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.
Yay! 🙂 I feel all warm and gooey inside. I love books that do that to me. This was such a feel good contemporary romance.
It was a little predictable and standard, but I think that’s ok, because it was gorgeous! I do have one issue, and that is Liam’s reason for leaving his home town of Beaumont and the love of his life, Josie Preston… I can see where the author was trying to go with that but it was the only weak point in the story for me.
The last thing Betty says to me that day is something I will never forget. “Follow only your dreams, Liam.”
However, moving that aside and putting it in a box…
I knew I was going to love it when I couldn’t put it down and I was sobbing my heart out just a few chapters in. Liam and Josie’s close friend, Mason, dies before the story begins, so the reader never meets him, but my God did his death make me cry like a baby. The effect Mason had on his hometown and the people he left behind is profound and a very clever way to draw you in to the book instantly!
The other thing that had me gripped was the alternate POV. I love reading both sides of the story. The male POV always fascinates me slightly more, but alternating from chapter to chapter was a brilliant way to keep me turning the pages. I wanted to find out what was going on inside each of their heads and I ended up finishing the whole book in one go, finally turning my light out in the early hours of the morning. Every time I tried to retire to bed, I’d end a chapter and think ‘Oh, I just want to see what Josie/Liam felt about that scene, I’ll read one more chapter’… and we all know how that ends. At the end, of course! But I love a book that can do that to me.
So what can I tell you about the characters?
God, I felt so sorry for Josie. She did nothing wrong yet she was catapulted into this awful situation where there seemed to be no easy answer and no way to keep everybody happy. I felt for Nick. I felt for Noah… and obviously I felt for Liam. Josie, in my opinion, did everything right. She was both strong and vulnerable at the same time, a devoted mother but a woman with emotions and deep routed desires.
“I only have eyes for one woman, period … When I saw you, I knew I had made a mistake. I should have never left or at least come back for you. My life is better with you in it, Josie. I’m not going to do anything to jeopardize that.”
The surrounding characters were brilliant. I can see how there will be more great books in this series and I can’t wait to read those!
And then we are left with Liam! *heart flutters* Aaaaw, I heart Liam lots and lots! He is just perfect. A bad boy, tattooed rock star with a burning desire to step into his ‘Daddy’ shoes and spend his life proving his love to ‘his girl’ and his recently discovered son! He is clearly completely infatuated with Josie from the very beginning. I love this. There is nothing sexier than a man that can admit utter devotion to the woman of his dreams.And play guitar! Bonus!
Never will I or have I told fans that I love them, even with something as innocent as this. I’ve only loved one person in my life and those words are saved for my girl and now my son.
This wasn’t particularly steamy. There was a nice dose of chemistry between the characters, some naughty stolen kisses, a lot of building passion and plenty of intense desires voiced internally in each of Josie and Liam’s respective monologues. There is one fairly heated sex scene toward the end but nothing graphic.
There were some adorable flash backs which really helped set the scene for Josie and Liam’s relationship history. You can’t help but crave their reunion!
“I promise you, I’m done running. I’m still selfish, but only where you and Noah are concerned. I have years of spoiling to make up for and I plan to spend every day of my life making sure you both know how much I love you.”
In conclusion, this book comes highly recommended by Yours Truly! Read it. Read it now and fall in love with Liam Westbury