Book Review and Giveaway: More Than Music (Chasing The Dream #1) by Elizabeth Briggs

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Book Review and Giveaway: More Than Music (Chasing The Dream #1) by Elizabeth Briggs Title: More Than Music
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Publisher by: Victory Editing
Published on: June 10, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Romance
Format: eBook
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Music major Maddie Taylor seems to have her life all figured out. She’s just finished her junior year of college, has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, and plans to go to grad school to write movie scores. Only her roommates know she practices guitar every night and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don’t get to be rock stars.

Tattooed singer Jared Cross has a new girl every week, but when he catches Maddie playing one of his songs, she attracts his attention in an unexpected way. His band needs a fourth member for The Sound, a reality TV show competition—and he wants her. Though Maddie refuses to be another notch on Jared’s bedpost, she agrees to risk everything for the chance to be a rock star.

Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared behind his flirty smile, and with each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore. When the show pressures Jared to flaunt his player image, they’re forced to keep their relationship secret, but Maddie can’t help but want something real.

As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.

This is my first Elizabeth Briggs book and I was not disappointed. More Than Music was cute, funny and sexy all in one. Maddie Taylor is your classically trained pianist. She is finishing up her junior year in college and landed a top of the line internship with the LA Philharmonic. She is excited but bored. As much as she loves piano her heart is with the guitar, which she plays secretly. She is also really good at.

Kyle Cross is one of her close friends from school and one member of Villain Complex, the band he is with his brother Jared. Maddie is very much a fan and ends up taking her two best girlfriends to see them at a local show. She may also have slight crush on, Jared. Kyle invites them to a party after the show and everything hits the fan.

Jared Cross has a problem. He slept with his bassist and she is none too happy with him. After she blows up at him at their after party she quits the bad, at the worst time ever. The auditions for The Sound, the book version of The Voice, are the next day. Jared catches Maddie playing his guitar and their song perfectly at the party, he thinks he found the answers to his prayers until she runs away as soon as she sees him. He hunts her down and begs her to just play at the auditions so they don’t lose their chance. Not wanting to let down Kyle or Jared, she agrees. Its only one day right?? She is pianist. That is what she goes to school for. That is what her internship is for. This will just be a way to get out, have some fun and live a dream. Just one day to live outside the perfect bubble everyone has made for her.

While at the auditions they find out that the rules state, whoever auditions and they get picked to be on the show must stay on the ENTIRE show. No substitutions later. She must make a decision on the spot if she going to change her entire life as she knows it. Does she choose to stay in her safe little bubble or jump off the cliff and live her life the way she wants?? Thankfully she decides to grab life by the balls and thus begins a journey of backstabbing, reality show politics, hot scenes, and just great fun.

More Than Music had to be one of the most fun I have read in a long time. The way she brought The Sound to life was just fantastic. I felt like I was right there with them. It was really great. I fell in love not only with Jared and Maddie but all the secondary characters. You felt all the love in their friendship. Ms. Briggs really wrote a wonderful story of finding yourself and to never settle. You only live once…live the best life you can. I love that they were all nerds. The movie references and quotes made me laugh. I am such a nerd and I love authors celebrate that. I am so excited to read More Than Comics for Hector’s story and how they handle Comic Con. Please read More Than Exes (it’s FREE)….Kyle and Alexis’s story that took place at Battle of the Bands.


More Than Music Excerpt

“I need your help,” Jared said, fixing an intense gaze on me. “We have a live audition tomorrow for The Sound. Problem is, our bassist quit last night, and we need a fourth member of the band.”

“What?” Was he saying what I thought he was saying? No. Impossible.

“I know—worst timing ever. Can you play bass by any chance?”


His face fell for an instant, and some reckless part of me wanted to lie and say yes or promise him I’d learn. How hard could it be to learn the bass if I knew how to play guitar, right? Though I immediately realized how dumb that idea was because a) I could never learn bass in time for an audition tomorrow; b) I shouldn’t care about making Jared happy, even if his disappointed face broke my heart; and c) none of that mattered because he couldn’t possibly be asking me to join his band anyway.

“That’s okay,” he said. “I can play bass, and you can play guitar. It’ll work.” His smile lit up his face again, with a look that could charm any girl lucky enough to bask in it. Right now, that girl was me. “So what do you think?”

Jared was asking me—me—to play guitar in his band. In an audition on live TV. In front of four of the greatest musicians ever, plus millions of people at home. Mind. Blown. Somehow I’d been handed my secret dream on a silver platter. Next up, Jared would ask me out, too. Yeah, and then we’d ride off into the sunset on a rainbow unicorn with our million-dollar record deal.

“You want me to join your band?” I asked slowly, studying him for any sign that this was all a joke.

“Just for the audition. That should give us enough time to find another bass player to take Becca’s place.”

Ah, there was the catch. I would only play with them for one day, giving me a tiny taste of their lifestyle, and then they’d drop me as soon as the audition was over. No, better to never know what it would be like to play guitar on stage, to be part of a band, to make music with Jared and Kyle. Besides, I couldn’t play guitar in front of the world. Guitar was my secret, my fun escape, and nothing more. My internship started on Monday, and I needed to focus on that—not on silly dreams of being a rock star.

“I’m sorry, but I can’t.” I spun around and rushed toward the exit before he could respond. I didn’t want him to see my face and how much I desperately wanted to do it.

“Wait!” He ran after me, but I kept going, past other students who watched us with curiosity. “Maddie, wait!”

Damn his long legs. He caught up to me, practically jumping in front of me to stop me in my tracks. I kept my face glued to the floor, to the contrast of his black combat boots and my green Converse. I couldn’t look up at him or I’d be tempted to say yes to anything.

He lowered his voice. “Please, you’re the only person who can help us. You’re an amazing guitarist, and you already know our songs. We need you.”

I shook my head, looking anywhere but at him. Hearing him say he needed me with his whiskey-chocolate-sex voice made my legs a bit shaky, but what he was asking for? It was too much.

Jared got down on his knees, right in the middle of the hallway, and everyone stopped to watch us. He raised his hands like he was begging. “Please, this is our one chance, but without a fourth member, we can’t do it. You’re perfect and it’ll only be for a day, and then I’ll owe you. I’ll do anything you want.” He topped it off with a grin. “Help me, Maddie Taylor, you’re my only hope.”

Damn. How could I say no to a Star Wars reference from a hot guy on his knees? The word slipped out before I could stop it. “Okay.”

Chasing The Dream Series – Purchase Links and Series Order

#0.5 More Than Exes – Kyle & Alexis’s story [FREE]
#1 More Than Music – Jared & Maddie’s story
#2 More Than Comics – Hector & Tara’s story [February 23, 2015]
#3 Behind The Seams – Julie’s story [2015]
#4 Going The Distance – Carla’s story [2015]


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About Elizabeth Briggs

Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She plays the guitar, mentors at-risk teens, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a pack of small, fluffy dogs.