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The Way Back to Us

(Love Unplugged #3)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Gavin MacCormack found the one. He fell in love. Hard. Until one night he ran out for some ice cream and came back to an empty dorm room, closets bare and nothing but a quick hand-written note saying, I’m sorry. Those two words taught Gavin the meaning of heartbreak. A feeling he never wants to encounter again. And as the lead singer of a Grammy award-winning band he's had ...more
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Published December 12th 2017 by St. Martin's Swerve
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Sentranced Jem
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it

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Title: The Way Back To Us (Love Unplugged #3)
Author: Jamie Howard
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: December 12, 2017


I did things the other way round-I read this book first before I read the first two.
The way back to us wasn't my favourite second chance romance- I'm not saying that it was bad, I actually quite enjoyed it. But to tell you the truth, the entire time I was reading this book I had the greatest sense of pity for Gavin; his undying love for Dani e

3.5 “Second chances” Stars

ARC via NetGalley

Thank you, Swerve.

This is my fifth (?) book by Jamie Howard, and I'm ready for the next one, especially since I hope (please, please) it'll be about Ben and Rachel and all the angst of loving someone for years without moving it past friendship.

But while The Way Back to Us wasn't my favorite book by this go-to author, it was still entertaining.

Let me just pause for a second and say I'm still in love with Juliet, the heroine from the last book in this ser
First time, I've started reading Jamie Howard's work was by chance, I was approved by NetGalley when I picked the first book in the Love Unpligged series, in fact I was surprised that I was approved in the first place...LOL

Anyway, what I love about Jamie Howard's writing is the easy flow, the effortless writing simply pulls you into the world of its, at first sight, simple but unique characters, and then you realize it's more complicated than that, they appear real and humany vulnerable and you
4 stars
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read the previous books of this series and loved those books I was really excited when I found out that I had an eARC for The Way Back to Us. I can tell you that this one didn't disappoint a bit. It's not my favorite book in the series but I still loved it a lot, especially because it's a second chance romance and who doesn't love second chance romances?? I know I do... A LOT.

Having read the past few books I already kind of knew Gavin but this book made me love him. He was such a great gu
Wit & Wonder Books
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

A little bit of mystery and suspense to go hand and hand with this fantastic second chance romance by Jamie Howard. The Way Back To Us is an entertaining continuation of Love Unplugged series, but I will note that each book can be read as a standalone. These stories of love that Jamie produces are addicting and worthy! With each book, the characters and storylines become better and better.

Gavin’s heart has already been shaken and tak
Bookgasms Book Blog
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelly
I am so crazy about this Love Unplugged series. Each book is perfectly addicting and gripping to read in its own right. They all technically work as standalones, but the return on investment is so much greater if you've been along for the ride since the beginning and - man, I am so glad I've been around since the beginning.

Gavin and Dani's story felt a little darker than the previous ones. There was much more suspense - more questions than answers for the vast majority of the story. That said, a
Cristina (My Tiny Obsessions)
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I’ve loved all the books of this series so far, and this was another great installment. The writing was great once again, and I really liked that it was told in dual POV, because the story is so clouded with mystery.

About the characters, I’ll admit that I liked Gavin way way more than I did Dani. But again, this was because her character is not very transparent. Yeah, she kicks ass, but I wanted just more from her. While Gavin was always in, and I loved his openness regardin
Lenore Kosinski

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

4 stars — I had a bit of a harder time getting sucked into this one, but I can’t figure out if that had more to do with me and my frazzled mind, or the book… That’s always the kicker eh? Which, obviously if I still gave it 4 stars, does not mean the book wasn’t great! I just wish I had been more immersed in it.

After reading The Feeling of Forever, I was super exc
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Surprisingly, The Way Back to Us managed to entertain me. There is mystery and suspense integrated in this rockstar romance, which is a big plus for me. For those who do not know, I really am into mysteries and thrillers more than YA or fantasy. I blame John Grisham for my fascination with action-themed books and Sidney Sheldon for the mysteries that I’ve always loved dissecting and solving.

