He’s the calm. You’re the storm. This is never going to work…
If you read The Girl in the Love Song you were, no doubt, intrigued by Holden Parish and River Whitmore. Holden was mysterious and clearly troubled and River was the all-American high school quarterback who seemingly had it all but behind the facade was just a guy barely holding it together. River never expected someone like Holden to come into his life and turn it completely upside down but that’s exactly what he does. Their lives are heading in totally opposite directions but will the bond they’ve developed be enough to pull them back together when Holden’s demons and River’s responsibilities inevitably tear them apart?
Just knowing the little bit I did about both these characters from The Girl in the Love Song, I anticipated this would be a pretty intense story but I was still surprised by how deeply it affected me! Holden was a bit of an enigma in the first book but this book really dives into the trauma he endured at the hands of those who should love him and let me tell you, it absolutely broke my heart. If you read Someday, Someday, Emma Scott’s other M/M book, then you’ll have some idea what Holden went through. Holden may have seemed aloof and unaffected by it all, on the surface, but underneath he was just someone who wanted to belong. He didn’t let many people in and seeing his POV in this book it really hit home how important his friendship with the other “Lost Boys”, Miller and Ronan, was. This may have been his and River’s love story but the friendship between Holden, Miller, and Ronan was just as special.
River may have had a very different upbringing than Holden but he had his fair share of heartache, between living a lie for so long and waiting for his family to implode with the loss of his mother, he’s just as lost as Holden. It wasn’t surprising to me that their souls found something in one another. I loved seeing River discover his true self through his relationship with Holden. Each of their personal struggles was heartbreaking but their journey together was also pretty heart-wrenching. I found myself tearing up on multiple occasions while reading this. I really grew to love these characters and the ending couldn’t have been more beautiful! If you’re looking for a breathtaking story that will give you all the feels and take you on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and first love then you definitely need to read this one! Emma Scott knows how to pull every emotion from her readers and this book certainly does that!
We don’t make sense—like pieces of a puzzle that come from different boxes. Yet somehow, we fit…
About When You Come Back to Me
From USA Today bestselling author comes the second book in the Lost Boys series of interconnected standalones. Holden and River’s emotional and heart-wrenching journey to love, redemption, and their happy ever after.
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At Santa Cruz Central High School, they called them the misfits, the outcasts, the weirdos. But most of us knew them as the Lost Boys…
Holden Parish survived his parents’ horrific attempts to make him “the perfect son.” After a year’s stint in a Swiss sanitarium to recover, he has vowed to never let anything–or anyone–trap him again. Brilliant but broken, he seeks refuge behind alcohol, meaningless sex, and uses his wicked sense of humor to keep people away. He only has to ride out one year in the coastal town of Santa Cruz with his aunt and uncle before he inherits his billions and can make his escape. Disappear.
Falling in love is not in the plans.
River Whitmore. Star quarterback of the Central High football team, Prom King, Mr. Popular, ladies’ man. He leads the perfect life…except it’s all a lie. His father has River’s future in the NFL all planned out, while River’s dream is to run the family business in the town that he loves. But his mother’s illness is tearing the family apart and River is becoming the glue that holds them together. How can he break his father’s heart when it’s already shattering?
River’s carefully-crafted façade explodes when he meets Holden Parish. A guy who dresses in coats and scarves year-round, drinks expensive vodka, and spends his free time breaking into houses for the fun of it. They’re complete opposites. River seeks a quiet life, away from the spotlight. Holden would rather have dental surgery than settle down.
Holden’s demons and River’s responsibilities threaten to keep them apart, while their undeniable attraction crashes them together again and again, growing into something deep and real no matter how they resist.
Until one terrible night changes everything.
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On the stage, Miller spoke into the mic in a low, almost shy voice. “Hey, my name is
Miller Stratton. I’m going to play a song by Coldplay. It’s called ‘Fix You.’”
I let my gaze slide to Holden, studying the contours of his profile—his chiseled jaw and
cheekbones, strong nose, full lips. He swallowed, and I watched the movement of his Adam’s
apple. Thoroughly masculine. Nothing feminine about it.
“Can I help you?” he whispered, eyes forward.
“It sucks not talking to you,” I said, as Miller strummed the first chords of the song. “I
don’t know why. You’re arrogant as fuck.”
“Fair. You’re a grilled cheese sandwich.”
I snorted. “A what?”
“Shh,” Holden said. “Listen. This is our song.”
Our song. Nothing was ours. There was no us. But Miller sang that if you never try you’ll
never know, and the words pierced me like arrows.
I took my hand out of my pocket and let it hang by my side again. Again, my skin
brushed Holden’s, sending shards of heat dancing up my arm while Miller sang about lights that
ignite your bones.
I looked at Holden and he looked at me.
Without letting myself think, I slipped my fingers around the side of his hand and slid my
palm against his. He gasped slightly—a small intake of breath only I heard in the darkened
auditorium. Then he let his hand settle into mine. Another heartbeat, and our fingers laced
“And I will try,” Miller sang, his rich voice hovering in the air in that silent auditorium.
“To fix you.”
A short silence fell before the crowd erupted in thunderous cheers, unlike anything I’ve
ever heard. Miller’s version of the song was unlike anything I’d ever heard either, as if he were
singing directly to me. To us.
Because it’s our song.
Under the cover of applause, I let go of Holden’s hand and tugged the cuff of his coat.
I left without looking back but heard Holden’s footfalls following. Warning bells clanged
in my head but were drowned in the thrashing beat of my heart that felt as it were trying to break
free of its prison like it had at the pool. Only this time I was stone cold sober. No excuses.
I pushed open the door next to the auditorium—the back area of the band room that was
for instrument storage. Huge basses loomed in dimness, and drums of all sizes and styles lined
Holden followed me in and shut the door behind him. “Hello, friend.”
“I put in my college applications,” I said as he approached me in the darkness. “I’m going
away to Texas or maybe Alabama this summer.”
“Establishing the rules, are you?” he drawled, though his voice was thick and tinged with
I swallowed hard. “Nothing’s changed. Nothing can change.”
“I told you,” Holden said, in front of me now. “I’ll never ask you for anything. I don’t
have anything to give. Except this.”
I wanted to tell him that wasn’t true, that I was the one who had nothing to offer. I
shouldn’t have led us here. I should walk out, but his goddamn voice, the scent of him, his
presence was overwhelming. My hands itched to touch him, to grab him and…
My first kiss with a guy. It seemed as if I’d been waiting a lifetime for it and yet the
moment was rushing at me like a speeding train.
“Stop thinking, River,” Holden whispered. “We’re here. Right now.” He leaned in.
“What are you going to do?”
Emma Scott is a USA Today and Wall St. Journal bestselling author whose books have been translated in five languages and featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After. She writes emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels. Visit http://www.emmascottwrites.com
Someday, Someday (M/M standalone)
A Five-Minute Life (standalone)
Bring Down the Stars (Beautiful Hearts #1)
Long Live the Beautiful Hearts (Beautiful Hearts #2)
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