Lead Me Not

Lead Me Not

by A. Meredith Walters


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476774145
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Series: Twisted Love Series
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A. Meredith Walters is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of New Adult novels including Bad Rep, Perfect Regret, Lead Me Not, and the Find You in the Dark series. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a counselor for troubled and abused children and teens. She currently lives in England with her husband and daughter.

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Lead Me Not 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
(4.5 stars) Aubrey meets Maxx at a support group she co-facilitates. Against her better judgement she acts on their mutual attraction. As they get closer and closer there’s another person encroaching on their relationship- Maxx’s addiction. Maxx’s addiction is its own character. Aubrey has true and deep feelings for Maxx but ultimately must make a decision she’s been dreading since their first kiss. I truly felt for both characters. I felt Aubrey’s guilt over her sister. That guilt drives her to help Maxx. I could sympathize with Maxx and all the responsibilities he has, way more than most kids his age. I felt Aubrey’s indecision and heartbreak drip off the pages while she watches Maxx slowly kill himself. I am very curious to see where their story goes in the next book.
Lisss More than 1 year ago
If only people could read this book and realize that there is more to them than just overdosing then selves or get high, they could have a much brighter future. I feel like this book has given me glimpses of what it will be like of I dated a drug abuser. I know for sure I can’t survive that and Aubrey miraculously took it all in. In all other books, stories like these are usually just the back story of a heroine where the she dated a guy whose an addict then they break up cause something terrible happened and the next guy the heroine dated is finally the One! This story line though is one I think I haven’t read yet. An addict falling for a facilitator in a support group. I mean, if it isn’t that obvious they’re world is so far from each other. My first thoughts about the heroine is that she is an inspiration. She knows that she’s failing as a person so she toughens herself up and find a solution for her. Apparently, Aubrey was really selfish and then she changed after it was no longer needed. But her change at least did good to someone. Even if that someone is less important than the one who needed her first. And of course there is this male pride the hero, Maxx, was sporting. He’s a really awful hero. A really bad hero. He was actually worse then Travis from beautiful disaster(though the books are nothing alike). But I deeply understand that he just needed someone to be there for him. Everything he’d become was because no one supervised him and now he was leaning on the wrong path. Drugs was more important to him than Aubrey at one point. Oh and he too is selfish. But he isn’t really a drug addict, he just uses this when he needs it. But, in the public eye, anyone who uses it is already considered and Addict.But when I was closer to the end I have concluded that; Aubrey used to be smart and then she became dumb. She was so dumb for letting her emotions lead her head. My goodness if this is what dating an addict do to you then why the hell are this people not seeing the freaking reality. I got really frustrated with Aubrey. Damn. Play hard to get sometimes girl. And when she finally did I literally pumped my fist in the air when Aubrey started to take caution of their relationship. I was so relieved for her when she decided that it was time to take matters at her hands. But it didn’t take long. Her dumb emotions finally caught up with her and Viola shes giving in again. Sigh. This book got me twisted in so many ways than one.
megankylene More than 1 year ago
Lead Me Not is the first book I’ve read by author A. Meredith Walters. While I want to read her other books, I don’t think I’ll be continuing with this series. Aubrey and Maxx’s relationship, as passionate as it was, wasn’t particularly romantic to me, but perhaps it’s due to the addiction storyline. The story centers around aspiring counselor and college student Aubrey Duncan and the man in her support group, Maxx Demelo. Years ago, Aubrey lost her sister to a drug overdose and now she uses that tragedy to help others battling the same addiction. Along with a fellow faculty staff member, Aubrey co-facilitates a drug support meeting. There, she meets Maxx Demelo, who can’t seem to keep his eyes off of her. Outside of these meetings, the universe clearly wants them to get to know one another because they run into each other. She and her best friend Brooks frequent a local underground club and major drug selling operation to make sure her roommate, Renee, is safe. At the club she meets this mysterious guy, to whom she feels this sizzling magnetic pull, but she is unable to see his face. Each time, he saves her from a potentially dangerous situation. This story is the classic good girl meets bad boy story. Maxx has a lot of baggage. His mother passed away and his father squandered all of the money Maxx gives to support his little brother Landon. Weighed down with responsibility, Maxx started selling drugs to help his brother and then using them to help his trouble mind. Aubrey and Maxx spend more time outside of group together and fall hard for each other. Supposedly, Aubrey has experience working