GHOSTED

AUTHOR:  J.M. Darhower

GENRE:  Second Chance Romance

RELEASE DATE:  August 23, 2017

Available @ AMAZON

REVIEWER:  Pistol Annie

RATING:  ***** ♥♥♥♥♥ *****

BOOK BLURB:

A new second chance romance standalone from USA Today bestselling author J.M. Darhower. He’s a troubled young actor, Hollywood’s newest heartthrob, struggling with fame as the star of the latest superhero franchise. Through scandal after scandal, addiction on top of addiction, a flurry of paparazzi hunt him as he fights to conquer his demons. She’s a single mother, assistant manager at a grocery store, existing in monotony with her five-year-old daughter. Every day when she goes to work, lurid tabloids surround her, the face of a notorious bad boy haunting her from their covers. A man and a woman, living vastly different lives, but that wasn’t always the case. Once, they were just a boy and a girl who bonded over comic books and fell in love unexpectedly. When Kennedy Garfield met Jonathan Cunningham back in high school, she knew he had all the makings of a tragic hero. With stars in his eyes, and her heart on her sleeve, the pair ran away together to follow their dreams. But dreams, sometimes, turn into nightmares. Now, years later, the only thing they share is a daughter—one who has no idea her father plays her favorite superhero. But Jonathan is desperate to make amends, and at the top of his list is the woman who gave up everything for him and the little girl he hasn’t yet met.

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MY REVIEW:

I mourn the years they lost, the time that was wasted, the love that maybe just wasn’t quite enough to overcome his demons sooner.

Every smile they share today is the product of years of tears, of years of fighting and struggling and hoping and mourning but never, ever, ever quitting or giving up, because we’re here.

And maybe it won’t last, I don’t know.

Maybe tomorrow something will happen and the tears will come back, but I’m grateful for the moment, knowing he loves her more than anything.

Warning:  Second chance heartbreaker ahead.

He’s the big dreamer with stars in his eyes, and she’s the girl who loves him enough to step back into the shadows and let him live his dreams – even as he leaves her when she needs him most.  I set out the “Go Away I’m Reading” sign, fixed me a tall icy drink with a bag of white cheddar popcorn, and got down to the business of reading.  Short “necessity” stops were the only thing between me and the end of this book and I never felt guilty one single time.  If you have a weakness for second chance romances, this will be a sure bet.

Jonathan Cunningham and Kennedy Garfield were both heart crushers.  I loved them both in very different ways.  Jonathan wore on my patience, but he’s just so darn sweet and kind in so many ways.  And Kennedy, bless her heart, is a bit touchy and weary.  But who could blame her?  She’s carried the load alone and heartbroken.  You’ll find so many special quotes within their interaction with one another that will absolutely take your breath away.  My copy is covered in yellow highlighter.  

Intensely packed full of raw emotions, wit, humor and real romance, Ghosted will tantalize and steal your heart.  It will also break your heart and then put it back together again piece by piece.  Making amends for his screw-ups is a painful and rocky road for Jonathan.  And trusting that he has truly changed his ways is a difficult process for Kennedy.  But they must first put their painful past behind them before moving forward with any hope for a future together as a family.  It is this journey that will put readers through the wringer before any glimpse of a chance for a positive ending surfaces.

Little Maddie is adorable with a capital “A”.  She shines brightly in every scene she steps into.  Her interaction with Breezeo, her daddy’s alter ego, is brilliantly and so sweetly presented.  Darhower did a fabulous job in showcasing this little darlin’.  You can hear her voice perfectly pitched in each line she speaks.  I was simply wowed by her character.  And all the while I prayed her daddy would hero-up and be the super-dad that would make her dreams come true.

Using dual points of view, Darhower’s writing is extraordinary as she leads readers on a journey through emotionally challenging years where Kennedy and Jonathan are together and apart.  The dialogue is beautifully presented — sweet, tender, sometimes hurtful and painfully raw.  There’s plenty of all those emotional ups and downs, along with surprises, as well, that will keep you mesmerized and intrigued throughout.  And you’ll also find a strong and entertaining secondary cast who add an extra layer of depth and moral support.

I can’t begin to give enough positive praise to the plot or the characters to do justice to the remarkable and unforgettable reading experience here.  A beyond amazing read – second chance romance at its very best!  No doubt whatsoever that this story makes it high on my list of Top Reads of 2017.  It is sheer perfection and, without a doubt, one of the best second chance romances I’ve read.  I would put it up there in the company of The Sweet Gum Tree, and it has held a top-ten spot for many years.

Other books I’ve read by J.M. Darhower, an author who is fast becoming a favorite and whose books I highly recommend as well:

Scarlet Scars (2-book series)

By Any Other Name (Forbidden #1)

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