by J. M. Darhower
on August 24, 2017
Published by Indie Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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.
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review and did not influence my opinion of the book.
❝We were fire and gasoline. We burned hot for a long time.❞
Darhower, the Queen of Mafia Romance, hit it OUT OF THE PARK with this second chance romance about struggle that leads to triumph!
J.M. Darhower is one of my favorite authors. I will read any and everything I can get my hands on that she writes. While ‘Ghosted’ lacked the grit of her mafia romances, you don’t miss it. ‘Ghosted’ was so much more, it was about family, love, struggle, and second chances. As is her style, her words flowed over the pages, even as she explored the past and introduced the present, never was there a disconnect. It was brilliant, really.
❝I’m a twisted up mess, a broken once-hopeful romantic, holding my heart in a clenched fist and begging him to take it,❞
Kennedy Garfield experiences a young love so intense that she leaves her loving family to run away with the local bad boy. Jonathan Cunningham was going to LA to make it big. But when he gets caught up in that scene, she feels left behind, deserted, invisible.Heartbroken, Kennedy leaves him and her dreams behind in LA and returns home. Her parents welcome her with open arms and help her as she is about to embark on her own as a single mom. There were many years between them, many years of him wreaking havoc on her heart by the time Hollywood comes knocking on her town’s door. Johnny comes back to film his latest movie and with any luck, win his family back.
❝But Love is only as strong as the people who fuel it. And you? You’re Superman, thinking Kryptonite makes you invincible.
And the woman you love? She… can’t keep pretending any of this is normal. She can’t keep writing this as if somewhere along the way the plotline will fix itself. She can’t keep acting as if this isn’t her story.❞
There were no plot twists, no manufactured drama, nothing but pure delectable writing and storytelling to keep the reader engaged and entertained. Worth mentioning, there are some fantastic secondary characters in this book whose stories I would love to read.
5 huge stars!