When the female lead character of The Way Back To Us presented herself with danger and questions about her
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The Way Back to Us" is a really fantastic second-chance romance with hints of mystery. We follow Gavin and Dani in alternating first person points of view. Gavin and Dani had a passionate relationship back in college which ended when Dani disappeared without a word. Since then, Dani has been traveling around the country with her father, constantly watching over her shoulder. Gavin's band has become a hit, for which he writes and sings.

Everything is going to change when Dani and her father come
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Gavin is a singer in a famous band who is still hung up on the one that got away. For years, he's been wondering what makes Dani disappear from his life without a word making him insecure in having other relationships. Years later, he was struck dumb when a chance encounter makes him meets Dani once again in a different city. But is it just mere coincidence when she finds a job in a bar that he frequents to.

The plot is predictable enough with the constant push and pull of whether Dani will stay
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored the first two books in this series, so I was ecstatic when the publisher emailed me to ask if I wanted to read and review the third one. I might have let out a little shriek of joy.

Gavin wasn't one of my favorite characters in the first two books, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book *wasn't* about him trying to overcome his commitment issues. From page 1, Gavin is focused on Dani, and that's how I like my romantic heroes to be. He came across as much more lik
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! The Way Back to Us is seriously good! Dani and Gavin had a serious relationship in college and one day she just vanished. When they meet again it becomes clear that neither of them has fallen out of love with the other. Their reconnection is hindered by a host of obstacles, but love is a battle worth the fight, right? Not to mention, there are a few surprises here that I didn't see coming that take this from nice second chance romance to captivating romance mystery/thriller.

So good. I dare
Happily Mary After
The Way Back to Us is the third book in Jamie Howard’s Love Unplugged series, and it's a fun and heartfelt romance with an intriguing and unexpected suspense storyline. Gavin MacCormack is the lovable, goofy lead singer of a famous rock band, but he’s not all smiles and jokes when he runs into the woman who broke his heart—his college girlfriend, Dani Winters. He thought he and Dani were destined to be together forever, but she up and left without a trace. He’s still angry and crushed over h ...more
Meredith Tate
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!

I'm extremely picky about adult romance, so it says a lot that I'm a huge fan of every single one of Jamie Howard's romances. In the first two books in the Love Unplugged series, I fell in love with Gavin MacCormack -- particularly, his bantery bromance with Felix (star of Feeling of Forever). And I was intrigued about the mysterious woman from his past who broke his heart. So I was so excited for The Way Back to Us!

When Gavin was in college, he fell in love with a r
Bette Hansen
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this one! Gavin and Dani were such wonderful characters and I wanted their second chance to work out right from the beginning. I really enjoyed the storyline that gave an interesting twist to the usual second chance trope. The writing was great and unraveled just enough of the story to keep us interested before revealing more. When Dani disappeared without a trace in college Gavin never thought he's see her again yet here she is. Working in his bar no less. It's clear she has secr ...more
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Surprisingly, The Way Back to Us managed to entertain me. There is mystery and suspense integrated in this rockstar romance, which is a big plus for me. For those who do not know, I really am into mysteries and thrillers more than YA or fantasy. I blame John Grisham for my fascination with action-themed books and Sidney Sheldon for the mysteries that I’ve always loved dissecting and solving.

When the female lead character of The Way Back To Us presented herself with danger and questions about her
Sienna Logan (Lost to Books)
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc, review, romance
This is the first book I've read by this author. I didn't really know what to expect, but the blurb sounded interesting and I love second chance glances so I couldn't resist requesting it. What I got was a pleasant surprise.

I will admit when I started this book I was kind of in a funk. Nothing was holding my attention and I wasn't getting anything done during the day. Therefore, when I started this book and it also didn't make me feel better I put it to one side. And I'm so glad I did because wh
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 Stars!

