Facing the Music by Andrea Laurence
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ivy Hudson was devastated after discovering her longtime football player boyfriend, Blake Chamberlain, cheating on her. She wrote the song “Size Matters” about their breakup launching her career. Five years later, a tornado destroyed her home town, and she was asked to come home to participate in a benefit to raise money for her high school; having to face Blake, who was emasculated as a result of her song.
I don’t condone what Blake did, but my heart did go out to him. Poor guy had quite a spurt of bad luck; he loses the love of his life; his NFL career ends due to injury, and he is laughed at by the entire country because of a misinterpreted song. I like that he made the best of his situation and went home to coach his high school football team. Even though he could no longer play the sport he loves, he has a lot to offer the kids as a coach.
I liked that the inhabitants of Rosewood seemed to protect their own around outsiders and the paparazzi. It is definitely a tight community. I could understand why Ivy was nervous coming back after everything that happened.
I enjoyed the dynamics between Ivy and Blake. It was fascinating to see how they interacted around each other throughout the novel. There were some interesting twists that made the story intriguing yet believable. I also have to mention that I absolutely loved the ending.
The writing was well done and had a great flow. I enjoyed the characters. They were well developed to the point that I am resolved in reading more about them future books. Facing the Music was a great start to the Rosewood Series.
Complimentary copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
ebook, 250 pages
Published September 15th 2014 by Pocket Star (first published August 25th 2014)
ISBN 1476776423 (ISBN13: 9781476776422)
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