Strength by Carrie Butler
Synopsis - from goodreads
When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, period.
Too curious for her own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman reputation--and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of course, there are a few setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration, feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…
Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace's powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.
They’re a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers. Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do--even if it means risking a whole lot more than her heart.
(Upper YA/New Adult)
Thank you so much for having me over, Laura! :)
I don't know about you, but I need music while I'm working. It doesn't matter if the song has lyrics or not. If I'm in the zone, everything fades into the background except for the feeling it gives me. That's why I built a playlist for Strength—songs to fit every scene and sentiment. I'd play it while I was writing, and after a while, I realized it was conditioning me. Whenever that music came on, I found myself immersed in Rena and Wallace's world. Ready to go.
So, I thought it would be fun to share a few of those songs with you today—starting with what I consider to be Rena & Wallace's love song. It's a little sad, but the lyrics about bruises always get me. "All I know" by Five for Fighting (Cover)
Then we have the song I played when... certain things were revealed on the steps of a certain building. *grins* Vague enough? "Human" by Civil Twilight
Though we don't see things through Wallace's POV in the first book, I did have a few songs set aside for his confliction... "Sometimes" by Skillet
And finally, we have a song for some of the later happenings. "Misconstruction" by Apocalyptica
About the Author
Carrie daydreamed her way through college—until they thrust a marketing degree into her hands, slapped a summa cum laude seal on the corner, and booted her out into a less-than-stellar job market. Instead of panicking at the prospect of unemployment, she used her Midwestern logic to steer into the skid and point her life in the direction she really wanted to go: writing out those daydreams.