OK, it’s been nearly two months since I finished this, and it wasn’t exactly the most memorable of romances to begin with. Let’s see what I can still remember.
Sarah Smith, who never really had a very stable home life, hooks up with rock star Abe Bellamy and ends up pregnant. He wants to do right by her and marries her. She adores him, he seems to like their bedroom antics, but is closed off and withholding emotionally (although secretly, deep down, he clearly cares for her, he just can’t express it – you know the drill). Also, he has an alcohol and substance abuse problem. When Sarah loses the baby, she is devastated, and worries that she’ll lose Abe as well, but hopes that in time he will come to love her as much as she does him.
His addictions are a major problem, however, and when he becomes aggressive and verbally abusive one evening, basically saying that he’s only keeping her around for the hot sex and the arm candy she provides at events, Sarah finally has enough. She packs her bags and leaves, only to discover that Abe doesn’t seem interested in fighting to get her back. After a couple of months of wondering if he’s going to come see her, she decides to go on a massive spending spree, maxing out all the credit cards he gave her, before filing for divorce.
Now, Sarah clearly knows how to pick them. She goes straight from her really rotten relationship with Abe into a rebound relationship with an older man who initially seems very caring and protective, but who gets increasingly more impatient and annoyed with her once she takes too long to grieve for their baby, who died shortly after birth and who eventually gets physically abusive when it’s clear that she wants to try to make something of herself and get a business running, no longer needing to cling to him constantly for emotional support. He hits her publicly at a music festival where Abe’s band is playing and the extended group of the Rock Kiss books take care of Sarah and make sure she’s safe.
Abe is now sober and full of regret. He (rightfully) feels that he is partially responsible for driving Sarah into the arms of this nasty piece of work, and has always regretted the way he treated her when they were married. He not only wants to make amends, but starts a determined campaign to win her back. Can Sarah possibly risk her heart being broken once more, by letting him have a second chance?
Full review here.