Aubrey Duncan understands loss. She knows what rock bottom looks like, and she is determined to crawl back up to the top after the sudden death of her younger sister. She blames herself for her part in the tragedy, convinced that she could have done something, anything, to help her.
In her effort to gain redemption, Aubrey starts fresh at Longwood University and facilitates an addiction support group, hoping she can support someone else in the way she failed her sister. But what she doesn’t count on is an all-consuming fascination with group member Maxx Demelo, a gorgeous, blond, blue-eyed enigma who hides dark secrets behind a carefully constructed mask. He only reveals what he wants others to see. But Aubrey glimpses another Maxx hidden below the surface—a Maxx who is drowning in his own personal hell.
As Aubrey and Maxx develop an attraction too intense to ignore, he pulls her into the dark underbelly of the city club scene, where she is torn by her desire to save him and an inexplicable urge to join him in his downward spiral. Worst of all, she is beginning to love everything she should run away from—a man who threatens to ignite in her a fire that could burn her alive…
Let me list the reasons why I loved this book:
1: teenage angst and drug use
2: boy/girl POVs
3: dysfunctional relationships
4: um did I mention teenage angst and dysfunctional relationships?
That’s what this book was like. Catapulting me straight back to the angst filled year of 2012. Where all of the books I read straight ripped my heart to shreds and then happily popped back into my chest. (Jessica Sorensen, I’m looking at you).
Just riddle me this: How can someone write such flawed and dysfunctional and ugly characters and STILL have you drooling at the mouth for more? I wouldn’t roll with no Maxx in real life but book world Talon is smitten. I’m just, at awe with him and Aubrey.
“Because she was my nirvana. My quiet in the storm. And what I felt for her was a hell of lot more real than anything I could experience at the sharp end of a needle or through the chalky taste of pills in my throat.”
The coolest part about Lead Me Not was the many emotions I felt. The dread, the stress, the disgust, the love. And that was all due to the writing. I’m not a stranger to this author’s work but every time I pick her books up I’m thoroughly impressed with the work and Lead Me Not was no different!
“Love made us stupid. Love made us blind. Love could incapacitate us and leave us powerless. And love could also make everything better.”
In this book, A Meredith Walters graciously paints you a picture as to what it is like battling with addiction and battling it with the person you love. You can’t get any more real than that. It’s brutal. And I felt like this book portrayed that all so perfectly. I flipped pages so fast that I didn’t want to put the book down at all. What else ya got for me girl?