Sunday, November 15, 2015

ARC: The Forbidden Muse - Aubrey Parker (Inferno Fall #2)

ARC received from author in exchange for honest review
Published Date: November 10, 2015
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: Gavin might just be the music that Abigail yearns for … if only his painful past will allow him to love again.

Just a few months after arriving at Inferno Falls, Abigail can’t see the light at the end of her tunnel. No one can complain about being overworked and broke when the rest of the country’s the same way, but that doesn’t make it any easier when Abigail has to live the story every day. It’s not the work or the meager lifestyle she minds. Abigail wants something more…something inspired…something raw.

Gavin is a grieving musician trying to re-find his inspiration. He’s mourning a crushing loss, and life has become too mundane, too typical, to give him the material for songs that used to come so easy. What could he expect to find in Inferno Falls that would truly stir his heart? After all, he’s been shattered by love too many times to find any comfort in a woman’s arms.

The song begins…

Strings play the moment they meet in Abigail’s section of the Nosh Pit, Inferno Falls’ latest and hippest restaurant, and their pulses thunder like a drumbeat from the moment their eyes touch. Abigail feels a stirring in her heart she never expected, while Gavin goes home to pour his inspiration into music.

But despite their obvious harmony, Gavin’s past won’t let anyone get too close. And after years of heartache, Abigail doesn’t have time for anyone who seems like they’re just playing around. Together they’ll have to learn to sing in chorus, or let the stage lights fade and bow out of each other’s lives for good.

Gavin and Abigail both have a chapter that they don't want to read from their lives. But let's be honest, everyone has a story that they don't want to read to anyone. They skirt around each other and never really met until Abby picks up another shift at her second job. There she meets the mysterious Gavin and they clique. I mean, everyone who has worked in a restaurant as a waitress/waiter have the most patience that I've seen. 

Who here has suffered through someone saying 'Choose for me' or 'I don't want this, this, or this'. Like come on. Anyways, let's get down to the nitty gritty. Gavin lost two of the most important people in his life and he just doesn't want to open up anymore. Abigail has run away from home and well she's got some past where if anyone experiences it, they question everything and become anxious about the most simplest situations. She was cheated on and cut off from her parents. Working two jobs is no joke so I give Abby lots of props for doing so. 

Okay, I had some really good quotes but of course, it got deleted. It made me want to cry. I wanted to cry in this book and that doesn't happen for me. When I read these books again, I will want to give you these quotes. But for now, let's just say that you will want to read this book.


"The first verse tells the story of a boy and a girl who fall in love. Who meet tragedy. And how much it hurts...The second verse tells how the boy's world ends along with the girl's. How he tries to face the world and can't. How it's all pointless. How every day is another floor on an endless downward spiral...The third verse is about a new girl. A new love. And about moving on, sweet on the tongue to soften the bitter."

After Brandon and Riley's story, I was kind of skeptical to say the least to continue the story but Aubrey Parker has so much potential and so when I read Gavin and Abigail's story, my heart just wrung out. It writhed. It hurts. Maybe because it hit so close to home. 

This is the story of a girl. This is the story of a boy. This has tragedy. This has romance. It's new beginnings. It's old problems. But I loved it nonetheless. 

I rate The Forbidden Muse a 4 out of 5 stars and hope to read The Second Chance, the third book in her series. 

Blog you later, awesome book nerds. I will be back tomorrow with The Naughty King - Michelle A Valentine. 

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