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Review: Follow Me Back by A. Meredith Walters

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followmebackThe sequel to Lead Me Not, this dangerously sexy second installment in the Twisted Love series continues Aubrey and Maxx’s love story, from New York Times bestselling author A. Meredith Walters—who “writes the most beautifully flawed characters that still have you swooning” (Sawyer Bennett, USA Today bestselling author of the Off series).

Aubrey Duncan has loved…and lost. Should she follow a heart that’s betrayed her or a head that tells her to let go?

Maxx Demelo’s addiction almost destroyed him. It ruined his life and, most importantly, his relationship with the only girl he ever loved.

He has vowed to become the man Aubrey Duncan deserves. Even if he has to tear himself apart to do it. So he enters rehab, trying to fix the parts of him that are shattered as he longs to be healthy and whole.

Aubrey lost everything because she chose to listen to her heart. Now she has sworn to put herself first, to heal in the only way that she can…far away from Maxx and his demons.

But just as Aubrey is starting over, Maxx is released from rehab and thrust back into her world, determined to prove how much they still need each other. And the chaos that had defined them threatens to unleash once again…

But a heart, no matter how broken, is impossible to ignore.

My Review

 “Trust. Faith. Belief. Every relationship is built on them. Without these three words, everything around you would crumble.”

Let the book hangover begin! Oh how I have been waiting to get my hands on this book! Follow Me Back is one those books that makes a lasting impression. It is one of the stories that has become a part of me, and that will be staying with me for quite a while.

Follow Me Back picks up right where Lead Me Not left off. Aubrey is lost. She is devastated. Aubrey’s relationship with Maxx not only ended up leaving her heartbroken, but it may have cost her, her college career. All she can do now, is try to pick up the pieces and deal with the consequences. She has no choice but to put herself first for once and try to move on. And just as fate would have it, once Aubrey is finally getting a handle on things, Maxx ones again turns her life upside down.

“I am such an idiot. I want the one thing that can hurt me the most. I can’t help it. You’re in my blood, Maxx. You’re everywhere. In everything. I can’t escape you. You’ve destroyed me. But I want you to put me back together. Can you do that? Can you make everything right again?”

Maxx..his addiction almost destroyed everything. He not only almost lost his life, but Aubrey and Landon too. Now he’s forced to live with the consequences of his decisions. The first step, admitting he needs help and try to kick his addiction. He’s hit rock-bottom and vows that he wants to change. He wants to be the man that Aubrey deserves to have in her life. He knows that he’s got a lot to make up for and that it won’t be easy, but he’s determined to make things right.

“Do you feel that? That’s where you are. That’s where you will always be. And as long as this heart beats, I will never give up on what we had. I will make you see that I can change. I can be the person you need me to be.”

Follow Me Back was a great sequel to Lead Me Not. This book was not an easy read. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It was real and intense. The characters are flawed. They are damaged and have even hit rock-bottom. It was a great story of second chances, forgiveness, rebuilding faith and trust.

Maxx has come such a long way since we first met him. His eyes have been opened to the seriousness of his actions. The reality of what his addiction almost cost him, has made him want to be better. He has to work hard to prove that he’s changed. That he’s not the same Maxx. Most importantly, he will have to prove that things will be different. His struggles are real and something that he has to live with everyday. But, his love for Aubrey is so strong, that he’s determined to make things right. To not be the man that he was.

Aubrey. I had a love/hate relationship with her at the beginning of this book. Yes, Maxx hurt her. He screwed up. And yes, I totally agree that he needed to work for his forgiveness. That she should make him grovel and prove himself to her. But, after a while, I grew frustrated with her. Enough was enough. She needed to stop punishing Maxx for the past, especially when he’s owned up to his mistakes and is clearly making changes. That being said, I can not even imagine putting myself in this characters shoes. Aubrey was much tougher than I gave her credit for. When she finally was able to let go of the past, her guilt, her pain. You could feel the weight as it lifted off her shoulders. I loved seeing Aubrey finally realize that she can’t save everyone and that it’s time to live.

Follow Me Back was an amazing read. I was hooked from the first page. I was on pins and needles waiting to see how everything would play-out. This book made me laugh, cry, and swoon. It was difficult and frustrating, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Follow Me Back took me on one heck of a journey. And I will definitely say that in this story, although the journey and road to HEA was tough, the outcome was so worth it. Their will always be struggles. Keeping those demons at bay will be an ongoing task. But love, real love, is not something to take for granted. It is something to fight for. You take the good with the bad and just take things one day at a time.

* I was provided an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

*Quotes taken from ARC copy and may differ from finished copy*

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