Author: H.B. Heinzer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Synopsis: Colton Bradford never believed in love at first sight. And then, Rain Maxwell walked through his buddy's front door. He knew there was something special underneath the shy, guarded exterior and was determined to find out what it was.
The problem? Rain had devised her own set of life rules and “Never get involved with a band mate” was right near the top of that list. She allowed Colton into her heart as one of her closest friends, but pushed him away at the mention of anything more.
When tragedy strikes Rain's personal life, Colton is determined to be there for her in whatever way she'll allow. Will she finally open up to him and consider taking things to the next level? Will Colton's ways of trying to bury his feelings for Rain in the past ruin the possibility of a future for them?
This book ended up being "just alright" for me. I have not read book one in this series, Blessed Tragedy, but from the reviews I have read, the two books are basically the same story told from two POV's. I usually enjoy when an author flips it around and gives us both sides of the story, but I can honestly say that I do not have a strong urge to go back and read book one. Let me tell you why.
I was really intrigued by the summary, and then the actual story once I began the book. It's about a group of three friends, Colton, Travis and John, who started a rock band and are finally starting to get a little recognition. So, one of the bandmates, Travis, decides to bring in a girl to audition for a place as a singer. Her name is Rain. Rain has had a really hard time. She recently left rehab and is recovering from a cocaine addiction. I have to say, I really liked the Rain at the beginning of the story. She seemed laid back, easy going, and level headed. She didn't really drink with the "guys" since she was trying to maintain her sobriety. She was a little shy and kept to herself. This was the Rain that Colton fell in love with. Unfortunately for him, Rain's dream in life is to be a singer, so she is not willing to jeopardize the fate of the band by dating a "co-worker." So.......fast forward 4 or 5 years. Literally. This was the first time in the book that I was a little disappointed. I felt like so much good story was skipped over. It would have added to my understanding of Rain and Colton, and to why he loved her so much. Instead, I was fast forwarded in time and told that he loved her so much he couldn't see straight. And the other big disappointment for me was that I found myself disliking Colton and Rain the more I read, instead of growing more connected to them. They were both so damn immature, and the laid back likable Rain from the beginning of the book was replaced by a shrieky, moody, drunk shrew (maybe a little harsh but not far from the truth!). Colton also went through his own unflattering transformation. He had changed from a caring, sweet, sincere hot guy into a drunken jerk that had jealousy issues.
And on top of all this - in several places throughout the book there were more of the big jumps in time. In one section when Colton and Rain are going through a rough patch, one page they were arguing, and the next it was four months later and they still weren't talking to each other. What the hell? To me it seemed like some of the most interesting parts of the story were just skipped over.
Anyway, I really like the writing style of H.B. Heinzer. There were a lot of parts to the story that I could picture so clearly in my mind. I definitely will give her books another try, just maybe not any more in this series.
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