Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Blog Tour: Follow Me Back by A. Meredith Walters

Release Date: June 2

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.

4 Star Review by Lisa Kane

I have been waiting for this one to release, as the first one, Lead Me Not left us with Maxx overdosing and Aubrey devastated. This picks up right after that. Since it's told from both of their POV, we know what's going on in their lives, but of course neither one of them knows what the other is thinking or feeling. 

Maxx admitted himself to rehab. He knew the two most important people in his life; his brother Landon and his love Aubrey, have made the decision to cut him out of their lives. His lies, his drug dealing, his drug abuse have all been too much for them. His craving for his next fix became the most important thing in his life. He was showing potential for his art (he hides behind the persona of X, an elusive, wildly talented street artist) but he has hit rock bottom. 

Aubrey isn't doing much better. Maxx's addiction not only shattered her heart, but her career is in jeopardy. She has had to face the music and her job as a drug counselor is now on hold, as is her education because her peers are aware she had an affair with one of her clients. She is left questioning everything in her life. 

Her friends Brooke and Renee are still standing by her, but it's obvious they are relieved Maxx is out of her life. Just when it seems as though she can take a breath without feeling like her chest is being squeezed shut, Maxx contacts her. Does she go to see him, or does she try like hell to stay away from him? He will be getting out of rehab shortly, but that is when the real test begins. All the same temptations will be there; Compulsion, the club where his demons lie, the drugs, the easy cash dealing, how will he manage to stay clean? 

Parts of this book were difficult to read. Maxx, by his own admission is an addict and whether he stays clean a month or ten years, he will always crave the drugs, always miss the high that came with them. That will never change. While there are a few minglings of humor thrown in, this is by and large a serious read about two people having to earn back each other's trust. Is it possible to have blind faith with another person, knowing that they betrayed you once? And what happens when they slip and fall; because in real life, because humans aren't infallible- we fall. 

Very good read. There was no quick fix, no magic therapy. But it was real and gritty and heart warming.

Read the first book now

In this dangerously sexy novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Find You in the Dark, a straight-laced college student meets a handsome but enigmatic stranger who lures her into an underground club scene, where she finds it difficult to resist temptation 

Aubrey Duncan understands loss. She knows what rock bottom looks like, and she is determined to crawl back up to the top after the sudden death of her younger sister. She blames herself for her part in the tragedy, convinced that she could have done something, anything, to help her.

In her effort to gain redemption, Aubrey starts fresh at Longwood University and facilitates an addiction support group, hoping she can support someone else in the way she failed her sister. But what she doesn’t count on is an all-consuming fascination with group member Maxx Demelo, a gorgeous, blond, blue-eyed enigma who hides dark secrets behind a carefully constructed mask. He only reveals what he wants others to see. But Aubrey glimpses another Maxx hidden below the surface—a Maxx who is drowning in his own personal hell.

As Aubrey and Maxx develop an attraction too intense to ignore, he pulls her into the dark underbelly of the city club scene, where she is torn by her desire to save him and an inexplicable urge to join him in his downward spiral. Worst of all, she is beginning to love everything she should run away from—a man who threatens to ignite in her a fire that could burn her alive…


The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.

1 comment:

  1. I've been on the fence with whether I was going to read this one. Follow Me Back sounds angsty, which I liked!! Loved your review, Lisa!


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