This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Rock Band Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on September 4, 2018
Ultra famous rock star comes out of hiding from the world after a huge public breakup when he meets his match in a woman that is the complete opposite of his previous love. That’s it in a nutshell-but it was a fun nutshell!
When I first received this book for review, I immediately went and bought book one from the Band on the Run series titled, One More Kiss. It was my first book by this author and to be honest it didn’t blow me away. So then I went into this third book in the series a bit worried. Well, I shouldn’t have worried at all, it was so much better and I really enjoyed it. It also didn’t matter that I hadn’t read book two, as each can standalone.
Not going to lie, the prologue to this book managed to really surprise me. Talk about a twist. I was familiar with the two main characters from the prologue after reading book one(sorta)so it wasn’t totally unexpected-just the way it was done. It surprised me and it takes a lot to do that with a contemporary romance so that was a mark in it’s favor from the beginning.
Julian Grayson is the drummer for Shaughnessy, a hugely successful rock band. He is just back from taking on on a three month odyssey to find himself and heal. He’s been hurt horribly emotionally and he has a lot to get over after his bad breakup. His first morning back, as he waits in line for coffee, a woman in the line mistakes him for a homeless person due to the state of his hair and the clothes that he slept in. He thinks she’s got an agenda and it takes him awhile to understand that she’s just a good person who knows nothing about him. She’s a social worker for the homeless and he doesn’t exactly explain who he is at first. It’s new for him to have someone that wants to give to him for a change. It’s not for the whole book, but long enough for some confusion-among other things.
Charlotte Clark is clueless when it came to Julian. She knows she’s attracted to him, but knows she needs to be professional and help him find a job. When he visits the homeless shelter she works part time at, he suddenly becomes aware of a part of life that he hadn’t thought twice about. He ends up volunteering. And of course, a romance happens. I am going to leave the story at that due to spoilers, other than to say that Julian is pretty broken and Charlotte was pretty perfect to be the one to mend him.
This is one of those books that you get to see quite a bit of the previous rockers and their women and I really like that. The characters are well drawn, Julian’s in particular. I really felt for him at times and wanted to yell at him at other times. And Charlotte was just an all around sweetheart, although she does has a bit of the feisty in her.
This book was worth it for the prologue and how the couple meet alone, but over and beyond that, I just really liked the read. One thing I wish there was more of was with the band on the road or in concert. There’s definitely not a lot of that. It’s an adult read, as it features foreplay(and after), but anything explicit happens mostly behind closed doors. Still I would recommend this to 16+ contemporary romance readers.
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