Title: Wicked Reunion
Author: Michelle A.Valentine
Series: Wicked White #2
Release Date: December 15, 2015
College sweethearts London Uphill and Jared Kraft were inseparable. He was a rising baseball star with a promising future, and she seemed destined to become “Mrs. Kraft.” Then a tragic night and a series of devastating mistakes caused Jared to walk away from his life, leaving London without any explanation and tearing the couple apart.
Five years later, Jared has reinvented himself by putting down the bat and picking up a guitar to play for the red-hot band Wicked White. In all that time, London hasn’t gotten over her forever love—or the pain—despite seeking solace in the arms of the one man no one dreamed she’d run to.
When Wicked White’s lead singer goes MIA, Jared finds the time—and courage—to return to his hometown and face the mess he made. He’s shocked at how London’s life has changed, yet he’s determined to prove their love is worth fighting for. Is this breakup too big for any hope of a reunion tour? Or can London open her heart to Jared once again?
Wicked Reunion is an enjoyable addition to the Wicked White Series! Jared and London’s story was heartfelt and full of angst. Michelle A. Valentine has done a good job with this second chance romance, making me feel this story all the way through. Jared and London’s journey is complicated; taking many turns that made my heart ache for them. There were a few moments where I just wanted to yell at everyone to get his or her shit together. I was frustrated with London’s lack of backbone and Jared’s unquestionable selfishness, resulting in my less than stellar feelings towards the main couple. For me, the best part of this book was the secondary characters. Wicked Reunion really captured the feeling of family, exploring the kind of love that is unconditional and irreplaceable. I really enjoyed seeing Jared, London, and their family members go through life’s ups and downs together. It helped me really understand the evolution of the characters and the foundation their relationship was built on. Wicked Reunion delivered a small taste of the other Wicked White band members, but focused mainly on Jared and London’s emotional journey and the consequences of their past.
“My breath catches the moment I realize that the man who used to be my everything – the man who took off five years ago, leaving me and his family behind without so much as a good-bye or piss off – is standing on my porch.”
London was sweet and kind, the type of character you can easily invest in. While some of her choices were certainly hard to swallow, the pain that obviously engulfed her made her broken heart and confused mind more understandable. Michelle A. Valentine wrote this character with a lot of hurt, tugging at my heart with each piece of emotional agony London displayed during this story. Jared definitely surprised me. His character was complex and overwhelmed with emotions. The anger he carried and the anguish his heart harbored were constantly warring with the success he’d found against the odds. There were definitely moments where he came across as ungrateful and selfish, seemingly oblivious to the people around him that he was hurting. Michelle A. Valentine did a decent job at making his emotional upheaval apparent in a way that validated his volatile feelings and sense of loss, but I still found him a little harder to love than I would have liked. Together, Jared and London shared an undeniable spark and I did love seeing them together. They seemed to be the best versions of themselves together, their relationship genuine and loving, and their connection irrefutable.
“I’ve always been the right brother for you, but you, just like everyone else, got wrapped up in Jared’s charms and couldn’t see how much I’ve always loved you. You never paid any attention to me until he was gone. I was background noise until he decided to walk out on all of you.”
Wicked Reunion is told in alternating points of view, switching between the past and the present. Michelle A. Valentine really thought through the timeline of this book and who would be best to tell each piece of their journey, managing to create a seamless flow of storyline that captured my attention. It was hard to see London and Jared’s relationship then and now juxtaposed so strongly. The surprising parallels and obvious differences served to add to the growing tension of the novel and maintained the feeling of being on edge that their relationship exhibited. My most significant issue with Wicked Reunion was the timeline. The majority of the book is spent with Jared and London apart and their reunion occurred so far along in the story that I didn’t feel as if the repercussions of their reunion or their reconciliation of the past were given the depth they deserved. Overall, Jared and London’s story is heart wrenching and complicated, served with a side of sexy. Wicked Reunion is an enjoyable addition to the series and a poignant look at family, love, and forgiveness.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Wicked White Series:
Wicked White (Wicked White #1)
Wicked Love (Wicked White #3)
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