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- Book 1 of 3 in Brutal Strength (3 Book Series)
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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. :)
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Avery just lost her twin brother and the mob is after her to pay his debt. The hottest rock band Brutal Strength just lost their lead guitarist, but the lead singer refuses to hire... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bookaholic Mama
This was my first Michelle Mankin read. I was lured by the promise of a rock star, they are my weakness. I must confess that I absolutely loved the story itself. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rosa Sharon
The beginning of my love affair with Brutal Strength. Michelle Mankin captured my soul with her brilliantly written love story. Read morePublished 20 months ago by April Merriman
These are really good books. The story's are well put together and just the right amount of fast pace action and a loving ending. So enjoy the read and on to the next one!Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great introduction to 2 of my favorite fictional bad boy bands! Not sure how I haven't known about Michelle Mankin's fabulousness forever, but so grateful that I'm no longer in... Read morePublished on July 21, 2014 by Amazon Customer
A little slow but a really good read. I loved the story line and fell in love with th characters.Published on April 2, 2014 by April A Brennan
It was interesting. Reminded me of the Koreanovela He's Beautiful (which I love, by the way). I really dig the whole girl-disguised-as-a-guy thing, although if you think about it,... Read morePublished on March 30, 2014 by Julie @Books and Insomnia
Great read with a twist I didn't see coming. I can't wait to see what the other two have in store.Published on December 1, 2013 by Erin Layton
I like the precept of this book. I like the way the plot weaves Avery's story. This is an enjoyable and engaging love story. I just wish the author did not rush the ending. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Bewaji