Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Follow Me Back by A. Meredith Walters

Title: Follow Me Back
Author: A. Meredith Walters
My Rating: A

Genre: New Adult
Series: Twisted Love #2
Main Characters: Maxx and Aubrey
Release Date: May 2015
Publisher: Gallery
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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.
My Review:
This is the second (and I think final) book in this series. If you haven't read the first book, you need to because the two books definitely need to go together because they make up a single story. Also, this review will contain some minor spoilers for the first book so stop reading it now if you haven't read that first one.

This book picks up where the first book left off...with Maxx going to rehab. His brush with death has opened Aubrey's eyes too. She can't be his crutch and support system anymore. It's not healthy for her or him, so she's done. But as she realizes just how unstable she had become in their relationship, she begins to look at all the other aspects of her life. Why was it so important for her to become a substance abuse counselor when it's a trigger for her and her sister's OD death?

This book really focuses on the two more as individuals as they begin to rebuild their mental lives...and it's great in that aspect. There's so much character growth over the course of the story. I loved that. For me, Aubrey was especially heartwarming because she's brutally honest with herself and others about how she got so off-course. That's where her schooling really shines through.

And there is a romantic side to this story...eventually. The chemistry between Maxx and Aubrey hasn't let up, no matter how hard she's fought it. But Maxx respects her boundaries for the most part. He's not willing to step away from her completely, but he won't pressure her...too much. She doesn't trust him anymore and rightly so, but the book is still romantic and has a great rebuilding of their relationship. While the first book left me feeling strung out, this one gave me hope. I also LOVE that there's an epilogue that give a little glimpse in to the future. For these characters and their issues, that was definitely needed and expertly executed by the author.

I'm so happy I read this series. It was painful at times, but that level of emotion is what I look for in my books sometimes and A. Meredith Walters wrote it all so well. This second book was incredible...and I didn't set it down once I began reading. It was so good and I recommend you check out the Twisted Love series. Maxx and Aubrey will twist your heart a few times, but in the end they are worth it.

Other things that I loved... It should also be noted that I loved Brooks and Renee and what they added to the story. I would love to see both of them get their own stories, too. I also really loved the continuation of Maxx and his art in this book to deal with his addiction...really beautiful.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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