Title: Epic Love
Series: Epic Fail #3
Author: Trudy Stiles
Release Date: Sept 19, 2016

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.

“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.

***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review - Naomi / Scandalous Book Blog***

EPIC is definitely one way to describe this book. No matter what words I write in this review, I will never do this story justice! This book just had me from the first word till the last. There was drama, angst, heartbreak, love, friendship and so much more. Trudy's writing is impeccable and I am always left wanting more...! Heath is one of my favourite character's he is laid bare and his feeling jump from the page, his thoughts were raw, a man left broken and guilt ridden, looking for an escape only to find whats missing and soar to a new level of intense.

Heath and Noelle had a bond that was unbreakable, friends from a young age only to turn into a passionate love affair that would last a life time. Heath's love for Noelle consumed him from the beginning but so did his hurt and guilt. He knew something was going on with Noelle but whenever he tried to pry deeper she shut down ant threatened all that was between them. Unable to fathom a life without her he accepted what he was told and tried to make her life happier. 

Noelle, lost her mother at a young age. Her father is her hero but he also married the devil and she loved to make Noelle's life hell. When they moved into the house next to Heath and his family, Noelle found a new type of peace. Suffering at the hands of her step mother when her father was away on business trips her only light came from her love for Heath. He was the calm to her storm but she could never tell him the truth

Noelle is GONE and Heath don't know how to live.

12 years later... Being a member of the band Epic Fail filled his time and a casual hookup with a girl who declares her lovefor him has him bought back to the past. He cant forget his first true love, the girl who stole his heart and never returned it. The girl who has him living with guilt on a daily basis. Heath now has to find a way to deal with the past so he can have a future.

Just when it looks like Heath has everything figured out he receives a phone call that will change his life!!!

Trudy Stiles is a New Adult Romance author, 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” is the first book in the Epic Fail series and will continue with at least three more standalone novels. “Epic Lies” is scheduled to release in the Spring of 2016 with “Epic Love” and “Epic Holiday” to follow in the Fall and Winter of 2016. She plans to write many more stories about some of the characters you’ve already met, and maybe a few new ones.

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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