Author: Trisha Wolfe
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Publication Date: October 2014
(Can be read as a stand alone)
(Can be read as a stand alone)
SummaryThe roar of a bike engine. The vibration between her thighs. The feel of cool darkness kissing her skin as she coasts along twisty back roads at night—Melody Lachlan lives for these things. Ever since Mel and her best friend Darla escaped their small, backwoods town, they’ve traveled the countryside in search of fast rides, tatted bikers, and good times.
A self-proclaimed poet and lover of all things free, Mel views her life as one long bike ride—with pit stops along the way to numb the pain. But she never saw herself as a junkie. Party as hard as you ride. That’s her motto…until a tragic night steals her soul. Then she’s forced to delve below the surface, to where her demons rage.
When she meets recovered drug addict Boone Randall, she’s more likely to deck him than kiss his dimple-adorable face. She doesn’t want his help; doesn’t want to own up to her part in that night. She just wants to do her time and keep her promise to her friend. Yet Boone challenges Mel, and soon she doesn’t mind sharing the road. Only when Boone’s own secret demons threaten their newfound, fragile security, Mel’s course becomes rocky, and she must decide if letting her well-worn track marks fade is worth finding a new path.
This is my favorite cover of the whole series so far. I love how you can see her pink bandanna of her MC with Darla, and you can see her tattoo that sparks the interest of Boone. I can really see Melody in this cover.
Since, I read the first book I know to expect crying and very good character development. What I wasn't expecting was the attitude of Melody. She is fierce and I love that about her.
The best part again is the fact that the main characters aren't perfect. They have their addictions they are trying to overcome. In the end they don't completely overcome it, but they can with each other. That's what this whole series means to me. It means not being perfect, but being perfect for each other. It really affected me in a profound way. In the beginning of the novel it really seems like Melody will be bad news for Boone, and Melody thinks Boone is too good for her. I almost believed that too, but I knew that her friend Jesse would be worse for her. Like the first book I yelled in my head a lot. I felt like Melody could be the most stubborn poet of all time. She gives out great advice and really helps people feel better, but then she can't take her own advice! I love how Sam from The Darkest Part makes an appearance in this novel by really helping Melody and Boone get their crap together. You can tell that there is a life long friendship building here. It really makes you feel good inside knowing that these two girls can build such a beautiful friendship coming from such grief. They can both work through their problems together. This is the type of friendship I would strive to have some day. Melody's attitude is similar to mine. I don't want to be cliche and say young, wild, and free, but that's the best description. This is the type of novel that leaves you feeling like you want to be part of the open road life. I feel like exploring something new and something exciting.
I strongly recommend this book if you read the first one (even though it's a stand alone) and enjoy a good contemporary romance. If you wanted to pick one of the series to read alone, I would choose Losing Track. The novel is best for ages 17 and up due to very steamy sex scenes.
My Final Thought-
Of course, I'm left in tears again, but the tears won't stop me from immediately starting the third novel in the series. I love how the ending has a many years later chapter. It really leaves you feeling hopeful.
5 out of 5 Haunted Roses