Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: No Turning Back, by A.M. Madden

Release Date: March 29

From USA Today bestselling author A. M. Madden comes a second-chance, surrogate romance. 


Helping people is what I do best. I’ve made a career around it and dedicated my adult life to it. So, when my two best friends decided to start a family but weren’t able to conceive, it made total sense for me to become their surrogate.  


Once I pleaded my case, and they finally agreed, I moved from New Jersey to Florida, excited for a much-needed change. But no one could’ve predicted crossing paths with the love of my life, the one who’d left years earlier, the one man I never got over.  


Ryder Carter.  


Despite how much we’d loved one another, life happened and circumstances pulled us apart. But he was back now, in Florida, single and still as gorgeous as ever. Even better, he wanted to pick up where we had left off. He wanted me. 


Ryder appearing when he did couldn’t have come at a worse time. Because, even as just a surrogate, I had to wonder: Would he still want me when he learned I was pregnant with another man’s baby? Would he wait out the nine months to be with me? And even more important, how could I ask him to? 


Not Turning Back is meant for a mature reading audience.  

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

I really wasn’t sure how this second-chance romance was going to work, but I really enjoyed it! This book is Riana’s story, and she was Cooper’s girlfriend in Upside Down. Obviously, there are lots of appearances by Cooper and Ricky since Ree is acting as their surrogate, but No Turning Back is a standalone and it’s not necessary to have read the other books in this series.

The fact that Riana runs into Ryder — the one who got away, the guy who didn’t fight for her — just as her life is about to change in the biggest of ways was bittersweet. Does she put off a potential romantic reunion because she’s about to undergo IVF as a surrogate for someone else? Does she miss out on the opportunity to try again with the guy she never got over? There are alot of big decisions that Ree has to make, and she doesn’t take them lightly. And Ryder has many choices to make as well once he’s filled in. Can he be with Riana as she carries another man’s baby? Will his own painful family history with childbirth be too much and prevent him from supporting the woman he’s still loved all this time? And what happens when Ree and Ryder — neither of whom wanted children to begin with — change their mind about becoming parents but are afraid to tell the other?

I thought that this story was so well-written. Ree and Ryder’s communication issues is what blew up their relationship the first time around, and they really do try to not make those same mistakes. The tension in their rekindled relationship comes from them wanting to protect the other, and not because of the baby she’s carrying, which I appreciated. I wouldn’t have liked this story if Ryder couldn’t get on board with what Ree was doing for Cooper and Ricky. But making their issues be the same issues that caused trouble the first time around — and how they handle that now, years later — showed great growth for both characters.

No Turning Back is sweet and sexy, full of swoony moments, sizzling chemistry and about a couple that is meant to be forever.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet A.M. Madden

A USA Today bestselling, award-winning author, A.M. Madden is also a Jersey girl whose addiction to romance started at twelve after reading Judy Blume’s Forever. As a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she truly believes that true love knows no bounds. In her books, she aspires to write fun, sexy, realistic love stories that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. She creates realistic characters and believes there’s no better compliment than when readers felt they knew the characters personally.

When not writing, she’s busy being a wife to her soulmate, and a mother to two boys who she believes are the most handsome men on earth. She loves to cook, hates to bake, and dreams about living at the beach someday.
A. M. Madden is the author of the popular Back-Up series, as well as several other contemporary romances. She is also a published author with Loveswept/Random House and Entangled Publishing.
Her debut novel was Back-Up, the first in the Back-Up series. In Back-Up, A.M.’s main character, Jack Lair, caused readers to swoon. They call themselves #LairLovers and have been faithful supporters to Jack, as well as to the rest of his band, Devil’s Lair.
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