“You’ve made me want to erase all of the sins in my past and be worthy of you.”
Blurb via Goodreads:
Garrett Armstrong, the lead guitarist of Epic Fail, womanizer and not so nice guy, leaves a trail of women in his wake. A recent one-night stand wreaks havoc, and turns his present completely upside down. He’s faced with a reality that he never expected. Never wanted.
Samantha Weston can’t escape the black cloud that follows her. She suffered an unspeakable loss as a teenager and has been climbing uphill ever since. As soon as her life starts to become manageable she’s slammed with another tragic event, forcing her to abandon the only thing in life that she cherishes.
A heartbreaking situation throws this unlikely pair together. They’re forced to face things that seem impossible. Can Sam get past the demons that haunt her? Can Garrett accept a fate he swore to avoid at all costs?
Can they conquer the sins that are poised to destroy them or will they become an Epic Fail?
Epic Sins is the first book of the Epic Fail series, a spinoff of The Forever Family series.
Reading The Forever Family series is not required as these are all spin-off/standalone novels, but it may enhance your experience.
Book 1 – expected Fall 2015
Book 2 – expected Winter 2016
Book 3 – expected Spring 2016
This book was gifted to me by Talon, bless her soul, someone I have met in the reader groups. Admittedly, this is my first Trudy Stiles read BUT I am positive that it won’t be the last. I read the blurb and thought that I was in for a typical rockstar romance but it turned out to be more or less a family story. I didn’t like it. I LOVED it.
Epic Sins is the story of Garrett and Samantha, who by some twisted act of fate found themselves in each other’s lives after experiencing tragic pasts. It was told in dual POV and builds up from the two characters’ pasts weaving into present time.
Garret Armstrong is the rockstar playboy, living the life and enjoying the perks of his status. Then came Sadie and Kai who shook every ounce of normalcy in his life. On the other hand, Samantha Weston experienced deep losses when she was a teenager, yet with the love and support of family and friends, she was able to overcome the tragedy and built a good career for herself. They were two individuals, living their own separate lives but were thrown together by circumstances and somehow found themselves in each other.
“Love will find you at a time and place when you least expect it.”
This story hits home because I used to practice my profession as a nurse and Sam being a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse made me look back and recall on how easy it was to lose yourself when you prioritize the lives and health of other people. Sam was the ideal NICU nurse with a heart so big and the ability to care tirelessly.
I loved seeing Garrett man up and shape up; how he transformed from a groupie-loving rockstar to a caring father. How he went from passively looking at Kai to actively changing his diaper and putting him to sleep. It was a transition that was rooted on love; something that Sam was a great part of.
“Every living person has the capacity to provide care for another; some people just have to dig deeper than others to find it.”
This story has the ability to suck you into Garrett and Sam’s lives and to make you FEEL, holding your heart and not letting it go until that very last page. I felt for Kai and wants to be the one to cuddle him and put him at ease; I felt for Sam, wanting to erase all the bad things that happened yet being proud of her for how far she has come; I also felt for Garrett for having a twisted parent yet pleased at the complete turn he made out of his life.
I was simply touched by how the story unfolded and the tears I have shed for this book ranged from sad to happy. A good storyline, lovable characters, life lessons and inspiration; I was immensely satisfied and will definitely be among the readers looking forward to the next book in this EPIC series.
Where the book took Trish: It took me to a place where a family’s love is the strongest and most powerful. It took me somewhere safe; where odds can be conquered, where pasts can be forgotten because a family’s love will always mean more.