friend who was in the face of such a senseless crime.  I can tell you the author did a great job of bringing us the reader along through a fraction of the sheer hell victims go through.
     This book shows the seven stages of grief for sure though several of the characters who are at different starting points.  Makes it difficult for them to relate to each other.  Don’t worry though you will see the progression toward healing. 
     Because can you really ever recover from such a senseless act especially when it takes so many lives?  Hell, can we take but one of our loved ones passing?  I think not now amp that up in mass.
     This author has Alana who is eighteen along with her grade school friend Jess who gets her to go to a concert where they meet some guys in a band.  Jess starts dating Luke the drummer.  Alana catches the eye of twenty-three-year-old Dakota Bennett, the lead and frontman for the band.  Along with his older brother Mikah, twenty-five, and Blaze who are also in the band.
     Three months into their relationship they are to play at a bigger venue so of course, the girls will be there.  Even if all this time in order to get out Alana has had to lie to her overly religious parents that she was staying at Jess’s house.  She will do it again in a heartbeat to go.  So, her parents know nothing.  She’s going to hell.
     Dakota is the direct line to hell as far as her parents are concerned.  The guys start their set.  She is so proud of him Dakota has been voted number five on Portland’s Guitar Players Watch for list for 2019.  When Alana hears him hit a wrong note.  Then another.  When she turns and she hears BANG! BANG! BANG!  Her life changed in an instant.
     You will not want to miss this story.  You might feel that Alana appears stuck and whinny and not willing to move on.  It’s not that.  She can’t.  Look at her support system at home, her friend is a survivor too coping as best they can, and her boyfriend is gone. 
     She is only eighteen and confused.  All that’s left is the one man who won’t talk to her, yet she knows what she feels around him.
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