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Release Day Blitz with Review: Notes of the Past (Lightning Strikes #2) by Jodie Larson

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Title: Notes of the Past
Series: Lightning Strikes #2
Author: Jodie Larson
Release Date: March 20, 2017
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I love women. And it’s easy to see why. Being the lead guitarist for the country’s hottest band, Lightning Strikes, has them practically jumping into my bed and walking out the door just as quick. Which is perfect for me. Emotions complicate things, and I don’t do complicated. Not anymore.

Sure, I was in love once, and it was great. Then it was gone. That’s when I vowed never again. Life is better without empty, broken promises.

After five years of hard work, sacrifices, and determination, everything I’ve ever wanted is in my grasp: a successful career, touring city after city and being accountable to no one.

Then she starts appearing in the crowds. The girl I once loved, and who walked away.

Only, Tatum Mitchell wasn’t just any girl; she was my girl.

Will she be the wedge that drives the last part of my heart away, or will she break down the walls I’ve built? We’re connected through the lyrics of our heart and the notes of our past, but is that enough?

*May be read as a standalone*  

My Review

“Hard truths aren’t always easy to swallow.”

“You’re the song of my heart, the lyrics of my life. Every note I play is for you.”

Ever since I finished Serenading The Shadows, I have been hoping that we would get Myles story. Despite having some epic douche worthy moments, I knew that he had a story to tell, and if we got a chance to read it, it would be totally worth it. And boy am I glad that Jodie Larson decided to tell Myles’ story.

Notes of the Past is told from dual points of view and is the much anticipated story of Myles.  Myles is an asshole; a total jerk. He loves woman and always has a new one in his bed. Besides music, women are his next love. That being said, the women in Myles’ life never get more than one night. He doesn’t do strings or complications. You see, he’s been burned by the love a good woman in the past and he let that hurt turn him into the man that he currently is. Now, many and I mean many years later, his past is about to collide with his present, knocking his entire world off of its axis….Tatum has only loved one man her entire life, but she let fear get the better of her, ruining the best thing that ever happened to her. Now, many years later, fate has brought Tatum and Myles back together. Tatum regrets the actions that separated her and Myles and would give anything for another chance. Will Tatum be able to break down the sky high walls that Myles has built and get him to listen? There is only one way to find out…

Notes of the Past is a fantastic rockstar/ second chance romance. I loved Myles and Tatum’s story. From the moment I picked up this book, I was sucked in and desperate to see what made Myles the way that he was. I just knew that there had to be more to him than meets the eye and as much as his behavior and actions pissed me off, I really wanted to see him redeem himself. Because, let me tell you, the more time I spent with Myles, the more I wanted to see him become a better man. Sure Tatum wasn’t perfect. She made some epic mistakes, but she was young and handled things as she saw fit. It takes a big person to own up to their mistakes and to try to make them right. And let me tell you, just being around Tatum and Myles…You just knew these two had some unfinished business. The tension between the two of them was not only intense, but an inferno just waiting to explode…If only they could move past the past….

Notes of the Past is one of those books that you can’t help but devour in one sitting. The characters are well written and are perfectly flawed. You can’t help but get caught up in their story; one minute frustrated to the point of wanting to throw your kindle and in the next moment, holding your breath, hoping that these two could find a way to get to their HEA.

Myles’ story was everything that I could have wanted and then some. This is a story of mistakes and second chances. This is a story about true love and redemption. This is a story of grabbing on to your second chance and not wasting a single moment. It was just the book I needed and a great addition to the Lightning Strikes Series.

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

Jodie Larson lives along the shores of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota with her husband and four beautiful daughters. Writing has always been something she enjoys and uses it as an escape, in addition to getting lost in her numerous books. Her family is highly supportive of both her love for reading and writing. A lover of all things happily ever after, she writes romantic novels because the world could use a little more love.

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