When Nolan Kincaid skipped town to chase the music career of his dreams, he knew he wouldn’t miss the reminders of his broken family—he wasn’t so sure he could forget the girl he left behind. Now his band is touring nonstop, the recording sessions go all night, and the groupies are crazed. But when he hears that Hailey Wilkins is in trouble, he drops everything.
Hailey thought she’d missed her chance with Nolan. Five years ago, the moment she realized she loved him was the moment he decided to leave. Now, when a brutal assault lands her in the ICU, Nolan flies straight to her bedside, acting like nothing’s changed. What’s a rock star like him doing, canceling shows and risking his record deal, just to nurse an old friend back to health? And why should Hailey believe he’ll stay this time?
With her attacker still at large, Nolan’s ready to rise to the occasion. He knows he let Hailey down once before, but he’s ready to give her everything, heart and soul—and he’ll fight for the chance to prove it.
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So, this is again a second chance romance.. My, they seem to be popular lately! :p
But, get this – big time rockstar who has the world at his feet and his best friend who he hasn’t talked to in years. His best friend who he most definitely had feelings for but didn’t do anything about them because he didn’t want to ruin their friendship.
And, then, he finds out that said best friend, Hailey, is in a coma. And that he might lose her, for good. That is not something that Nolan is ready for. He is not ready for this to be the end of whatever it is between him and Hailey. And, after such a close call, he can’t let her go. Not now, not ever.
But, she’s back home and he’s in LA and though he’s here for her now, he can’t uproot his life. He’s got a record to make and a band to look after, his shows and his fans and his life. It’s all in LA. Plus, home brings bad memories. It’s the place he lost his mother and his little sister and he’s not ready to relive those moments again. He’s afraid that going back will make him remember what he forgot. That horrific night when he lost them. PTSD, his doctors said. And thought it’s extremely childish of him, he’s not ready to remember yet.
This book is extremely well written. The story is amazing and the suspense is thrilling. Hailey’s attacker and Nolan’s memories and the whole mystery behind both of them is really, really intriguing. I love it. Also, there’s a lot of conflict in the book. The characters are at conflict between each other and in themselves as well. This serves for great character development. They’re both hesitant to give it their all because they haven’t talked in years. But, the distance has done nothing to diminish their love for each other and they are still very much in love and still really afraid of admitting it for the fear of being rejected.
It serves for a great plot and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The characters are so real and their struggles are so honest that you can’t help but connect with them. It’s amazing, really. Beautiful and gorgeous. Yes, it’s a little angsty in parts and there are parts that are dragged out but that just makes the ending more satisfying. It serves for a great, great read.
Overall, Hailey and Nolan are a great couple. They’ve made their mistakes and want to work past their issues to finding each other, but there’s something holding them back, always. They’re just so scared and afraid, it makes my heart ache for them and there were parts where all I wanted was to drag either of them to me and comfort them and make them realize that they loved each other and that they should go for it!
But, it’s never easy, is it? They have their demons and their issues and complications. There’s the possibility of it being a long distance relationship and there’s also the fact that Nolan’s label has entirely different plans for him. Ones which don’t include Hailey at all. Plus, there’s a fact that there’s killer on the loose. On who wants Hailey dead. So, yeah. They have tons and tons of issues.
Although, at the same time they’re so in love with each other. And, they’d do anything to make the other feel better and feel protected and safe. I love that about them. They may not see what’s in front of them but they love each other fiercely and honestly and completely. That kind of love is hard to come by. And I admire them for all the sacrifices they’ve made for each other. They’re a really great couple!
And, they surely deserve your time. Their story needs to be heard. And if you don’t read this, you’re seriously missing out!
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Stina Lindenblatt lives in Western Canada, where she loves to dream up New Adult and Young Adult stories, especially those with romance. She loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and has worked with elite athletes. In her free time, Stina enjoys photography, especially the close-up variety.