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.
Panty Scorching: 5
Over All Rating: 4.5 Stars
Kindle eArc reviewed by Robin
Heath should have a charmed life as the lead singer of Epic Fall but most of his songs are about a tragic loss of his first love. Noelle disappeared and was presumed dead, leaving Heath unable to give his heart to another. He lives his life with the guilt of not being able to protect her from her abusive childhood. Twelve years later…everything is about to change.
“Take me back to two weeks ago.
My blue oil lamp painting the fire flies dancing in the ink sky of your backyard in amber rose mosaics.
When the moon is asleep I will find a way to rescue you.”
Parts of this book just about killed me…my heart was breaking. Such a great never ending love story. When you find your soulmate, it doesn’t matter if you’re ten or fifty…they are the one for life. Noelle and Heath just went together like a wiffle ball and a bat. Smack…right there. This book switches back and forth from past to present so you get a sense of what Heath and Noelle were going through from when they meet at ten years old until the present. This story had me in tears for what they both went through at such a young age and the sacrifices they made.
The entire Epic Fail series is definitely worth the read if you like stories with twists and turns that tug at your heart. I really just want more every time I read about one of the guys because every single one has dug his way into my soul. This is one of my top reads for 2016.
“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.