with drug addicts and even lost her sister to addiction, yet she finds herself knee-deep in an unhealthy relationship that begins to spiral out of control. I think the author was trying to show the reader that sometimes the person you love isn’t perfect, but here I just didn’t understand what Aubrey saw in Maxx. Aside from Maxx’s determination to care for his brother, I found very little appealing to his character. When Aubrey sees the “mysterious” man at the club, she can’t stop thinking about him, but her draw to him wasn’t even explained. The reader was asked to accept it. Further, when Aubrey sees Maxx in support group she obsesses over what he would be like in bed. What? Why? Their chemistry felt manufactured, rather than organic and I couldn’t become invested in their love story. Their relationship went from nothing to sex with little build up. I guess the point of this story is to showcase the power of love against the odds. Lead Me Not, while showcasing a realistic portrayal of addiction, seems to romanticize the message of “love can change him” and I didn’t like that. After finishing this book, I have an idea where the sequel, Follow Me Back, will go, but I don’t think I’ll continue the series. This story could have easily been wrapped up in this book, especially considering this was a very long book. Both characters went through enough and I am not really interested in witnessing more drama between the two of them. Audiobook Comments: I love Shayna Thibodeaux (a.k.a. Candace Thaxton) and Sebastian York. I thought Shayna’s narration was spot-on and wonderful. I think Sebastian’s performance was done really well. However (I can’t believe I’m going to say this), I don’t think Yorkie’s is right for all new adult/college age romances. He sounded a little too mature for Maxx’s voice, but he did a wonderful job. 2 stars * I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars. Really good read.... LOVETOREAD
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Angel000 More than 1 year ago
This book is going to be hard to review as it hits home with me!! I an say that Aubrey wound up strong through it all and that is not always easy. you want to be there for someone with addiction however it's not always the best thing to do for yourself. this story was hard to read for me cause i have lived it and without giving away anything all i can say is my ending was very different. Great read for those of you that read it remember this stuff is real it happends and not all outcomes are the same. so if you have the chance to help remember you can only do so much they need to help themselves.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
A. Meredith Walters' knows how to tell a story that will grab your soul and capture your heart. Lead Be Not was a tragic story that held so much emotion that you are exhausted when you finish. I couldn't put it down until I could find out what was going to happen to Maxx...then bam cliff-hanger!!!! Even though I hate cliff-hangers, I can't wait until the next book in this series. Had I realized it was a series, I might have waited to read this book because it is killing me not to have more!!! If you want to read a book that makes you feel every emotion ... This book is for you.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog This was my first book by A. Meredith Walters.  Although the subject matter is not a favorite of mine, I have to say that the writing was engaging and in its own dark way, it kept me riveted to this story. LEAD ME NOT for me was one of those books that by the end you’re not sure if you hate it or love it, but that I devoured it completely and left me with so many conflicted feelings by the end, that no matter which way you look at that, that is the sign of a good book.  I’ll definitely be reading the next one. This is not the type of book that will leave you with warm, fuzzy feelings.  So if you’re looking for that, find a different read and revisit this when you’re in a better place for it.  This book is about addiction.  About how it can destroy someone’s life and the lives of those around them that care for them.  Drug addiction is one thing, and yes, it’s a big focus of this book.  But addictive personalities in general can seek many things to make them feel good.  Relationships and addictions to people are also part of that. Aubrey is as addicted to Maxx as Maxx is addicted to his drugs.  They both have to learn to overcome those issues.  This book was a journey for them both in both sinking deeper into their addictions, and the hope of healing.  Their story is sensual and hard at the same time.  It was hard to see all the mistakes they kept making and I wanted to scream at them both to act differently.  However, Maxx does have a huge appeal, or potential for having huge appeal?, as long as if snaps out of his own self hatred and finds a way out. Be warned this is not a standalone novel, FOLLOW ME BACK will be the continuation of Maxx and Aubrey’s story.  That means this book doesn’t end up tied with a nice bow.  I guess I wouldn’t call it a cliffhanger, for those that don’t like those, but it is a to be continued and most definitely not a HAPPILY EVER AFTER here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Find You in the Dark series is still one of my favorite of all time, and I was really excited to get my hands on another book from this author. I really liked this story, just not as much as FYITD...hence the 4 stars instead. Can't wait for the next one to come out though! Maybe that will help me fall in love with them more when we get the rest of their story :)