Someone grab a fire extinguisher – these two are HOT together. While I didn’t swoon over the emotional connection in this rock star romance, I definitely felt the physical connection. It’s tense and steamy with some great moments, and Rowe’s excellent writing shines throughout. This rock star doesn’t know what hit him when the girl next door comes back into his life… and she’s not a girl anymore. They’ve got some serious chemistry and there are plenty of off-the-charts sexy scenes, plus so many visits from other beloved characters. The relationship was too sex-focused and one-sided for me to truly get invested in the love story, but it was definitely a sexy, engaging read.
The story follows Colin, the last single guy in his group of friends. While he’d like to find a love of his own, it’s not easy to date when you’re in the spotlight. So when the girl next door, Amy, comes back into his life, it’s a shock to Colin’s system. Amy doesn’t hide the fact that she’s crushed on Colin for years, and would love to couple up immediately. She’s inexperienced in the bedroom and thinks Colin would be the perfect guy to change that – or claim her forever. But dating Amy comes with all kinds of strings, and Colin isn’t ready for that. Because she’s swooned over Colin for years, Amy is willing to take whatever she can get from him… even if that means she’ll be left heartbroken in the end.
Is this a standalone? Yes and no. The romance definitely is – Colin and Amy haven’t seen each other in years when the book begins, and we get their full story here. But there are a LOT of characters in Rowe’s books, with multiple series crossing over and visits from plenty of old favorites. I’ve read enough of her books that I know who everyone is now, but I can’t honestly say that this would read well to someone starting fresh. That being said, those connections make this a richer story, and it was great to catch up with everyone. As for Colin and Amy’s romance, I liked it. Didn’t love it. Colin does everything he can to deny his feelings for Amy – saying that she’s like a little sister, keeping the strings to a minimum, calling her his sexual “puppet.” And that goes on for a lot longer than I wanted. I didn’t swoon over them as a couple, and Amy seems very, very desperate during parts of the book. That’s all intentional, but it also means that I wasn’t as invested in them as a couple as I’d like. They certainly have a connection in the bedroom – there are some high heat steamy scenes – but I wanted more from them outside of it. Overall, a solid addition to the series, and one that left me wanting the next installment ASAP. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sexy rock star romance.
Growing up, I knew my older brother’s best friend thought of me as “Logan’s kid sister.” For me, though, our next-door neighbor, Colin, felt like anything but a sibling. Whenever I spied on him through my bedroom window, as he banged away, shirtless, on his drum kit, I felt sensations inside me I’d never felt for my actual brother. But when we moved away and Colin’s band took off like a rocket, I knew my tweener fantasies would never become a reality.
Fast-forward nine years to my brother’s wedding, when I saw Colin again and we shared a secret, drunken kiss that rocked my world. The next morning, Colin blamed the alcohol. Said we should pretend the kiss, and my unfortunate text afterward, never happened.
Now that I’m heading to LA to work for Colin and crash at his place, though, all bets are off. I’m determined to make Colin swoon for me, the same way I’ve always done for him. Because no matter what he insisted, Colin’s body during our kiss, and the shocking thing he whispered into my ear right afterward, made it clear he doesn’t really think of me as his little sister, any more than I do.
Swoon is a standalone friends to lovers romance with no prior reading required and no cliffhanger that’s set in the world of River Records and the Morgan brothers.
About the Author:
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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