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I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.
I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.
And now I’m going back.
After ten years.
I hope I can explain that after all this time.
I still want her to be my forever girl.
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5 stars - Real and messy, this love story will hold you captive until the end.
The sounds of this book had me excited to read it. What could be better than a guy who makes and mistake and then comes back years later to fix it? Except that really isn't what this book is about. Instead, it's about a guy that followed his dream. His mistake was not taking his girl with him when he did it. A death brings him back to town but seeing her again is harder than he thought. He's never stopped loving her. Too bad she's moved on. See this isn't a run into each other and fall back into each others arms kinda story. No, that would have ruined it. This story is real. It's messy. It's a struggle. It has complications. And it's genuine. I can see it happening. I can feel it happening.
At first, I didn't really like Liam but that lasted just one chapter. This book rotates between Liam and Josies POV and boy did I love being in Liam's head. The rock star had some interesting challenges as he made his reappearance in his hometown and I loved hearing his real reactions to it in his mind. He could hide his feeling to the outside world, like a lot of guys I know. Loved knowing what was really going on in his head. I, also, loved how the real guy was so much more than the bad boy rock star image that he had in L.A. When he was around Josie, the real guy came out and I just loved him.
I loved Josie too. She's hurt and not about to fall back in his arms. Good for her. He didn't deserve it after what he did to her. I love how she puts him in is place repeatedly. I love how their relationship is not happening in the present but we get some glimpses of what it was in the past. I loved how the story has multiple sides. Things are cut and dry or easily solved. This is like real life where someone ends up hurting and choices have consequences. It was sexy and raw with so much depth. I loved how the time went on because real life doesn't wrap itself up in a month. Emotions can't be turned off in a day. People don't just stop being hurt and trust again overnight. Loved that this book made it real.
The chemistry between Liam and Josie is undeniable. Either of them has ever stopped loving the other and their bodies remember all to well how deep that love is. Their attempts at resisting each other is so fun to watch. And the end was so satisfying and perfect I wanted to cheer.
I wish I could talk about some other parts of this book that made me happy. I wish I could talk about some of the supporting characters and their reactions to Liam being back in town but I just can't. I will not spoil or ruin even one little surprise from this book.
I will say that I saw a campaign book possibility in there and I hope it happens.
The pacing is perfect. I devoured this in an evening. If adult contemporary is your thing, then this book needs to be moved to the top of your TBR list.
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