Follow Me Back by A. Meredith Walters – Review and Excerpt


The sequel to Lead Me Not, this dangerously sexy second installment in the Twisted Love series continues Aubrey and Maxx’s love story, from New York Times bestselling author A. Meredith Walters—who “writes the most beautifully flawed characters that still have you swooning” (Sawyer Bennett, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Off series).

Aubrey Duncan has loved…and lost. Should she follow a heart that’s betrayed her or a head that tells her to let go?

Maxx Demelo’s addiction almost destroyed him. It ruined his life and, most importantly, his relationship with the only girl he ever loved.

He has vowed to become the man Aubrey Duncan deserves. Even if he has to tear himself apart to do it. So he enters rehab, trying to fix the parts of him that are shattered as he longs to be healthy and whole.

Aubrey lost everything because she chose to listen to her heart. Now she has sworn to put herself first, to heal in the only way that she can…far away from Maxx and his demons.

But just as Aubrey is starting over, Maxx is released from rehab and thrust back into her world, determined to prove how much they still need each other. And the chaos that had defined them threatens to unleash once again…

But a heart, no matter how broken, is impossible to ignore.

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**Please note, Follow Me Back is the follow up novel to Lead Me Not.

After the intense ending of LMN, I anxiously awaited to see how Maxx and Aubrey’s story would unfold. All of Ms. Walters’ books are gut wrenching and this one is no exception. Maxx and Aubrey’s journey was heart breaking but beautiful and inspirational in many ways. I was immersed from the first chapter and felt every moment on their road to recovery and healing. Sweet Maxx made my heart ache with such intensity. He was so broken, and I couldn’t help but cheer for him as he sought to prove to himself and Audrey he was worthy of love.  Their relationship was so intense in the first book, but how would it be free of chaos and addiction? Maxx continues to battle his demons but his love for Aubrey never falters.

It was a deep-in-my bones, drowning-in-it sort of love. It was desperate. It was obliteration. It was total anarchy in my heart. It was mine. It was all I had.

As with LMN, I enjoyed the dual points of view for this book. It was important to see what each of them were feeling and thinking, especially since they are apart so often. While I knew Maxx’s recovery would be intense, I was pleasantly surprised at Aubrey’s healing too. I loved seeing her become independent and confident in herself and her love for Maxx. She needed to learn how to thrive on her own and learn to accept responsibility for her part in Maxx’s addiction.  My only complaint about this book was the ending seemed a tad rushed for my liking. However, that didn’t stop me from enjoying this book immensely. I hope somewhere down the road we see more of Renee. She played such a large role in Aubrey’s life, and I really would like to see her entire story.

It was love without logic. It was a love without sense. It was a love that had no real place in the world I was trying to build for myself.

As I have said countless times, there are few who write “unsung” heroes and heroines better than Ms. Walters. Her years of personal experience as a counselor adds a realistic dimension that few other authors can duplicate. In addition to the gritty reality she creates, she also posses the ability to make her readers live the pain and triumph of her characters. I cannot wait to see what she writes next!

four star

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Renee walked beside me, her chin tucked into the collar of her jacket. “It’ll get better, Aubrey. I promise. This is your second chance. Your time for something more.”

I hoped she was right. i was desperate for that something better.

I can be so much more for you. I want to be everything you could ever want.

It had only been a matter of weeks since Maxx had said those words, his intense blue eyes staring into mine, and had given me his heart. Only weeks since he had made promises he hadn’t been able to keep. It was such a short amount of time for my entire life to change.

But it had changed. And now all I could do was accept it and move on. If only it were that simple.

My eyes were drawn to the brick wall that ran along the edge of the green. The once vibrant colors of Maxx’s street art had faded, but I could still the painting of a woman walking off a cliff. The word Compulsion was woven into her familiar blond hair. It was a small part of the complicated man who continued to own me. The tiny, intricate X’s dotted through the picture seemed to scream at me. Taunting me with their presence.

Even when he was gone, Maxx was everywhere. His art. His love. His chaos.

I couldn’t escape him And I was terrified that in the darkest recesses of my heart I still didn’t want to.

Lead Me Not – Book 1 Synopsis:

In this dangerously sexy novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Find You in the Dark, a straight-laced college student meets a handsome but enigmatic stranger who lures her into an underground club scene, where she finds it difficult to resist temptation

Aubrey Duncan understands loss. She knows what rock bottom looks like, and she is determined to crawl back up to the top after the sudden death of her younger sister. She blames herself for her part in the tragedy, convinced that she could have done something, anything, to help her.

In her effort to gain redemption, Aubrey starts fresh at Longwood University and facilitates an addiction support group, hoping she can support someone else in the way she failed her sister. But what she doesn’t count on is an all-consuming fascination with group member Maxx Demelo, a gorgeous, blond, blue-eyed enigma who hides dark secrets behind a carefully constructed mask. He only reveals what he wants others to see. But Aubrey glimpses another Maxx hidden below the surface—a Maxx who is drowning in his own personal hell.

As Aubrey and Maxx develop an attraction too intense to ignore, he pulls her into the dark underbelly of the city club scene, where she is torn by her desire to save him and an inexplicable urge to join him in his downward spiral. Worst of all, she is beginning to love everything she should run away from—a man who threatens to ignite in her a fire that could burn her alive…

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The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.
A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.
When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.
A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.


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