Book: Distance and Time
Author: Mel Henry
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Carlene Cooper was your average teenager. Average, that is, except for her relationship with Josh McCarthy, member of teen mega-group, South Station Boyz. Young love blossomed at a chance meeting when Carly was a senior in high school and Josh was just discovering what stardom really meant. Despite their chemistry, it was no surprise to anyone when their very different lives took very different paths a few months down the road.
Years later, their paths cross again, and they must decide if the spark they felt back then is strong enough to rekindle. Josh has built a name for himself in show business, but Carly, too, has planted roots as a journalist in New York City. Will they be able to successfully merge their lives and overcome the obstacles that drove them apart a decade earlier?
Just as she comes to the decision that will change their lives one way or the other, tragedy strikes and Detective Trey Foster enters her life unexpectedly. Now, Carly is faced with another choice. Will she choose the man she's spent her whole life loving, or will she push it aside for a chance at happiness out of the spotlight?
Mel Henry has been an avid reader since stealing her first Harlequin from her mom’s nightstand in second grade. Because some words were too big for her seven-year-old vocabulary, she took to writing her own stories (much to the relief of her teacher) and has been doing so ever since.
After having held various jobs in her life that brought her no satisfaction and only a piddly income, she decided to publish her first book. She figured being a starving artist instead of just starving sounded much more interesting. Being able to do it in her pajamas and no make-up are just perks to the job.
Living in Iowa with her husband and a couple of teenaged kids, Mel’s an avid cook (sometimes by choice), traveler (always by choice), and a hardcore warrior against chronic Lyme disease (definitely not by choice). She loves concerts, thunderstorms, and good coffee. She loathes conspiracy theories, egotistical people, and sushi.
She is currently collaborating with three other authors on a project, and has the foundation in place for her next series. In the meantime, you can find her current works on Amazon and other online booksellers.
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T Birds 5 Bare Naked Stars * Review
Do you remember those days (if you were raised in the 80’s) where you would sit in front of the TV watching MTV just praying for the singer who stole your heart would come on the screen and sing just to you? That one person in a band that made your heart go wild? Lying in bed at night, dreaming of what it would be like to be the Mrs. to that sexy singer? Well Mel Henry gave us the reality to that dream in this book.
Carly Cooper came face to face with the man of her dreams when she saw Josh McCarthy singing on stage. She was 18 and the sparks flew quickly between them the moment their eyes met. Going forward with her dream she began to believe that they would have a happily ever after, but she failed to realize she will be sharing this man with the thousands of other girls who believe they have the same chemistry as she does, they just need that chance with Josh.
His band is gone a lot on tours, he lives in East, she is a Midwest girl, distance and time is going to be an issue for them but what he feels is real for her. Two young people, living in a world with demanding commitments, they don’t have an easy road. Eventually they drift apart, the calls stop, the visits stop and soon the memories of those few months are all they have.
Fast forward a few years and they meet again. This time they have more maturity, success and careers set to base a relationship on. Instead of time and distance being the obstacle, they now have dedication to their career dreams. Love for their jobs, love for each other will only keep them together OR drive them apart.
A major event happens to Carly that will leave her a different person but during that event Trey comes into the picture. Will she give up her dream with Josh for reality with Trey? How do you fall out of love with the one who invaded your dreams since you were a teenager?
I loved this story, it just put me back to the 80’s when I used to dream about marrying Jon Bon Jovi and planning a fantasy life with fame, fortune and exotic places that we would travel. She gave me a greater appreciation for the women who love those men. I also found that the emotional intensity in which she created made me suffer along with Carly and Josh during the downs in the relationship and cheer in the bright times between them. You can tell they were meant for each other but life didn’t give them the hand they expected and they weren’t able to figure it out the first time.
The story is written smoothly and once you start, it is hard to put down, not because there is a lot of intense suspense but because the reader can relate to the characters, they can empathize with the scenes and she does a fabulous job at telling the story that will touch the readers heart.
Still reeling from a break-up with his first love, Carly, Josh McCarthy is replanting his roots in Los Angeles in an attempt to start over. Once part of South Station Boyz (a teen super-group in the ‘90s), and a lengthy stint with a Broadway theater company, success is something that has always come easily to Josh—at least where his career is concerned. Love, on the other hand, has been a struggle.
With a new role on a hit TV show and a change of scenery, Josh is hoping to get back on track in every aspect of his life, with or without Carly. Meeting model-turned-agent, Abby Levy, should be the answer to his “without Carly” equation. So why do his thoughts keep driving back to her? Every day, to his own detriment, he finds new ways to compare his new love to his old one. He just wants to move on and not feel her absence anymore.
Now faced with another major life decision, Josh decides to take a trip back to the Big Apple—back to Carly—to either reclaim his lost love or to finally gain the closure he needs to move on. What will he decide, and can everything really get Better in Time?