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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Love Swept
Released on April 5, 2016
First impressions … this book was messed up. There are a few glaring issues that bugged me like the timeline being during the Christmas season, but we never see Christmas Day or a mention of it. Or the fact that two people have some form of amnesia during the book. Or the fact that the band, Pushing Limits, is an opening band, but they are so well known in the public that the record label picks the girlfriend of the hero.
So Tyler (a.k.a. Nolan) is the lead singer of Pushing Limits, but also a young man running from a tragic event in his past that he has forgotten. He left behind his best friend, Hailey, cutting all ties with his past life, to reinvent himself as Tyler in L.A. The media has associated him with an actress and fans label them with pet names, when they are nothing other than friends. His life is true, but also a lie until he gets one call telling him Hailey is in a coma; the one person he calls best friend and the one woman who holds his heart.
Hailey grew up across the street from Nolan. They were best friends, doing everything together. Both loved each other at young ages, but neither wanted to break up their friendship if it didn’t work. When Hailey is mysteriously attacked and left for dead and in a coma, Nolan runs home to be by her side. When Hailey does wake up, she is confused why Nolan would be there after he refused to talk to her for 5 years. Also, she can’t remember anything about the attack.
Nolan is determined to stay with Hailey until the culprit is caught while also dealing with the demands his record label is putting on him. He loves Hailey more than words can say, but he can’t tell her. On the flip side Hailey loves Nolan, but she is scared he will leave her with a broken heart, so she holds it in as well.
That’s probably why I ended up not caring for the story so much. These two were so in love with one another, but both refused to tell the other. Nolan is trying not to remember the night his father killed his mother and sister, while Hailey is trying to remember what happened to her. Nolan doesn’t has Hailey to go to L.A. with him and Hailey doesn’t ask to go. They just seem to roll over and do what the record label wants until the fake girlfriend finally sets them back on the right path.
There is some suspense like why doesn’t Nolan want to remember and who wants to kill Hailey? It was all kind of cheesy in the end. I also really wanted Nolan to stand up for what he wants. Damn it, tell her you love her. Man up. Grow a pair. Your 24 now get on into the adult world, son. Then I also didn’t get why he wouldn’t talk to Hailey for 5 years, but he stays in contact with another friend who almost stalks Hailey to report to Nolan.
Hailey for her part went a little wild and had a lot of meaningless sex. She stays the course for her career, but she cannot connect to anyone and doesn’t want to try. I never really got a good feeling off her. She seemed ok, but nothing I would have gotten excited over.
Let’s get back to the timeline a little. It’s December when Nolan goes home to help Hailey. He talks about how his sister and Hailey loved this time of year. You know he has been ordered to report to the recording studio two days after Christmas. Which they do, but no where is it mentioned what everyone did on Christmas. Or I missed it. It was just skipped over. Left to hang. Nothing.
So while this grabbed me as a great plot, the plot failed to keep me wanting more. It left me more bored than excited. I guess my jump into New Adult this time just wasn’t want I was wanting.
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