Epic Love by Trudy Stiles (ARC Review)

Epic Love (Epic Fail, #3)  
Book Title: Epic Love 
Series: Epic Fail 3
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Author: Trudy Stiles
Published: September 19, 2016
Purchase Book: AMAZON| BandN

Book Overview

HEATH STRICKLAND, the son of a prominent district attorney, lived his life surrounded by violence and crime. He was an unwilling witness to the corrupt lives his father swore to prosecute and keep behind bars. His escape was his music, which eventually led him to replace the iconic singer of the world famous band, Epic Fail.

NOELLE DURAND lived in luxury, growing up on a sprawling estate, with everything she could ever want or need. Her life, to everyone else, seemed perfect. Perfect house. Perfect things. Perfect family. But nothing at all was perfect. She lived in hell. A hell that nobody on the outside could see.

As a neighbor and childhood friend, Heath would have done anything for Noelle. He would have given up the world to protect her and keep her safe. Their friendship grew into something that neither of them expected. But then she suddenly disappeared, vanishing from his life as if she never existed. He never stopped hoping that one day she would resurface, alive and well. But as time went by, and her family gave up hope, he surrendered his heart to his lost love.

Twelve years later, one phone call changes everything.

EPIC LOVE is the third book in the EPIC FAIL series and can be read as a standalone novel. 

This series is a spinoff from the FOREVER FAMILY series.


“I’m sorry, Noelle. I’m really sorry.” I don’t know what I’m apologizing for. The fact that I don’t believe her weak lie or because I kissed her. No. I’m not sorry for either.

“It’s okay. Really. Thanks for caring. And thank you for my birthday gift.” She pauses and brushes her pinkie finger against mine. “You made my birthday really special, and I’ll never forget it.”

Without thinking, I loop my pinkie finger around hers, linking them together. Linking us together. We walk to her window like this and I break our connection reluctantly, bringing my hand up to her bruised cheek. “Please be careful,” I beg, and I’m not sure what I’m even begging her to be careful of. I’m just so worried about her.

“I will,” she whispers. “Catch a couple fireflies on the way home.”

“I’d catch a million for you.” Her eyes light up, a smile on her lips. I want to kiss her again. So bad. But all I do is stare into her eyes and back away. I push the window open as quietly as I can and slide out onto the grass.

“Happy Birthday, Noelle.”

She smiles as we both slide the window gently along the track, closing it.

She leaves her hand pressed against the window and I immediately do the same, covering hers, only the glass pane separating us.

Her smile is weak and full of pain.

A pain that I would take away from her in an instant if I could.


Seems like I've been floating. This is the second time this week that I have read about a second chance romance book and I am, without a doubt, in the clouds. There's really something about an old love rekindled that makes me feel happy, satisfied and thankful. It's like the hope and the trust that you have someone who used to be part of your life is still strong. That someone whom you know loves you more than you love yourself but circumstances just got in the way and you ended up being a part and all through out the years that someone still holds a very huge part of your life, then the person comes back from wherever they came from and you are hit with a full force of feelings you knew never left.

I enjoyed only little part in the book and the rest i was hurt anf there were some feelings that I was uncategorized. Noelle and Heath, both characters shone so bright and I believe I see so many differences in each personality but they actually give color to each others lives.

I was angry, I was hopeful, I was sad, I was in love and I felt betrayed. There were so many emotions that came rushing through when characters started revealing their reasons. I think the kind of love that this book and the characters has is somethings that won't be broken no matter what and how things go with both of the characters lives. So much inspiration came to life just from reading this book, that i actually just read in one sitting. Yes, it was that good that I read it all day. So much love and so much hope was felt. And so much joy from the happiness that Noelle felt even during her tough years.

I love the book but I wasn't really expecting the moment when they came back to each other be that way. I was expecting like, a more emotional and more momental scenes because what they have is true love and for that to come in to light again there were a lot of things to clear out, to say, to express. Other than that, the book was perfect and definitely worth the read!


Trudy Stiles is a USA Today Bestselling Author, writer of New Adult Romance, mom to two beautiful children, and married to the love of her life. She’s the author of the bestselling Forever Family series including Dear Emily, Dear Tabitha, and Dear Juliet. Epic Sins and Epic Lies are the first books in the Epic Fail series and will continue with at least two more standalone novels, Epic Love and Epic Holiday. She plans to write many more stories about some of the characters you’ve already met, and maybe a few new ones. Emily will get her own story, Sincerely, Emily, to be released in 2017.

She’s also a contributing author to the USA Today Bestselling anthology, F*cking Awkward, a hilarious group of short stories sure to make you cringe, laugh and everything in between. All proceeds from this project benefited The Bookworm Box and its charities.

Trudy is a music junkie and you’ll know that she’s writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds in. Her playlist is unique and is a must for her writing sprints.

When she’s not writing, she’s carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore.

She celebrates Wine Wednesday almost every day.