Owned, Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott
I loved the early books in this series, wasn’t so keen on the novellas and the cliff-hangers that crept in, ( personal prejudice – I know they don’t bother,many readers) but still enjoyed the stories. I thought I’d love this book, but…I liked it, more or less, but it wasn’t a great read for me.
I think for me the magic of a romance is in the how they meet and will it work stuff. Especially with rock band reads with someone ready to jump into place them moments there’s any sign of disharmony. The barriers that creep up, the people, the assumptions about each other, and other things that prevent two people for getting together all add to the story for me.
Now though Nick and Lila have passed all that, but there are still issues between them, Lila’s role with the band, the band itself and the dynamics between the characters. They’ve come so far from those early days, and I want them to all have a HEA, but maybe I should just stop when they finally get together, because this book just felt to me too much drawn out, too much made of incidences which were minor but blown up to major proportions.
I struggled to keep immersed in the story, to stay with the characters. They’re a great mix, love the way they’ve all grown, and so enjoyed earlier reads, but I found it hard to believe in the split between such long-time friends as Nick and Simon. I didn’t feel convinced that they really wouldn’t have understood each others fears, as they felt from earlier reads that they knew each other inside out.
It was one of those stories where because I love the characters so much from earlier books I had to keep reading, and though I enjoyed much of it there were parts that dragged, that felt forced and where I struggled to keep interested.
Stars: Three, a good finishing point that felt a little forced at times.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher