Book Review – No Going Back by Erika Ashby

Posted 07/12/2013 by Juliana in Book, Review /// 0 Comments ///


Book Review – No Going Back by Erika Ashby Title: No Going Back
Author: Erika Ashby
Series: , #2
Publisher by: Independent
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Format: eARC
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Life isn’t always about fairytales and happily ever-after’s according to Seth Jordan. After having his world shattered and heartbroken beyond repair, he had always sworn off the idea of love. He was perfectly content with continuing his life with worthless one night stands and no strings attached sex. That was until one blue-eyed blonde managed to seep into places he thought were cemented shut.

Like a jack hammer, Mallory Prentice came into Seth’s life and cracked the hard exterior that surrounded his heart. She’s the one woman he was starting to feel might be worth taking a chance on.

But life doesn't always hand you the easy road. Sometimes you are constantly hit with the bad and have no hope of any good ever showing up.

Will Seth and Mallory realize that ultimately they are the ones who are in control of their life’s outcome? Will they embrace the future and fight for their own happiness, or will they keep lingering in past mistakes and let it keep them apart?

Life is all about forgiveness and second chances. Once you come to that conclusion and just go for it, there is…no going back.

I was soooo looking forward to No Going Back. Moving Forward was one of my favorites for a debut novel. Erika did not disappoint me in book two.

No Going Back is Seth and Mallory’s story. Seth is Derek’s rockstar brother from Moving Forward and Mallory is Jesika’s best friend. These two….god how I love them but oh they so frustrate me at the same time. These two are their own worst enemies at times.

Moving Forward was left with a cliffhanger for them. Mallory is pregnant by Seth and is about to tell him about the baby at Derek and Jesika’s wedding until he drops the bomb that he is getting back together with his ex and marrying her. WTF?!? Right…I thought the same thing. No Going Back picks up from there. Mallory is refusing to tell Seth about the baby because she is hurt. Seth is running around, about to make the biggest effin’ mistake of his life because he believes some whorebags lies (do I sound hateful?? hehe). Seth’s band has also just signed on for their first tour and they are on their way to top.

Mallory and Seth are broken when it comes to relationships but they are absolutely perfect for eachother. Seth has been burned big time by a woman in his past. He had his heart and world shattered by her and this made him understandable gunshy of all women after. Mallory just doesn’t trust men. She has never had a healthy example for relationships.The relationship between them started out as purely sexual. Having a good time…..no strings attached but that changes as they get to know one another and let some of their defenses down.They understand each other’s strengths and weakness. They make the other better in a way.

I love Mallory’s character for so many reasons. I love her fire, her strength, her smart-ass mouth but, what I love most is the vulnerability she shows only to Seth and Jesika. All those things make you want to root for her. Oh my Seth, god how I love thee 🙂 He is sexy, hot, swoony and all types of rocker badass. I love every lickable part of him…hehe. He can be a jerk at times….believe me but when it comes to him with Mallory or his family he just sexy and sweet. He doesn’t believe in the “happily ever after” until he meets Mallory. Their journey to happiness is paved with tough times and really sad moments but thankfully they do find it in the end.

The thing I love most about Erika’s writing and is her honesty,dialogue and her humor. Will everyone agree with me? Maybe not but its what I like. I love when characters talk to each other in a story. I love their interaction and personal relationships. I understand the reasoning and purpose behind the internal dialogue but sometimes it can just be too much. Erika has a wonderful way of finding that “happy middle ground”. I love the honesty she puts into her characters. Mallory said all the things I was thinking and some of them weren’t always all that nice. She shows you that not all things are black and white or happy but you can find “your” happiness through the storm clouds. She makes me laugh. I love a book that can not only make me cry tears of sadness but tears of happiness too. I get her characters….I connect with them. I hurt when they hurt and I laugh when they laugh. All in all….pick up the series. It really is a fun and sexy read that does not disappoint 🙂

You will be left with another semi “cliffhanger” in this book also because its the intro to Jake’s novella which I am beyond excited for. She is also doing Holden’s book.

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About Erika Ashby

Being born an “Army Brat”, Erika Ashby has been residing in Oklahoma the last 10 years finally putting an end to the nomad tendencies she had grown accustomed to. She’s a happily married woman who has 5 kids between her and her husband. She has an insane passion for music and embraces her Inner Groupie any chance she has. It wasn’t until the age of 29 that she realized she also had a hidden passion for reading; before then she claimed to have hated it. Six months after unlocking that deep desire she never knew she held, she turned the key to another chapter of her life which has become the desire to write. And the rest is still history in the making.