When your biggest complaint about a book is that it’s TOO sweet… well, you’re not really complaining at all, are you? This zero-angst, steamy, and downright adorable read will have you as smitten as these two characters are from the moment they meet. The instalove is… extreme. But I can’t fault a book for being so light and smile-inducing. It features the sweetest romance I’ve ever read, with an adorably awkward hero you’re gonna love, and many steamy moments.
The story follows Matthew/Fish, a musician who was only able to catch girls’ attention after he became famous. He’s not what you would call a heartthrob, just a regular, genuinely good guy who took awhile to feel comfortable in his own skin. Though he’s had one night stands, he’s never had a girlfriend or a woman who has truly cared for him. When Fish meets aspiring musician/college student Alessandra, he is immediately smitten. It’s clear from the start that she likes the guy underneath the fame, and that is a first for Fish.
A completely different spin on a rock star romance, this features a guy who is just so GOOD. He’s self-deprecating and fully aware that he’s not the typical hunk, but Fish has something a lot of people don’t – a big, beautiful heart. There’s not really a better way to describe it, and he meets his female counterpart in Alessandra. If you’re looking for a romance that’s steamy but 100% light and easy, this is the one for you. It’s borderline too much sweetness, and our heroine is borderline too naive, but the story is just so refreshing that I was willing to overlook that. Ultimately, it’s a steamy/sweet, feel good read that’s definitely worth your time. I received an ARC via Candi Kane PR and am voluntarily leaving a review.
SMITTEN by Lauren Rowe
Release Date: July 27th
I met Alessandra at a party. Tried to impress her. Was almost positive I was going to fail.
I think I said something along the lines of, “I’m a Goat called Fish who’s hung like a bull—but not really. I’m actually pretty average.” Smooth. I know. Try not to be jealous.
When she laughed—and I mean, really laughed—I knew she wasn’t like the other girls I’d been meeting on tour. Hell, she wasn’t even in the same stratosphere as those fangirls and gold-diggers.
At one point during the party, Alessandra said, “There’s nothing like a girl’s first love.” I knew she was talking about the first smash hit by my band, 22 Goats. Alessandra said it was the first song she’d heard by us and it “hit her like a ton of bricks.” Ironic, seeing as how I was having the same reaction from being in her presence.
I made it my mission to impress her. Give her the kiss of a lifetime that night. But since I’ve always been the dude with zero game, nothing went according to plan.
I’m not giving up, though. I’m going to win this girl over. I’m done sitting on the sidelines, watching the bad boy getting the girl. This time, the nice guy will finish first. Even if it’s the last thing he’ll do.
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Lauren Rowe is the USA Today and international #1 best-selling author of newly released Reed Rivers Trilogy, as well as The Club Trilogy, The Josh & Kat Trilogy, The Morgan Brothers Series, Countdown to Killing Kurtis, and select standalone Misadventures.
Lauren’s books are full of feels, humor, heat, and heart. Besides writing novels, Lauren is the singer in a party/wedding band in her hometown of San Diego, an audio book narrator, and award-winning songwriter. She is thrilled to connect with readers all over the world.
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