Series: Rock Bottom #2
Published by Self-Published on September 17, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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Drugs pushed them away...will murder bring them together?
Since losing the rock star love of her life, Harvard Law student Dylan Ackhart is doing the best she can to move on. Now in her third and final year, she's doing well in school and just landed her dream internship in Boston's District Attorney's office. She keeps away from the news so she doesn't hear about Jeremy Mason- about his frequent parties, new women, and apparent drug use.
But when the body of a young girl is found in his home, suddenly Dylan and Jeremy are thrust together in the most difficult and awkward of circumstances. Dylan is forced to choose between the only man she ever loved and the only dream she ever wanted. Will she leave everything behind and be with Jeremy? Or will Jeremy find himself in more trouble than she can help him out of?
I immensely enjoyed Book 1: Tracks ( click here to read that review) and was impressed with this debut author and how she was able to flawlessly deliver such an raw story that dealt with difficult issues and choices. From the very beginning I felt an immediate connection to both Dylan and Jeremy and I was very anxious about this follow up.
In this story, Dylan is trying to move on in life…or should I say she is coping as best she could. She in now in a stable relationship with Scott and although she loves him, it does not in any way compare to what she and Jeremy had. After months of communication silence (mostly on his part) she is put in a situation where her career puts him back in her path and not in a positive way.
Jeremy isn’t that guy that the media proclaims him to be and when she realizes this it takes her by surprise. He isn’t the Jeremy that she expected. Again, we find Dylan struggling to decide what her heart feels and what she and everyone close to her thinks that is right for her.
“Damn you for making me love you so much. I need you. I need you now. I’ve never needed anything more in my life than I need you right now.”
Jeremy thinks that he is too late to claim Dylan and that she is happy belonging to someone else. With all the issues he knows that she deserves better and without her life isn’t worth living. He was willing to selflessly take the blame and sacrifice everything for her and I adored him for it.
I would have to say that this follow-up did not disappoint. I loved this book. I did however feel unsatisfied with Scott’s circumstances. Scott invested so much in a relationship that he knew was bound to fail and I felt sorry for the guy. There was a tiny blurb about Scott in the epilogue but it still left me a little unsettled and I am hoping that the author decides to pen a story on how he finds his soul mate and his HEA.
As much as Book 1 was emotionally intense I thought this one was even more so. The way the author depicted Dylan’s guilt, Jeremy’s struggles and how their unconditional love brought them back together further convinced me how great the authors writing prowess is. For me, this one is a definite one-click.
I finally reach his big, wooden door at the top of the steps. With my heart pounding, I reach quickly for the doorknob. I’m planning to just bust my way in there. But when I lay my hand on the knob, I pause. Because above the pounding in my ears I can hear guitar chords…a melody playing softly through the thick door. Not just any melody, but the most beautiful and heartbreaking melody I’ve ever heard. It’s a simple song, slow and beautiful, a ballad. The sound makes my heart hum and my mind clear. My blood pressure returns to normal again instantly.
The melody continues and it’s so beautiful that I’m compelled to stand in silence and listen. I desperately need to hear it more clearly. I’m scared to go in; afraid the melody will stop when he sees me. I carefully and quietly turn the doorknob, cracking the door just a slight bit. I stop breathing for a moment, praying he hasn’t noticed. When the melody continues, I put my ear up to the crack.
The song fills my head like a dream, each note breaking my heart with the emotion it coveys. Tears spring to my eyes, and I’m not even sure why other than that the haunting tune.
“In my heart’s sequestered chambers lies truth stripped of poets gloss…” I hear Jeremy’s voice begin with the melody. His voice, yet not his voice. His voice because it’s still bluesy and rock and roll, but soft and extremely sad. Devastatingly sad. Beautiful…
“Words alone are vain and vacant and my heart is mute…” His voice breaks on the end of the sentence, but the song continues. “In response to aching silence memory summons half heard voices. And my soul finds primal eloquence and wraps me in song…” Tears fall down my cheeks, his singing changing and warming as if he is actually wrapping me in the music he plays. His voice becomes more beautiful as he continues, pained and tortured.
“Wraps me…in song…If you would comfort me, sing me a lullaby. If you would win my heart, sing me a love song. If you would mourn me and bring me to God, sing me a requiem. Sing me to heaven!” His voice crescendos as he sings the lyrics, ending in a wounded plea, as if he’s begging for relief from pain.
I’m sobbing loudly now, and I can’t wait anymore to be in his presence. I push the door open and see his shocked expression from the couch in the living room where he sits. He’s holding his glimmering silver guitar in his hand, and I spot where my name is written in green cursive along the bottom of it.
He looks surprised at first, his eyes wide and breathing rapid. We lock eyes with each other and tears roll down both our cheeks. His fingers move along the neck of the guitar again, not looking away from me. “Sing me a lullaby. A love song. A requiem. Love me, comfort me. Bring me to God.”
I put a hand up to my mouth. He takes a shaky breath and continues. “Sing me a love song. Sing me to Heaven…” He finishes, the last note lingering in the air, soft and sweet and agonizing.
My knees give out under the weight of my stress and pain. My emotions have been all over the place. Here I was, coming to scream at him and tell him that I thought he was a piece of shit. Now I find myself sobbing on the floor of his apartment because of the crushing way that I love him. That I can’t live without him. That he needs to tell me it’s not true.
Book 1 : Tracks
When Harvard Law student, Dylan Ackhart, moves to Boston with her best friend- the last thing she expects to find is Jeremy Mason. Jeremy is sexy, smart, and passionate- and currently the most famous rock star in the world.
From the first moment Dylan meets Jeremy, she’s attracted to him. But she soon finds the fame and press can wear on you. Plus, Jeremy seems to be hiding things from her- including his relationship with the mysterious blue-haired girl.
Tracks takes you on a ride through the not so glamorous side of dating a rock star- sex, drugs, rock and roll.
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