Ghosted by J.M. Darhower | Review

Ghosted by J.M. Darhower | ReviewGhosted by J.M. Darhower
on August 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 452
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

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.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

KU Eligible Mature Content

Ghosted was my first J.M. Darhower book and I had no idea what to expect. This book made me fall in love, hope, tear up, and laugh. It broke my heart a little and fixed it right back. It is a story of love, second chances, redemption, and finding one’s way again.

Hollywood heartthrob Jonathan Cunningham, now known to the world as Johnny Cunning, is back in New York to shoot the latest franchise in his superhero movie. When a little mishap causes the production to temporarily take a break, he uses it as an opportunity to visit a person from the past and try to make amends.

Kennedy Reagan Garfield’s parents had a lot of hopes and dreams for her as a kid, and she was sure it wasn’t to see her as an assistant store manager, but that’s what she is now and she can’t do anything about it. She works hard and can’t say no to extra shifts because she has a beautiful five-year-old daughter named Madison who depends on her.

When Jonathan comes back, she thinks she’ll shoo him away again the way she did every time he visited a few years ago. She has a daughter to protect and she doesn’t want them to meet if he’s still in a dark place. But he says he’s better now and wants to be a part of their lives.

It’s hard to gain her trust back after everything that’s happened between them, but he’s determined to win her and their daughter back. Now one year sober, he’s doing everything he can to prove to her that she’s still and will always be the love of his life.

“I’m not going to hurt her. I know that’s what you’re afraid of .”
“Yeah, well, didn’t think you’d hurt me, either, but the moment I became an inconvenience …”

I have to be honest and say it took me a while to get into it, but once I finally did, I couldn’t let go, couldn’t put it down. It’s the first time I’ve read a book with part of the story—specifically the past—told in the second person voice. Very interesting, but it was perfect for the story.

I wanted Jonathan to grovel, and grovel he did. Throughout the story, he had to tread carefully and make sure he doesn’t mess up with what he’s trying to build back

There were a lot of lines that sucker punched my heart and others that made me gush and sigh dreamily. Ghosted was definitely a rollercoaster ride, seemingly ready to fall and crash, but instead, brings you right back up. 

“I just wanted to know how long it took you to move on.”
“Oh, well, that’s an easy one. It hasn’t happened.”

The build-up. The character growth. The angst. The redemption. The relationships. The past. They’re all so beautifully written! J.M. Darhower wrote imperfectly perfect characters who fall down every once in a while but stand right back up. The characters are realistic and relatable, and I rooted for them the moment I met them.

Kennedy had to do a lot of growing up, and although she seemed like this weak and meek girl, she’s anything but. She’s strong, resilient, and still so forgiving.

And Jonathan. I’m so proud of the efforts he made to fix his life. It took him a long time, but now he’s found his way back and I’m not crying, you are.

I was hoping for a little bit more angst (gasp! Me??? Angst? I know!) than what was in the book, so I’m giving it 4.5 stars. Don’t worry though, there’s plenty of angst here for everyone. And it’s so much more than that. If you haven’t read this yet, I 100% recommend it.

“…if there’s one thing I’ve learned from it all, it’s that we have to be our own heroes. No guy in a costume is coming to save us. We have to save ourselves.”

Tropes: Second Chance, Highschool Sweethearts, Celebrities—Actor
POV: Present—First Person, Dual POV; Past—Second Person
Standalone: Yes
Warning: Drugs and Alcohol

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3 responses to “Ghosted by J.M. Darhower | Review

  1. Holly B / Dressedtoread

    I’m just starting to read romance novels. I used to read the Harlequin novels as a teenager, but now I love mysteries. Looking for some good ones!

  2. Mary

    Nissa,

    What a wonderful review!!! You certainly enjoyed this story and your enthusiastic response to it is evident for all to see!

    I’m glad that both these characters matured enough to learn from past mistakes and give each other that priceless second chance.
    It must have been very risky for Kennedy, especially as there was their little girl’s happiness at stake. I guess the fact that Jonathan was sober showed that he was willing to do whatever was necessary to regain her trust,friendship and love.

    Really enjoyed reading your thoughts on this one!

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