Release Day Blast – Review: Epic Love (Epic Fail #3) by Trudy Stiles

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WOOHHOO! IT’S A HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to EPIC LOVE (Epic Fail #3) by Trudy Stiles ❤ ❤ 

Check out my review on this poignant second chance romance as well as a little sneak peak to get ya’all interested in this lovely book! 

Enjoy your visit lovelies ❤

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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.

My Review (1)
eARC provided in exchange for an honest review

Disclaimer: This is the third book in the EPIC FAIL series but can read as standalone.

I had really high expectations from this book – especially considering the blurb – full of angst and definitely a second chance at romance that would give you all the feels. And it definitely delivered for the most part, but somehow the swinging end, came to be a little downer!

Heath Strickland, is the current iconic singer of the famous band, Epic Fail – he has had a good life; parents who loved him and a best friend whom he fell in love with. But it all went to hell, when his best friend/girlfriend turns up missing/presumed dead. He hasn’t actually moved on, but does what he can to survive his days and he doesn’t even know when he can move on!

Noelle Durrand, on the other hand, is the product of love. But losing her mother at a young age, ended up with her being in one of the worst kind of lives ever. Her father, though he loves her, isn’t really around much now and leaves her with her witch of a step-mother; a woman who not only is evil, she is also one villain, I just couldn’t stand.

The story of Noelle and Heath is told in two ways – the past and the present. It is the past that takes hold you by the throat and gives your heart all the pain and feels. It is the past where you end up getting to know Heath and Noelle, as friends and then when they fall in love!

A background of abuse, and a world of that was created showed how absolutely beautiful and amazing first loves can be, and the love story of Heath and Noelle was at its purest!

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Now, my issue though was with their present – it took a phone call for everything to change for Heath and Noelle – but with all the secrets between them, how is THAT easy to fall back together? Even when they had their issues, I really do wish that they had taken a little more time to try and get to know each other as adults; their past and present properly. Don’t get me wrong, I am not doubting their love (you really can’t, if you have read their past!), but what I am is a little apprehensive about how easily they let go of their issues about their past – even if it was together, and not individually, I would have loved this one a whole lot more if there had been an effort to get an insight into their secrets and their past!

Cheers, Pavi
My Rating (1)
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5 OR ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
(I just can’t seem to decide on it!)
  
“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.
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Trudy Stiles is a New Adult Romance author, 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” is the first book in the Epic Fail series and will continue with at least three more standalone novels. “Epic Lies” is scheduled to release in the Spring of 2016 with “Epic Love” and “Epic Holiday” to follow in the Fall and Winter of 2016. She plans to write many more stories about some of the characters you’ve already met, and maybe a few new ones.
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.
   

 

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