Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ARC Review: Rock & Release (Summer Love #1)

Rock & Release (Summer Love #1) by Riley Edgewood

Publisher: Victory Editing, 2015
365 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley
Release Date: January 2nd 2015
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Links: Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Formerly released as a three-act serial, Rock & Release is now one complete novel.

She wants something easy. What she needs might be something else.

Cassidy Evans is looking for an escape over her college summer break. And when one night with a few too many martinis leads her to sexy guitarist, Gage Logan, she may have found exactly that.

He's hot and he's sweet, and in the bedroom he's enough to make Cassidy forget her own name. Multiple times. But as her heart opens to Gage, feelings she's been trying to avoid slip through, too. Regret over her rocky relationship with her parents. Pain from her brother's recent death. Guilt over a fallout with her best friend... As much as she craves Gage, she can't unlock her heart the way he deserves.

Enter Luca James, international rock star and lead singer for Gold Rush Standard. Cassidy can't stand his music. She can't stand his arrogance. And, when he sets his sights on more than the drinks she serves him, she especially can't stand how she's drawn to his no-strings-attached flirting.

Soon Cassidy will have to make a choice: ignore her heart and go after the carefree life she covets, or stand strong to face a bittersweet reality.

Either way, she risks losing everything she truly wants.

My Review:
In this book Cassidy tries escaping the depression from her brothers unexpected death. I’ve lost someone super close to me so I understand. But I also like that se said “screw reality, I’m going to have fun working at a bar for a summer.” I even like Gage and the hot sex they have. What I do not like is that she runs off with a rock star. He is such a total dick head excuse the pun she goes with him because she is starting to have a real feelings for Gage. Come who the hell does that? I think I’m in love, I need to run away with another man. It’s really a stupid thing to do.

This story all started with a promise. Cassidy, mourning the loss of her beloved brother and seeking a break from reality, meets an amazingly sweet and handsome man. I would think the loss of her brother would have been more important in the story that her grief would be discussed more, but it rarely wasn’t, this story was meant to be about someone making changes in their life after losing a loved one, but you never feel their grief not until the very end of the book.

At almost about the half way through the book I was ready to throw the towel in and I never give up on book. I found the other book to this series or book the author did prior to this book I felt emotions from the characters and I thought Luca was totally unnecessarily part of this story. If he really did have to be a part of this story Cassidy really didn’t need to run off with him. All that really did was make me like her less and want to remove this book from my kindle. But I did continue to read on and finish it so I could review. We did also learn a lot more about Cassidy’s brother, also have the only emotion evoking portion of the book when Cassidy visits her brother’s grave.

My Rating:

Author Bio:

Riley Edgewood writes sexy love stories about characters along that sometimes scary, often thrilling path toward self-discovery, where high school years are a few miles back in the rearview mirror and nothing but possibility stretches out on the road ahead.

Riley lives in the DC area and spends most of her time with her characters, playing with her toddler and husband, and pretending she knows how to be an adult. Former dancer. Current writer. Lifelong lover of accessories, books, and the beach. And cats. Can't forget the kitties. Of which she has two.

Her favorite new adult authors include Tammara Weber, Colleen Hoover, and Cora Carmack.

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