Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Blog Tour: When You Come Back to Me by Emma Scott

From USA Today bestselling author comes the second book in the Lost Boys series of interconnected standalones. Holden and River's emotional and heart-wrenching journey to love, redemption, and their happy ever after. 

When You Come Back To Me by Emma Scott is now live! 

At Santa Cruz Central High School, they called them the misfits, the outcasts, the weirdos. But most of us knew them as the Lost Boys...

Holden Parish survived his parents' horrific attempts to make him "the perfect son." After a year's stint in a Swiss sanitarium to recover, he has vowed to never let anything--or anyone--trap him again. Brilliant but broken, he seeks refuge behind alcohol, meaningless sex, and uses his wicked sense of humor to keep people away. He only has to ride out one year in the coastal town of Santa Cruz with his aunt and uncle before he inherits his billions and can make his escape. Disappear.

Falling in love is not in the plans.

River Whitmore. Star quarterback of the Central High football team, Prom King, Mr. Popular, ladies' man. He leads the perfect life...except it's all a lie. His father has River's future in the NFL all planned out, while River's dream is to run the family business in the town that he loves. But his mother's illness is tearing the family apart and River is becoming the glue that holds them together. How can he break his father's heart when it's already shattering?

River's carefully-crafted fa├žade explodes when he meets Holden Parish. A guy who dresses in coats and scarves year-round, drinks expensive vodka, and spends his free time breaking into houses for the fun of it. They're complete opposites. River seeks a quiet life, away from the spotlight. Holden would rather have dental surgery than settle down.

Holden's demons and River's responsibilities threaten to keep them apart, while their undeniable attraction crashes them together again and again, growing into something deep and real no matter how they resist.

Until one terrible night changes everything.

Lost Boys is a new series of interconnected, coming-of-age standalones from USA Today bestselling author Emma Scott, coming in 2020

5 Stars

Review by Jen Skewes

Emma Scott has done it again.  There is a reason that she is one of my “go to” authors.  Her writing is brilliant, flawless, outside of the box and there is not one book of hers that I did not love.  When You Come Back to me is a beautiful, yet heart breaking love story.  It is about fighting your demons, love, friendship, believing that you are worthy of love and fighting to be your true self.  It was perfect from start to finish.


Holden is the new boy in school, with the silver hair, expensive wardrobe, and a sense of humor that he uses in place of real emotions.  He has spent the last year under the microscope at the sanitarium that his parents sent him too. He used his charm, good looks and conniving ways to get out early.  He is living with his Aunt and Uncle for his senior year of school.  Just one more year until he gets his inheritance and then he is on his own.  He uses alcohol and meaningless sex to hide his true emotions, to forget his past and what his parents did to him.  He doesn’t believe in love nor does he believe that he even deserves it.  But meeting River completely flipped his world upside down.  He never planned on falling in love and certainly did not plan on falling for the football star.


River is the all-around good guy. He is the star quarterback at his high school, with a future in the NFL.  He is handsome, kind, smart and could have any girl that he wants.  But what no one knows is that River has been wearing a mask to hide who he really is.  His mother is dying, and he is the glue that holds his family together.  It has always been his father’s dream for River to play in the NFL, which is very different from River’s dreams.  But now is not the time to break his father’s heart any more than it already is with his mother being sick.  He continues to live his life the way everyone sees him, instead of being the River he truly wants to be.  Until Holden comes along and makes him rethink everything.  Two people who unexpectedly have an amazing connection.  One does not believe he deserves to be loved, while the other is lying to the world about what he really wants and what will make him happy.  Holden tends to run from his emotions, while River is more open with them.  Can they both get past their fears and insecurities to find the happiness they both deserve.  


