More Than Music
by Elizabeth Riggs
Series: Chasing the Dream #1
Publication date: June 17th 2014
Category: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Author in exchange for an honest review
Music major Maddie Taylor just finished her junior year of college and has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, yet every night she practices guitar and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don’t get to be rock stars. That is, until tattooed singer Jared Cross catches her playing guitar and invites her to join his band on The Sound, a reality TV show competition.
Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared than his flirty smile and bad boy reputation – and that he’s just as big a geek as she is. With each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore, but when the show pressures them to stay single they’re forced to keep their relationship secret.
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.
I love this book. I was fairly certain I was going to like it when I found out it was based off a reality show similar to The Voice, because I’m somewhat obsessed with that show, but I LOVED this book. It’s told from Maddie’s perspective, a music major (AKA: geeky piano player) just finishing her junior year of college. I fell in love with her character and the authors writing style immediately. She’s witty and fun and scared about life and REAL. Maddie’s had some issues in her past, but the storyline didn’t focus on the angst of overcoming some horrid past, it was about Maddie being that person she longed to be, deep in her soul, even if she didn’t know it right off the bat. It’s a story about taking risks and having faith in yourself. As the name of the series says… it’s about chasing dreams.
Between the realistic and [mostly] lovable characters, the superhero/villain/geek girl references, the intense feelings these characters and their tale evoked, and the perfect pacing of the story, I fell head over heels for More Than Music. Sexy Jared had nothing to do with it, I swear. Yeah, right! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Is it out yet? Can someone get me a copy? I’m kidding. No, I’m not. I’ll be stalking this author for more of this awesomesauce. Be prepared, Ms. Briggs. 😉
If you’re a fan of witty dialogue, a fabulous female lead, a super sexy bad boy rocker, having your heartstrings tugged, and smiling a lot — with not only your lips, but your heart — More Than Music is guaranteed to be your next favorite read!
About the Author
Elizabeth Briggs is a Young Adult and New Adult author who lives in Los Angeles with her British husband and a bunch of fluffy white rescue dogs. She’s a guitar-playing geek who loves books, rock music, and video games, goes to Comic Con every year, and is still hoping to be a Jedi when she grows up.
Elizabeth currently works with WriteGirl to mentor at-risk or pregnant teen girls in writing, to help them get through high school and into college. She also volunteers with Bichon FurKids to help rescued dogs find a new, loving home. She previously worked as an intern for literary agent Jill Corcoran of Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, an intern for Entangled Publishing, and an editor for Curiosity Quills Press.
Elizabeth is represented by Kate Schafer Testerman of KT Literary and is a member of SCBWI and RWA.
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