My Review: Epic Love by Trudy Stiles

My Review:  Epic Love by Trudy StilesEpic Love by Trudy Stiles
Series: Epic Fail #3
Publication Date: September 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Rockers, Romance, Second Chance Romance
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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.

My Review

Epic Love by Author Trudy Stiles is book three in the Epic Fail series. It is a second chance and rocker romance novel that can be read as a standalone.

“She was the first girl I ever loved.”

I LOVE a good second chance romance novel. It brings to mind a feelings of hope.  Noelle had a difficult childhood, and it was one she couldn’t escape, even after it ended.  Back then, Heath was able to offer her two treasured things, an escape and friendship, as he knew Noelle when her life was a tornado of chaos.

“When all is forgotten you find new ways to rescue me.”

Shaken and stirred.  This was how I felt at the beginning of Epic Love. Told in dual points of view it was truly a love story of epic proportions. It had pained moments of defeat and despair, but was also made light with sweetness and beautiful surprises.  As beloved as these two were as a young couple, their reunion brought wave after wave of adoration that was sexy and alluring.  The story was laced with a mystery that kept me flipping page after page, searching for answers, and praying they would be the ones I craved. When they finally began to emerge, I felt elation with an edge of panic that caused me to say a silent prayer.  There was this monumental build-up to the storyline as my emotions became ping pong balls in play. At some point, they were emptied out, the sadness becoming so real, and my heart broke for Noelle. Then, at other times, I felt such an overwhelming sense of happiness that the grin could not be wiped from my face.

Epic Love was a story of memories lost and found. It was a second chance love story that melted my heart and made me cherish this happily every after.

“We need fireflies and fairies.”


4.5 Stars


“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.

About Trudy Stiles

Trudy Stiles is a New Adult 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 now “Dear Juliet.” She plans to write many more stories about some of the characters you’ve already met, and maybe a few new ones. Epic Sins is the first of three, standalone, Epic Fail series books.
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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