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I'm going to be 100% honest here and this may be a first for me seeing as it's my favorite genre; I truly think this book could have done without the romance element altogether. Even being as it was, you only get it in the last 20% or so, and at that point it just seems like an afterthought; a foregone conclusion. I saw the conflict coming a mile away. In the beginning I had my suspicions and then after a certain event was celebrated I knew for sure what was coming. Now, this may sound like me complaining but it couldn't be further from the truth. I just think the story was so great on its own, it almost didn't even need the romance factor. For me the story was about the growth and adaptation of the characters as they learned not only to accept and acclimate to their current circumstances but to forgive others and most importantly, themselves.
I love that this story was told in dual POV because I really feel like we needed that to truly understand each character fully. I enjoyed the past to present timeline alternating chapters, as I felt like Trudy slowly gave us bits and pieces to solve the puzzle ourselves. I loved that she laid the groundwork and left us to our own devices as to the assumptions we ultimately made. And even though my assumptions were correct, the journey to get there was magical. You may not like Garrett very much in the beginning but that is to be expected. But if you take the time to look beyond the surface you will find a man who is just scared and trying to find his way in a world that has often abandoned him. Ultimately, besides forgiveness, that's what this story is about. Feelings of abandonment. All three of our main characters experience it, through no fault of their own and even through no fault of some of the abandoners. But regardless of the circumstance, the feeling is still there and its a hard one to overcome. The moment they accepted what was right in front of them was beautiful though. Trudy excels in pulling every emotion from the pages and thrusting them in your face, unable to deny them.
I'll leave you with this; trust in the author. She's going to take you on a head trip, but I promise that in the end she'll put you back together better than when you began. She continues to amaze me with each book she publishes and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next!
When a fan/groupie/junkie manages to finagle her way onto the one of the Tour buses of rock group Epic fail, only to die of an overdose within minutes of arriving, Garret Armstrong, the band's lead guitarist has only the tiniest inkling of how messed up his day is about to become. It turns out that the girl at the center of all the fuss is a young mother, and though he barely remembers her, Garrett is a new father. A father to a terribly sick little boy who needs 'round the clock specialist care.
Making Epic Sins stand out from so many stories featuring bad boys with a heart of gold, Garrett, if he has a heart at all, keeps it well and truly under lock and key. Not so much a 'bad boy', but rather selfish egotistical, self centered and generally lacking in empathy. Almost without a moment's hesitation he's ready to condemn his only son to a life in the foster system rather than going one iota out of his way for the sake of his own flesh and blood, and it's only the deft intervention and cleverly woven guilt trip laid upon him by his housekeeper that makes the difference.
Naturally, Sam and Garrett's paths become entangled, both revolving around the infant, Kai and has them both reassessing their lives and the trajectories they're on all the while coming to terms with their own unresolved childhood traumas.
This was my first read from Trudy Stiles, and I can assure you it won't be my last (because I started reading the next book in the series even before bothering to write this review). What I can tell you is that while it works well as a standalone, it turns out that it's actually spun off from the second book of her Forever Family series, Dear Tabitha. The main characters from which are integral to this story, but while there were allusions to what might have happened in that book, I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything.
So far as I'm concerned, the writing was superb, with the characterizations of the suffering that young Kai endured and they corresponding compassion engendered in the hearts of those charged with his care being so vivid, so realistic, that more than a few times I found myself with an almost constant stream stream of tears falling down my face making it difficult to focus on the page.
The development of the characters, particularly Garrett was vivid and complex, and the other characters were nuanced and fully realized.
Told first person from dual points of view this is one book that I'm certain will stay with me for years to come.
The depth to her writing is powerful. The skill with which she delivers emotions is astounding. I don't want to elaborate on the story itself because I think the blurb provides just enough details to draw in a reader.
Trudy has a true gift in making a reader feel emotions. I believe that is a rarity. Her stories are not generic; you can genuinely feel her heart poured into every word, sentence, and page.
If you've never read a Trudy Stiles book, you are doing yourself a disservice. After reading a book by Trudy, you will find she has skyrocketed to the top of your favorite authors list!!
So excited for more in this series!!