Thursday, February 20, 2020

Release Blitz & Review: When We Crash - Cynthia A. Rodriguez

When We Crash
Duet: The Souls Duet #1
by Cynthia A. Rodriguez
Genre: YA/NA Contemporary Romance
Release: February 20, 2020

Two lost souls, bound by love, unable to let go.

Given a second chance to find his soulmate after a horrific accident takes their lives, a young man returns as a teenager named Dexter Andrews.

But there are rules:

She won’t remember him and he’ll have to rely on fragmented memories of the life he once knew.

Finding her is one thing; loving her and her self-destructive ways is another.

5 Stars
Dexter is the anti-alpha, as a high school senior with a serious case of amnesia his only real goal is to find the woman he can't stop thinking of. He doesn't know her name, he doesn't know her voice, but he knows she's out there. He'll shed his previous, popular skin for a chance with her. Noa isn't looking for anyone and she doesn't want anyone to look for her, but she can't deny the changed Dexter. Their first touch lights a spark in both of them, but not even a love like that of soulmates can fix the history that makes up Noa. He knows she must be it, but she's a beautiful mess who hasn't yet learned to even love her own self. When We Crash is the story of two souls and the repeated chances they get through the course of time.

"I didn't know who she was anymore. But what I did know was that there was an ache in my chest where she'd been."

Cynthia A. Rodriguez gives us more than just an angsty romance, it is clear she has poured her own heart and emotions into this book and it is clear from this rambling review that I am completely enamored with this read. When We Crash is a story of heartbreak, loss, forgiveness, addiction, and time...more than anything, it's about time. Dexter and Noa are given time, time to find one another, but time doesn't always fix everything. Time brings distance, changes, new love, loss, death, and life. Though they've been given this chance it is up to them to take advantage and sometimes two souls crash together and even time can't stop the wreck. It's a raw story, completely unpredictable with the pages filled with love so intense, but no secure place for it to hold onto.

"Except...I love you. There it was. The voice that belonged to the person I'd loved in my last life."

I loved the youthful feel of the romance between Dexter and Noa, as well as the centuries old feeling of soulmates that spills from them. It's such a heartbreaking read, but somehow Cynthia still filled it with hope. There's the promise of soulmates, of love transcending time, but the truth is that finding your other half isn't all it takes, especially when one is so naive and insecure about their place in the world. My word does reading this book hurt, the what ifs these two explore are so painful and so powerful, and yet When We Crash is infused with magic. I cried, of course, I smiled a lot, and I fell in love with the souls inside of Dexter and Noa. I can't imagine what is to come in the next novel in this stunning debut, but here Cynthia, here's my heart do with it what you will.

Cynthia hates writing her own bio. In her down-time, you can find her watching movies, ranging anywhere from classic to action flicks (she has a weakness for Marvel adaptations), and reading any novel she can get her hands on.

She loves hearing from her readers! You can reach Cynthia at Both her Twitter and Instagram handles are @thecynrodriguez.


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