Lead Me Not (Twisted Love, #1)Lead Me Not by A. Meredith Walters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As I'm writing this review, I'm listening to Hoobastank's The Reason. This song reminds me so much of Aubrey and Maxx's relationship. Here's the link if you want to check it out:


Love was insanity at its most beautiful...

Aubrey is on the road to becoming a counselor. After a tragedy that struck her family a couple of years earlier, she decided that she wants to help people. As part of the program, she is going to be a co-facilitator for a substance abuse group. This is where she meets cool, confident Maxx, but Aubrey can see glimpses of the man he really is underneath the facade.

Aubrey feels an undeniable connection to Maxx. Whether it's the fact that she knows he needs helps if he is to survive, or the tremendous amount of guilt that she carries around after the death of her sister. Her logic, at first, is that she wasn't there for Jayme, so she will be there for Maxx. But then he starts to show her a side of himself that no one else is privy to, except maybe his baby brother Landon. When feelings start to enter the picture, and Aubrey starts to realize that she is quite possibly in love with him, they begin a difficult relationship that could ruin everything for them both.

I'm not going to lie, this book was a little difficult to conquer with Maxx's drug abuse. I kept asking myself why Aubrey kept putting up with his crap, but sometimes all it takes is someone sticking by you, and she knew what she was getting into before she made the leap. I was still very interested in their story and found myself hoping that Maxx will make the right decisions.

It was pretty obvious who X was from the very first mention of his name. He is an amazing artist, who has art galleries vying for his paintings. Which really makes you wonder why he doesn't make decent money that way instead of doing these paintings for the underground club, Compulsion. Of course, he is involved in other activities that may be hard to escape.

I will be reading the next book soon and I can't wait to see what happens. The very last sentence in Lead Me Not was so exciting and I'm optimistic that we will get to see more of the vulnerable Maxx that Aubrey fell in love with. It may seem a little intimidating, but give this book a shot, it may turn out to be something unexpected.

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