Review: The Way Back To Us by Jamie Howard

The Way Back To Us
(Love Unplugged # 3)
by Jamie Howard

Gavin MacCormack found the one. He fell in love. Hard. Until one night he ran out for some ice cream and came back to an empty dorm room, closets bare and nothing but a quick hand-written note saying, I’m sorry. Those two words taught Gavin the meaning of heartbreak. A feeling he never wants to encounter again. And as the lead singer of a Grammy award-winning band he’s had plenty of opportunities for casual, no-strings fun, which is just the way he likes it.

Dani Winters has had more names than birthdays. On the run with her father for nearly as long as she can remember, she’s lived her life by three rules—always plan for the worst, maintain a low profile at all costs, and never let anyone get too close. Except she broke that last rule once and her heart has never forgiven her.

One chance encounter changes everything. Seeing Dani resurrects feelings in Gavin he thought were long buried, and this time he’s not letting her disappear without getting some answers. But Dani’s life is the definition of complicated and she’s playing with fire by letting Gavin back in. When the time comes to run again, Dani needs to decide if a life without love is worth living, or if it’s time to stop running and fight.

Surprisingly, The Way Back to Us managed to entertain me. There is mystery and suspense integrated in this rockstar romance, which is a big plus for me. For those who do not know, I really am into mysteries and thrillers more than YA or fantasy. I blame John Grisham for my fascination with action-themed books and Sidney Sheldon for the mysteries that I’ve always loved dissecting and solving.

When the female lead character of The Way Back To Us presented herself with danger and questions about her past and present situation, I knew I would get hooked. Plus, there’s the added bonus of rockstar (rockstars, plural!) who know how to make music and let music worm its way to the heart of its beloved. End result – me swooning and sweating with anticipation!

Gavin had never forgotten about Dani, the one who got away. It didn’t matter that she left him without saying goodbye nor explanation. When they encountered each other again, Dani was different, but their feelings only intensified, however they denied it. But Dani’s past and dangerous secret was what’s keeping them from having the normal relationship they dreamt about.

The first book I read of Jamie Howard was The Feeling of Forever, featuring a hollywood actress and a rockstar on wheels. I liked it much, so I had set my heart out when I read this latest book in the series. The male lead character, Gavin, was too good to be true. He’s hot, his muscles are taut and he’s got a really loyal heart and he even adopted a dog.. awww.. Plus,  he liked going to “Hogwarts” and quoted Liam Neeson so I’m giving him extra bonus points.

Dani, on the other hand, kept it all within herself, and it irked me that she was too stubborn in hiding her secret. I understand that this secret could kill her or destroy Gavin, but I thought she could have been more understanding with his feelings. After all, it might just be what she needed to release the burden she’d been keeping inside. Somehow, their feelings had me feeling a little low.

But when the action and nerve-wracking chase happened at the latter part of the story; from then on, I knew I could no longer let go of the book.

In the end, the story did surprise me and got me blown away. Jamie Howard managed to steal my breath. But still, I felt like there’s something else missing and I can’t wait to get it on the next book. Yay!!! As usual, the author’s writing was great and effortlessly engaging.  Would love to delve into her other bodies of work soon!

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