"Face The Music" by Andrea K. Robbins
My Book Summary : Six months ago, Allison (Allie) got her heart stomped on by her then-boyfriend of about three years, Paul, by him just up and moving after saying that she "was sucking the life out of him." Now she plans on keeping her heart safeguarded and just staying friends with any guy that comes along. Which seems pretty easy, especially when she has a lot on her plate. To begin with she’s the "bread earner" in her family (consisting of her 21-year-old sister, her 4-year-old niece, and her grandmother who's in a assisted living home) while taking on a full college work load to earn her Ph.D. and working as a teacher for the latest hit reality singing show Superstardom. It all makes it so Allie stays busy without having a love life or caring about not having one.
That is until one of the lead competitors of the show, 27-year-old Chris Knots, starts taking notice of her. At first, Allie puts everything between them down as a crush on her end and Chris just being nice. However, over time they both come to realize what's between them is so much more. If only they can keep what they have real while the fame of the show and Chris' leading "stardom" surrounds them. Will they make it?
My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, this is a thought provoking take on the reality singing show world that kept my attention wrapped while having me rooting for Allie and Chris the whole way!! I am surprised to say that since Allie mostly annoyed me throughout this novel, because of how she doesn't commit until the last minute. However, I understood that all problems with committing to Chris (or anyone for that matter) because of how badly burned she was and afraid of heartache she is again. As I pushed on, I could feel myself growing to love her close-knit group of friends and family! It turns into a very sweet moving romance story that I could not put down. And I'm sooo happy about whom Jake ends up with since I was hoping that from the beginning!!
All in all, I recommend this novel to anyone who likes contemporary romances, especially ones where the main male character in a hot singer!!
Book Teaser(s) :
Teaser #1 ~ within Chapter 1
With the look he was giving me I couldn’t have said no even if I wanted to.
I dished out the soup, and we sat across from each other at the small table. “You made this?” he asked, scooping up a carrot and a noodle.
“Yeah, it was my mom’s recipe. She always made it for us when we were sick.”
He took a bite, chewed, and swallowed hard. “Wow,” he said, reaching for his glass. That wasn’t quite the reaction I was expecting. I took a quick bite and immediately spit it back out into the bowl. “Oh my gosh, it’s horrible! Don’t eat it!” I said when he lifted his spoon for another taste.
“It’s not that bad,” he chuckled. “It sure doesn’t need salt, though, does it?”
“I halved the recipe, but I must have used the wrong measuring spoon.” I snatched his bowl and staggered for the sink. I couldn’t move too quickly, walking boot and all. “I’m so sorry, this is awful!”
“Hey, I was going to eat that!” he protested as I dumped the contents of the bowl.
“Well, now you’re not!” ~ within Chapter 11
His bedroom door cracked open. “Are you ready?”For more information on this book, and/or any other books by Andrea, then please check her out on the Goodreads' website.
Was I ready? What a good question that was. I thought I was ready, but what, exactly, was I ready for?
“Allie?” The door opened wider, and he poked his head out.
“Yep,” I said, my voice soft. “Whenever you are.”
He opened the door the rest of the way and looked at me. I flushed and tried to wiggle further down the table. My heels were already at the edge.
“I thought maybe you’d bolted. Thought I’d scared you off or something.”
“I don’t scare too easily,” I said boldly.
He grinned. “Good to know. I’m going to use coconut oil. It’s raw and organic, what my sister uses on her clients.”
“What if I’m allergic to coconuts?”
He froze and looked down at me. “Are you?”
His lips twitched into a smile. ~ within Chapter 20