Loose ends left loose for too long tend to strangle. Cole and Violet knew it wouldn’t be easy. They knew their relationship would take work. But when the press finds out about Violet Lynn’s newest boyfriend, they start digging. And when his past come to light, exposing all of his family’s secrets, their relationship begins to fray.
Country Music’s Golden Boy, Jaxon Hunter, has it all, except the girl that got away. What she saw, she really didn’t. What she thought happened, he allowed her to believe for reasons so insane that no one would ever have believed him if he had confessed. But now that everything’s out in the open, he’s going to do his damndest to convince her that he’s the only one for her.
Now Violet must choose between Jaxon— her first love and the guy she thought had cheated on her—and Cole—the guy who helped her heal and love again.
Or will one of them make the decision for her?
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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
WARNING: do not read any further if you haven’t read Live For You, the first novel in this series yet.
“Instead of crying, I smile wider. Instead of falling to my knees, I dance around on stage while launching into my next set. Instead of living with love, I’m learning to live on my own.”
When we last left Cole and Violet (Rae), they were well on their way to a happily ever after. Or, so we thought. There are still some bumps in the road ahead, however. We learn in the prologue that Violet is on her own again. Cole left her because she was a stuck-up princess and he didn’t want to be her charity case any longer. She’s planning to get him back and I hope she succeeds.
“The worst part about lying – knowing you can never take the words back, no matter how many times you apologize. In the grand scheme of things, you’re a lying son of a bitch, and you’ll always be one.”
Things begin to fall apart for Cole and Rae pretty early on in this book. It all begins when her ex and current country music star, Jaxon Hunter and Cole’s father and Violet’s producer, Everett Mason, show up in town. Jaxon’s fiancée and Violet’s former best friend, Callie is in tow. What starts as a charity concert to raise money to save Cole’s bar turns into a tour for Violet, Jaxon and Callie… and oh, the story takes off from there.
“Don’t be scared of me, of this,” she whispers, her entire body shaking in my arms. “We’re tougher than anything the world can throw at us, especially when we’re together.”
I can’t say too much about the plot of this book because I don’t want to ruin the roller coaster ride. This book has all the drama. You absolutely want to experience it for yourself. There is a ton of family and relationship drama. There’s unrequited love. Backstabbing friends. Lies. Betrayal. Hot sexy times. Conflict. Laughter and tears. Total lack of honesty and communication. Absolution.
A lot of new characters were introduced in this book. I loved Jaxon. He was deliciously flawed and I loved him nearly in spite of that. Callie made the perfect villainess. She was a real piece of work. With friends like her, who needs enemies? I want to know more about Bliss. I liked her immediately. She was the perfect mix of soft and strong. She needs her own story. Cole’s mom makes another appearance and at least this time she seems to have pulled herself together a little. I still didn’t find her particularly likable, though. Everett Mason was a jerk unlike any I’ve seen in books lately. What a creep.
“No, damn it. I’m not serious. I’m a no-good piece of trash that says shitty things to the girl he loves most in this world. You’re right, baby. I’m scared as hell, about a lot of things.”
Despite the fact that I wanted to throw my iPad across the room at times during this book, I absolutely enjoyed it. There were so many ups and downs. While I had a pretty good idea how things would turn out in the end, I had absolutely no way of predicting the twists and turns this book would take. I enjoyed spending more time with Cole and Violet and getting to meet new characters like Jaxon and Bliss. I even loved to hate Callie.
Now I’ll begin chomping at the bit waiting for the next book, True for You.
About Marquita Valentine
New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She’s the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South.
Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man—and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.