BLOG TOUR: Epic Sins by Trudy Stiles
This book may be unsuitable for readers under 17 years of age due to sexual content, drug and alcohol use, suicide, and/or violence.
Epic Sins by Trudy Stiles
on November 4, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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Garrett Armstrong, the lead guitarist of Epic Fail, womanizer and not-so-nice guy, leaves a trail of women in his wake. A recent one-night stand wreaks havoc and turns his present completely upside down. He’s faced with a reality that he never expected. Never wanted.Samantha Weston can’t escape the black cloud that follows her. She suffered an unspeakable loss as a teenager and has been climbing uphill ever since. As soon as her life starts to become manageable, she’s slammed with another tragic event, forcing her to abandon the only thing in life that she cherishes.
A heartbreaking situation throws this unlikely pair together. They’re forced to face things that seem impossible. Can Sam get past the demons that haunt her? Can Garrett accept a fate he swore to avoid at all costs?
Can they conquer the sins that are poised to destroy them, or will they become an Epic Fail?
Epic Sins is the first book of the Epic Fail series, a spinoff of The Forever Family series.
Reading The Forever Family series is not required as these are all spin-off/standalone novels, but it may enhance your experience.
Title: Epic Sins
Author: Trudy Stiles
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: November 4, 2015
When I think of Trudy Stiles books, I think, family. Her stories are as heartwarming as they are heartbreaking. Every book (and I’ve read them all) filled with a tangible realness. She takes romance deconstructing it, going from past to present, back and forth, back and forth gutting you open. Continuously building her characters and her story until you’re left feeling all warm and gushy.
Epic Sins, a spin-off of the Forever Family series, continues with family being the thematic element. Garrett Armstrong, lead guitarist for Epic Fail, finds himself in a predicament that no rockstar wants to find themselves in. Sam Weston has definitely had severe tragedy in her life. She’s thrown herself into her job only to find herself once again in the midst of tragedy. Garrett and Sam come together in the most unconventional way but it works.
I thought Trudy Stiles handled the subject matter in way that only someone with experience would. She allows the reader to learn and ultimately gain respect for all those involved. Hard to describe without spoilers. Lets just say Ms. Stiles did this story justice bringing to light a subject matter that I know many don’t know or have any experience with. While I may not have liked Garrett in the beginning, I understood him. Sam too, she overcomes, perseveres and for the most part “has it together” she’s a likable person and you find yourself respecting her role in the book.
I even found myself enjoying Sam’s Aunt Peggy. She stepped up and provided a pivotal role in both Garrett and Sam’s life. I almost wish she had a bigger more prominent role in the book. I wanted to see her shine just a tad more. While I found myself heavily invested in the story, I was disappointed in the end. There will be many who disagree, I’m okay with that, but for me the romance element could have disappeared and I would have been okay with the story as it was. I felt like the last quarter of the story dropped dramatically when it turned more towards the romance and away from the unconventional family ties. The growth in both Garrett and Sam was lost in the messiness of the climax. I suddenly found Sam selfish and I didn’t like how she handled herself. Garrett in this situation, I thought had grown by leaps and bounds.
Trudy Stiles fans will continue to be just that, her books are always touching and full of emotion. My heart always hurts and then fills till bursting when reading a Trudy Stiles book. So get your tissues ready!
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*