Series: Luminescent Juliet #1
Published on October 22, 2013
When family problems push Riley Middleton into giving up a percussion scholarship in another state and attending college from home, her friends push her to try out for a local rock band. Of course, Riley makes the band. She rules at the drums.
Riley soon finds out rock bands have a different dynamic than marching bands, especially when each of her male band mates has a major ego and is a major player. Two of them relentlessly flirt with her. The other—a dark, sexy rock god she can’t help being attracted to— is a total jerk and pushes her to quit. She becomes determined to ignore his rudeness and his hotness. Even if she was interested in jerks, a hook up would probably get her booted out of the ego-ridden band, and playing keeps her sane. Behind the drums, the world and its troubles evaporate.
If she wants to stay in the band, Riley needs to ignore the growing sparks between her and her band enemy. But as she gets to know the man behind the stage persona, ignoring him proves to be more difficult than flowing through a time sig shift.
*New Adult/Mature YA for language and sexual situations.
This was one of those books that I couldn’t put down and just have to keep reading it. By the time I finished it was close to 4AM in the morning. And when the book ended, I felt like I need more!
What I really like about this book, not only both characters were very likeable and realistic. Not to mention Riley is a badass, sexy drummer. But what really draws me in were the emotions and its intensity throughout this book.
I thought the book dealt with many real issues that the younger readers may able be related to. At age 18, Riley has to deal with her parent’s divorce, her mother’s depression, responsible of her younger sister’s well-being, and lastly to live her life. She struggles to understand her father and his fiancee’s relationship. She has sacrificed her dream, her time and her love take care of her family. At some point she has to ask herself, when will she put herself at first.
You know what they said, don’t judge a book by its cover, though Romeo was only 21 years old, his past has made him a lot more mature than his peers. Some might think Romeo was too perfect, in a way I agree. But when you learn more about his character, it also makes sense why the way he is. For Romeo, be in control of his life is something he needs.
I thought Romeo was perfect for Riley, because Romeo understood Riley’s pain and struggles. Their relationship was sweet, understanding, and passionate. Riley understands the importance of her family, and eventually she found the best balance to live her life and take care of her family.
Riley and Romeo’s story is sweet, bitter, and full of emotions. I highly recommend this book!