Music major Maddie Taylor just finished her junior year of college and has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, yet every night she practices guitar and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don’t get to be rock stars. That is, until tattooed singer Jared Cross catches her playing guitar and invites her to join his band on The Sound, a reality TV show competition.
Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared than his flirty smile and bad boy reputation – and that he’s just as big a geek as she is. With each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore, but when the show pressures them to stay single they’re forced to keep their relationship secret.
As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.
Source: Review copy via NetGalley
I love reality/talent TV-based romances. I don’t know why, since I don’t actually watch any reality/talent shows, but somehow the books really work for me – and this is no exception. Making it a music show brought my inner teen rampaging to the fore, which meant I lapped up this slightly-overblown romantic angst like it was chocolate. In other words, I really enjoyed this one.
Maddy is a bit of a geek and something of a musical genius, and I really liked her. I loved that her interest in Jared had more to do with his voice and music than it did his looks (though they didn’t hurt), and her soundtrack love made me very happy. She does have one or two issues, though, aside from her lack of self-confidence, and a few of them do rear up to cause problems throughout the book. However, for the most part, I liked her and the way she was willing to throw herself forward to help her friends and chase down a dream she hardly dared admit to.
Then there was Jared – ambitious, talented, gorgeous, and a bit of an idiot at times. He too has some serious underlying issues, which since this is all told from Maddy’s POV aren’t always that obvious. He’s very sexy, though, and I loved the way he patiently pursues Maddy without her even realising it. Of course this causes plenty of angst in a forbidden love way, but it complete fitted with the plot and the setting and the age of the characters. Yes, it’s over the top, yes, it’s predictable, but I revelled in the high drama and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.
In all I really enjoyed this one. However, if you’re not a fan of New Adult/older teen drama, then this probably won’t be for you. Likewise, if you’re looking for a clean YA type romance, this is aimed at a slightly older reader and has the heat level to match. If none of that bothers you and you’re looking for something with a touch of angst, plenty of drama and are willing to have so many songs running around your head for days after you finish reading, then you will probably really enjoy this. I know I did. I loved the second in the series, More Than Comics too, and I look forward to reading more from this author and this series soon.
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