Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Epic Love by Trudy Stiles

Title: Epic Love
Series: Epic Fail #3 
Author: Trudy Stiles
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: September 19, 2016


HEATH STRICKLAND, the son of a prominent district attorney, lived his life surrounded by violence and crime. He was an unwilling witness to the corrupt lives his father swore to prosecute and keep behind bars. His escape was his music, which eventually led him to replace the iconic singer of the world famous band, Epic Fail.

NOELLE DURAND lived in luxury, growing up on a sprawling estate, with everything she could ever want or need. Her life, to everyone else, seemed perfect. Perfect house. Perfect things. Perfect family. But nothing at all was perfect. She lived in hell. A hell that nobody on the outside could see.

As a neighbor and childhood friend, Heath would have done anything for Noelle. He would have given up the world to protect her and keep her safe. Their friendship grew into something that neither of them expected. But then she suddenly disappeared, vanishing from his life as if she never existed. He never stopped hoping that one day she would resurface, alive and well. But as time went by, and her family gave up hope, he surrendered his heart to his lost love.

Twelve years later, one phone call changes everything.

EPIC LOVE is the third book in the EPIC FAIL series and can be read as a standalone novel.

This series is a spinoff from the FOREVER FAMILY series.

4 stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Epic love is the third book in Epic Fail series and Heath's story. I could not wait for this book. There was something about Heath in the first two books that I just loved.  I wanted to know his story and see him get his happily ever after

Heath and Noelle met at the age of 10 when she moved into his neighborhood.  They quickly became best friends spending all of their time together.  Heath knew that there was something going on in Noelle's life that she wasn't willing to share and while he tried to talk to her about he never pushed too hard.  As they got a little older they took their friendship to the next level. They were each other first loves and what a beautiful love it was.  Until one day at the age of 18 Noelle disappeared shattering all hope of a future for the two of them. 

It is now 12 years since Heath lost the love of his life.  He is a major rock star who can have any girl he wants. But the memory of his first and only love is still very much with him.  He has not been able to move on from Noelle. He hasn't been in a serious relationship since he was 18. But he thinks maybe it is time to truly let go of her and move on. Until one phone call changes everything, completely turning his world upside down.  

I really love Heath and Noelle together. They really had a special relationship when they were younger. You could see what an amazing young man he was just by how much he cared for her when they were younger.  I loved watching them in both the past and present and seeing how much their love for each other never died. No matter had long they were apart. 

As always Trudy still manages to bring out the emotions.  This one touches on a very delicate topic and that had my emotions all over the place, at times breaking my heart and giving me knots in my stomach. 

I really loved Noelle and Heaths story and just loves the connection between the two of them. But for me personally there was a little something missing. I think one part of the story seemed to be resolved a little too quickly and easily for me.  And I may have wanted a little more emotions from Heath but I won't get into that because I really don't want to spoil anything. Overall this was a great read and I have to say that Heath is by far my favorite member of Epic Fail. He was just so sweet and caring and just an amazing person.  Now I cannot wait for Tristans story to see what is going on with him. 

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“I’m sorry, Noelle. I’m really sorry.” I don’t know what I’m apologizing for. The fact that I don’t believe her weak lie or because I kissed her. No. I’m not sorry for either.

“It’s okay. Really. Thanks for caring. And thank you for my birthday gift.” She pauses and brushes her pinkie finger against mine. “You made my birthday really special, and I’ll never forget it.”

Without thinking, I loop my pinkie finger around hers, linking them together. Linking us together. We walk to her window like this and I break our connection reluctantly, bringing my hand up to her bruised cheek. “Please be careful,” I beg, and I’m not sure what I’m even begging her to be careful of. I’m just so worried about her.

“I will,” she whispers. “Catch a couple fireflies on the way home.”

“I’d catch a million for you.” Her eyes light up, a smile on her lips. I want to kiss her again. So bad. But all I do is stare into her eyes and back away. I push the window open as quietly as I can and slide out onto the grass.

“Happy Birthday, Noelle.”

She smiles as we both slide the window gently along the track, closing it.

She leaves her hand pressed against the window and I immediately do the same, covering hers, only the glass pane separating us.

Her smile is weak and full of pain.

A pain that I would take away from her in an instant if I could.

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Author Bio

Trudy Stiles is a USA Today Bestselling Author, writer of New Adult Romance, mom to two beautiful children, and married to the love of her life. She’s the author of the bestselling Forever Family series including Dear Emily, Dear Tabitha, and Dear Juliet. Epic Sins and Epic Lies are the first books in the Epic Fail series and will continue with at least two more standalone novels, Epic Love and Epic Holiday. She plans to write many more stories about some of the characters you’ve already met, and maybe a few new ones. Emily will get her own story, Sincerely, Emily, to be released in 2017.

She’s also a contributing author to the USA Today Bestselling anthology, F*cking Awkward, a hilarious group of short stories sure to make you cringe, laugh and everything in between. All proceeds from this project benefited The Bookworm Box and its charities.

Trudy is a music junkie and you’ll know that she’s writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds in. Her playlist is unique and is a must for her writing sprints.

When she’s not writing, she’s carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore.

She celebrates Wine Wednesday almost every day.

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