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- ASIN : B00KWSAIMU
- Publisher : Elizabeth Briggs Books (June 10, 2014)
- Publication date : June 10, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 872 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1499607997
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #424,730 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was a totally fun book. It was truly enjoyable watching Maddie blossom as s rocker, find her true musical calling, and learn who the true Jared really is as they developed what became a beautiful relationship. (Yes, a minor spoiler there, but c’mon, you can’t be shocked that there is a HEA).
But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review to my husband from my hospital bed I could go on and on with praises - the book definitely deserves it. Since I can’t do that I will simply note that the book is most definitely one to read, it is easy to highly recommend. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.
So... I was skeptical about a story featuring a young woman who just had to be a rock-star because her secret passion was music despite being classically trained and having a shot at the LA Philharmonic but the way Ms. Briggs brought Maddie to life slowly, as if a lotus blossom coming out of a dark winter, was what MADE this story. Everything else was just icing. Maddie's troubled family life plays a part in her secret passion for a louder lifestyle and against her mothers wishes she lands herself a prime spot with a band she knows all too well thanks to fellow UCLA buddy, Kyle. With Kyle's brother, Jared, being the band's lead singer and Maddie's acknowledged borderline obsession with him and his music I initially feared that she would be just another airhead groupie, hell bent on getting closer to him by using music as a sort of weapon. But she quickly put my fears to rest with her determination and strong will to actually stay away from Jared to protect the band and what she was falling in love with. Performing. One of the highlights of this book was watching Maddie grow into a talented musician from the nerdy, awkward and naive girl she started from. She found her rhythm and discovered who she was and had been and it shaped her into a fabulous heroine.
While Maddie didn't need a man to guide her on the path to self discovery as most new adult stories tend to lean towards, she did have Jared as a love interest who did open her up through shared experiences and similar passions. The second most awe inspiring aspect of this book was the relationship between Maddie and Jared. All their shared conversations, musical idiosyncrasies and passion really brought a depth to the overall plot that had me glued to one spot for the entirety of the day from start to finish. So much so, that I was actually disappointed when I was forced to put the book down to spend Mother's Day with my mom. (Sad but true. I regret nothing!) With the band having had issues with Jared's previous encounters with another female band-mate who threw them into a tailspin, the relationship between Maddie and Jared must remain a secret as they complete on this nationwide talent show and there's a plethora of things vying to keep them apart as a result. Jared worried me a little bit in the beginning. The obvious over-sexed lead singer had me believing he would be no different from the pandering, douchey heroes that have forced me to steer clear of this genre but (Insert fan-girl moment here) OH. MY. GOD. *in my Janice voice* Jared was P-E-R-F-E-C-T. HIS transformation, to me, was the meatiest despite being told from Maddie's POV. He learned so many lessons about life, about relating to others (especially women) and about how he saw himself that I was a drooling, doe eyed mess by the end of the book! He is a musician so it's only natural that he'd be flawless at having such a passionate and tender heart but then you think "Rock star" and you don't know WHAT to do! Have no fear because watching Jared's road to self discovery and love was equally as important as Maddie's journey and their joint romance was that much more appealing because of it.
Jared and Maddie's slowly built yet dazzlingly enticing chemistry was a great hook but I loved seeing the band's dynamic and how the MC's and the secondary members formed a wonderful bond of friendship and respect given how tumultuous things could have gotten as well as the resistance Maddie faced in the beginning. This book was chock full of hearty goodness, like a can of Campbell's Thick and Chunky soup in the midst of a blizzard. Warm, fulfilling and satisfying as s***! (Well, not actual s*** but you get it.) I can't believe for as trepidatious as I was to even read this book how quickly it sucked me under and held me captive until it was all over. Which technically it isn't because I'm battling myself with starting from the beginning just because I loved it so much... but I'll just have to settle for binge reading book two as soon as I close this review out. For those of you who are fearful of the New Adult genre with all it's heavy subject matter, angst filled cheaters and liars and overall icky-ness. This book is for you! It's a little angsty but not unbearable. A little dramatic without melodrama. A whole lot romantic with so many fabulously HOT and SEXY moments you won't be disappointed in the least! Ms. Briggs just earned herself a fan-girl and I wouldn't want it any other way.
Maddie Taylor is a classically trained artist, and kind of a geek. A little shy and a bit socially awkward, she’s always dreamed of what a rock star life would be like. But come on, girls like her don’t get chances like that. Or do they?
When she picked up a guitar at her friend’s party, she had no idea that Jared Cross, lead singer for the band Villain Complex, would come walking in on her. Desperate for a fourth member in the band so they can compete in a reality television show, Jared enlists her help.
What should have been a fun, once in a lifetime experience for Maddie soon becomes complicated as feelings develop between her and Jared. She’s not dumb. She knows all about his playboy reputation. Hell, the show even wants him to embrace that side of himself. So will they be able to pull through for the sake of the band, or will everything come crashing down around them, ruining everything that they've worked so hard to build?
More Than Music provides a behind the scenes look at music competitions and the characters made me want to be a part of their group. They may not be perfect, but they’re real.
I absolutely loved Jared’s character. I liked seeing the person that he was when he was around Maddie, and though he had his douche-bag moments, I was able to forgive him and look past it. His passion is music and it’s the only thing that he feels like he has going for him. It’s only natural to do anything and everything to try and win a competition such as this.
Maddie drove me a bit batty in the beginning as she was overly shy and a bit weak personality wise. As the story progressed, however, you were right by her side as she began to find herself. The connection and friendship that she had not only with Jared, but with the rest of the band as well, was heartwarming. They really were like one big (mostly happy) family.
I came across this book unexpectedly and I’m so glad that I did. It was an easy story to escape into and I found myself staying up late into the night because I didn't want to put it down.
This was easily a 5 star read for me and definitely a book that I can turn to if I need a quick pick me up. I was shocked to find that this was a debut novel as it didn't feel like one, but Elizabeth Briggs certainly has a new follower in me. I can’t wait to read what she puts out next!
*This book was given to me for an honest review. The fact that it was given to me in no way reflects the rating that I provide.*
Top reviews from other countries
This story, plot, characters and idea are awesome. The writing is great and I really enjoyed a story about a music reality show, which is something we probably all watch. This book has so much background, descriptive scenes, major angst, some hot intimate scenes, and some sweet romantic moments. It also shows the cattiness of reality shows and how fixed they can be. I really enjoyed Maddie and Jared as characters but Kyle and Hector also make the story. The band are a family even if it takes time for them to realise it. I would highly recommend this story to romantics but it's also an exciting book which would appeal to many readers.
I loved Maddie and her struggling internal monologue as she has a million thoughts that whirl around her head, doubting, weakness, strength, indecision, whats is safe, what is right, the need to take risks in her career choice and men. Her thought processes are relatable, adorable, a little frustrating at times but so kind and caring. And Jared is a wonderful choice for her. Sexy and strong, someone who makes her feel alive and a little risky at times.
A great, sweet read
Well written, with decent characterisation, good plot and a non-stupid reason for them not to get together. I particularly liked all the music references and the 'behind the scenes' on the TV show - seemed very believeable. After reading the sample from book 2 at the end and I plan on carrying on with the series :-)