Monday, June 1, 2015

Follow Me Back (Twisted Love #2) by A. Meredith Walters ~ Review

Follow Me Back (Twisted Love, #2)Source: Physical ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Follow Me Back (Twisted Love #2) by A. Meredith Walters

The sequel to Lead Me Not, this dangerously sexy second installment in the Twisted Love series continues Aubrey and Maxx’s love story, from New York Times bestselling author A. Meredith Walters—who “writes the most beautifully flawed characters that still have you swooning” (Sawyer Bennett, USA Today bestselling author of the Off series).

Aubrey Duncan has loved…and lost. Should she follow a heart that’s betrayed her or a head that tells her to let go?

Maxx Demelo’s addiction almost destroyed him. It ruined his life and, most importantly, his relationship with the only girl he ever loved.

He has vowed to become the man Aubrey Duncan deserves. Even if he has to tear himself apart to do it. So he enters rehab, trying to fix the parts of him that are shattered as he longs to be healthy and whole.

Aubrey lost everything because she chose to listen to her heart. Now she has sworn to put herself first, to heal in the only way that she can…far away from Maxx and his demons.

But just as Aubrey is starting over, Maxx is released from rehab and thrust back into her world, determined to prove how much they still need each other. And the chaos that had defined them threatens to unleash once again…

But a heart, no matter how broken, is impossible to ignore.

Releases TOMORROW!


After finishing Lead Me Not, I wasted no time in snatching this one up. The ending to the first book left me hopeful and anxious to see where everything would go. The beginning of this one had me holding on to those feelings for a bit, but those faded as the book progressed, and overall I enjoyed Follow Me Back even more than Lead Me Not.

While Lead Me Not was heavily weighted by Maxx's addiction and Aubrey's desire to help him overcome it, Follow Me Back is the story of Maxx finally having the desire to be better. There's still the threat of relapse hanging over the entire book, but it's much less suffocating than the heaviness of book 1.

Follow Me Back is just as intense as Lead Me Not, however. A. Meredith Walters packed in all the emotions yet again. And with my attachment to the characters only growing with this book, I somehow found myself even more engaged this time around. Maxx was easier to love. Sure, he still wasn't perfect, but to actually see him trying to make things right and not fall back into his same habits was the best. And Aubrey is still working through her own issues, and I still respect her so much.

My wish for them to be together and STAY together was so much more prominent now. Since most of my energy wasn't going toward urging Maxx to get sober (because the book is totally going to listen to me, I know), I could place that effort elsewhere---into Maxx and Aubrey, sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S.... Honestly, though, their relationship has always been intersected with each of their issues, so seeing them working through that to be a couple---a real, not-totally-unhealthy couple---was great. I love these two together. Especially now that their relationship is more solid.

Overall, Follow Me Back was an amazing sequel to a powerful book. While this one was easier to read for me, it resonated in me just the same, and this duology is going to stick with me for a very long time. If you're looking for gritty, stunning books that deal with tough subjects, look no further---the Twisted Love novels are exactly what you need. 

5 stars - A stunning sequel to a powerful story!

1 comment:

  1. I was emotionally attached to Aubrey and Maxx as well! I agree this was a very gritty and stunning read!