Sunday, May 15, 2016

Review: "More Than Music" by Elizabeth Briggs (Contemporary Romance, Nerd Romance)

More Than Music (#1)
by Elizabeth Briggs

Publisher: Elizabeth Briggs
Series: Chasing the Dream
More Than Exes (#0.5) (affil.)
More Than Comics (#2) (affil.)
More Than Fashion (#3) (affil.)
More Than Once (#4) (affil.)
More Than Distance (#5)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Nerd Romance
Publication Date: June 17th 2014

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Description from Publisher:
Classical musician Maddie Taylor secretly dreams of a louder life, but geeky girls like her don't get to be rock stars. That is, until tattooed singer Jared Cross catches her playing guitar and invites her to join his band on The Sound, a reality TV show competition.

Once on the show, Maddie discovers there's more to Jared than his flirty smile and bad boy reputation. With each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore, but when the show pressures them to stay single, they're forced to keep their relationship secret.

As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.

My Rating:
Heat Rating:
My impression immediately upon staying up all night to finish this: There are no words. That rocked!!

So, needless to say, I absolutely loved this book! Maddie was relatable and not overly insecure, as is so often the case with heroines, and someone you feel like you could be friends with. Jared is driven and sexy, with a reputation that might give you pause, but you just know that he is a total sweetheart. The chemistry between these two was smokin' and the sweetness was apparent from the time they met.

This is about a reality TV show along the lines of "The Voice" and thus you would expect a lot of music involved. "More Than Music" doesn't disappoint on that count! There are popular music references enough to set up a great playlist, but not so much that it grates on you or takes away from the love story. The competition adds a fun layer to it.

My favorite supporting characters were the other bandmates and I'm excited to read Hector's story next! The guys are all as wonderful to get to know as Maddie and Jared are.

The descriptions of the performances, etc. were awesome. I could FEEL and SEE the audience and the music as I read. This whole book just jumped out of the pages for me.

I picked this up after searching for more "Nerd Romance" books, and this book had a good amount of nerdiness to be satisfying! (Eventually, expect a blog post with a list! Also feel free to comment with any suggestions you have!).

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