REVIEW by Lorna: ​Anything But Mine (When You’re Gone #1) by Taryn Elliott (@TarynElliottFic , @Mollykatie112)

A1X8a86yplL._SL1500_Rock star Logan King has come home to Winchester Falls for the annual Summer Festival. Only this time he’s hauling a helluva lot more baggage than a few suitcases and vintage guitars. His closet contains more than the usual skeletons…and if he doesn’t keep the door firmly locked, someone might get harmed. The specter of what haunts him forces him to turn away from anything more than one-night-stands.

Until Izzy and her topaz eyes finally give him a reason to try again.

Since moving to town Isabella Grace has found friends and a place to belong for the first time in her life. Running the Summer Festival is the perfect way to show how important her new community is. She just never planned on a whirlwind fling with a man too used to saying goodbye. Or to fall for a guy who has as many secrets as he does hit songs.

Logan is used to protecting himself, but protecting Izzy is all new territory. With everything that matters to him at risk, he refuses to let her get hurt—even if that means he has to walk away. For her own good.

 

Rock star romance, with a side of stalker? Count me in! I saw this book on Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review, and immediately requested it. I really love a good rock star book for sure!

Bella lives in a small town in upstate New York, and runs a rare book store with two of her friends. She is in the midst of planning a summer music festival that revolves around mega rock star, Logan, also a resident of the small town-although he’s not there often. Bella is fairly new to the town, so she hasn’t met him before. When she does, sparks fly between the two almost immediately. Logan is where he considers home even if he is only rarely able to visit. He gives back to the community with the music festival. He’s insanely rich, and equally good looking, but he’s not happy. And that’s because he is being stalked by someone that’s unbalanced, to say the least. Bella isn’t looking for a relationship with a bad boy, she’s looking for a forever person. Logan absolutely doesn’t want to have a fling with a hometown girl, because of that exact reason-he doesn’t want any problems where he lives. But love doesn’t listen to what a person wants, it just is, at least it is in this book.

I really liked the characters of Bella and Logan. Each of them were very fully realized by the author, to the point that the reader feels like they know them, or at least they want to know them. Bella is beautiful and smart, with a sassy mouth for days.Her thoughts are just as much fun. Logan is the total hot package, and is all about the music, whether it’s playing it, or writing it. The chemistry between the two is off the charts HOT. And so are the sex scenes, this is definitely an adult read!

Surprisingly, this book went places I wasn’t expecting, and I wasn’t necessarily happy about it. When I say surprisingly, it’s because, I had no idea it was a trilogy so the book pretty much had to go other places. When the book ended, I was pretty shocked, and still trying to change pages on my Kindle. I really thought it ended much too abruptly, and it was actually right in the middle of a scene that had just started, and not an exciting one either. Definitely not one of the better cliffhangers I have encountered!

So, good romance, good characters, and a good story. More importantly, I enjoyed the read. The only thing I would have enjoyed more would be a better ending. The next one releases in January,so that’s not a bad wait. I recommend this to adult contemporary romance readers, ones that don’t mind pretty explicit sex scenes.

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Lorna

The review copy of Anything But Mine was supplied by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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