Monday, June 1, 2015

Review: Follow Me Back 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. 
Follow Me Back is the second book in the Twisted Love series. It MUST be read after Lead Me Not. If you have not read the first book yet, STOP! My review will contain spoilers. You can read my review of Lead Me Not here (it is spoiler-free)-->http://realitybites-letsgetlost.blogs...

When I finished Lead Me Not, I was an emotional wreck. Never before had I felt so conflicted on the future of two characters. I loved both Maxx and Aubrey, and even more than that, I loved their love for one another. But I wasn't sure I wanted them together. Given Aubrey's past, I just couldn't see how a relationship with Maxx could possibly be good for her with the place he was in his life. So, I went into Follow Me Back with apprehension. I didn't see how this was going to end well for anyone involved. 
Aubrey made me feel so proud of how well she handled things this go round. How much she had grown since the last book was evident from the start. The events that occurred with Maxx had jolted her, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. She had been traveling a path that wasn't intended for her and it took the shake up Mazx caused in her life for her to see that.
And I have to be honest, I did not have enough faith in Maxx to believe he would overcome his drug habit. I was not convinced he had it in him to stay away from the easy money that came with the club scene, which would ultimately lead him right back to the very thing that almost killed him. But the more I read, the more convinced I became that I had underestimated him. I was never so happy to have a character prove me wrong as I was Maxx!
They both have traveled a hard and bumpy road in their lives. And they both still have so much to overcome in their future. Can they find a path that works with them on it together? Well, you just have to read the conclusion to Maxx and Aubrey's story to find out! I know I am glad that I did and LOVED how everything played out for them both.

Renee walked beside me, her chin tucked into the collar of her jacket. "It'll get better, Aubrey. I promise. This is your second chance. Your time for something more."
I hoped she was right. i was desperate for that something better.
I can be so much more for you. I want to be everything you could ever want.
It had only been a matter of weeks since Maxx had said those words, his intense blue eyes staring into mine, and had given me his heart. Only weeks since he had made promises he hadn't been able to keep. It was such a short amount of time for my entire life to change.
But it had changed. And now all I could do was accept it and move on. If only it were that simple.
My eyes were drawn to the brick wall that ran along the edge of the green. The once vibrant colors of Maxx's street art had faded, but I could still the painting of a woman walking off a cliff. The word Compulsion was woven into her familiar blond hair. It was a small part of the complicated man who continued to own me. The tiny, intricate X's dotted through the picture seemed to scream at me. Taunting me with their presence.
Even when he was gone, Maxx was everywhere. His art. His love. His chaos.
I couldn't escape him And I was terrified that in the darkest recesses of my heart I still didn't want to.
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.
A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.
When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.
A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.


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