Ghosted: Ghosted by J M Darhower was published on 24th August 2017. It’s a second chance romance fiction. It revolves around the Hollywood heartthrob Jonathan “Johnny” Cunningham and a simple girl Kennedy Garfield.
He’s a troubled young actor, Hollywood’s newest heartthrob, struggling with fame as the star of the latest superhero franchise. Through scandal after scandal, addiction on top of addiction, a flurry of paparazzi hunt him as he fights to conquer his demons.
She’s a single mother, assistant manager at a grocery store, existing in monotony with her five-year-old daughter. Every day when she goes to work, lurid tabloids surround her, the face of a notorious bad boy haunting her from their covers.
A man and a woman, living vastly different lives, but that wasn’t always the case. Once, they were just a boy and a girl who bonded over comic books and fell in love unexpectedly.
When Kennedy Garfield met Jonathan Cunningham back in high school, she knew he had all the makings of a tragic hero. With stars in his eyes, and her heart on her sleeve, the pair ran away together to follow their dreams.
But dreams, sometimes, turn into nightmares.
Now, years later, the only thing they share is a daughter—one who has no idea her father plays her favorite superhero. But Jonathan is desperate to make amends, and at the top of his list is the woman who gave up everything for him and the little girl he hasn’t yet met.
I’m a bit biased when it comes to J M Darhower. I love her style of writing and the way she brings her characters to life is astounding. Since the time I got to know about the new book, I was eager to grab a copy and read it as early as possible. The anticipation was worth it. Darhower did not disappoint the readers. The book is a roller coaster of emotions. The book is just perfect.
I love second chances love stories (thanks to Judith McNaught) and I felt this is how a second chance books are supposed to be written. Darhower with around 375 pages has covered all the aspects – we get to know about the love, struggles, break up and finally the reconciliation, everything is written in an amazing way.
The story is written in three POV’s. You get to see the view of Kennedy, Jonathan and there is Journal entry every next second chapter. The book jumps from present to past and we witness the love, promises, and heartbreaks of the main lead. Jonathan is the current heartthrob of Hollywood. He, on the run of success made some terrible life choices and trying to redeem them.
Kennedy is a single mother who is bringing up her 5 year old daughter and also waiting for her Love Jonathan to return. Though Kennedy loves Jonathan immensely she is not ready to allow him in her or her daughter’s life as his life style frightens her. She is afraid even her little daughter will have to go through the same ordeal which she went through years ago. She is terrified the not so healed heart will be broken once again.
I loved Kennedy. She is strong, independent, fierce and loving. She made her choice when she was 17 year old. She left her school and eloped with Jonathan to fulfill his dreams. She doesn’t regret them, as she has a daughter Madison out of that. She doesn’t mellow and goes with Jonathan when he begs her to come back. She takes a stand for her and her daughter. That quality of her not being naïve for the second time impressed me. Jonathan is a heartbreak we are begging for. He oozes heartbreak with a capital H. He is alcoholic and drug addict. He in the later years to reconcile with his love and his daughter goes to rehab and walks on the path of recovery.
The book justifies the Second chance romance. The emotions were palpable. I want to talk and brag more about this book. But I’m refraining myself from doing it.
The book is fast paced and well edited out. There’s nothing typical about this second chance story. The characters are well developed, nothing seems forced. The dialogues are heart wrenching. I finished the book in a day. A definite page tuner. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends. I give this book 4.5 star.
Favorite quotes from the book
“You’re the queen. I’m just a commoner.”
“Jonathan always was a dreamer, walking around with stars in his eyes. Seeing that light dim as the drugs took over was one of the worst feelings in the world.
“You don’t know this, but that woman? Even as she smiles, she’s utterly terrified. Your love is more than enough for her, but she feels pieces of it slipping away. Something inside of her is disintegrating. Her dream. She’s losing it.”
“Your dream has become my nightmare, and I’m begging you to let me wake up.”
“I just wanted to know how long it took you to move on.”
“Oh, well, that’s an easy one,” he says. “It hasn’t happened.”
“Giving me a second chance,” he says. “And a third, and a forth, and a fifth…”
“And a twentieth.”
“Never make someone else the main character in your own story.”
Author: J M Darhower
Year of Publication: 2017
Page Count: 375
Genre: Romance, Fiction
Characters: Kennedy Garfield, Jonathan Cunningham, Madison
About the Author
J. M. Darhower is the USA Today bestselling author of paranormal/erotic/romantic suspense novels about the baddest bad boys and the ladies who love them. She spends her days in a tiny town in North Carolina.