How Good It Was by Scarlett Cole

HOW GOOD IT WAS
Scarlett Cole
Release Date: February 22

 

Willow

Love’s an illusion.
Everyone around her is out for what they can get, except a drummer who wanted nothing more than a steamy one-night stand.
Two blue lines later, she’s on the fast track to career destruction as America’s number one wholesome content creator.
Saving her reputation and collaborations will require a plan and a little social media fakery. Okay, a lot. Like twelve months of pretending to build a family with the rockstar of her dreams.

Luke

Love’s an anchor.
Responsibilities and lack of band success have kept him trapped. But now, with the band suddenly making it big and his family obligations gone, life is off the rails. Yet fame, women, and arena tours only go so far in helping keep his pain buried.
Until one of the most spectacular nights of his life comes back to haunt him. She saved his career, now she wants him to help save hers.

A baby. A fake relationship. And a million dollars. Is it the perfect arrangement to avoid responsibilities? Or a deal guaranteed to ruin them both?

 

A rockstar you can’t help but love. A strong heroine to admire. And a love meant to be. Scarlett Cole takes you apart and puts you back together again.” ~ Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author

 

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How Good It Was by Scarlett Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m not new to Scarlett Cole, but I haven’t been this impressed with her character and story development in a while. Don’t get me wrong, I’d recommend anything she has every written, but this story gave me Harper & Trent vibes and my heart soared! You see, Harper & Trent is how I met Scarlett and their book blew my ever-loving mind in 2015. I’ve been a devout believer since. Luke & Willow’s story made me feel all the things just as Harper & Trent’s had so many years ago and how a story makes you feel is one of the most important aspects of a story. You may not remember details of a certain book years from the time you read it, but that feeling deep in your soul for the character’s highs and lows, triumphs and losses, and overall journey or path will stick with you. That’s the real power in a good story. This story will stay with me.

Scarlett Cole has always impressed me with her storylines because she doesn’t shy away from real life circumstances and their aftermath. She also almost never feeds you a story of gumdrops and rainbows but rather a cloudy story with rainbows peeking out that sometimes shoot out gumdrops 🙂 I like realistic fiction. Not just like, but I prefer it. I prefer to read flawed characters that grow and develop as their HEA journey grows and develops. I also enjoy authors who do their due diligence with the aspects of the story they decide to infuse in the storyline and their characters. Scarlet has never missed a beat with this. Never.

Willow and Luke not only grow as individuals but also as a couple and that made this story that much more captivating for me. As much emotion this story carried, I was still able to read it in one sitting. Some of you might not and that’s okay because there’s a whole lot of #RealLife happening in this story and sometimes, you just gotta take a break. Just know that every plot point has a purpose and there is a rainbow at the end 🙂

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How Good It Was by Scarlett Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog***

How Good It Was is a fake relationship, rockstar romance. This is book three from the series Excess All Areas. You should start at book one so you have a better understanding of the characters and their backgrounds. This book focused on Luke Bryson and Willow Warner.

Luke is spiraling. The pain, anger, guilt, burdens, and hurt he bottles up so deep that he actually lacks displaying emotion. He’s been carrying it for so long that he doesn’t even recognize his issues. He self medicates and copes by drowning in drugs, random hook ups, and alcohol.

Willow is independent, talented, caring, genuine, and an all around good person. Her motivation and drive is admirable, especially after her life practically implodes. My heart broke for her when it came to her personal life. She’s always been a pawn in someone else’s greedy scheme leading her to have major trust issues.

The story was entertaining and an emotional roller coaster with a mix of family drama, redemption, humor, and addiction. There was great character development and Cole did an excellent job with the psych aspects making me wish that I had Neil in my life.

Since book one I was always disappointed in Luke and how he treated his sister and friends. I thought he was an insensitive, selfish, prick. But after delving deeper into who he is and why, I learned that he’s actually really sweet, attentive, caring and honest (just not with himself). Their journey was unique and I’m looking forward to seeing more of these two and their progress in Alex’s book.

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Meet Scarlett Cole

The tattoo across my right hip says it all really. A Life Less Ordinary. Inked by the amazingly talented Luke Wessman at the Wooster Street Social Club (a.k.a. New York Ink). Why is it important? Well, it sums up my view on life. That we should all aspire to live a life that is less boring, less predictable. Be bold, and do something amazing. I’ve made some crazy choices. I’ve been a car maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running strategy. Born in England, spent time in the U.S. and Japan, before ending up in Canada where I met my own, personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. Both of us are scorpios! Yeah, I know! Should have checked the astrological signs earlier, but somehow it works for us. We have two amazing kids, who I either could never part with or could easily be convinced to sell on e-bay.

I’ve wanted to be a writer for a really long time. Check through my office cupboards or my computer and you’ll find half written stories and character descriptions everywhere. Now I’m getting the chance to follow that dream.

I am represented by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency, NY.

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