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Like lots of romance readers I’ve a weakness for bad boy rock stories. So of course I had to jump straight in to this one 🙂 and Beckett is just the stereotype we’ve come to know and love (eventually). Music is his life, tattooed, full of problems, good-looking and with a different girl every night. Star is a complete contrast, she loves her music, but as her parents wish its secondary to her studies. Where Beckett is the bad boy, Star is the good girl. She hasn’t been in a relationship since her fiancée cheated on her because she wouldn’t have sex, he used that age old excuse “men have needs…” but she sent him on his way to see to them elsewhere. It left her feeling upset, angry and knocked her confidence though. Luckily she has a best friend to stop her getting totally depressed, and one night she drags star out to a local coffee house where they see band Beckett playing. One glance at Beckett though, and she’s hooked…her Bestie’s new boyfriend is in the band and he arranges for Star to audition. It goes perfectly but Beckett is an ar*se – normal behaviour for him – and things don’t work out. Turns out he’s that way because Star reminds him of someone, but after some tense meetings Star finally gets in the band. There’s an attraction between the two that sizzles and steams, and though Star would love nothing more Beckett is adamant that they can’t be together. Still, he seems to sway one way then another, being mister nice one moment and letting her hope they’ll have something, then being an ar*se once again…There’s secrets to be revealed, hugs and laughter, heartbreak and tears over the following weeks.
Its a great story, with some puzzles I hadn’t worked out, and the needed mix of emotions. Though it focusses mainly on Star and Beckett we meet other band members, Stars best friend, and the families of both of them. That’s good as we see another side to each of them this way, and when they are back together their intensity seems all the hotter for having contrast with interactions with others.
I loved the epilogue too – short, but tied up the ending neatly. I do like these, where they just provide an addendum to the ending and don’t take up huge swathes of the novel.
Great read, priced at £1.91 for 309 pages/375kb its excellent value.
Stars: four and a half. If the sad part had lasted a bit longer, and given more angst and emotion I’d have gone five. Though that part was good, it was over very soon and I just like to really get down in the depths of sorrow, it makes the uplift that follows so much higher.