I would never have chosen this book had I known the “heroine” was only 21…and I would have missed out on an utterly FANTASTIC story!
Chandler Chatam has lead a pampered…and sheltered life. She’s finished school and is returning to her hometown of Austin, Texas determined to live HER life on HER own terms. First up – getting her own place. Next, auditioning for a temporary spot with a rock band, Assured Distraction.
WHAT? Young, naive Chandler?
Believe it! She is nervous and a bit leery, but she wins the position…and goes on the road with the band! I loved how the author allowed Chandler’s inexperience to help, instead of hinder her. She makes a misstep here and there, but who doesn’t? What I also loved is how she kept moving forward. She is judged on her appearance and for being the newbie, but time and time again, she allows the confidence that has brought her this far to break out and guide her. She stands up for herself and slowly becomes ‘a member of the band.’
Of course, the band takes notice. Especially Keeton “KeeMac” MacDonald, lead vocals and lead guitar of the group. He’s intrigued by Chandler and wants to get to know her better…but enough to change his one and done manwhorish ways? I loved Keeton! Not only was Chandler a mystery to him – he was a mystery to himself! The Tinman – whatever! LOL! His internal thoughts and self-revelations were so honest! Even with the asshat move he pulled at an after party. He was perfectly flawed, and did not try to hide it or make excuses. And that goes for all the characters in this story. Bandmates Ryan, Carter, Gunner, band manager Cash, PA Peri, and even Ryan’s girlfriend, Krissy. Okay, Krissy was a bit annoying, but not over the top. LOL!
But, it’s Chandler’s story and she endures. She experiences more love, heartbreak, tragedy and then more heartbreak in two months than most people do their entire lives. But not once does Chandler refuse to deal with the situation. I loved her strength! Calling this young woman sassy or feisty would be an insult. Chandler had balls!
There are steamy hot sex scenes, but they are SO much a part of the full story, even the skanky groupie scene. (Did I just type that? LOL!) There are a few minor typos, but they do not hinder the story’s flow.
The story is intense, and the story within the story is even more intense, but it is so well written! I was given a copy of “Assure Her” in exchange for an honest review, but by 47% into the story, I went to Amazon and purchased it! Ryan’s (and Krissy…oh gawd – do not miss the excerpt in the back of the book) story is up next in book two, and I cannot wait!