by Elizabeth Briggs
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on June 17th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Funny, Music, Romance
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They can't resist each other, but their secret romance might tear their band apart...
Classical musician Maddie Taylor 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. 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.
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book review: 4.5 stars!!
Well, with this book, I definitely claimed the title FREAK since, the first day that I started it, I reached the 70% of the book in less than 6 hours. Crazy, huh? Tell me about it!!!!
From the first chapter, I was deep deep into this story and without realizing how much time had passed, I was over the half of it. I was reading and reading and reading with hardly any break. I was just flowing with it and couldn’t stop. So, that’s what had me so hooked with this story:
The love story: Oh God! What can I really say about it? Great is the first thing that comes to mind, and really, I can’t find a better way to describe it. The way Jared and Maddie interact, communicate and transform from friends and band-buddies to lovers in a matter of few weeks, is really captivating. I saw – with the bookaddict meaning of course – how, while discovering and learning more about each other, they were discovering, also, more about their own self. There are so many ups and down and so many unexpected moments that I just kept reading. And, let’s not forget the necessity of keeping this relationship a secret for more reasons than one. So, combining all these, you get a love that is special and hot and can’t walk away.
My eyes followed the dark hair that trailed down his stomach and under the towel. Please let that towel fall, I thought. I’d never wished for something so hard in my life.
Characters: each one is a wonderful creation that blows your mind completely. They had it all. Funny, emotional, hilarious, sad, heart-broking, determined, full of love. Their hearts are made of pure gold. And who can resist gold? It was really amusing to see how they were interacting and communicating with each other and the others around them. I never knew which way each of these moments was gonna go. The unexpected indeed!!
“You two are disgusting.”, Hector said, making gagging noises. “Seriously, get a room.”, Kyle said. “Oh, I plan on it.”, Jared kissed my neck in the spot he knew made me crazy.”
Laughter: you will probably wondering with I named this category like that. So, the explanation is pretty simple. Because there wasn’t a moment – ok, except some more emotional ones – that I wasn’t crrrryyyiiiinnngggg from laughter. And it was from those fall-off-your-seat-and-your-stomach-is-hurting laughter. And the proof of that statement, exist just below the collage where there is one of my top favorites parts of the book! Just read it and you’ll see my point!
The place: one of the main things that made this story so intense. The fact that they became part of a music reality show where they had to follow its rules to a T, just took everything into a new level. Also, it was one of the reasons why Jared and Maddie HAD to keep their love down and no one knowing about it. But, Life finds always a way or ways to reveal the secrets that the humans try to hide. And afters she does? You can never know where it will take you.
Elizabeth Briggs wrote an amazing story with lots lots of music and love. And dince I’m a complete sucker for the stories that include everything that has to do with music, there was NO WAY to not read it! Her lovely selection of the songs, the INCREDIBLE choice of instruments – especially the guitars – and how she was describing their part in the story, made me feel like I was living it. I can’t wait to read the Hector’s story because I bet it will be equally awesome! Besides, we’re talking about Hector, which means you won’t get anything less!
“My theme is ‘candy fail’,” Kyle said and held up each item to show us. “Lollypops with spiders in them. Bacon-flavored breath mints. And mushroom-shaped gummies that look like dicks. Bam!”
“Ew,” I said, not sure which of those things grossed me out the most.
“Nice finds”, Hector said. “But I’ll see your dick gummies and raise you my Crunchy Nude Balls.” He held up a box of Korean rice candy with that name.
“Hector, there are ladies present”, Kyle said, in an overly shocked way.
I held my hand over my heart. “It’s true. I’m a delicate flower who is easily offended.”
Hector snorted. “Of course you are. I also found these.” He showed us other two items: a Tea Bag Buddy for mugs and a bottle of something called Head Lube. For shaving, maybe?
Jared nodded. “The ‘unintentional sexual innuendos theme’. Always a good one.”
“I knew you’d approve.”
“My turn”, Jared said. “The theme tonight, ladies and gentleman, is ‘strange things in your bathroom’. First up, arlic shampoo, so you can ward off vampires at all time and probably everyone else, too. Next, men’s grooming wipes in “boardroom scent’, for when you need to feel both clean and extra-manly down there. And finally, drumroll please….lightsaber-shaped lip balm.”
“I figured”. He grinned and tossed it into a cart. “You’re up, Maddie.”
“This theme is “crazy pet owners'”, I said, as I pulled each item out of my cart. “Number one: fruit smoothies for all those health-conscious dogs. Number two: water for turtles and tortoises, for the ones too spoiled to swim in a regular water. And number three: a book called … Crafting With Cat Hair.”