Author: Nicole Reed
Series: , #3
Publisher by: Independent
Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual situations, violence, and language.
“Who are you?” I quietly ask myself.
The image in the mirror that stares back at me, feigns disinterest. Rock star? Recovering addict? Murderer? How can you explain to someone what it’s like not to care. Not about yourself or the person standing next to you. I’ve lost that inside of me, the ability to feel and show affection. I have a heart. Sometimes when I chase the dragon, it thunders through my head like a drum, reminding me that it still beats. It’s still there. Just…hollow. Empty. Wasted.
My agent says I have one more shot. A single solitary chance to stay in the music biz; however, there is one massive problem. HER. Syn Landry.
This is not your typical feel good, sugar sweet love story. No, this is life – raw and chaotic.
Rhye Clark hit the big time in the music industry with is band, but what goes up, must come down. With all the success came access to parties, drugs, and nameless women, willing, just for a taste. When the guilt surrounding Rhye’s past has no escape in sight, it’s those vices that allow him to become numb to his pain, his life, his past.
When Rhye’s addiction affects his music, the record label decides to pair him up for a duet with the wholesome country singer, Syn Landry, in hopes of getting him back on the charts. She’s young, cute, and has that southern twang that can make any good ol’ boy come’a runnin! However, Syn is also hardworking, determined, and a bit stubborn.
When the two meet there is no “opposites attract insta-love”, thank goodness. Truthfully, both seem more annoyed with the other than anything else. When Rhye starts getting his shit together, AKA clean and sober thanks in part to the label appointed babysitting & life coach, he finds his way back to the music. It’s then that Syn sees the broken boy behind the drugs and anger that lingers, and it’s with that broken boy that Syn begins to give her love. Will her love ever be enough to mend the wounds of Rhye’s past or is his heart empty…wasted…
Rhye’s backstory was interesting and unlike those I’ve read before. I felt like some parts of it had a better fit while others were just kind of “eh”. I had trouble understanding how his high school events could cause that amount of guilt it did.
Sadly, I wasn’t a big fan of Syn’s character. Perhaps it’s because she’s technically a teenager still, but I just felt she was all over the place. I was getting whiplash from her being a mature adult, to an angsty teen; from strong and proud, to desperate and weepy. There were some other minor characters throughout the book that were like that also – one moment trying to convince her to let Rhye go, the very next telling her not to give up on him. I really felt Rhye was the only consistent character who grew and developed. Syn didn’t really grow emotionally – she just cried…a lot!
Overall, the book was pretty good. I know this book is technically a standalone, but I cannot help but wonder if I had read the previous books if I would have had a better insight into Rhye.
Direct Link to Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HywQ6SUedpU