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- Print Length: 327 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 22, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B087JYNNPH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rock star romance is my thing I've read a lot of them. Ariana, omg 49% and she still has the sameinsecurity, Gabe's done everything to reassure her she's it, he loves her but every single page just about ... I'm not good for him, I could hurt him, I can't live with celebrity. I'll try to continue but if the rest of the book is the same I'm out. I don't think she's worthy of him and that I want her to redeem herself at this point because the whining is off the charts a downer, too repetitive. There's no growth here, stuck on the same emotion page after page, day after day, week after week! One sided, him giving his all always, Ari constantly negative and doubting=boring and a weak hero IMO.
I want to like this, love it really because of reading during the pandemic in NY but it's brutal. If I finish it hopefully I can come back with a higher star rating.👍🙏👊
Somewhere between then and the halfway mark, I reached for a tissue. Not unusual. Emotions were running a little on the high side. At that point, I started falling in love with these unique characters. Then BOOM!*!* All of a sudden. I’m ugly crying and looking for a second box of tissue.
What a ride, indeed. Me telling you about the storyline and the characters could not convey the depth of the emotions and the color of the story that the author paints in vivid strokes.
This is a long-ish book with a rather abrupt ending, but good news! There is a sequel!
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Women's Fiction
OK, start with my usual moan. Women's Fiction – why? Men write romance, men read romance., 'nuff said...
So, this trope is a real favourite of mine and I really enjoyed Sian's writing style. I had a few issues with the way the story was delivered in the first version. As Sian has continued the series, this book has been rewritten to make it fit the rest of the series better, and I'm pleased to say that past/present format that I struggled with has gone.
For me the new version reads SO much better, and I began to understand Ariana more. I think before all I could see was Gabriel's heartache and it coloured me to Ariana's feelings. Now I can see them clearer, with the heartbreak being kept to the later part of the book.
The ending now feels much more fitting to the book, not rushed or hurried but allowed to play out naturally. It was absolutely perfect, angst and heartbreak just as I love.
I didn't notice in the first book, maybe I missed it or maybe its new but Ariana has taken steps while they are apart to deal with her issues. That was one of my complaints, that – and I see this over and over in romances – sadly Love Doesn't Conquer All. If a couple have problems - and Ariana and Gabriel do - ones that separate them, they can't get a HEA unless they take steps to address those issues. Just getting back together and proclaiming We're In Love to the world doesn't mean its all going to end well, chances are its not. I'm much happier when, as here, those issues have been addressed, and though Ariana is always going to feel scared of the fame I'm confident she can now deal with it.
Some great characters here, I haven't mentioned the other band members but they are an interesting bunch, feel very real, and took Ariana to their hearts. Not only Gabriel was upset when she left, and its going to be interesting seeing how and if they accept her again. I Loved, Loved the mean girls, the b itchy groupies, I was hoping their manager would prove to be a bit difficult too- one of the reason I love this trope is the potential for jealousies, back stabbing and some real b itchy characters. I'm glad they stayed in the re-write.
Stars: Five, I rated this four when I read the original version, but now the issues I had have gone its five, five all the way.
Rewritten Arc via author
This is quite a nice romance and I look forward to the next by this author.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.