Twisted Love #2
Author: A. Meredith Walters
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: June 2nd 2015
Review Source: Gallery Books
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.
The story begins right where Audrey is facing the consequences of dating Maxx. He was a patient at support group where she was an intern. It seems from the previous book things didn’t go well and Audrey’s college life is in a rough path. She is being kicked out of her program and her grades are suffering. To say the least, she and Maxx haven’t been in touch for a while. As Audrey is trying to get her life back, she learns Maxx is in rehab. From what I gather, this is something she always hope he would do, for himself. As she feels relief he is doing this, her heart is telling her there may be hope for them. Something she doesn’t want at the same time. Maxx has left her for ruins. As the pieces are being put back together, Maxx gets in contact with her. And as Audrey tries to stay away, her heart tells her not to. Yet, she follows what her heart is telling her to do. Little by little she starts to realize things will never be the same. Trusting Maxx will be a challenge, but where there once was fire, ashes remain that could reignite.
Listening to Maxx and Audrey story was not easy. The book is center around addiction and a destructive relationship. It was full of ups and down, deceptions and surprises. My feelings were all over the place. I didn’t know what to believe. Audrey’s emotions were mines. I wanted to trust Maxx badly. Especially after listening to his struggles – his point of view. He really wanted to change. Yet, there was doubt kicking in. My emotions were seriously conflicted. This whole relationship was a total dysfunction but my sucker heart was saying: YES, THERE IS HOPE.
Even though I did not read the first book, Follow Me Back truly capture the love between Maxx and Audrey. This story is brutal and honest. Their love was addicting, unhealthy yet captivating and realistic. I loved how the author captured all this darkness flawlessly. The audio book was phenomenal. From the moment it began, I was entranced in their stories. I would highly recommend this book and audio book to my friends. It’s not an easy story to listen to but the outcomes will make anyone smile.