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.
This book had all the ingredients to make it a great read: A sexy rockstar who ran from his past and cut off his best friend and unrequited love of his life in the process, a dire situation that brings the ex besties back together after five years and the promise of things heating up between them as they work through it all. So, I prepared for the ride and though the writing was good, and there was enough motivation to keep me turning the pages to see things through, in the end what I had hoped would be something of an angsty roller coaster ride felt more like a leisurely trip down a lazy river and left me with the rare, and quite frankly uncomfortable, feeling that there wasn’t enough angst.
Trust me when I say that it is a shock to my system because I typically hate it when there is too much unnecessary angst, but here there really wasn’t enough. Every time I thought we’d finally get a true emotional gut punch from Nolan and Hailey about...well, anything really...it just never happened. Neither would actually say what was on their minds or talk about how they truly felt about each other, which I understood to an extent considering what was happening in their lives, but by not confronting each other on any level and taking a ‘well this is just the way it is’ stance it just made it difficult for me to become fully invested in either of them. I wanted, no, needed one of them to grow a set, step up and take that emotional leap of faith, but neither did and the potential that both Nolan and Hailey had to be characters that grabbed hold of me and didn’t let go just didn’t happen.
While Nolan and Hailey’s journey to their HEA didn’t rev me up, what did hold my interest was what happened to Nolan to make him leave and cut Hailey out of his life. The flashbacks into his past were well done and gave a good emotional punch to the story. The mystery surrounding Hailey’s assault and how it tied into the plot line was decent, though I do have to say that considering all that Hailey went through she bounced back from it all pretty quickly. As for the other characters in the story, mainly the rest of the members of Pushing Limits, I can’t say that any of them really made an impact. They were around and there was some interaction, but nothing that has me anticipating the book in the series.
The Bottom Line: While not a bad book, it wasn’t awesome either, but can see how another reader could absolutely adore it. So, I’m stashing this one away into the “It’s not you, it’s me” pile and calling it a day.
~ ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Born in Brighton England, I have lived in a number of countries, including England, the U.S, Finland, and Canada.
I have a Physical Education degree from the University of Calgary and a Master’s of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alberta, where I specialized in energy metabolism. Definitely cool stuff (seriously, it is!). I also had the opportunity to work with elite athletes through the universities and at several sport-training facilities (you know, in case you’re wondering why I always have athletes in my stories). During my undergrad, I worked in Helsinki (Finland) for one summer, cleaning bathrooms and saunas in a recreation center for the elderly. The seniors were great. The bathrooms, not so much. I eventually became a pharmaceutical sales representative (not a great one may I add) and now I write full time.
In addition to writing fiction, I love photography, especially the close-up variety, and currently live in Calgary, Canada, with my husband and three kids.