Sunday, October 7, 2012

In the Band by Jean Haus

Goodreads description:

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.

Mary's review:

This is book will be available on Oct. 19, 2012.

I was so excited when Jean contacted me about reviewing this book!  I had read Sleeping Handsome and Happily Ever After? and enjoyed both very much!  This book did not disappoint either!

Best part of the book:  Riley and Romeo are amazing characters! Riley is 18, just graduated high school and is ready to head to Virginia with her scholarship for marching band.  She plays in the drumline and has amazing talent! However, it did not work out that way.  Her parents end up breaking up and she has to go to local college so she can take care of her little sister.  She missed playing drums so much because that is the one thing that she truly loves.  Her friends convince her to try out for a local (very popular) rock band, Luminescent Juliet.  Of course she is the best and makes the band!

Now, y'all know I am a sucker for a fictional guys and Romeo did not disappoint! The band is his heart and soul!  He was jerk to Riley though and always causing her grief.  But, it wasn't until Riley's family troubles started to interfere with the band that Romeo isn't as much as a jerk as I first thought.

Not so great about book:  The only complaint I have about this book is that there wasn't enough of it! I could have read Riley and Romeo's story forever!  I just love the way Jean writes.  I really felt the pain and frustration of Riley's life.  I felt Riley's determination and love for the band!

This is a GREAT STORY! When it becomes available I would recommend it to everyone!