I loved everything about this book.  My heart broke for Holden and what his parents put him through. My heart broke for River because here is this amazing kid who wants simpler things in life, like love and a family but he feels like he needs to continue with what will make his father happy instead.  They have both been carrying around so much pain and finding each other has helped take some weight off of them, even if only for the moments when they are together.  But while they are so amazing together, have an undeniable connection both physically and mentally, there is nothing easy about their relationship. Sure, they will make you laugh and smile, their flirtatious banter is adorable, their sweet moments will melt your heart.  But Emma Scott will obliterate your heart as well.  My heart was in my throat, as I felt the tears coming on. Hearing what is keeping Holden from expressing his love, for feeling like he is worthy are the moments that will break you.  And Then there’s River who deserves to be the person he wants to be, to be able to love Holden the way he should be loved.  With so much against them I wasn’t even sure how this story would end.  I wanted so bad to hug them and tell them it would all be ok.  I wanted nothing more than for them to find happiness together.  Because with all they had been through, they deserved it and needed it.  


I loved watching the two of them grow, and how Ms. Scott did not make the ending come easy at all. My God what a story.  It is raw, intense and deals with some heavy topics. It is the type that story that just felt so very real, as I try to imagine going through what these two have been through. Because this book can very well be someone’s story.  Absolutely beautiful, the characters,  the love you felt and just everything about their love story.  Cannot wait For the next one.  

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On the stage, Miller spoke into the mic in a low, almost shy voice. “Hey, my name is

Miller Stratton. I’m going to play a song by Coldplay. It’s called ‘Fix You.’”

I let my gaze slide to Holden, studying the contours of his profile—his chiseled jaw and

cheekbones, strong nose, full lips. He swallowed, and I watched the movement of his Adam’s

apple. Thoroughly masculine. Nothing feminine about it.

“Can I help you?” he whispered, eyes forward.

“It sucks not talking to you,” I said, as Miller strummed the first chords of the song. “I

don’t know why. You’re arrogant as fuck.”

“Fair. You’re a grilled cheese sandwich.”

I snorted. “A what?”

“Shh,” Holden said. “Listen. This is our song.”

Our song. Nothing was ours. There was no us. But Miller sang that if you never try you’ll

never know, and the words pierced me like arrows.

I took my hand out of my pocket and let it hang by my side again. Again, my skin

brushed Holden’s, sending shards of heat dancing up my arm while Miller sang about lights that

ignite your bones.

I looked at Holden and he looked at me.

Without letting myself think, I slipped my fingers around the side of his hand and slid my

palm against his. He gasped slightly—a small intake of breath only I heard in the darkened

auditorium. Then he let his hand settle into mine. Another heartbeat, and our fingers laced


“And I will try,” Miller sang, his rich voice hovering in the air in that silent auditorium.

“To fix you.”

A short silence fell before the crowd erupted in thunderous cheers, unlike anything I’ve

ever heard. Miller’s version of the song was unlike anything I’d ever heard either, as if he were

singing directly to me. To us.

Because it’s our song.

Under the cover of applause, I let go of Holden’s hand and tugged the cuff of his coat.

“Let’s go.”

I left without looking back but heard Holden’s footfalls following. Warning bells clanged

in my head but were drowned in the thrashing beat of my heart that felt as it were trying to break

free of its prison like it had at the pool. Only this time I was stone cold sober. No excuses.

I pushed open the door next to the auditorium—the back area of the band room that was

for instrument storage. Huge basses loomed in dimness, and drums of all sizes and styles lined

the walls.

Holden followed me in and shut the door behind him. “Hello, friend.”

“I put in my college applications,” I said as he approached me in the darkness. “I’m going

away to Texas or maybe Alabama this summer.”

“Establishing the rules, are you?” he drawled, though his voice was thick and tinged with


I swallowed hard. “Nothing’s changed. Nothing can change.”

“I told you,” Holden said, in front of me now. “I’ll never ask you for anything. I don’t

have anything to give. Except this.”

I wanted to tell him that wasn’t true, that I was the one who had nothing to offer. I

shouldn’t have led us here. I should walk out, but his goddamn voice, the scent of him, his

presence was overwhelming. My hands itched to touch him, to grab him and…

Kiss him?

My first kiss with a guy. It seemed as if I’d been waiting a lifetime for it and yet the

moment was rushing at me like a speeding train.

“Stop thinking, River,” Holden whispered. “We’re here. Right now.” He leaned in.

“What are you going to do?”

Meet Emma

Emma Scott is a USA Today and Wall St. Journal bestselling author whose books have been translated in five languages and featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today's Happy Ever After. She writes emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels. Visit


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