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.
“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.
This book drew out a lot of feelings while I was reading. I teared up a bunch of times throughout my heart broke them. Emotions ran high and certain scenes are not at all easy to read and that is without a trigger. But holy smokes what a second chance romance befitting the title. Add to that rock star hero, mystery element and a road trip how can I not love this book?
In that moment Noelle and Heath met you can tell a special kind of friendship blossomed. Inseparable, tight as ever, happiest together and memorable. Growing up Heath worries about Noelle when her step mother is around, unusual bruises that are brushed off. Noelle is his best friend and with him she can momentarily forget. Thing are continuing behind the scenes is unbeknownst to them. Circumstances were against them, one person to be exact. Something has to give.
“When the moon is asleep I will find a way to rescue you.”
With Noelle’s sudden disappearance and no trace of her despite searching and theories abound. Heath is distraught and his world is crumbling what with the burgeoning feelings and guilt. Not knowing the why and how. Many years pass and suddenly it all changes. Right away the conenction is still evident right away but mixed feelings stand in the way. Their crazy journey, one filled with ups and downs, the emotion these two have for one another is immense for such time to lapse but it’s still strong. Watching all that play out, teary eyed mess.
Now this is honestly my first venture reading Trudy Stiles and I’m glad I did cause what excellent writing. An engaging and heartfelt story, brilliantly told from start to finish. I enjoyed the members of the band, they added fun and added my interest in the series. and Great characterization, story and flow. I definitely will read her other books when I can cause that was amazing.
“When all is for forgotten you find ways to rescue me.”
P.S. Trigger warning for certain scenes.
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.