Ghosted by J.M. Darhower
on August 24th, 2017
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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.
“What could be lonelier then always being by yourself?”
“I think I know,” I whisper, turning a few pages until I come to the scene.
“Worse is loving someone who disappears and never knowing if they’ll come back. Because how do you move on if you’re not even sure they’re gone? The answer is-you don’t. When you spend most of your life chasing ghosts, eventually, you become one.”
I don’t really know how to explain where my head is right now. I have unfairly pigeon-holed her into this one one role. She was my favorite mafia/darker romance author. She could write the hell out of those kinds of stories. Then I get my hands on Ghosted, which I knew was not her normal stuff, and I am so blown away I am speechless.
“I’m serious,” he says. “The past few years are a blur, so I can’t tell you what I don’t remember, but I know we were over before anything ever happened with her.”
I nod, looking down at my hands. “I wasn’t accusing you of cheating. I just wanted to know how long it took you to move on.”
“Oh, well, that’s an easy one,” he says. “It hasn’t happened.”
The back and forth between the past and the present is so amazingly done this is going to be one of my favorite books to have that in there. I sometimes get bored with the “flash backs” but this time I never once wanted to skim those chapters. I just love the way it was handled.
Jonathon is going down as one of my favorite JM Darhower characters. He isn’t some bad boy or big bad mafia man but the way he handled himself and went after what he wanted was inspiring and done so beautifully. Redemption was the theme of this story and this will be at the top of my recommendation list for those looking for that kinda story.
This book was phenomenal and I am so excited for everyone to get their hands on it when she hits publish in a few days.
“Ten years ago, you ran away with me so I could follow my dreams. It’s time you follow yours. Wherever it takes you, I’ll be there.”