A Five-Minute Life, an all-new standalone new adult romance by International bestselling author Emma Scott is Live!
Thea Hughes has five minutes to live.
A car accident stole her parents and left her with the second-worst documented case of amnesia in the world. She now has only minutes of experiences, of consciousness, of life…before her memory is wiped clean. The once effervescent artist with a promising future is reduced to scribbling with pens and paper, living an empty, quiet life, three hundred seconds at a time.
Jim Whelan is on autopilot.
A foster kid shuffled around the system since birth, he’s lived his entire life without knowing love…and it’s taken its toll—until he learned to fight back, carry his armor, and keep his head down.
Working as an orderly in the Blue Ridge Sanitarium, deep in Virginia countryside, Jim looked up…and found Thea.
When Thea has the chance to break free of her five-minute prison with a risky, experimental surgery, it could lead them both to an epic love they never thought possible… or one that could require the ultimate sacrifice.
A stand-alone, new adult romance.
I’ve really been dreading this review because Emma Scott is one of my favorite authors and….I did not like this book.
It really sucks when you dislike a book from one of your go-to authors but hey, it happens. I’m gonna try to go over my reasons for disliking it without fully tearing it apart, so I’m only going to include the things that stuck out the most.
So this book is about a young woman named Thea who’s memory only lasts for about 5 minutes before it resets. She remembers her life before the car accident that took her memory but she can’t remember anything else after. A young man named Jim takes a job as an orderly at the sanitarium that Thea resides at and they eventually fall in love after Thea undergoes surgery to restore her memory. So, this premise sounded really awesome when I first heard about it. But as I was reading it, a little voice in the back of my head kept saying, “this isn’t right.” Jim falls for Thea while she’s suffering from amnesia. It felt…. wrong and creepy. She can’t remember him so she can’t consent, so his desire for her was borderline disturbing. And Thea’s nurse, Rita, was encouraging his interest in her.
Next, and this is the biggest issue I had with the book, Thea is sexually assaulted multiple times by an orderly and it’s only purpose was to make Jim look like the hero. It’s not mentioned at all later in the book. It happens, she talks about her feelings towards it, and that’s it. TW: there is one scene where we witness Thea being assaulted. It’s then interrupted by our wonderful swoon-worthy Jim! *eye roll* I was actually shocked that Scott would write a scenario like this that is only used to make the hero look good. Especially after how she handled sexual assault in her novel In Harmony.
I really didn’t like the characters either. Jim was a one-dimensional I-don’t-deserve-love broody hero and Thea’s entire personality revolved around her obsession with The Office. Her amnesia eventually felt like it was only used for diversity points because she literally had to be cured in order for this story to work.
There were some moments here and there that I enjoyed but overall, this book was a let down. I’ll end this on a good note though: there’s a Full Tilt Easter egg that I loved and I almost started sobbing. Oh, Jonah
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Emma Scott is a bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels.
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