REVIEW: TREY by A.M. Madden



What happens when a cocky, sexy, arrogant rock star has been dealt one crappy hand after another? Find out in this heartwarming, stand-alone spin-off novel from The Back-Up Series by USA Today bestselling author, A.M. Madden! #One-click today!


They say time heals all wounds. And maybe they’re right. But what about wounds no one sees? The kind that open again and again? The kind that have you feeling like you swallowed glass?

Those are the wounds I carry. Years of heartbreak have created layer after layer of scar tissue over my whimpering heart.

Everywhere I go, I play the part of rock star, shameless with my cocky attitude and salacious smirks. I deserve an award for how well I can fake being happy.

But then everything changes in my life—again.

Turns out they were right.

After all I’ve been through, I discover my heart can mend itself after all.

Even in the wake of tragedy, the tiny fragments of my heart are fusing back together.

What’s the magic elixir? In my case it turns out to be a stunning beauty with bouncy, caramel waves, a smile that has me forgetting my name, and crystal-blue eyes just like mine.

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My Review

Sometimes scars and wounds fester so deep inside someone that it’s impossible to be free completely of them. And, even when rock bottom is hit, and the only way to move forward is to let go and become a different person – someone who doesn’t lose himself in liquor, drugs, or women – it’s still a rigorous climb and one that can only be taken if perspectives change and a shining light finds its way into his life.

Trey Taylor is an enigma and so not who he seems to be or who he wants to be. He definitely lives the rock star life and knows how to play that role and play it well, but that’s not who he truly is and it hasn’t been, maybe since the beginning. He cocky smirks, his piercing blue eyes, his consuming bravado are all part of his act, meant to conceal every ounce of struggle, of rage, of devastation that he does not want to show, at all costs.

A lesser man would have succumbed to the pain, to the demons that constantly want to take him under, and to the broken parts of his heart that he felt would never be pieced back together. But he doesn’t. He fights. He battles…with himself, with his past, with his sinful deeds, and what finds in that fight is there is a way out…a way to move forward…a way to grab and hold on to the happiness he found.

As much as Camilla Deron is a catalyst for Trey’s newfound happiness and a tether from his past brought into his present and future, this story is wholly Trey’s, and I love that A.M. Madden recognized that fact and focused on Trey’s healing and transformation.

A whole Trey is something to behold and the fact that he gets to that point, refusing to give up or fail proves exactly the kind of man he is. And what I love about the man he becomes is that readers still get Trey’s swagger…his corny jokes

What I love about the new and whole Trey Taylor is that readers still get his swagger…still get his more than corny jokes, but what we also get are more smiles, true joy and a whole lot of happiness.

4.5 Poison Apples


A USA Today bestselling, award-winning author, A. M. Madden is also a Jersey girl whose addiction to romance started at twelve after reading Judy Blume’s Forever.

As a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she truly believes that true love knows no bounds.

In her books, she aspires to write fun, sexy, realistic love stories that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. She creates realistic characters and believes there’s no better compliment than when readers feel they know the characters personally.

When not writing, she’s busy being a wife to her soul mate, and a mother to two boys who she believes are the most handsome men on earth. She loves to cook, hates to bake, and dreams about living at the beach someday.


2016 eLit Gold Medalist – Best Romance Ebook – The Shortstop

2016 IPPY Silver Medalist – Best Romance Ebook – The Shortstop

2018 Book Excellence Finalist – Finding Mr. Wrong (co-written with Joanne Schwehm).

2019 Book Excellence Finalist – Scoring Mr. Romeo (co-written with Joanne Schwehm).

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