Series: Woodlands #5
Author: Jen Frederick
Release date: March 6, 2017
Rating: 3 Stars
Landry Olsen has had success at every stage of her life, except when it comes to men. She’s put her heart on the shelf, but one look at Adam and she’s a goner. The hot rocker heats her from the inside out, and she wants him as much as he wants her. The only thing standing in their way of their happiness is Landry's brother—she ruined his musical hopes before, and she won't do it again. Even if it means saying no to the one guy who makes her believe in love again.
There’s no fruit more tempting than the forbidden kind…
Adam has a serious case of love at first sight when it comes to Landry. He sees her and knows without a doubt, she is the one who is meant for him. I'm not a reader who is staunchly against insta-love. If the author can sell it, then I'm open to it. In Adam and Landry's case, I think it influenced my inability to fully connect to their romance. There was a certain detachment I felt throughout the book that I kept hoping would go away. But I never did seem to get on board with the emotional side between them.
When it came to their attraction for each other, there was definitely nothing lacking. Not to mention, plenty of sexual tension and internal longing on both their parts. Adam was the the cutest with his secret desperation to be with her. Constantly having to suppress his desire for her, it became harder and harder to control. Especially when he could clearly see that she was equally as attracted to him.
This never happens to me. I'm a computer geek-I don't go around fantasizing about licking a guy's zipper. This attraction to Adam is starting to freak me out.
Landry was a great heroine, she had the nerdy thing going for her which is one of my reading weaknesses. In college, she was more than happy to stay behind the computer screen where she felt most comfortable. Now she's financially stable, but completely inexperienced with men. Her one experience with a guy was being stalked and attacked so she isn't exactly eager to go playing the field.
After a hint of a threat from her stalker, her brother forces her on tour with the band to watch over her. Adam is assigned to keep an eye on her, it's keeping his hands off of her that's the real challenge. I liked how Landry was open with him about her crush from the start. She wasn't so shy or repressed that she couldn't be honest with him about her feelings. She just wasn't willing to risk developing deeper feelings for him if they were to have a physical relationship. She knew that Adam could have any girl he wanted and she was only traveling with them for a short time.
There were a few things that didn't work for me, but that's not saying that didn't like it overall. It was still a solid three star read, I just found that I didn't have the same excitement as I have with most of her other books. I had a hard time getting absorbed in it. I think Adam and Landry needed more alone time, more time to develop their actual relationship and emotions. This story was more band centered, revolving around the varied band members interactions and visits from Adam's college friends.
The other thing was that the stalker subplot didn't really do much for me. After having him discussed throughout the book, and having the threat of a reappearance hanging over her head, in the end it turned out to be anticlimactic.
Jen Frederick is one of my go-to authors and I'll read anything she writes. While I didn't fully love this one, there were lots of funny moments and plenty of steam and chemistry to get your temperature rising. If you like rockstar romances that's low on drama, than this could be the right choice for you.
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