I received this book for free from From Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Self-pub on August 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance
Source: From Author
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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.
When J.M. Darhower announces a new book is about to be release, I drop everything! I’ve been a little in a reading slump this past month, barely reading 100 pages combined before Ghosted found its way to me. Of course Darhower would be the one to drag me out of the depths and spark my interest once again!
Ghosted is a little different than many of Darhower’s previous novels yet just as amazing. Kennedy is a single mother working hard to raise her daughter on her own, and Jonathan is the movie star who broke her heart when he let his addiction and career become the priority in his life. Their relationship, old and new, is messy with so many ups and downs and told not only through alternating POVs but also chapters giving us a glimpse of the past to showcase not only how their young love started but also how it all went wrong. This is a second chance romance that is done completely right. I had so much admiration and respect for Kennedy’s character. She was very guarded and didn’t make anything easy for Jonathan, making him really work to prove his newly found dedication to the family he once left behind. And Jonathan was so flawed but honest about his mistakes and determined to prove himself and that made him someone I couldn’t help but root for. His rise to fame felt real and raw and the romance was the slow burn it should be between two people with such a painful past but with so much love for each other. It also allowed for some amazing character development as well as relationship development. Another relationship taking center stage was the one between Jonathan and his daughter, Maddie. She was so profoundly important to the story and was so incredibly adorable. Her innocence and love for her father and also her adoration for him as her superhero melted my heart. Because of course Jonathan’s main movie role is as a superhero, Breezeo! I cannot even tell you how much that made me smile as I was reading. I LOVED that Jonathan wasn’t merely just an actor but one playing a superhero, one that also had ties into Kennedy and Jonathan’s past!
Darhower took some classic tropes I love and put such a unique spin on them, easily setting this story apart! Her character development is once again phenomenal, writing with so much honesty and showcasing hard truths about addiction and the toll it takes on one’s family but also rounding it out with so much heart and even some humor. This is seriously one not to be missed!
“Never make someone else the main character in your own story.”