This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Rock Band Romance
Released on November 6, 2014
Where to start with this hot mess. Ok, one this is the second book in the Half-Life series about a band called Half-Life. Having not read the first book, I am going to guess that Lock, the lead singer, Krist the bassist and Hailey, the love interest for book one had a threesome…in an elevator…and it was all caught on tape. Now Lock and Hailey have gone off and gotten married basically leaving Krist to take a lot of the brunt of their actions because…well, he had Lock’s cock in his mouth. Never mind that he is bi-sexual, the media is going ape shit over what happened. Now Lock is distancing himself from the group. Krist can’t do anything without the media coming down on him as being gay. Here is where I am a little fuzzy. Krist met Madeline in the first book and she did something for him that was supposed to help draw the press off the video.
After realizing I was in the second book, I just tried to focus on the two characters, Krist and Madeline. In a publicity stunt, Krist and Madeline get into a fake engagement. Krist wants nothing to do with the pop princess, but first up is a video she wants him in. There was a lot of gray area about who really wanted him in the video, but in it he is and they share a kiss that will melt the panties right off your body.
And so starts a lot of gratuitous sex that really had no redeeming value. You think I am crazy? Well, they have an encounter on her birthday in an alley. Then in the hotel room before their “engagement.” Then a full out threesome that I just skimmed. The first 60% of the book was just about sex. And through it all, I was trying to figure out what was going on beside them spiraling down a course that was going to kill them or leave them crazy. Madeline seems on a crash course and you can’t figure out why. She references her contract, but you don’t know why she wants out of it or details from her past.
Then the last 40% of the book had what I wanted. Character development without so much sex getting in the way. You find out what Madeline is on a course with craziness. You figure out what is driving her, what makes a 19 year old throw her life away. While it is heartbreaking, it left me feeling hollow that we couldn’t have this information earlier. Feel for her through it all instead of wanting to throw her over your knee and spank her ass for being so immature when she wasn’t.
Then Krist fianlly gets a clue. He learns Madeline isn’t all she seems. He learns that he loves music not the crap that surrounds it. He gets back to his roots and decides he worth more than what Lock and Hailey did to him. The shit on him and I don’t think I can read their story. Maybe they didn’t, but they left him out to dry for all of their actions.
This story was hard to read. I almost put it down several times saying it wasn’t interesting. It definitely falls in the New Adult category, which is a genre I really can’t tolerate. While this wasn’t a horrible book, the story left me wondering if the next generation has any values or if they are all broken. It’s sad. Really sad.
Thank you to Amber Lin for asking me to review this story. Also, it’s kind of neat that Shari and I (Shari) share the same name and spelling.