☆☆➹⁀☆ 4.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
Songwriting partners Lawson Harper and Jessa Warlow’s musical ambitions are derailed when their so-called relationship ends disastrously. However, neither Lawson nor Jessa are willing to give up on the album’s worth of soul-searing songs they wrote together—songs they’re sure are good enough to change both their lives.
Will the chemistry that fuels their creativity drive them to make the record of a lifetime, or only to absolute madness?
Guest Reviewer Frannie’s Thoughts:
Unique for a romance book, this story is told from the perspective of the man, Lawson Harper. He is a songwriter who moves from a small hometown near Philadelphia to the big city of Los Angeles in hopes of becoming famous in the music industry.
Things get complicated when Jessa Warlow, another songwriter and his former high school love interest, follows Lawson to Los Angeles. They had a tumultuous relationship that ended very badly, with cheating and lying involved. However, their love affair revolved around music and songwriting: two things they had in common. They once wrote songs together that they one day dreamed would become hits on a successful album, and they hoped to become famous.
Now both in Los Angeles, they rekindle their partnership as songwriters as they work together to produce an album. Though they started as friends, soon they also rekindle their love for one another. Unfortunately, life is never easy and straightforward, because Lawson is living with another woman and Jessa has also been pursuing the affection of the man who is sponsoring their soon-to-be released album. The twisted love relationships collide into an unpredictable ending.
The descriptions of Jessa and Lawson, as well as many of the locations, clubs, homes and the boulevards of LA were very good. Nevertheless, I feel it would have been a little more interesting if there was more depth to the side characters. Their behaviors and actions were critical to the evolution of Lawson, his character and his relationship with Jessa. But why did the other characters have such unconventional and selfish behavior?
Overall it was a fun and interesting book with a lot of in-depth information on LA and the music scene. As a former indie label owner, the writer was right on in terms of the culture and the environment that these musicians experience each day. It is worth reading and a fun book.
About the Author: Tabitha Rhys is a writer and mom with a passion for music, misfits, and subculture. She grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and now resides in Riverside, CA with her husband and son.
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