I received this book for free from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank You, Next Chapter by Cassie Graham
on July 3, 2020
Cover Design: Beau and Co.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Age-Gap, Rockstar, Romantic Comedy, Sweet Romance
Format: ARC, digital e-book
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
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In Paris, he was abandoned as she created a masterpiece.
In New Mexico, she found inspiration all while he couldn’t write a single lyric.
In New York, he was given an ultimatum just as she ignored her agent’s emails.
In Colorado, everything changed.
Zona Carver finds inspiration for her novels in unlikely places, but when she decides to go see Sebastian March in concert, she doesn’t expect to inspire him. On a whim, he asks her to go on tour, but Zona has a complicated past with the music business and returning to her old life leaves her feeling uncertain.
Before she can worry about the consequences of her actions, she’s packing up her entire life and hopping on a bus with Sebastian.
City by city, words are written, and memories are made, but the past has a pesky way of catching up to you.
What happens on the road, doesn’t always stay there, and hopefully they can survive the wild ride.
Contemporary Romance, Rockstar, Romantic Comedy, Sweet Romance
First Person, Dual-POV
This book is a standalone with HEA.
It grew from the mud, rising from the murk, bound and determined to accomplish illumination and perfection on a scale more monumental than ever imagined. Producing beautiful petals and a strong foundation despite its upbringing, Sebastian was a beautiful lotus flower.
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was a good one, I’ve really liked lots of things, but it ends with a few loop holes and that bothered me. I’m big on never forgetting to dots all my i’s and crossing all my t’s and I’m always stuck on little things.
I’ve loved the characters. They were both easy to love and even though this is a standalone, I can totally see several secondary characters that deserve a book of their own or maybe even together… Hunter and Holden are on the top of my mind here.
26/35 STARS – 3.5 STARS (between 24.5 stars and 27.5 stars)
Addictiveness: 3 Character: 4 Cover: 5 Freshness: 3.5 Plot: 3 Romance: 3.5 Writing Style: 4
Action 2/5 Angst 2/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 4/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 0/5
Would I recommend? Yes, if you like sweet romance with hot rockstars.
Would I re-read this book/series? No.
Would I read more from the author? Yes.
Character: hero 4.5/5, heroine 4/5, secondary characters 4/5, growth 4/5, real 3/5 Good characters with good foundation and personalities.
Zona was a good heroine. She was cute and a bit insecure. Like most of us she had a past that she wished to forget. She felt a bit too young several times for her age. She was easy to relate and understand.
Sebastian was a great hero. What a sweet boy. Most rockstars are portrayed as jerks, not Seb. He was one of the most down-to-earth out there. He was a good friend, a great brother and son, and an amazing boyfriend.
Secondary characters I really liked them. I loved Seb’s family and Zona’s mother. I also really liked Hunter and I wanted to read more about him.
Villain/antagonists There were a few of them. Some expected from the beginning, others came along the way.
They were all easy to love, connect and understand!
Cover: art 5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, subtitle 0/5, background 5/5 buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I always try to be true to myself, I buy so many books because of the cover and I have skipped many because of not very appealing art. Covers are part of the experience for me and I do like to understand them. Wonderful art! This cover and title was what made me choose to read this book. The colors are really wonderful, the title is very catchy and after reading the book, the art is very telling. I love when we can decipher a cover and understand it was personally made for that book. I would definitely buy this book by its cover without reading the blurb!
Freshness: 3.5/5 It felt good. There is nothing really out-of-this-world original, but the sweet rockstar felt as one-of-a-kind, when most books out there portray them as problematic jerks. As fresh as a cool breeze by the beach.
Romance: 3.5/5 This love story was very sweet. I adored how their romance was created around writing and books. I truly enjoyed their fun banter and cute quotes. I missed a bit more rawness here, but that was one particular scene at a bar very well written and sexy. Sweet romance!!!
Writing Style: 4/5 I loved how the author wrote almost a book within a book. One of the main characters was writing a book and the story was permeated with book analogies and great quotes. I also really liked the characters. I liked the writing style and would like to read something else from the author. Good writing!!!!
Because I try to be very analytical and I don’t really believe in perfection…
Addictiveness: 3/5 This was a sweet romance with no conflict for the most part of it. The lack of drama was a bit distracting for me, which ended up making this a two sitting read. As addictive as tea!!!
Plot: 3/5 believable 3/5, conflict 3/5, dialogue 4/5, ending 3.5/5, enjoyment 3/5, opening 4/5, pace 3/5, setting 5/5, subplots 3/5, twists 3.5/5 Interesting opening with a good ending. Not very realist plot, with stimulating dialogues and ok pace. Amazing setting, average subplots with unrealistic twists. Ok level of enjoyment!
Loopholes in the plot… the book ended with a few questions marks for me. The conflict felt very farfetched and it wasn’t very clear why a few antagonists where acting like that. Also, a few too many subplots that felt unnecessary.
You absorb all the horrible things thrown at you and yet keep fighting, determined to make things better. Sunflowers are planted in places of high radiation because they can take it in without dying. They’re hypo-accumulators, soaking up the radiation, allowing other plants to grow without the deadly chemical. They can be beautiful and a necessity. They’re many thing at once. Just like you.
Sebastian clutched my hand with a tougher grip, his concerned eyes turning a deeper shade of brown, nearly onyx. “Your bravery astounds me.”
My eyebrows crinkled and I looked into his eyes, searching for his own lie, but I came up short. “I’m not brave, Sebastian.”
He scoffed, his other hand settling on my hip. The air around us grew dense with electricity, nearly suffocating me.
The euphoria from standing up to Lana and the passionate gaze coming from Sebastian nearly sucked the life from my insides. I reveled in it.
He released one of my hands and slowly reached for me, his fingers lightly tracing my jaw. “You have no idea the impact you have.” He stared intently at my neck, his eyes opening wide as I swallowed. His teeth bit at the inside of his cheek just as his grip landed on my shoulder – kneading his fingers into my goose bumped skin. “Please don’t question your bravery.”
I sucked in a breath, the release shaky.
His face inched closer to me, his minty exhale cascading over my face. Suddenly, I was grossly aware of our closeness and the fact that I didn’t want to push him away. I wanted him closer. Needed him to touch me.
The hand on my shoulder moved to the side of my neck, his strong, calloused fingers tangling in my curly hair. Air entered my lungs in short bursts, and I hoped he didn’t notice.
Trailing my open hand up his arm, the veins and muscles contracted under my touch.
“Stop me, Zona,” he breathed, his lips ghosting the skin near my earlobe.
I shook my head, tilting back to give him better access to whatever he wanted.
Stop him? There was a chance I was going to forget how to breathe. It felt as if all of our quiet moments had led up to this one. It felt out-of-the-blue and so incredibly right.
He snickered, the small puffs of air escaping his mouth jolting me slightly.
I clung to him, yearning for the smallest touch.
“Good,” he said, right before he pulled me close, his lips barely touching my skin.