Review: Ghosted - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

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.

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Ghosted
By J.M. Darhower

Review: Ghosted

“When you spend most of your life chasing ghosts, eventually, you become one.”

Every once in a while, a book comes along that completely takes you by surprise in the best possible way. GHOSTED by J.M. Darhower was one of those gems.

This second-chance love story blew me away. Beautifully written and teeming with emotion, I was immediately drawn into a romance interrupted by time and circumstance, a love blinded by fame and vice, a family fractured by youthful mistakes and misdirection. In short, this story was everything.

We meet Kennedy—a struggling single mom who works at a grocery store to make ends meet. And although her days haven’t been easy, she adores her daughter and is determined to carve some happiness from the life she’s been dealt.

Meanwhile, actor Johnny Cunning, otherwise known as the superhero Breezeo in a huge movie franchise, is living the good life… or so it seems. He’s a heartthrob, gracing the cover of every newsstand magazine, but he’s also a man haunted by the memories of the love he lost so long ago.

“I want to tell her that I’ve learned my lesson, that I’ve grown up. I want to tell her that I’ll never make those same mistakes again I want to tell her she’s never been an inconvenience. I wan to tell her a lot of shit, but none of it will make a difference. They’re just words, and I’ve said a lot of words over the years, including a few that have hurt here.”

Jonathan (Johnny) and Kennedy’s story wasn’t always a heartbreaking one, it had started out hopeful—two teenagers finding a home with each other, building a life shaped by long-sought-after dreams. But something happened and Kennedy came home pregnant to raise their daughter on her own.

But as we learn, Jonathan’s life is far from the way the glossies describe it. In reality, he’s plagued by regrets, longing to rectify wrongs and win back the only girl he’s ever loved.

“The two of us always seemed to be on the same page until the day we just weren’t anymore, and there was no way to get back to that place once we struggled so much to communicate. But for a time, we just… were. It’s the most comforting feeling in the world.”

Through a story that unravels in both past and present, we learn what really happened back then, and see if it’s really possible to heal after years of heartbreak.

J.M. Darhower gets everything right. The story is paced perfectly, it felt fresh, the celebrity aspect wasn’t overdone and the feels really hit home. While this was a departure from Darhower’s darker romances, I hope she delivers more stories like this one too because it was utterly perfect.

“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 .”

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