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I have to tell you I initially struggled with Losing Track, not because it isn’t a good story BUT because I have my own issues with reading about addiction. Having an alcoholic ex-husband has left me much less sympathetic to characters battling addiction. It is human nature to project your own experiences onto characters, also proving my point that reading is subjective ;) However, I will say that with the help of Trisha’s beautiful writing style and Melody’s depth of character I was able to put aside my own issues and connect with Melody in a way I would not have thought possible at the beginning of the book.
I also have to mention the deep and meaningful quotes placed at the chapter headings, pay special attention to these as they take on a much more profound meaning than I anticipated ;)
Both Melody and Boone are far broader characters than initial observation would suggest. While the story is told in dual narrative I did feel as if we gained more perspective on Melody than we did on Boone; Melody’s background was more filled out than Boone’s enabling that deeper connection.
Melody appears rough around the edges and fiercely independent, until you dig below the surface. Having a MC member for a father she has been immersed in the lifestyle since birth, never shielded from the brutality of this lifestyle. Drugs were an everyday occurrence, socially acceptable even a requirement in a way. It was frightening to think of a 13-year-old Melody scoring drugs and it being accepted by her family :( it makes you wonder just how many children of addicts become addicts themselves, having seen that behaviour as normal.Read more ›
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”I think you’re worth the challenge.”
What stops me from giving this book a higher rating is the lack of connection. I can’t quite put my finger on what went wrong, but I couldn’t identify with Melody and for the first half of the novel I really didn’t feel much like reading the story. However, the second half? I fell in love with the emotions between Boone and Melody; I found myself getting teary eyed and feeling the tension and chemistry between them. That’s when magic happened. I’m just sad that the first half didn’t wow me. Though I’m not exactly sure if it was supposed to either, because Melody’s addiction, and what brings her to her knees, is so raw and painful that at times I didn’t even want to continue. I’m glad I did though!
As for Boone, I thought I had figured him out, but nope. His story is so very sad and the strength he has gathered is mind-blowing even if he doesn’t admit it to himself or anyone else. He’s still broken, but his story is really intriguing and was what kept me going throughout the hard parts. I very much enjoyed how Losing Track ended and I applaud to Trish for making it seem realistic yet still hopeful and satisfying. The epilogue was a nice touch.
As a whole, I did find Losing Track enjoyable and I’ll definitely pick up something else by Trish as always, but this just wasn’t my favorite book by her. I do still recommend her stories if you want to explore sexy, a tad darker and character-driven stories.
Overall rating: 3.0 out of 5.0
An ARC was provided by author in exchange for an honest review. In no way did the review copy affect my thoughts on the book.
Melody is a tough girl and she love to ride her motorcycle and to party hard. I know there is more beneath the surface and it was a hard journey to read about her transformation and realization that there is balance in life.
There was undeniable chemistry between the two, and the lust was immediate, but the deeper feelings cultivated as their walls came down bit by bit with each other. Both Melody and Boone are determined to keep private and do what they need to do. Boone is pretty straight edged, and at first that put Mel off a little, but as she realizes why he is so tough on himself and doesn't let himself enjoy things, you can't help to feel for him. And once his past is revealed and his history with Hunter is out, I got goosebumps and wanted to hug him.
The romance was great in my opinion. I loved watching the trust between the two build and what they learn from each other. Their secrets and different lifestyles but the places where it meets was amazing to read and see how they are so different yet so apart.
It was hard to see Mel when she just wants to get out of rehab and get back to her lifestyle. But as the desire to actually get clean and when she sees how her life was skewed from the drugs, and she considers the dominoes that fell into place--not fault, but the healthy realization of the situation... That she can make better choices, and maybe that will come back around to those that she cares about.
The storyline with Jesse added another element to the story. As an intiate into a MC (motorcyle club) he and Mel were close for a while. But they just crossed too many lines, and as Mel realizes she can't let others form her future if she starts to desire something else. But Mel is accepted by the MC even if she can't be a full member since they don't accept girls. Her and Darla had their own things like the pink bandannas that showed them as a sisterhood to each other and lovers of partying hard and riding.
