on December 1, 2015
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Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: ARC via author
The life of a session musician is rarely easy. After consecutive tour cancellations and a stack of unpaid bills, Chloe Bennett fears her dream has come to an end.
Then everything changes.
Indie rocker Reid Ryder needs a replacement violinist for his tour. For Chloe, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. For Reid, it’s a checkmark off his list. Already battling addiction, guilt, and his inability to write new music, Reid's hopeful that things are finally falling into place.
But life is never predictable.
When the tour begins, he finds himself drawn to Chloe. She challenges and inspires him. Their onstage chemistry is electric. To the outside world, they’re the perfect match. To those involved, however, it’s not so simple. When Reid’s no longer sure that the future he planned is the one he wants, a choice must be made.
Holy cow! This book was so damn good. Olivia Evans killed it! And she killed me with all the angst. I was not expecting that, but I ate it up like a true angst junkie. She also gives readers a kickass, likeable heroine and a flawed, moody hero that I could not help falling for. Ms. Evans’ impressive writing style made me want to be on that Reid Ryder tour bus with a cast of characters that I want to be my best friends.
In the back of his mind, Reid knew the way he was beginning to feel was a dangerous path to travel, but even that knowledge didn’t deter him from taking step after step.
The author has a great conversational style of writing. I always love a well-written character driven story. The dialogue between Chloe and Reid was so well done, as was all the secondary characters too. There was so many funny scenes and awesome one-liners that I lost count. I loved all the Star Wars references. OMG, the emotions, the longing, the feels, angst! Brooklyn & Beale had so much depth and just the right amount of humor.
“It’s not my fault that I’d rather spend time with you. Maybe they should be cooler. Watch Star Wars and eat some Starbursts.”
The author’s admiration for musicians really makes the characters shine. Readers can tell she is exceptionally passionate for music. I’m wondering why she doesn’t write music because her original lyrics were good, and that song at the end of the book was fabulous. I hope she finds a male singer to record it. I’d love to hear it.View Spoiler »Since Brooklyn & Beale is a love triangle, I knew someone was going to end up hurt. I really felt bad for Jess. I cared about her character too. Jess and Reid may not have been soulmates, but they did have history. Reid is a rockstar in the public eye with Chloe. I feel bad that Jess will see all that in the press. I guess I’m just a romantic at heart and want everyone to have their happily ever after. I know this a spoilery paragraph, but I needed to get it off my chest. « Hide Spoiler
I think readers are going to go gaga over the cameos of Anders and Josie from Hollywood & Vine. I had forgotten how much I missed Anders’ filthy mouth. He says fuck a lot…lol! I hope Ms. Evans continues to write about characters in this same world she’s already created. My favorite B&B side characters were Greer and Inky. They have such fun personalities.
Personal note from reviewer:
With the news of the tragic death of Scott Weiland this past week, I was feeling pretty down. You see, music has been very influential in my life, especially 90’s alternative rock. I remember being a young teenage girl and watching Stone Temple Pilots perform on MTV’s Unplugged. Scott was sitting in what seemed like a giant rocking chair. I fell in love with Scott Weiland’s voice at that moment and became a life-long fan.
The timing of my reading Brooklyn & Beale couldn’t have been more appropriate. It helped me deal with my hurt in a positive way. This book lifted me up to a happier place.
Substance abuse and addiction is a disease that so many people battle. It’s terrible a lot do not overcome their demons. It was nice to escape into a fictional world for a little while were a rockstar can beat an addiction and find a happily ever after.