Thursday, January 15, 2015

Maybe by Amber L. Johnson

Rating: 4.9/5 Stars!
Synopsis: Letting go is hard. Admitting you need each other is harder.

Emily Portman loves her job. A writer for Breakout! Magazine, she shadows and showcases up-and-coming bands. When her next assignment takes her to Austin, Texas, she can’t wait to add the city to her map of places she’s visited. Places she’s left without looking back. Her plan is to keep moving on, and the last thing she needs is a man holding her back. She’s not going down that road again.

Tyler Macy is stuck in a rut. Despite his exceptional talent as a musician, he has chosen to take a back seat with his music and let others grab the limelight. Wounded and mistrustful, he doesn’t appreciate his friends’ efforts to bring him back to center stage. Emily comes onto the scene and sees his full potential, but he fights to stay in the shadows, shutting her out before she can add to the scars another woman gave him.

For Tyler to find his music again, he needs to accept the help that Emily and their friends offer. When he discovers that his muse lies underneath Emily’s skin, it is still not enough to keep her from walking away. Neither will admit what they really want until it is too late.

Emily is once again thrown in Tyler’s path when she is assigned to join them on tour. Despite the pain in his past, Tyler sees that she is worth it, even if she’s stolen both his heart and peace of mind. In order for them to be together, they both must discover whether the music and their passion are enough to overcome the obstacles that separate them.

Maybe finding love is worth the risk.

**Received this book from NetGallery in exchange for an honest review.


Just. Oh.

Let me be honest right now, this book took a bit of time to read. But not because it was slow or dull, no nothing like that. I knew this books was going to be one of those books; the ones you wish didn't end so you purposely slow down your reading pace.

But this book has a story behind it. A back story. 

Some of you may have noticed the dedication that Amber wrote. It was to her husband, her muse. Just knowing that makes this book more understandable. The way Amber writes about Tyler and Emily. It shows.

It shows how much love and feeling, how much of Amber's soul she put into this book. We had a chat after I finished this book and I asked her a few questions (which I won't disclose here because they were private) but I will say this; this book is Amber's heart and soul. Every chapter, every sentence, every word is written carefully and perfectly. Each bit showing how deep Tyler and Emily's love is. 

When Amber was talking to me about her husband being her muse, I could help but think, "I want this. I want someone to call mine and I want someone to cherish. I want someone who I can show how much I love him through words." And I will. Someday. 
Okay enough praise about Amber, let's talk more about the book. 

We have Emily, a little bit of a lost soul who needs doesn't like staying in one place. Which is why she is a writer for a magazine for upcoming bands. All over the world. A perfect job for her. 

Not so perfect when she meets Tyler; the game changer.

Tyler is a musician, who's talented in just about every instrument you can think of (okay maybe not all of them). But Tyler experiences a strange phenomenon; he feels music every time he touches Emily. 

Soul-bursting, heart-pounding notes and scales seem to just, flow right out of her! And whenever she's asleep, sometimes he will leave a note on her bare skin. Not a written note, a musical note.

If that isn't sweet, I don't know what is. See, i'm a music fan. I play piano myself. If someone left little notes over my body, I'd be so touched.

It's an intimate thing, writing notes (musical notes no less) on someone's body. It's a form of communication, a silent, but romantic way. 

But alas, Emily can't stay with Tyler. Her job doesn't permit it. She physically can't. So she runs, leaving Tyler behind. But not without feeling she's lost something. 

They meet again. A year later. 

This book isn't out yet. It won't be until February. Amber was dying to see my review and i'm tired of teasing her. You know, I think I loved this book a lot more knowing how much Amber put into this book. I've realized that every book not only has the story of the characters, but the story of the writer. 

Why do they write about these characters? Why do they behave this way? Why did such character have to die (no one dies in the book)?

Sometimes an author has a story behind questions and sometimes it's random. Sometimes knowing the answer to the questions ruins the book or makes it better. Just know this; whether you loved a book to bits and pieces or you simply hated it, there is a reason as to why this book was made. There is a reason why these characters are so frustrating, so annoying, so beautiful, so innocent. There is a reason why your heart wants to fly out of your chest when you read a particular scene. 

There is a reason why you cry, laugh, or smile.