Mel's grief over losing Darla was so complete. They'd been friends for so long and they were closer than anyone else in Mel's family since her dad passed. She tried to just not think of it, and live as best as she can, but the memories refuse to be repressed. She had to realize that her memories can honor Darla and even help Mel heal if she doesn't let it become all consuming,
The ending is amazing, and it really brings everything together for Boone and Mel. Nothing is solved the easy way and it shows that hard work to get or stay sober, but love and someone having your back certainly helps along the way. I liked too that it was realistic with Mel and just because she was with Boone, she could do it on her own, but she needed medical help, and she had to want it. With the tragedy both characters faced, it was good to see their hopeful start at a HEA.
Bottom Line: Loved this dark and deeply emotional story with a steamy and addictive romance.
(pun intended, lol)
I was so happy when I learned that Mel was going to have her own book. I loved her small part in The Darkest Part, and wanted a better life for her. She goes through so many things in this book. She has to deal with the fact that she is an addict. She never saw it before, but awful events show her that she has a problem. I freaking love Boone. He's got his own demons, and they are heartbreaking.
The relationship between Boone & Mel has rocky moments. Both of them know they aren't good for the other, but try the whole friends thing. They lean on each other more than they realize. I loved seeing the progress of these characters. They have had so many awful things happen because of choices they made, but have to learn to accept them. It's definitely not an easy road.
I can't wait to see what comes next in this series, and hope we get glimpses of these characters in the next installment.
AND GUISE, THE FIRST AND THIRD BOOK OF THIS SERIES IS STILL 99C ON AMAZON!
Losing Track is the second book in the Living Heartwood series by Trisha Wolfe. These NA books are not the typical story you would expect from the NA genre. While this is the second book in the series, each book can be read as a standalone and I honestly don't think it matters what order you read them in. While I liked this book better than the first in the series, I still had some issues.
Melody and her best friend Darla have been inseparable since they became friends as kids. Now years later, they spend their time traveling around on bikes with tatted guys and are always looking for a good time. But when then a tragic accident changes everything, and Melody is forced to face her demons. When she meets Boone Randall, she sees a good guy looking to tell her why she should be living the sober life. At first they clash, but the more they are around one another the more drawn to each other they find themselves. Soon Melody finds out that Boone is so much more than what she first thought, and she realizes that she had no idea who he really was. Now she must decide if she is willing to change the path she was on, or if she isn't ready to leave the only life that she has ever known.
I liked both Boone and Melody. Melody is a total tough chick, and I love how comfortable she was in her skin. She wasn't afraid to be her own person, and I liked that she didn't let others get away with any crap. She was feisty and could hold her own, and I really admired that about her. She did have her issues though, and I was glad that Boone was around to help her start to see some of that. Boone was the same as her in that he wouldn't let her get away with any BS. He forced her to sort of face things that she hadn't before, and I was glad that she had him to help her ease into life after the tragedy. Boone was so much more than I expected at first, and he surprised me in a lot of ways. I enjoyed learning more about him as the story went on, and his layers were peeled back. I thought that these two had really strong chemistry from the very start, and they also clicked on a level that they didn't with others. They seemed to be able to understand one another in ways that no one else got. I liked that they had things in common, but that they could also learn and grow from each other as well.
I will say that I thought the first half of this book was very slow. I wasn't feeling the connection between the characters, and I wasn't invested in the story. There were a few times that I thought about giving up, but then something would happen that would pull me back in and make me want to continue. After about halfway through though, things really started to pick up and I started to really enjoy the story. I wish it wouldn't have taken so long for it to pull me in though and I think that was a lot of my issues with this book. I will also say that there was something that happened in the very beginning of the story that I felt like got swept under the rug far too easily and I wasn't happy that it didn't get dealt with in a different way. Though I liked Jesse at times, he did something truly awful and was granted almost instant forgiveness as though it wasn't a big deal. I didn't like that at all, and I wish it had been better dealt with. It wasn't okay what he did, and I felt like it really changed my opinion of the characters and the story. While I had these issues I did like parts of the story, and I was really interested in finding out what would happen between Boone and Melody. I liked these two together a lot and thought that they were really great for one another. I am curious to read more from Trisha Wolfe in the future, and I will continue this series. But I will say that this series is so raw and rough, and there are some really dark elements to it. I think that readers should beware that there are some things in these stories that might be triggers for them, and decide if these books are right for them before reading.
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