Readers will find themselves captivated by this friends to lovers rockstar romance, drawn to the characters whose lives were put through the wringer. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Chasing Riptides by Aly Stiles, along with getting my impressions of this epic romance, then add this sixth installment in the Save Me series to your bookshelf too!
Rockstar. Heartthrob. Liability.
I’m the face, the body, a trophy for the masses.
They love to admire me, and I play the part like a pro. I can be whatever I have to be to survive.
But I’m not real. None of this is. How can it be with a past like mine? They think they know me, but no one does. The best I can do is chase another woman, substance, or scandal to escape the truth for one more day.
I’ve loved Matty Silva from the moment a scared, blond kid from Brazil showed up in our second-grade class. While the world lusts for the gorgeous, troubled rockstar, it’s the sad, lonely boy trapped inside who stole my heart.
The boy I loved too much to ever tell him.
That boy is now a superstar being worshipped for something he’s not. They will never understand the pain he carries with each breath, and I saw the terrifying truth the second he returned home for the summer:
No one can spiral like Matty can, and it’s finally about to break him.
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
Wow! What an epic read this was, an unforgettable tale of one man who seems to have it all but is still determined to destroy himself. Set in the rockstar world there's plenty of ways for this man to destroy himself and with each fake smile he flashes, each betrayal he experiences, my heart broke more and more for him. With each turn of the page I was taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, from wonderful highs to depressive lows, all leading up to an immensely satisfying conclusion and another winner from Ms. Stiles!
Brittany Esposito and Matty Silva have been in each other's lives since they were young and she befriended him as the new boy in school. Theirs was a powerful connection from the very beginning, a connection that has stood the test of time as their pairing has bent but never broken as they've gotten older. As kids, where every school day involved bullying and home life was full of rejection and coldness, Matty had Britt and it's always been her brightness to the darkness creeping into his life. Britt's an amazing heroine, one who's strong and supportive, quick to defend Matty through words and deeds that had me cheering her on every step of the way. She's always been his guiding star, telling him hard truths, while always supporting him and trying to show him his true worth. First and foremost Britt is Matty's friend, but with each year that passes the feelings she has for him have grown into a more adult love. For her, it's becoming harder and harder to ignore how she feels about him, how much closer she wants to be to him. With Matty struggling more and more though, the HEA she's hoping for might not happen in their epic and angsty journey.
Matty's an unforgettable hero, one who broke my heart over and over while hearing his inner thoughts and feelings. To the world Matty's a rock god, a sexy beast dripping with sensuality, the face and body that drives the women wild. Behind the sexy facade though is a man full of self-doubts, a man who thinks he's nothing more than a sexy shell with no substance. Britt knows the truth though, knows he's super smart and talented, and continually tries to get him to see that truth too in scenes that made me want to hug him. Matty's journey throughout this book was hard to witness and it was painful to see the hanger-ons use his body and soul for their own gains. The issues he was dealing with were vividly depicted, respectfully portrayed, and many readers out there will find a strong connection to what he was going through. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger and from some very dark places Matty made his way out. With Britt's unwavering support he became the man she always knew him to be in a beautiful ending that I'm still thinking about!
My rating for this is an A.
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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