Tuesday, June 2, 2015

ARC 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.


Purchase Follow Me Back (#2) On Amazon: Releases June 2, 2015
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4 stars

The conclusion of Aubrey and Maxx picks up right after the end of Lead Me Not. I was so excited to continue their story and Ms. Walters did not disappoint.

After death pounds on Maxx's door and Aubrey and his brother, Landon, the two most important people in his life cuts him out--Maxx  is determined to make it right. He checks himself into rehab (and I'm so glad he did! I was rooting for him since page one!). 

And Aubrey is also lost and heartbroken, not only with Maxx, but she's still dealing with her sister's death and the fallout with her parents over the last through years. She was angry and refused  to give into Maxx. Even knowing he's trying to get help and her heart is telling her one thing. To follow Maxx back.  

I'm glad that these two characters didn't immediately jump back into their relationship in this book. They both had to seriously concentrate on themselves before anything else. They really had an unhealthy addiction with each other. 

Since we get dual POVs from both Aubrey and Maxx, we really feel their struggle with each chapter. Addiction is not an overnight fix. I felt Maxx's struggle to stay sober and clean, when all the odds in life where stacked against him. And knowing how Aubrey hasn't come to terms with her parents and her sister's death, made me angsty and just wanted her to find some peace and happiness. 

Follow Me Back is heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once. I'm happy that Aubrey and Maxx found their HEA, but getting there wasn't easy. 

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