- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 5 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Stacy Kestwick
- Audible.com Release Date: December 4, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077SNXJ85
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Drumline Audiobook – Unabridged
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All of that would be so much easier if it weren't for all the hot guys who also turn up for day one of band camp. Marco, the leutenant, who seems to have a chip on his shoulder, Smith, the only freshman brave enough to try befriending Reese even though they're vying for the same few spots on the Drumline, and Laird, the Captain.
I don't know why exactly, but in all the time I've been waiting to read Drumline (and I've been waiting since Stacy Kestwick first announced that she was writing it) I was imagining a college romance that would be fun and sweet with a bit of angst and teen drama thrown into the mix for good measure.
What I wasn't expecting however was to find two characters, in Reese and Laird whose depth was not only astounding, but quite honestly, confronting. The way the two clash, both in and out of practice clearly echos their backgrounds and the separate challenges each face.
Setting a brisk tempo right from the start, Stacy displays flair and precision with subtle crescendos as tension builds and abrubt dimineuendo as plot twists take the reader in directions unimagined.
As fate would have it, I started reading this book while in hospital recovering from having my appendix removed, and I'm being completely honest when I say that I was so entirely captivated by the story that I didn't notice that one of the nurses completely forgot a dose of the painkillers I was supposed to be on. If that doesn't give you a sense of how enthralling this book is, I don't know what will.
Loved it to bits.
This was my very first Kestwick book – from the cover, I was ready to one-click. Toss in the numerous early readers and their “I was up all night” status updates, I just knew I was going to enjoy this experience. I was not disappointed.
Laird. FFS, has there ever been a more perfect character? No, I don’t think so. And whoever you are thinking about right now, nope – wrong. Laird is it. The whole shebang.
Drumline was a kick start to my heart. I wasn’t ready to admit I was in a book funk, but I was. I was half-heartedly spending my nights with those easy & quick reads, not ready to dive into anything that was going to push me emotionally. I didn’t want to try harder. I just wanted to be. By the end of the first chapter, I knew it was going to be an all-nighter.
The story starts off with Laird gearing up for the auditions for the Drumline. He’s a senior, the team captain and this team has a lot of pressure to live up to. When he spots the odd-man out in the audience, he’s certain she’s in the wrong place. It’s not like the team is all boys by a rule – it’s just always been that way. But Reese wanted that spot on the team, she knew it was going to be tough, she knew she’d have to struggle with the rampant sexism and breaching the boys club was not going to be an easy road. But it was a road she was willing to push herself to travel.
The sparks fly instantly between these two – but don’t think hot chemistry means insta-love. No, these two push & pull. Laird knows he wants her, he knew it instantly. But for Reese, rumors about her and the team captain aren’t going to win her any fans and she struggles with wanting to make sure she earns her place. But her attraction to Laird isn’t her only concern. Marco, a complete jackhole, has her in his sights and he isn’t going to go easy on her – in fact, he’s in full on attack mode. FFS. I hated that guy. I wanted to castrate him.
Toss in a great side character in Smith & Eli– and the flow of these characters instantly drew you in.
I expected an angsty NA read. I got that. But this story was one of those stories that breaks your heart just to build you back up. As you piece together the parts of Reese and Laird’s pasts, you start to believe in fate. Tragedy can sometimes set the stage for something so beautiful it hurts to look at it. And make no mistake, Reese & Laird’s story was pure beauty – amplified by all of their dents and scratches. In fact those scars just made them shine that much brighter.
Drumline makes the TOP READS LIST for 2017, and in one of the top five spots. One of those books where you instantly need to buy a paperback of just so you can hold it, squeeze it and love it.
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