Hollywood’s biggest star first belonged to me.
Breaking up with your high school sweetheart was one thing.
Breaking up with Hollywood’s favorite actor? That was a different situation.
I’d been in love with Aiden Walters since I was a little girl. We’d grown up as neighbors in small town Wisconsin. I knew him inside and out, and he knew every single piece of me. I was there when his career took off, and I was almost certain I’d always be a part of his life.
It wasn’t until a scandal broke out that I was forced to end things with Aiden. He didn’t take it very well. The boy I once loved began to hate me. He went off to California to leave all of his past behind—including me.
Five years later, he was back in town for the next few months taking care of some family business. He was staying in the only hotel in our small town. The hotel I now oversaw. For the next few months, I’d be forced to cater to the man whose heart I’d broken all those years ago. The man who resented me. The man who swore he’d never speak to me again.
Now that he was back in town, in constant connection with me, I had to keep reminding myself daily of why I ended things with him in the first place. Otherwise, I’d find myself falling in love with him all over again. Only this time, I was certain that if I fell, he wouldn’t be willing to catch me.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
The Compass series by Brittainy Cherry comes to a wonderful close with Nothern Stars. Hailee and Aiden were absolutely made for each other — not just in the romantic sense, but in the soul-deep, “I’m your person” sense. From the time they were little kids sneaking out of their bedrooms to watch the stars in the night sky together, she had been a balm to his soul, and he is her fiercest protector.
When they cross paths five years after she broke his heart, the anger and love and hurt and betrayal that Aiden has for Hailee jumps off the page. BC does a phenomenal job of exploring all of those emotions with these characters, as well as describing Aiden’s anxiety and panic attacks and the mental stress he’s under as one of Hollywood’s most in-demand stars. A role that he doesn’t know if he even wants anymore. Added to that are Hailee’s insecurities about her role in Aiden’s life (both as a teen and a young adult) since she’s a curvy girl who doesn’t fit into the typical mold of the type of girl a Hollywood hunk should be with.
This book is full of angst and an emotional push and pull as Aiden grapples with wanting to have Hailee back in his life again but needing to keep her away because he doesn’t want to be hurt again.
There’s also a great twist with Aiden’s parentage, and how it ties him to Damian from Western Waves (#3). Having read this entire series, I loved catching up with Jax, Connor, and Damian, and seeing how effortlessly Aiden fits in as the fourth point of this chosen family.
While Aiden and Hailee’s story in Northern Stars will rip you apart and then put you back together again, it is a wonderful story of true love conquering all! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
Amazon #1 Bestselling author, Brittainy Cherry, has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing—poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When she’s not running a million errands and crafting stories, she’s probably playing with her adorable pets.
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