Wednesday, September 21, 2016

[Release Blitz + Excerpt + Review] Epic Love by Trudy Stiles

Title: Epic Love
Series: Epic Fail #3 
Author: Trudy Stiles
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: September 19, 2016

Book Blurb

HEATH STRICKLAND, the son of a prominent district attorney, lived his life surrounded by violence and crime. He was an unwilling witness to the corrupt lives his father swore to prosecute and keep behind bars. His escape was his music, which eventually led him to replace the iconic singer of the world famous band, Epic Fail.

NOELLE DURAND lived in luxury, growing up on a sprawling estate, with everything she could ever want or need. Her life, to everyone else, seemed perfect. Perfect house. Perfect things. Perfect family. But nothing at all was perfect. She lived in hell. A hell that nobody on the outside could see.

As a neighbor and childhood friend, Heath would have done anything for Noelle. He would have given up the world to protect her and keep her safe. Their friendship grew into something that neither of them expected. But then she suddenly disappeared, vanishing from his life as if she never existed. He never stopped hoping that one day she would resurface, alive and well. But as time went by, and her family gave up hope, he surrendered his heart to his lost love.

Twelve years later, one phone call changes everything.

EPIC LOVE is the third book in the EPIC FAIL series and can be read as a standalone novel.

This series is a spinoff from the FOREVER FAMILY series.

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“I’m sorry, Noelle. I’m really sorry.” I don’t know what I’m apologizing for. The fact that I don’t believe her weak lie or because I kissed her. No. I’m not sorry for either.

“It’s okay. Really. Thanks for caring. And thank you for my birthday gift.” She pauses and brushes her pinkie finger against mine. “You made my birthday really special, and I’ll never forget it.”

Without thinking, I loop my pinkie finger around hers, linking them together. Linking us together. We walk to her window like this and I break our connection reluctantly, bringing my hand up to her bruised cheek. “Please be careful,” I beg, and I’m not sure what I’m even begging her to be careful of. I’m just so worried about her.

“I will,” she whispers. “Catch a couple fireflies on the way home.”

“I’d catch a million for you.” Her eyes light up, a smile on her lips. I want to kiss her again. So bad. But all I do is stare into her eyes and back away. I push the window open as quietly as I can and slide out onto the grass.

“Happy Birthday, Noelle.”

She smiles as we both slide the window gently along the track, closing it.

She leaves her hand pressed against the window and I immediately do the same, covering hers, only the glass pane separating us.

Her smile is weak and full of pain.

A pain that I would take away from her in an instant if I could.

My Review

5 Stars!

Once again I am in love with a fictional character. These guys from Epic Fail are so sensitive when it comes down to it. One right after the other steals your heart. It's Heath's turn this time around. As the lead singer of Epic Fail he stays pretty busy, however it's the time off and alone when his mind always wanders back to Noelle. The girl he grew up with, the girl he loved and the girl that is gone.

"She was beautiful, but doomed." ~ Heath

Such a haunting statement, but one that sums up Noelle perfectly. On the outside she was the girl that had everything. Behind closed doors, it couldn't have been further from the truth. Not even Heath knew the real Noelle and that's the way she needed to keep it.

"Too much time separates us from the people we were, the teenagers we were, twelve years ago. We need to find a way to bridge that time. We need fireflies and fairies." ~ Heath

If it were only that easy. When they were kids, it was all about the fireflies and fairies. Beautiful light catchers to brighten the day. After twelve years of nothing, Heath receives the call he never expected. Noelle.

He has missed her everyday since he was eighteen years old. Searched for her, pined for her and wrote songs about her. Never in a million years, did he even think he would see her again. With his heart on his sleeve, Heath now has to decide what his next move is.

What another beautiful, touching love story Trudy Stiles gives her readers. As a fan of the long lost genre, this one really got to me. While Noelle's story is out there, the journey for her and Heath to try and find their way back to each other was the icing on the cake for me.

Well written and told from dual points of view. We once again travel from the present to the past with these characters so we don't miss a thing. Epic Love can be read as a stand alone, however I'm one that likes knowing about the supporting characters lives as well, so I've read them all. Excellent addition to the series!

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Author Bio

Trudy Stiles is a USA Today Bestselling Author, writer of New Adult Romance, mom to two beautiful children, and married to the love of her life. She’s the author of the bestselling Forever Family series including Dear Emily, Dear Tabitha, and Dear Juliet. Epic Sins and Epic Lies are the first books in the Epic Fail series and will continue with at least two more standalone novels, Epic Love and Epic Holiday. She plans to write many more stories about some of the characters you’ve already met, and maybe a few new ones. Emily will get her own story, Sincerely, Emily, to be released in 2017.

She’s also a contributing author to the USA Today Bestselling anthology, F*cking Awkward, a hilarious group of short stories sure to make you cringe, laugh and everything in between. All proceeds from this project benefited The Bookworm Box and its charities.

Trudy is a music junkie and you’ll know that she’s writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds in. Her playlist is unique and is a must for her writing sprints.

When she’s not writing, she’s carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore.

She celebrates Wine Wednesday almost every day.

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