The Way Back to Us
Series: Love Unplugged, #3
Author: Jamie Howard
Publication Date: December 12, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Swerve
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Gavin MacCormack found the one. He fell in love. Hard. Until one night he ran out for some ice cream and came back to an empty dorm room, closets bare and nothing but a quick hand-written note saying, I’m sorry. Those two words taught Gavin the meaning of heartbreak. A feeling he never wants to encounter again. And as the lead singer of a Grammy award-winning band he’s had plenty of opportunities for casual, no-strings fun, which is just the way he likes it.
Dani Winters has had more names than birthdays. On the run with her father for nearly as long as she can remember, she’s lived her life by three rules—always plan for the worst, maintain a low profile at all costs, and never let anyone get too close. Except she broke that last rule once and her heart has never forgiven her.
One chance encounter changes everything. Seeing Dani resurrects feelings in Gavin he thought were long buried, and this time he’s not letting her disappear without getting some answers. But Dani’s life is the definition of complicated and she’s playing with fire by letting Gavin back in. When the time comes to run again, Dani needs to decide if a life without love is worth living, or if it’s time to stop running and fight.
If you’re a fan of the Love Unplugged series, you were probably wondering what was up with Gavin and the red head at the party just like I was. Well, The Way Back to Us will answer all of your questions!
The Way Back to Us wasn’t really what I was expecting. That was mostly because I didn’t read the blurb before I started reading it. I was completely in the dark about Dani and her father, so it took a while for the story to unravel for me. I liked that, even though I did side with Gavin’s friends’ concern about Dani back in his life. It made it harder to like Dani at first, but it gave the story a lot of great mystery.
Dani and Gavin’s relationship was a rocky one. There were so many uncertainties. I was amazed at how supportive Gavin was of Dani despite not knowing a lot of things. He gave her the benefit of the doubt when I might not have. I loved his devotion to her. And despite having a hard time liking her at first, Dani grew on me. She obviously loved Gavin, and felt torn by the need to follow her rules for life. Things might have been messy for them, but their love for each other really shined through.
The Way Back to Us was a fun addition to the Love Unplugged series. It wasn’t my favorite book in the series (that spot is reserved for book 2 at the moment), but I still loved it. Jamie Howard is a phenomenal writer, and her stories always keep me wanting more. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!