Beautiful Things Never Last

Beautiful Things Never Last

by Steph Campbell
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Beautiful Things Never Last by Steph Campbell

It's been a year since Quinn's life was changed for good by that Christmas kiss from Ben.

A year spent getting her life together. No more crazy parents looking over her shoulder, no more self-destructive behavior or secrets. Now, she and Ben share everything- including a tiny apartment, and a beautiful love.

Since he met Quinn, Ben's life has been full of change. After finally standing up to his mom, he's cut ties with his family and moved across the country with the only girl he's ever wanted. But there's something to be said for feeling needed, and he's not sure that he is anymore.

When Quinn's accepted into a month long culinary program in Italy, she's ecstatic. But while she's in a gorgeous country learning gnocchi and pesto, Ben's blowing off her calls and pulling back.

But someone from Ben's past walks back into his life, and he finally feels like he has a purpose again. Someone to take care of... Someone to save.

When Quinn returns, and the who's and why's of Ben's behavior are revealed, how does she have any choice but to walk away from the only guy she's ever loved?

And how can Ben ever learn to let her go?

In this follow-up to the 2011 release, GROUNDING QUINN, love and loss take on new meanings when roles are reversed, and the lengths that we go to to protect our hearts are challenged in new ways.(

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482045543
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/23/2013
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Steph Campbell grew up in Southern California, but now calls Southwest Louisiana home. She has one husband, four children and a serious nail polish obsession.

Steph blogs at

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Beautiful Things Never Last 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
JennOM More than 1 year ago
This was a worthy sequel to "Grounding Quinn."  Ben and Quinn aren't perfect and the book really emphasizes the characters human qualities.  They make mistakes and learn from these mistakes. The interchanging POV between Ben and Quinn was nice and the chapters really flowed together.  While I would have enjoyed a longer book, based on the ending this book turned out to be the perfect length.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this sequal to grounding quin...rrad it in 1 day. I love ben and quin. I hope their story continues in the next companion book
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TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
Oh, my heart. It's actually been a while since I read this, but going back through my notes and quotes from the book, made my heart stutter. AGAIN. When I finished Grounding Quinn, I was so happy with how things ended. And, ok, I was excited about this book too, but also a bit apprehensive. What I realized is that the issues that Ben and Quinn face in this book are normal, common problems that couples face. But, I think because Ben and Quinn had come such a long way, I was bracing for the worst. gut was clenched the whole book. Now, you may be asking me "And that's a good thing?" And I say to you, YES. I feel so strongly about these characters that I wanted to shield them from all harm. Dramatic, I know.  So, how do I review this book without saying what actually happens??? Well, I can tell you that Quinn has grown a lot. She's broken free from her crazy family and is living with Ben in California. They're happy, in love, and are doing well in school. So, when the opportunity comes up for her to go to Italy, she's beyond excited. You could see the change in her. Quinn carries herself with comfort and a confidence now. She still finds strength in Ben, but she doesn't need him to make her happy or keep her safe. So, the challenge they face now, is not really the distance of her trip.  Ben is a care-taker and honestly likes the comfort of his life, but Quinn keeps moving forward. And I'm not saying that she leaves him behind in any way, but I just think in this book, Ben had to find his new role within their relationship and find his own success with his career. They've matured and their relationship has gone to a more permanent base. I won't lie, some of the challenges they face were painful to watch at times. I felt more forgiving of Quinn's mistakes in the first book, because it was almost expected. But for Ben to make mistakes in this book, nearly broke my heart. I still loved him even when he was being a bit jerky.  Another thing I loved about this book was seeing more of Carter. Carter lives down the hall from Ben and Quinn. Also, Quinn's old high school nemesis, Shayna, has gotten into a relationship with Carter. I saw that coming in Grounding Quinn, but it was fun to see it actually happen. Carter and Shayna will get their own book and I really can't wait to read it. It seems that both Shayna and Carter have made some big changes too. Their story is the only thing making me less sad about saying goodbye to Ben and Quinn. My fingers are crossed that I'll get to see them a bit there. Overall, I loved this book. While it was trying for my heart, I really was happy with the story. Ben and Quinn are such a great couple. Ben's devotion and love for Quinn is so sweet and Quinn new found heart was endearing. Steph Campbell certainly has a talent for creating raw, emotional, and yet strong characters. That's not an easy task to master, but she pulls it off gracefully. I highly recommend this series. Run to get it. Now.  Quotes: ~"If you've never gone mad, you've never really been in love," she says.-pg 127 ~"You told me long ago that beautiful things never last. But I think you're wrong. I think they can. If you fight for them. If you let them change, Quinn. They can morph into something even better. If you make it work."-pg 178 ~"What are your plans for this week?" "To win you back. That's it. That's my plan. Every day."-pg 216 ~I finally understand that life isn't about holding all of the pieces neatly together. Life is about picking up the pieces. And love is about finding a way to make those pieces fit together, even if they're all jaggedy and mismatched. And that's what brought Ben and I to this moment--to this mad, crazy love. To this promise. That beautiful things can last, if you let them bend and change with you.-pg 238
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Another good read and again could not put it down. I was not real happy with the ending but other than that it was a good book.
TheBookBar More than 1 year ago
Rating: Chaser  I never became emotionally connected to the characters Uhmm, oh man this is hard.  I really debated my rating for this one.  It has so much potential and I felt like we were just scraping the surface for some of the scenes.   For myself, there is a point in a book when I check my progress (percentage in) and I am happy that I haven’t even reached 50% yet.  How wonderful it is that I am so involved in the characters and desperately want to know what happens next, and oh please don’t let it be over too soon.  However, with this book, when I checked and it said I was 60%+ into it, I realized the depth was missing.  I was breezing through this book’s concept without an emotional attachment. Ben and Quinn have just moved into a small apartment down the hall from her older brother.  I didn’t read the prequel so I didn’t know how this came to be, but the book seems to carry it’s own without the explanation.  Both in school, Quinn has the opportunity of a lifetime to study culinary skills in Italy for a month.  While the two are apart, which they both agreed was going to be hard on their budding relationship, but condoned just the same, they both question each other’s commitment. Usually this type of back and forth, does she love me, does she not drama bores me.  I just want to scream at the book “just talk to each other’.  However, the author challenges the two characters by limiting cellular service and making Ben feel that if he were to tell Quinn he misses her too much it would ruin her time abroad, thus he refuses to talk to her. These two are so in love and making life for themselves, but the love scenes, the connection between the two is cut short.  While Quinn is studying in Italy, the description of the food took me there.  I felt like I needed to jump on a plane and experience it for myself.  This type of whole-hearted narrative between the lovers could have really made a difference. It took me a couple nights to get through this book.  I really wanted it to get better, but it was just not holding my interest as I’d hoped.  I am tempted to read the book leading up to this one, “Grounding Quinn”, but not in a big hurry to do so.
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This was a good read, but the ending was lacking for me.
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