Anything But Mine by Taryn Elliott #Review

Anything But Mine by Taryn Elliott #ReviewAnything But Mine by Taryn Elliott

Series: #1 When You’re Gone
Genres: Contemporary Romance
on October 31, 2014
Pages: 204
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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three-half-stars  

Rocker and small town bookstore owner sounded really good so I grabbed up this promising book by a new to me author. I loved that the book spent good quality time in the setting of both Logan and Isabella’s worlds so that Logan’s jam sessions and concert and Izzy’s cozy eclectic book store were almost as present as actual characters. The fast and furious romance with trouble on the horizon kept me reading through to the abrupt ending. Trilogy, yeah, I knew that going in, but sort of forgot in the intensity of the last part of the story. I was brought up short there so be prepared for that. Haha!

The story opens when a small town in New York’s adopted son and most famous resident, Logan King, returns for the annual summer festival to help raise funds for charity by performing with his band in concert. He has lost his musical mojo and love for music because of a stalker ex that he can’t shake and hopes to revitalize in the place where he calls home. The discovery of an old barn that he gets a good vibe from leads him to deviating from the concert in the park plan and adding a whole new concert line-up of performers to guest with him in the barn. This brings him to the notice of the festival organizer, Isabella Grace who he connects with instantly.

Bella has moved to the little town to start over with a clean slate. She’s a respectable, sensible woman now unlike the wild girl she was back in NYC. She has a plan for her book store and for her life and bad boy rocker Logan King doesn’t fit. Unfortunately, he gets under her skin and makes her want what she shouldn’t. And his music, when she hears it, carries her away. She quickly caves to what they both want determined to treat the fiery thing between them like it has an expiration date because he is who he is and she doesn’t belong with famous playboy rockstars. Logan thinks there is a chance at something more. In the end, she’ll probably regret and know that she should have listened to her head.

Alright, so I was excited to try this one and it was pretty electrifying stuff between Logan and Bella right away. She’s bristly and reluctant with the best friend egging her on to live a little and Logan wonders if starting something up in the one place where he finds peace is worth the gamble. The concert preparations go forth and so does their scorching fast fling. A stalker ex is waiting in the background like a ticking time bomb and it was a matter of when not if.

I found it a very predictable story, but still enjoyed it in many ways. I do get a bit frustrated with these types of stories that lean heavily on non-communication to create conflict. Seriously, if Logan had spilled about the stalker and the issues, this story would have been done in one book. The only reason I think at least another book is a good idea is because of how fast Logan and Bella were clipping along in the relationship for this book. Lust at first sight and not a week later they are both getting skittish because it’s gone fast and deep. I liked them both, the sassy dialogue and the chemistry between them, but I tend to like a more developed romance.

So, it was good though some things like conflict and fast-paced romance kept me from total enjoyment. The part about Logan and his music and Bella with her rare and eclectic bookshop were actually a good balance for all that. Contemporary Romance fans who like spicy hot rockers and reformed bad girls should give this one a go.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Taryn Elliott

I’m USA Today Bestselling author Taryn Elliott. I’m a music freak who loves everything about telling stories. I have way too many ideas rattling around in my head, but music almost always ends up in the story somehow. I’m very lucky to have a job that allows me to slip into the shoes of musicians, actors, business women, tycoons, bodyguards, chefs, bakers, carpenters, inventors, bartenders, wine makers, artists, and so many more characters to come. Talk about living the dream.

Oh, and I write 85% of this with my bestie and writing partner, Cari Quinn. We also write super sexy paranormal romance and erotic romance under Taryn Quinn.

Enough about me…go read about one of my hot guys. They’re far more interesting. 😉

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I love the set up for that one Sophia and that her place and where he had sessions felt so real. That’s always a neat feeling. Good to know about the abrupt ending. That usually drives me crazy.

    • I had to laugh. I knew it was part of a trilogy ergo it was going to have a story that wouldn’t finish in the first book, but I got caught up so that I still managed to be surprised by the abrupt ending.

  • I like that kind of stories except for the non-communication thing, it’s one of my pet-peeves and really wants to make me scream ! So thanks for sharing and sparing my vocal chords 😉

    • Haha! Yes! I lecture my book characters too. ‘Say something!’, “Just tell her/him!” etc.

  • Lola R

    I can understand why the rocker and small town bookstore owner grabbed your attention, that sounds like a fun combination! That sounds good that the settings where so present in the story, I love it when an author really can make the setting come alive. Great review!

    • Yep, I was envious of her book store and having a music man. 😉 Thanks, Lola!

  • This one sounds so good!! I love the mix, but I do like more development in a relationship. But this one still sounds quite fun, so I definitely will want to try it out anyway. Great review hun .

    • Thanks, Renee! The development aspect is a bit backwards in this one, but its there. They jumped in at first and now I think the other books are them figuring out a relationship. Definitely worth a look-see for you.

  • I agree Sophia, non-communication to create conflict is so overplayed these days, but it can be interesting sometimes to read how these couples stumble about, lols. About tired of these quickie romances too…what happened to build up? ah well….great review!

    • Thanks, Sharonda! Yeah, I sat there mumbling about the fact that they were keeping stuff back and I couldn’t figure out why. I swear fictional characters are just super-sexed up compared to us real-life types. Haha!

  • Yep, rocker and small town bookstore owner would have grabbed my attention too.

    • Oh yes, books and music definitely go together.

  • Just saw this review-sorry I am commenting late. I read and enjoyed this book as well. I totally understand the abrupt ending-I mentioned that in my review as well. If you liked this one, you will really like the second one. This time-you will be having OMG moments I promise you! Now I can’t wait for the third one!

    • Good to know, Lorna!
      No sweat. I can’t get around to all the blogs I love each day either.