Mini Review: While You’re Away Part V: While You’re Distant

While You're Away Part V


WHILE YOU’RE AWAY Part V: While You’re Distant by Jessa Holbrook was released in the U.S. on November 12, 2013 in audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and eBook format at BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Razorbill, this book is 47 pages.

WHILE YOU’RE AWAY is a serialized novel in six parts being published weekly. Part I: Our First Encounter was released on October 15th, Part II: When I Retreat was released on October 22nd, Part III: While You’re Confusing was released on October 29th, Part IV: When We’re Together released on November 5th, and the final installment, Part VI: When I Heard the Truth will be available on November 19th.



Once a cheater, always a cheater?

From the moment Will and Sarah first set eyes upon each other, they know that what they have is special.

There’s just one little problem . . . each of them already has a significant other.

After flirting with danger, it becomes clear their passion is too strong to be denied. But even if they make their relationship official, there are plenty of challenges in store. Will leaves for college at the end of the summer, while Sarah faces her senior year of high school in their small suburban town. Long-distance relationships always come with their fair share of troubles—mismatched schedules, jealousy, and temptation are only the beginning.

Can cheaters ever change?

WHILE YOU’RE AWAY is a steamy story about a love triangle, a long-distance relationship, and learning the true meaning of commitment.



In WHILE YOU’RE AWAY PART V things cool way off for Will and Sarah, creating an anxiety-filled and nail-biting read. Doubt, insecurity and temptation challenge the notion that love is enough, making these five chapters in the characters’ lives utterly heartrending and nerve-wracking.

As more time passes, and distance continues to keep Will and Sarah apart, their relationship begins to fray at the edges. Will’s life at college is keeping him busy and preoccupied, leaving Sarah with more time to question what they have, what she gave up and whether it was worth it.

And when their passion for one another is replaced with fighting, distrust and silence, all that’s left is a tenuous emotional connection that just might not be enough.

Once again, Author Jessa Holbrook delivers a story that is gripping and exciting. But instead of giving readers another sexy installment filled with sizzle, she brings tension and heartbreak. Instead of highs there are lows. Despair instead of happiness. And with a killer cliffhanger ending, readers will be left anxiously awaiting the next and final installment.

WHILE YOU’RE AWAY is an amazing, beautiful, sexy, heartbreaking, emotional rollercoaster of a love story. It doesn’t sugar-coat. It doesn’t promise a fairytale. It’s raw. It’s intense. It’s fragile. It’s hopeful. And with three significant and potentially devastating questions left to be answered, the final installment promises to be the most riveting yet.

Reviewer gives this book…


Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

On a personal note…

Where PART IV was hot, PART V was angst-filled and nerve-wracking. It absolutely killed me. The feeling of dread I was expecting hit me from the moment I started reading and it continued to grow throughout each of the five chapters.

By the time I reached this part of the story’s conclusion I was dying. And the way things left off did not help. At all. Oh my gosh what a torturous way to leave things. I can’t believe I have to wait a week to find out what comes next.

I spent much of the read feeling hopeful, believing the best of Will and wishing that Sarah’s insecurity about him, about them, wouldn’t cause her to do something she couldn’t take back. I spent the rest of it quietly pleading for what I was reading to have some other explanation.

Though I probably wasn’t so quiet given the fact that I was talking to the book. Out loud. And I may have shouted once or twice, including right there at the end. And yes there may have been expletives.

Distance plus insecurity plus college parties plus an ex-boyfriend do not make things easy on a new relationship. It is an equation that almost always equals disaster. But I am still holding out hope for a happily ever after ending. Not because I necessarily believe things will end happily, but I so very much want them to.

I desperately want to talk about what happens in this part of the story. I want to know whether I’m being totally unrealistic about what I think happened and what I think is going to happen. But I don’t want to ruin this anguish that is PART V for those who haven’t yet read it.

I don’t know how long the last part of the story is, but however long or short it is I hope it will bring answers… answers that will make me smile, even if they do make me cry, too. Next week can’t come soon enough. This is the most torturous of the cliffhangers and waiting is most definitely going to suck. It already does.

I thought I loved this serial novel before, but after this part of the story I love it so much more. I am totally at the mercy of this story and its characters and whatever direction the author chooses to take them in.

Favorite passage

As practically every single scene in this part of the story had the potential for heartbreak, I’m not sure I could call any one of them “favorites” due to the fact that they were tearing me apart. But there were a number of beautifully written – if agonizing – scenes. And here’s one of my “favorites.”

Will said nothing. The quiet stretched out, and though I could make out the crush of the party on the other end, I wasn’t sure the connection was good anymore. Or if Will was just ignoring me. Either one seemed so imminently possible that I just sat there. I waited.

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