Richard Ramsey is the guitarist for the world’s hottest new band.
Gifted. Charismatic. Hot as sin.
Lend your ear, and he’ll steal your heart.
Nah, you can’t have his considering he left it in his hometown years ago.
He knows better than going back. But it’s his younger sister’s wedding, and there’s no way he can say no to that.
He should have known she would be there, invading his senses and making him thirst and hunger for what he wants most.
Violet Marin hates him for what he’s done. He left her empty handed with their wreckage strewn all around. She’s picked up the pieces and is living her life the best way that she can.
But their connection is fierce.
Their attraction unending.
It only takes one glance for their worlds to collide.
One touch to set them on fire.
But she doesn’t know the dark secrets he keeps. If he had understood the true price of fame, he would have known he’d sold his soul and this debt is something he cannot repay.
Letting her go is impossible, but will loving her cost it all?
A sensuous, captivating contemporary stand-alone romance in the Falling Stars series from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author, A.L. Jackson . . .
Series: Falling Stars #3
My Rating: ★★★★
“My wife. My moonflower in my darkest night. You will always be the song of my heart”
This is my first book by this author (Yes, I know, I suck). I don’t know what took me so long but boy am I glad I found it. I’m emotionally drained from this fantastic story about deceit, heartbreak, secrets, devastation and second chances.
Lead singer of the band Carolina George, Richard Ramsey fell head of heels the first time he laid eyes on Violet Marin. He was a goner. Caught up in a whirlwind of romance, they fell hard and fast and married even faster. Richard and his band were going places full of glitz and glamour associated with the music industry. But unfortunately for him, pursuit of his dreams cost him the love of his life. He’s tortured, harboring really sinister secrets that he’s fought hard to keep from the people he loved in a bid to protect them. When he’s forced to come back home for his sister’s wedding, there’s no more running, no more hiding, no other choice but to face the mistakes of his past head on.
When Violet sees Richard again, her first instinct is to run; and run she does. She has fought tooth and nail to put one foot in front of another over the last 6 years to move on. But one sight of him, she’s back to square one. Richard is saying all the right things, but Violet doesn’t trust him for shit, I mean why would she? And what’s worse is Richard can’t offer a feasible explanation as to what happened to get them where they are in the first place. He’s keeping secrets that have the power to destroy them for good. And when the secret if finally revealed?
This author tackled some really sensitive topics and didn’t put too fine a point on it such that it would be a dark romance, but she didn’t gloss over it either. The emotional roller coaster of this story is real. The love between Richard and Violet is so palpable, there is no denying it. Violets heartbreak is just…ahh man! You can tell Richard really did a number on her. When I first downloaded this book, I looked at the page numbers and almost didn’t read it. Not because I can’t read a book that long, but because my experience has been that when a book is that long, its often so full of waffles and you end up skipping half the book anyway just to get the point.
But honestly? Once you start read it, there’s not a point where you feel like banging you head against the wall. You so engrossed in the story you don’t want to do anything else. You don’t even realize until you get to 80% and start fretting that its coming to come an end.
I would have liked to know what Lily did to end up back where she was after she parted ways with Richard at the hotel morning after that dreadful night. Who the baby daddy was? How she came about getting back home to leave the baby and then run off again? But to be honest I don’t particularly care as it didn’t ruin the story for me. The only reason this is not a 5* for me is because the book has a lot, and I do mean a lot of prose. I mean it is poetically written and I’m simple person! I just want straight forward, good ol’ English. Prose is just not my jam.
“My husband. My sun that ushers in the day. You will always be the beat of my heart”.