Before He Was A Secret, Starstruck 3, Becky Wicks

Before He Was A Secret, Starstruck 3, Becky Wicks
Genre:  Romance, New Adult
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I love Becky’s writing style and the Starstruck series. Its great to have books like these where each is a stand alone, complete, no cliff-hangers!! Yet they are connected, so we meet characters from earlier books in the new ones. In this one we see Noah and Chloe from book one again, and there are phone calls with Alyssa from book two.
I had forgotten Stephanie was one of the competitors in the last book, and had to sneak back to it to recall her backstory. It’s covered in this book, but a bit later in and I wanted to know now! I’m always impatient – in fact sometimes I skip to end of book just to see what’s going to happen. It doesn’t spoil it for me, I still get upset, happy, angry at whatever happens. I re read favourite books so knowing the story or the end is fine for me.
Anyway here she is in Nashville, waiting tables while trying to find her way into the music world. Her and hundreds of others….When she meets Connor and hears him singing his own songs she’s inspired, but its not til after an unexpected encounter and they go to a jamming session with other song/music writers that they discover how well they write together. Thus starts a great partnership. They’re both holding back though, keeping secrets about their pasts and motives.  Connor’s keeping quiet about his split from long time girlfriend Grace, and though she’s on holiday everyone- including his very religious family and church group – still think they are together. Why doesn’t he say anything? Then there’s Stephanie, and she’s got her own past demons that affect her music. Secrets – they always get spilled sooner or later. Throw in Travis, a genial songwriter who’s hit a block and wants Stephanie to write with him, and the music company that want them as a duo – on and off stage – and the shiny new love Connor and Stephanie have is getting a trial by fire.
I love Connor and Stephanie. I got cross with him for not saying anything about Grace, and wanted to know what was going on – he didn’t seem like the sort to deceive lightly, and it was clear he wanted Stephanie but was holding back. Then Stephanie, she’s been working so hard to support her brothers, and still suffers from feelings of guilt about their parents deaths. I so wanted her and Connor to make it, but was worried Travis might want Stephanie for more than song writing and singing….he needed someone to keep him at the top, as since winning a best songwriter competition he’s done nothing, and the rumours about how he won it are getting stronger.
Its a great story, I loved seeing how the earlier characters have progressed and it made for a fun read. What I missed though was the sadness, the part where it all trips up. There was a glimpse of disaster but it never quite got to that point where I wondered if it would all fall apart, if all would come right after everything that had passed. There’s so much in the story though that this is really a minor glitch, and though I always love the sad parts, the drama that comes with them and the happiness when all works out, it almost made it to five stars without it.
Its a great read, full of people that feel genuine, and I absorbed that small town music atmosphere that Nashville ought to feel. It made for a well connected story, where what happened felt very realistic, and I could imagine it and feel myself there with the characters.
Stars: Four and a half. I just needed a little more of the sadness to balance all the good parts, the happiness for a five. That’s me though – I’m drawn to melancholy…so long as there’s a happy ending after it.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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