REVIEW by Brandy: The Back-Up List by Miriam Brady and Amber Best (@romanceb​ookworm)

The Back-Up List has only ever been a joke that’s it. Madison Grey has a celebrity crush list of possible replacement husbands ready with the off-chance her husband might inexplicably vanish. Clearly, Madison was not prepared for- A. her husband’s untimely death and B. Calvin Hunt, rock god and top man on her Back-Up List to begin crushing on her. Talk about your cruel cosmic ironies. It has only been six months since her entire family was killed in a tragic accident and he’s looking to her for a hook-up! Really?

Calvin Hunt, rock icon, is living the dream of any womanizing man-whore- that is until he spots the first unavailable woman he’s ever met. What the hell? Is she gay? He’s busily seducing her with concert tickets and exotic getaways, all while he’s touring. There are plenty of obstacles he’ll have to overcome to be with her and he’ll need all the help he can get from his stoic bodyguard, his nosy Oprah-channeling brother and even Madison’s bizarrely quirky friends who are all fighting to cross his name off of Madison’s Back-Up List.


I was given a copy of this in exchange for my honest review.

There are some books that go beyond words when you read them. They reach down deep and become part of your soul. This is the way this book was for me. Madison is happily married to her high school sweetheart with four amazingly beautiful children. As life happens sometimes, her entire family is killed in a car accident. So begins the transition from wife and mother to just Madison.

My heart broke for her. I am a mother that has lost a child and as I sit here typing this review tears are falling down my face. There is absolutely nothing more painful and to have lost all of them is indescribable.

She has an incredible network of friends but the absolute best is Kinley. She keeps living for Madison even when she wants to break down herself. She does something amazing and buys her VIP tickets to her favorite band. When Calvin spots her in the crowd before the show, he knows there is something different about her and wants to meet her.

I loved reading Calvin and Madison’s story. I actually have a back-up list myself and the thought of hooking up with anyone on it is mindboggling! This story was real and passionate and I can’t wait for more.

Rated 5 Bookworms


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