Gavin and Dani dated in college and he was totally in love with her and then one day she just vanished. After that Gavin never let his heart get involved with anyone again. Years later Gavin is in a famous band and he only has one night stands. Then one day he accidentally runs into Dani ... his Dani! And all those old feeling come rushing back, but he knows he can't fall for her again because she will just leave ... again. Dani has been on the run her whole life ... her and her fath
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I loved Gavin and Dani's story. I hate I missed the first two books in this series as these gang of friends is very entertaining and fun and I am sure their books were as well. I guess now I have 2 new books on my "to-be read" list.

Gavin's shock at seeing Dani as a server at a dinner he is attending sends the reader back in time to when Dani and Gavin were in college, carefree (so he thought) and in love. When Gavin wakes up to an empty bed and a simple note he is devastated and seeing Dani agai
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
You've got to feel for poor Gavin. He may be an award-winning rock star, but his heart remains broken years after Dani abanoned their love, leaving only a two-word note. He thinks he will never love again, but come on. This is a romance novel! Of COURSE he will love again.

Aaannnd ... of course he will love Dani again.

Their "chance" encounter gives them the opportunity to rediscover each other. She has some 'splaining to do, and he has to listen and let her in. The problem is that the reasons why
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting- it is a love story between. Gavin & Dani that started in university that they thought would last forever until the morning Gavin woke up and Dani was gone.

Now Gavin is a famous singer and Dani has returned to town and is worked no in his bar. The sparks are still there but Dani only wants “friends with benefits” and no questions asked. She has many secrets, carries a gun in her purse, has a bullet shaped scar on her side and leaves at whenever she gets an encrypt
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author/Publisher via NetGalley***

3.5 Stars

Gavin and Dani were together years ago, and then she disappeared. No contact, no emails, nothing for years until they run into one another at an event and then at a bar.

Dani is running from somethikng, and she is not able/willing to tell Gavin what and she is afraid that being with him will get him (or her) hurt or killed.

So, there are reasons for her feeling that they should not be together. And, Gavin doesn't care. He wants Dani,
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
3.75 actual stars.

Full disclaimer...I didn't realize there were two previous books in this series...but, you honestly don't need them to jump right into this one!

Nice quick, light read. Fun story. I want to go back and read the previous two books as this feels like a great little series.
What I liked: I didn't need to read the other two books to get into this one.
What I loved: Can't say I really LOVED this book, but I loved that
Becky Wise
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A second chance romance with a hint of mystery. Gavin and Dani are complicated to say the least. But that is what made this story. The mysterious life of Dani is just that. I don't blame Gavin's friends at all for being protective of him. Just hold onto your seats as the truth behind Dani comes out. I love how Gavin embraces his second chance with Dani and doesn't want to let her go. When you know you know. As a first time read of Jamie Howard I plan on going back and reading the first 2 books a ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good second chance romance and I enjoyed every last page.Dani and Gavin were in love in college until she disappeared leaving nothing but a note and him broken-hearted.Now he is the lead singer for The Downfall and not short of female admirers he thinks he is completely over Dani until he runs into her, now he is determined to get some answers and the woman he loves back.This was the best one yet I just loved it and would recommend it.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jamie Howard weaves suspense and intrigue into romance effortlessly. She also adds enough heart and humor to balance the book. The banter with Gavin and his bandmates is a blast. Dani's mysterious past had me hooked from page one. The chemistry between Gavin and Dani sizzles. Loved this book! ...more
Jul 01, 2021 rated it liked it
While I still love Jamie Howard's writing and gift for bringing heart into dark moments, I had a difficult time getting into Gavin and Dani's story. Not my cup of tea, but still much to love for fans of second-chance romance. ...more
Heather Brown
Loved this story! This author knows how to get her readers lost in her stories with the way she writes out the dialogue and builds the story.
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