After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.
Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love…even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.
But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?
One of those books....yes, this is one of those books, where you need enough hankies at hand and enough time because believe me, you wouldn't want to put it down just when things get tight and - very important: never read it in public! People might worry about your sanity if one moment you sit there and cry and the next you just start to smile somewhat goofily or mumble angrily or whatever.
I must admit, when Abe broke Sarah's heart mine broke along with hers. I was so upset and I just would have loved to tell her that he is just an idiot and well, things like that. When Sarah became stronger and Abe came back and started to slowly push his way back into her life, I kept hoping that he wouldn't mess it up this time, that he wouldn't hurt her like that again.
Abe has grown up as well and it was good to see how he tried to stay on track and how he owned up to everything he did before. His addiction did cost him his marriage and his love, now that he is clean, he tries to prove that he has indeed changed for good. I really liked how the other members of Schoolboy Choir supported him and were there for him when he had to fight the temptation to give in to the drugs.
This close-knit group of friends with their significant others are everything a man - or a woman - needs. Despite their closeness they open up to others like Charlotte and Gabriel whose story is told in Rock Hard or Sarah herself and her friend Lola and let them become a part of their group.
Seeing how Abe and Sarah slowly find their way back to each other, how Sarah starts to trust and how she finally gets the life she always dreamed of was so sweet and so .... sigh.
Reading the book, you feel how Abe and Sarah have grown and become more confident, more secure. Abe has learned to deal with the pain and the anger that consumed him after the death of his baby sister, Sarah has learned to stand up for herself. I really loved how both were trying to make their relationship work, to trust and to own up for everything that happened.
And even though many things happen and Abe will always have to deal with his addiction and his feelings and Sarah understandibly still has trust issues but the author never resorts to stupid misunderstandings or other things like that that are frequently used to keep up the suspense. Their path to happiness is rocky but it is always about real issues, real fear, real feelings and never about pettiness or misunderstandings. They talk about their problems, they talk about their pain and their fears and you can feel how that helps them heal.
Okay, okay, this is supposed to be a review not a novel so I'll stop now...just - well, read it, it's worth it!