REVIEW: GHOSTED by J.M Darhower

April 10, 2018 Adrienne's Reviews, Reviews 0 ★★★★★

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REVIEW: GHOSTED by J.M Darhowerfive-stars
Ghosted by J.M. Darhower
on August 23, 2018
Pages: 453
ASIN: B0753B7HYZ
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A new second chance romance standalone from USA Today bestselling author J.M. Darhower.

He's a troubled young actor, Hollywood's newest heartthrob, struggling with fame as the star of the latest superhero franchise. Through scandal after scandal, addiction on top of addiction, a flurry of paparazzi hunt him as he fights to conquer his demons.

She's a single mother, assistant manager at a grocery store, existing in monotony with her five-year-old daughter. Every day when she goes to work, lurid tabloids surround her, the face of a notorious bad boy haunting her from their covers.

A man and a woman, living vastly different lives, but that wasn't always the case. Once, they were just a boy and a girl who bonded over comic books and fell in love unexpectedly.

When Kennedy Garfield met Jonathan Cunningham back in high school, she knew he had all the makings of a tragic hero. With stars in his eyes, and her heart on her sleeve, the pair ran away together to follow their dreams.

But dreams, sometimes, turn into nightmares.

Now, years later, the only thing they share is a daughter—one who has no idea her father plays her favorite superhero. But Jonathan is desperate to make amends, and at the top of his list is the woman who gave up everything for him and the little girl he hasn't yet met.

Decided to dip my toe in the Kindle Unlimited world.  Never had the need for it, or at least I didn’t think so.  But I’m pleasantly surprised by the books offered.

Ghosted by J.M. Darhower is that warm blanket on a cold night.  I’m a sucker for romances that focus on forgiveness and redemption. Add in a bit of Hollywood charm, an incredibly adorable little girl named Maddie, and you have an amazing recipe for success.

Simply put, I couldn’t stop reading.  I finished in one sitting with a little nap in between my frantic pace.  The characters in this story are so incredibly real, passionate, funny, and flawed.  When I read a story I always look for some connection, something to make me feel like I’m a part of the story.  It’s often a character, or a maybe even a setting that I can somehow relate to.  Those connections are what helps you become emotionally tied to a story.  Ghosted was written so beautifully, so eloquently, that I felt connected to the entire story, the entire time.  I’ve never been to Hollywood.  I have no knowledge of that life.  But this story wasn’t so much about that as it was about relationships.

Jonathon and Kennedy’s relationship squeezes your heart until it’s painful.  Telling the story in past and present wasn’t the genius part of this story.  Telling the past part of this story as Kennedy writing a story using Jonathon’s voice was absolutely brilliant.  Sounds a little confusing and it is at first, however the magic it creates in defining who these characters are and why they are, it’s gold.

Precocious Maddie stole the show for me.  The minute she walked onto those pages, I knew she was going to be the glue in this story.  Once you become a parent your life immediately changes.  Children completely change the way you view the world.  We become hyper focused on their happiness, their well being, and we guard their hearts for them as much as we can.  But children are incredibly resilient, innately happy, and see the world innocently.  Parents will do anything for their children.  The love, the bond, is that strong.  And that comes through in spades with both Jonathon and Kennedy.

I can’t say enough about this story.  I hope you take a chance on Ghosted.  J.M. Darhower is an engaging author, she’s able to bring something truly special to her stories that make them unique.

About J.M. Darhower

JM Darhower is the USA Today Bestselling Author of romance novels of all flavors (erotic, suspense, contemporary, paranormal) and is represented by Brower Literary & Management. She lives in a tiny town in the Carolinas with her family, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and human rights, and when she isn’t writing (or catching Pokemon) she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a social media addiction. You can find her there.

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