*Blog Tour/Review* Follow Me Back by A. Meredith Walters

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The 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.

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 At the end of Lead Me Not, I was left shattered. Maxx and Aubrey’s story was so powerful, so intense it gripped me, shook me and didn’t let go. The stress of life, the power drugs have over a person. How consumed they can become, how fast life can fade away.

Follow Me Back starts right where Lead Me Not left off. Aubrey knew she was taking a risk getting involved with Maxx Demelo but it was one she couldn’t resist. Was the risk she took worth the pain? Risking everything she’s worked towards for someone who was so lost, she didn’t even know if he could ever be found again.

Now left to pick up the pieces of the aftermath of Maxx, Aubrey is extremely heartbroken. Both Maxx wants to take it but does he? her and Maxx are given second chances to right the wrongs. Aubrey is taking it, but it doesn’t take long for the cause of turmoil and love in her life to reappear and turn everything upside down.

Maxx has hit absolute rock bottom. He wants to be better, he wants to change and make things right. He wants to be the person that his brother Landon relies on. The choices he has made, he has to live with. Maxx fell into this life because of the life he was left with after his parents passing at a young age. He felt responsibility to take care of Landon, ultimately leaving him living two lives in order for him to survive and make sure Landon is taken care of, eventually crash together and burn.

I grew to seriously love Aubrey and Maxx. They both have come so far since Lead Me Not, so me Following them back, through Follow Me Back was an easy choice. Maxx has struggled so much and Walter’s makes sure you know just how real the struggle is. The person with the addiction, the person is in love with the addicted. The struggle is real. The challenges are daunting, but it’s the road one must take to redemption of their lives.

These books won’t be easy reads for everyone. They were deep, very detailed ultimately forcing you feel the turmoil these characters experienced as if you were walking right along with them. All of them are broken in their own ways and each has a chance for redemption. It’s all about the second chances you are given and what you do with that chance. Do you squander it or do you take it by the horns and own it?

These books were one hell of a rollercoaster ride. You are taken on a crazy ride of where addiction and COMPULSION can and will ruin lives. This book has all the feels. It’s hard, you’ll get frustrated and it will heart your heart. But the ride is well worth the gammon of emotions A. Meredith Walters takes you through. 4 Stars!

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excerpt

“Hello?” I said, sounding a little out of breath. There was an endless moment in which no one said anything and I wondered whether I was right and it was a wrong number.

And then person spoke and I wished like hell I had never picked up the damn phone in the first place. Followed by the inevitable self-loathing for thinking that at all.

“Hey, Aubrey,” Maxx said quietly, though I could hear him as clearly as if he were standing next to me.

I didn’t say anything.

I couldn’t say anything.

I wanted to ask him where he was. To demand answers to the questions that had been plaguing me. I wanted to yell at him, to know why he was ruining the first night in forever where I was actually feeling normal. A thousand uncontrollable emotions flashed their way through my mind, flittering in and out before I could figure out what I was actually feeling. Though I recognized homicidal rage and bone-deep desire mixed up with the rest.

“Are you there?” Maxx asked, sounding small and unsure. I leaned against the wall, needing it to hold me up before I fell.

“I’m here,” I answered. The weight of those words was not lost on me. Nor how much of a lie they really were.
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In this dangerously sexy novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Find You in the Dark, a straight-laced college student meets a handsome but enigmatic stranger who lures her into an underground club scene, where she finds it difficult to resist temptation
Aubrey Duncan understands loss. She knows what rock bottom looks like, and she is determined to crawl back up to the top after the sudden death of her younger sister. She blames herself for her part in the tragedy, convinced that she could have done something, anything, to help her.
In her effort to gain redemption, Aubrey starts fresh at Longwood University and facilitates an addiction support group, hoping she can support someone else in the way she failed her sister. But what she doesn’t count on is an all-consuming fascination with group member Maxx Demelo, a gorgeous, blond, blue-eyed enigma who hides dark secrets behind a carefully constructed mask. He only reveals what he wants others to see. But Aubrey glimpses another Maxx hidden below the surface—a Maxx who is drowning in his own personal hell.
As Aubrey and Maxx develop an attraction too intense to ignore, he pulls her into the dark underbelly of the city club scene, where she is torn by her desire to save him and an inexplicable urge to join him in his downward spiral. Worst of all, she is beginning to love everything she should run away from—a man who threatens to ignite in her a fire that could burn her alive…
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The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.

 

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