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Love Evolution (Brutal Strength Book 1) by [Mankin, Michelle]
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Here is my Lisa's Reads Non-warning: This book is a beautifully written story for a wide age range audience. There is no sexual activity, no drug use, very little alcohol consumption and very minimal use of profanity. While none of those things are included in the story...none of them are missed! Moms...this is one of those books you and your tween/teen daughter can read together. 

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Shakespeare with a rockin' twist.

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  • File Size: 1032 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615641407
  • Publication Date: November 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080ZCZ14
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A. Aldrich on June 19, 2012
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If you like love, rock-n-roll, and a dash of mistaken identity, this book is for you!

Avery's world is turned upside down by the death of her brother and her involvement in his mob goings on. Meanwhile, band Brutal Strength is planning a comeback after lead singer, Marcus Anthony, is released from rehab. The chemistry between Avery and Marcus is palpable in an instant, although there is more to Avery than meets Marcus's eye.

Written in the 3rd person, we are able to take the journey with Avery and Marcus equally. I could feel Avery's anxiety about her brother and budding feelings for Marcus as equally as I could feel Marcus's confusion- though I would have liked to be inside Marcus's head a little more because I found him quite fascinating.

Michelle clearly has a musical background, or at the very least a rock obsession, because the dynamics of a performing group, the internal struggles of artists, and the lyrics themselves were top notch. This book made me fall deeper in love with musicians than I already am! There were some parts where I was left wanting more, and not necessarily because I felt anything was lacking- I just wanted more because it was good and I'm greedy!

The supporting characters were excellent- in the very few lines we spent with Marcus's mother, I fell in love with her. The band mates were honest and real, and everyone involved with PR and other aspects of the industry were spot-on. With one line near the end, I fell madly in love with band mate JR :)

The climax of the story unravels and wraps up quite quickly, but you truly feel it happening in real time. The pages leading up to the resolution were honest and fun. There could easily be a sequel to this book and, frankly, I hope there is because I want to get deep inside the relationship of Avery and Marcus.

This is a light YA read, and stays true to its genre- well done Michelle!
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First off- I loved the cover. That was the 1st thing to interest me on the book, and then the amazing ratings are what made me buy it.

I love the Amanda Bynes movie "She's The Man." This is similar. And both are borrowing from Shakespeare. So if you like him, i'm sure you'll love the story. :)

I really liked the authors ideas in this book... to have a girl who rocks on the guitar but needs to dress like a guy to have the chance to play. Who doesn't love it when a girl can kick ass? ;) With the chance to play in a rock band, she falls in love with the lead singer... but whoops- he thinks she's a he. ;) The author had some neat ideas with mob and other things I don't want to give away. =)

But now here is where all the author's fans are going to be blowing up my "no" button on the "is this a helpful review" questions from amazon down below. ;) So... I feel like maybe this would have been better in 1st person. The 3rd person thing was not quite cohesive. Each paragraph would switch the perspective and it was just too... confusing... or jumbled or something. And at times there just wasn't enough description of what was going on. It was too choppy to get all these new characters with very little about them or what was happening. Too summed up. In that same regard, I didn't really feel Marcus and Avery's love was genuine yet. About the time I was thinking it was getting good Avery dropped the "l" bomb and it just seemed too soon. The ending was too rushed- as far as what Marcus did after he professed his love. I mean I am ALL for a happy ending but I have to feel it. And I just didn't. I'm sorry!!! I really hate saying stuff like this. But at the same time I want to be fair.

The author definitely has talent and lots of potential. :)
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I immediately felt for the MC, Avery, who deals with loss at the beginning of the story. Not only did she lose a brother but their promising career in music together. This event sends her on an unexpected journey to find where she fits in in the world of music without her twin. In doing so, she ends up trying out for guitarist of Brutal Strength, one of the biggest rock bands in the country. But the new position comes at a price--a price for Avery to give up her identity as a woman.

Pretending to be a man, she wins the position, but slowly, quietly, she falls in love with the lead singer, Marcus, and finds that she must finally choose between keeping her new gig or the love of her life.

The book was a great, fun read!!!! It's very obvious that the author has a strong background in the music business or took great care in researching the topic to make the experience extremely authentic. The love story is cute, appropriate for young readers, and the end scene gave me goosebumps!!

I would recommend this to readers who enjoy chic lit with a rock and roll twist.
I'm looking forward to the next book!
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Love Evolution is a great start to the Brutal Strength / Black Cat Records series, I loved the characters, the excitement, the reluctant romance and, of course, the music!

I love it when stories manage to mix romance and music, and Mankin definitely managed that in Love Evolution. Finding herself all alone, Avery was ready to do anything to catch a break and find a position as guitarist in a group. When her manager told her Brutal Strength didn’t want a female guitarist, she dressed as a boy, cut her hair, and went to the audition. Of course, after she got the job, there were some awkward moments between her and the lead-singer of the group, Marcus.

Because Avery was a great guitarist, she didn’t get her job out of pity or anything else, however, Marcus felt weirdly good in Avery’s company, and that didn’t always sit so well with him. Love Evolution has a lot of humorous scenes, because Avery was instantly attracted to Marcus, but had to keep everything under a tight lid, as a male guitarist, she could not be seen fawning over the lead singer of the band.

The character development is very well done in Love Evolution, Marcus has a difficult past, including drug use and a stint in a rehab, but he is working very hard to do without. Avery and her brilliant lyrics help Marcus get his song-writing focus back, and in just a few weeks, they have new songs for a full album. That, coupled with the friendships, the surroundings of a band, and very strong family ties made Love Evolution a very good read.

Written in third person point of view, past tense, and with a lot of direct dialogues, Love Evolution was narrated in a way that helped me get to know the characters very well, and I definitely look forward to seeing more of these characters as the series unfolds.
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