- File Size: 3962 KB
- Print Length: 217 pages
- Publication Date: July 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072FH6Q39
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,416 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Follow (The Follow Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I'm not sure what Eliza's writing background is, but MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
I am a total sucker for a music/musician romance and I could. not. stop. drooling. over the cover to this book (I MEAN LOOK AT IT) so when she sent a call out to people interested in reading the book for review, I slid into those DM's to shoot my shot.
See, Twitter can be used for good!
I was immediately hooked on King, a musician who wields magic with Mercy, his guitar (I keep calling it an ax, for no good reason, because people haven't called guitars that in 20 years, but whatever). He is the modern day Marvin Gaye who is most comfortable, his most musically magical self on stage. But King has a problem and his problem is an addiction to sex-- and you know how well sexual problems and rich musicians go together! Read: Not at all.
Especially not when he's just become captivated by Shauna, a woman he happens to meet in a sandwich shop, who hasn't spoken to long enough to say hello and buy her sandwich for her. But wait, there's more! Shauna, it turns out, works for a social media company that's going to be handling his online presence. So King (sex addict, member?) and Shauna (his account manager, ooh wee) are going to be working together closely.
WHAT COULD GO WRONG?!
So, when I used to write fanfic, I always thought about the fan experience. I mean, that's the fave trope in fanfic, right? Girl meets, boy; boy happens to be uber rich and famous but girl like totally doesn't care about his riches and his fame. Don't pick me up in your Maybach, no I don't want to stay the night in your mansion, Gah I'M NOT A GROUPIE! LOOVVEEE MEEEE. I've read it so many times I could recite the stories in my sleep.
But for real, who among us is going to turn down the opportunity to date the one we idolize? Not many. So, Shauna acts like 99% of us would and goes for the gusto with King.
Until he reveals to her his secret struggle.
And a life loving King Smith has become more than dreaming about private jet rides and exclusive resorts and meeting him on tour stops. It's become a struggle, a worry, a burden she doesn't want, and a bout of jealousy knowing there is at least one temptation that King can't resist.
The Follow has an amazing cast of characters that are so super real and down to earth- Chase and Lena, Shauna's boss and coworker become her lifeline, her steadying hand and voice of reason, because she super needs it.
But I feel like Calla and Lamar totally stole the show-- I won't spoil too much, but picture the most pretentiously woke, ridiculously young and stupid rich people you know and kick it up a notch. The twist at the end with Calla was so perfect but so unexpected, my jaw just hung open the entire time I read it.
Ultimately, romances are about love conquering all, about finding THE ONE and helping each other through struggle, about knowing that there is at least one person on the planet that gets you, that knows you that loves you exactly the way you are.
But above all that, this book reminds us that love without trust is a burden; it's pain. What's the sense in giving your heart over to love if you can't trust the the one you love to take care of it? Again, no spoilers, but... Eliza brings Shauna and King together in a satisfying, healing, supportive way. Perfect story told perfectly.
Grab this one when it drops on July 7th and put it in your face!
Many thanks to author Eliza David for granting me an advance copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Right away, what had my attention is that there's no glossing over anything. Readers are aware right from the start that King is dealing with a serious problem. What I love is that this is handled all the way through with a lot of empathy. It's not played for drama or swept under the rug for the sake of furthering the relationship. King's addiction is as much a character as the people, and yet this never feels like an "issues book" to me. It feels brutally honest at times, heartbreaking at others, and there's even some gentle humor. Everything about it is three-dimensional.
I can't say enough good things about Shauna. She's like so many women, feeling obligated to be everything for everyone even while struggling with her own problems. I love that she's allowed to be vulnerable and admit that trusting King is hard for her. He comes on a bit like a hurricane, impatient for her to just let go, but she sets firm limits. It's both painful and wonderful to watch her breaking down, torn between what her head and her heart want.
The side characters are terrific as well, from Shauna's office mate Lena to the fans themselves. There's a character I didn't especially like, and I won't spoil who it is, but by the end, I was firmly in their camp. I'd love to see them find their happily ever after, and I'll try not to be too impatient.
There was one thing that, as Shauna says, made me feel A Way. There's a cheating (probably bisexual) character. Normally, this would make my head explode. However, here, I think it actually works as well as it can. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it, either. I also think there's some ambiguity to the situation that made me wonder if there's more under the surface than we got to see on-page. So if there's never any more about that character, then I can imagine it fan fiction style. Which, in a sense, wouldn't be amiss with this book.
While I don't share the main character's specific experiences, there's a lot in there that felt familiar. The story has enough realism to feel like an affirmation, but enough fantasy to be satisfying. This is the world I want to belong to: where people can admit to their closest friends what they're dealing with and get help when they need it. That, I think, is the message I'm walking away with. If King and Shauna can show their full, real selves, maybe that's a thing we can all strive for.
For outstanding characters, a story told with warmth and compassion, and just the right level of hot loving, this gets 5 stars.
King....I'm glad he decided to get help for his sexual addiction. He was a really good guy deep down but he was thinking with the little head too much. Well it might be the big head...*wink* I think his friend Slim is like the best guy friend I have ever read in a book. He really cared for King and wanted the best for him. He was like that good angel on his shoulder to steer him in the right direction. Shauna and King were great together but they have so much to over come in this one. Overall I really liked this one and would definitely recommend it. 3.5 stars