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‘He’s always been Matty, my Matty, whether he was the boy covered in mud after we got a little too rough in the backyard or the awkward teenager trying so hard to fit in. Now, he’s an official heartthrob with the headlines to prove it and he still looks the same to me. He’s still my Matty.’

This is the story we’ve been waiting for! We adore Aly Stiles’s rock star romances. This lady has such knowledge and love for music, and we adore how she effortlessly infuses this passion throughout her ‘Save Me ‘Series. Each book can be read as a standalone, but we’d urge you to read Falling North (Save Me #2) before Chasing Riptides as the stories are connected, being that Matty in Riptides is the younger brother of Xander in North. They complement each other and provide so much insight into the broken and beautiful Matty Silva and their treasured bond.

For Matty: Irmãos para sempre

Chasing Riptides is an achingly beautiful and painful story of a young vulnerable man and the woman whose love and friendship saw him through some of the most horrific and abusive moments of his young life. It’s a childhood friends-to-lovers romance and a story of the strength of brotherly love. It’s a highly emotive story of hope, healing, and love.

‘Today I’m still Matty Silva. Living, breathing rockstar. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.’

Aly Stiles not only writes a fabulous rockstar romance but also pens a tortured rock star to perfection. We felt the vulnerability, the self-loathing and the deep-seated pain Matty held so deeply within his soul. We also felt the talent, the beauty, and the sweetness within his heart. A balance this author seems to perfect.

‘Have I loved him too much all these years? Or not enough?

Matheus (Matty) Silva is riding the wave of fame as the lead singer of Falling Back North, a band he formed with his brother Xander when music became the only way to survive their brutal home life as boys. It’s always been, Matty and Xander. But Matty’s in freefall, full of doubt and self-contempt, believing his looks are his only value. He’s in fear of spiraling until his childhood best friend Brittany (Britt) Esposito steps in and tries to show him the beautiful, talented, and giving man he really is.

“Don’t you get it? You changed the story. It won’t be the same without you.”

Britt has loved Matty since they were children. He’d been her best friend, her confidante, and the person who always made her smile, until he became famous, and their friendship dwindled. When she sees Matty is in danger of losing everything including himself, she intends to show him how much he’s loved; how special he is, and how his past doesn’t have to become his future. In turn, Matty wants Britt to pursue her writing career – to encourage her to believe in herself.

‘I trace his skin. Callouses line his fingertips from years of playing the guitar. Each one tells such an incredible story.’

The love story between the fearless girl and the lost little boy is told with sincerity, humour, and love. We were with Matty and Britt every step of the way, willing on their love story and hoping they believed that they deserved it all. Their childhood friends to lovers story set our hearts fluttering, had our emotions in a spin, and whilst the subject matter is quite dark, the story itself never goes too far. Another fabulous addition to a wonderful rock star romance series.


An emotional friends to lovers rockstar romance.

MATTYRockstar. Heartthrob. Liability.

I’m the face, the body, a trophy for the masses.

They love to admire me, and I play the part like a pro. I can be whatever I have to be to survive.

But I’m not real. None of this is. How can it be with a past like mine? They think they know me, but no one does. The best I can do is chase another woman, substance, or scandal to escape the truth for one more day.


I’ve loved Matty Silva from the moment a scared, blond kid from Brazil showed up in our second-grade class. While the world lusts for the gorgeous, troubled rockstar, it’s the sad, lonely boy trapped inside who stole my heart.

The boy I loved too much to ever tell him.

That boy is now a superstar being worshipped for something he’s not. They will never understand the pain he carries with each breath, and I saw the terrifying truth the second he returned home for the summer:

No one can spiral like Matty can, and it’s finally about to break him.

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