Hi, my name is Erin Tanaka. You first met me in The Winner Takes It All, and now I get to tell my story. Before I graced the stage with my presence in New York during the first season of The Next American Superstar, I was an executive assistant for the EVP of a video game publisher in Los Angeles. Meeting my fiance Mike on Craigslist might not have been the most conventional way to find romance, but I guess we must have done something right, because we’ve survived being together for ten years. Ten long years during which I stuck with my man through thick and thin, guiding and mothering him along the way. Now I’ve had my fill of being his caretaker and am on the brink of ending our relationship.
When not juggling my boss’ intimidating schedule, I’ve been trying to break into the world of self-publishing, an unexpected yet exciting back-up plan to singing–my first love. There are a lot of possibilities, and I know the only thing that can keep me from succeeding is myself. I’m scared to be alone, but will I let that control my future, overshadowing everything else I’ve worked so hard to achieve? I’m beginning to lose hope that I deserve something better, something more. I feel trapped. I am afraid to say anything…afraid that in taking a big risk, I may lose everything.
**THIS BOOK CAN BE READ AS A STAND-ALONE. YOU DO NOT NEED TO READ THE LOVE IN LA SERIES FIRST BEFORE READING THIS BOOK.**
Review by Sue Brooks
WOW WOW WOW Had not read anything by Audrey Harte before – but believe me, I will be reading more of what she has written in the future.
When asked if I was interested in reading this book, I said sure – I’ll give it a try. And OMG – it has to be one of the best books that I have read by a new author to me in a long time!!!
I loved the way that she described everything in such detail. Explaining all that is going on in Erin Tanaka’s life made the book seem so realistic — falling in and out of love — following her dreams. OK – let me stop there, because I refuse to write spoilers – but this book is definitely one of those that once you start, you will find hard to put the book down until you finish.
I can also say that I am so looking forward to the next book in the series!!!
I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Even if it was about a girl,having a hard time finding love. It was comical and interesting. Loved all, the characters that Erin met. And the little adventurers that came with them. Was really happy I read this book. Thank you so much for showing it to me.
Review by Jeanine Palinkas
It really took me a while to get into this book, I will admit. Personally, I didn’t care for the main character’s “neediness” and dependency for all things Craigslist. That kind if weirded me out. However, I did start warming up towards the end. Perhaps she found what she was looking for in all the wrong places? I don’t know, but I hope. I’m looking forward to see how book two plays out!
Review by Meredyth Winters
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
I did not enjoy this book, the alot made me feel like I was in the middle of a really bad reality show, Erin a woman in her thirties makes the choice to dump her fiancee of ten years as she has met a self confessed druggie and biker online, she buys him a plane ticket and has this lose move in with her. through out the story she continues to make bad choices in regards to men, risky Sexual behaviors and I could not get past her teen like decision making skills.
Review by Katherine
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
This I the first Audrey Harte book I have read and I really enjoyed it so I will be looking for more of her books.
When we first meet Erin, she is engaged to her boyfriend of 10 years but she feels like the spark has gone out of her relationship. She met Mike, the finance, on Craiglist and together they grew as people and a couple until they were engaged and living together. But the relationship is not turning out how she planned and she calls it quits.
We follow Erin as she makes various bad decisions and falls inlove very easily with men who are all but strangers. She is very quick to meet men off the internet and start a relationship with them without really knowing them.
I had a few issues with this characters flimsy and trusting nature. Seriously what sane woman agrees to fly a guy who admits to not only being a drug addict but also head of a bikie gang to stay with her? Especially when she has never met him?? But even thought it’s not how I would live, it still drew me in and I needed to know what she would do next and how it would all turn out.
The book ends on a bit of a cliff hanger but not in a bad way. It just left me wondering if Traver is the ‘one’ and if they will meet up again.
Definitely a must read for lovers of romance gone wrong but don’t read if you have issues with drugs or alcohol.
Review by Lisa Markson
This was my first book by Audrey Harte. First off this book was really well written and the editing was very well done I love being able to read a book and not have to see error after error. I really didn’t like main character not because she wasn’t well written because she was such a train wreck. Who in their right mind finds men on Craigslist hello didn’t you watch the lifetime movie! And then send for a man that you know is trouble with a capital T and think he’s your prince charming NOT. A friend of mine was reading at the same time and we kept messaging between ourselves how stupid she was. Because ofthis we couldn’t put the book down. I recommend reading this book can’t wait to see how much more she could do in next book.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Audrey Harte grew up an only child for the first eight years of her life, which forced her to use her imagination to keep herself entertained. She moved to Nebraska where she attended junior high and high school and participated in several plays and musical productions at the local community college and West Nebraska Arts Center. In 1998, Audrey relocated to Los Angeles, California where she has lived ever since. She has been writing poetry and song lyrics since she was young, but only more recently has she self-published her first book.