Sunday, September 21, 2014

Review: Facing the Music by Andrea Laurence

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In this sizzling and hilarious contemporary e-book romance, pop sensation Ivy Hudson returns to her small town to face her ex. Only trouble is, she made her Taylor-Swift-like career with the hit song “Size Matters”—and the football hero has had to live it down ever since.

Five years ago, high school sweethearts Ivy and Blake’s relationship imploded and both their lives were changed forever. Ivy became a rock star and Blake lost not only his dreams of a successful NFL career, but his reputation. Ivy’s angry song about their breakup, called “Size Matters,” hit the top of the charts and Blake became a national laughingstock. He’s salvaged his career and returned to Rosewood to be the high school football coach, regaining his status as town hero and leading the boys to the state championships.

When a tornado whips through town and destroys the high school gymnasium and stadium, a committee is formed to help rebuild and plan some charity fundraisers. Blake’s grandmother requests that Ivy return to Rosewood for the events. Forced back together for the good of their hometown and their careers, Ivy and Blake have no choice but to put aside their differences, stop running from their pasts, and finally face the music.

For fans of Kristen Proby and Colette Auclair, Facing the Music hits a perfect balance between small-town romance and big-time success. Follow Ivy and Blake as they fall back in love and figure out what doesmatter in the end.
About a week ago, I finished a book that left me with a serious hangover. I had tried reading numerous books that just could not snap me out of my funk. And then I came upon Facing the Music while browsing Amazon. The synopsis sounded intriguing, so I downloaded the sample.

I was hooked from the first chapter.

Ivy is a famous music star who is known for writing songs that are less than flattering for her ex's. It is her way of working through bad break ups and she does not hold back. Just ask Blake. He was the first one to break her heart. He is caught with his hand in a cookie jar that isn't hers and well, the nation soon found out that...size matters.

These two have not talked in six years. But thanks to Blake's meddling grandmother, Ivy is back in Rosewood for a benefit concert to help raise money to rebuild the local high school's gym that was destroyed by a tornado. And guess what? Blake just so happens to be the coach!

Ivy figures she can just hide out at her parents cabin and not see Blake until absolutely necessary. She should've known better. Oh, let me tell you, the first time they see each other is hilarious. Poor Ivy finds herself in a compromising position and wouldn't you know the last person she wants to see, just so happens to be the one who comes along to witness her embarrassment!

I loved Ivy and Blake's story! It is just an overall feel good, second chance love story. There is some angst but it is not overdone and issues are resolved rather quickly to keep the story moving along at a nice pace. There are also quite a bit of laughs. Just a wonderfully, well rounded story from start to finish.

And while reading, I found myself wanting to know more about the supporting characters, like Pepper and Grant. So, I was super excited to get to the end of Facing the Music and see that we will be getting more of the characters from Rosewood!
Amazon (US): Facing the Music

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