Series: #1 When You’re Gone
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Released on October 31, 2014
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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