Controlled Chaos: A Single Mom, Rock Star Romance

self-published. (Love & Lyrics, Bk. 1). May 2022. 339p. ISBN 9798832878782. pap. $16. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
When Layla Higgins moves in next door to Camden Blackwood at the beginning of sophomore year in high school, they become best friends. On the night before graduation, everything changes. Cam’s heart is broken as his unexpressed feelings take a back seat to Layla’s unexpected engagement, one of their friends dies by suicide, and two other friends have the messiest breakup. Cam and his friends flee New York for L.A., hoping their band will hit the big time. Five years later, Layla’s marriage is on the verge of collapse, and the gang reunites in New York, where everything and nothing has changed. Will Cam finally speak up about his feelings, and will it be enough to earn him the chance of a lifetime?
VERDICT This story from Ash (A Chance Encounter) contains traumatic events, some in flashbacks and some spelled out in detail, but it’s also a story of second chances and redemption. The secondary characters round out the cast nicely, and readers will want to stick around to see how all the story lines end.
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