RELEASE DATE: 26th February 2016
BLURB: Tyler Samuels had his reasons for leaving the country town where he grew up. He moved to the city, established a home and a career, and found love. Now Ty is in his early thirties, and as his life takes another tragic turn, he finds himself returning to the place he first ran from.
Mac McGrath has lived in Armidale all his life. He loves his family and his job as an electrician, running the family business. The only thing missing in his life is a relationship. When Ty, his teenage crush, arrives back in town, maybe he has found someone to love at last.
What starts as friends with benefits quickly turns to more for Mac, but Ty will need to let go of his memories if he is to learn to love again. But can Mac wait that long?
I’ve been waiting for Tyler’s story since I finished reading Rustic Melody and I wasn’t disappointed. This book is a standalone even if it’s the second part of a series. With the familiar set of secondary characters we continue where we left off when Adam and Joey move away to start their new adventures.
Rustic Memory starts with a prologue that breaks your heart right away, setting the tone of the story. Getting over losing the love of your life is unthinkable. That amount of pain, the unimaginable loss is heartbreaking. Getting over it once is lots of work. Twice… might be a miracle. This book tells the story of a man who lost his loves twice. Tyler moves back to his hometown after fifteen years living in the city. His motivation is unclear, his pain and loss very obvious. I really enjoyed how I gradually got to know what had happened to him, getting bits and pieces, putting it together slowly, getting to know him better. His struggles are real, and his decision to never love and lose anyone again completely understandable. The one thing he didn’t count in his equation is someone from his past, someone who had a serious crush on him when they were younger. Mac is probably my favorite character in the series so far. He is a totally down to earth type of guy. He’s big and strong with the biggest heart ever. Tyler and Mac’s forming friendship, relationship is the focal point of the book, and Ty’s insecurities and determination of never getting his heart broken again makes this journey a really bumpy one, keeping them in a limbo until the end. I truly enjoy how the author incorporates all the important elements of life in her stories. We get friendship, family and love at equal measures and I was hooked from the first page and luckily didn’t have to put it down until the last word. Highly recommended!
FIVE BIG FAT STARS
**** The ARC was provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.****
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