Title: More Than Once
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Series: Chasing the Dream #4
Genre: New Adult Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: Dec 1st
She’s trying to be good. He loves it when she’s bad.
Andrew West is done being the nice guy. After a marriage proposal gone wrong, he’s started over in a new city and he’s never risking his heart again.
Becca Collins is done being the bad girl. After quitting the band she played bass for, she’s going to prove to her family that she’s really changed.
When Becca’s dumped by her boyfriend and fired from her job on Christmas Eve, all seems lost, until she runs into a former one night stand—Andrew. To impress her parents, Becca convinces him to pretend to be her perfect boyfriend for their holiday dinner.
After Andrew shows Becca he’s all bad boy in the bedroom, neither wants to pretend anymore. But when Becca’s invited to rejoin her band for a show and Andrew’s forced to face his ex, they both wonder if they’re ready to take a leap again—or if they’re doomed to fail in life and love a second time.
Source: ARC from the Author
This was another enjoyable romance from the Chasing the Dream series, featuring two minor characters who suffered rejection and disappointment in earlier books. Becca used to be the bassist in Villain Complex until a one night stand and her own problems saw her leave the band, while Andy decided to surprise his ex-girlfriend with a reunion and proposal, only to find she’d already fallen for someone else. So both characters are a little wounded and wary in this book.
Poor Becca. All her life she’s loved music, but in choosing it she disappointed her parents. That didn’t matter so much when she was chasing her dream, nor did dropping out of college or getting an attitude, but her dream is over and she’s back home now, trying to fit herself into the tight confines of the “good girl” mould and finding herself failing at every turn. It doesn’t help that a lot of her parents’ approval seems to rest on her being in a relationship with the right kind of guy. I didn’t blame her a bit when she gets irritated and snarky, but her confidence has taken a beating of late which makes her afraid to go after what she really wants, rather than following the path she believes she should.
Andy/Andrew is afraid too. Unlike Becca his life is going pretty well – he has a good job, a nice apartment, a promising future – but he’s still hurting from his ex’s rejection. So much so that he’s frightened to start any kind of relationship with Becca, even if he can’t keep away from her.
Actually, that really annoyed me. Andy is a nice guy, but the mixed signals he was sending Becca were almost cruel. He wanted to be with her, wanted to get to know her, go on dates, spend as much time together as possible – including sex, which was hot between them – but he didn’t want anything serious. So, in other words, he wanted something serious but without actually calling it serious or letting Becca think they could go anywhere.
Which of course fed into Becca’s own issues of inadequacy and failure. Not cool, Andrew. Stop pining and get over yourself already.
Andrew’s idiocy issues aside, this is a good story with plenty of romance and emotional angst. There are a few flashbacks to what happened between these two when they first met, and there’s a sprinkle of Christmas stuff, as well as an appearance of the old band, but mostly this is about two wary people getting over their fears and anxieties to find love together. The ending was maybe a bit too rushed and neatly tied up, but if you’re looking for a hot read with a geeky hero, a bad-girl heroine and a tiny hint of Christmas, then give this a try. So far I’m really enjoying this series – can’t wait to see where it heads next.
More Than Once is out December 1st!
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