The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other?
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You had me at the Dave Matthews reference.
“A guy and a girl can be just friends, but at one point or another they will fall for each other, maybe temporarily, maybe at the wrong time, maybe too late, or maybe forever.”
I really liked this book!
This is a best friend to lovers/rock star novel. It was a great combination of the two and took a unique path to tell their story. Noah has just won a reality t.v. show that catapults his music career to heights no one saw coming. Unlike other rock star romances, we get to watch Noah’s career take off and see how fast everything changes for him. There are lots of “behind the scenes” things and social media integration that really makes this book realistic and hilarious.
I was immediately hooked from the first page and ready to join the Lockette Fan Club. I enjoyed the writing style and the author is equally talented with lyrics. I kind of wanted a soundtrack to go with the book, so I could listen to some of the songs.
Noah and Chloe’s connection was simply perfection. The two had an unbreakable bond and I loved how their relationship with one another always came first. Their banter and inside jokes made for a fun and entertaining read, and the sweet and tender moments made by belly flutter. I normally get annoyed when I see things like Disney references (I don’t know why), but this had some Peter Pan references that were inside stories from their past that absolutely stole my heart.
The only downfalls for me were the angst and twists. I am an angst fan, but it seemed that this book dragged for me at times and I just wanted the couple to get on with it. There were also some twists that added to drama to the story, but felt a little thrown in to me. That being said, I think that there are many people who will love the twists. They just weren’t for me. The story and relationship between these two is so beautiful that I really didn’t think some of it was needed. These two were good all on their own.
Overall, I would recommend this book. It has a little bit of something for all romance lovers: swoon, angst, mystery, and suspense.
You see him grinning, maybe on a pap shot, maybe snapped on a red carpet, smiling at you from the middle of a magazine. You see him in the spotlight; hot in more ways than one, right?
You see shouting headlines, hear the shrieks of infatuated fans, visualize the vacuous presenters buffing up his ego on all those TV channels and him batting away compliments like they’re bees. You see bulbs flashing, neon flickering, videos playing on loop everywhere. They’re in the gym, on the seatback screens of airplanes; in your Facebook sidebar when you’re messaging your friends.
You hear his music, obviously. How could you not? It’s everywhere. His voice is everywhere. You know the stats. Noah Lockton. Twenty-three. Five-foot-eleven, messy brown curls and steel-gray eyes. Pisces. You think you know him, this superstar, guitar-playing rock star.
But there are some things you don’t know about Noah Lockton.
You don’t know how proud he was that time, to have made me a cake out of Lego, mud and toothpaste. How when he was eight, he sat up in the tree house for three whole days after Prairie died. I was freaking out that if the dog fell down from heaven no one else would be as close to the sky to catch him. Noah just didn’t want anyone else to see him cry. So we sat up there together, neither of us saying a word. Just holding hands.
You don’t know how crazy he made me, teaching me guitar till my fingers bled. How we perfected the art of burping the entire first Britney Spears single together after four cans of Diet Coke and convinced a radio station to put us on air.
You don’t know how his arms felt wrapped around me when my world came crashing down; how I clung to the feeling of him inside me, filling me up; bringing me back to life again when all I could feel otherwise was numb.
You don’t know how we avoid the subject now.
When we were kids, his dad said his eyes were so shiny in all my photos because of all the stars inside them.
Noah was always going to shine.
He was always going to be mine.
But sometimes even I forget the way things were before he was famous.
Becky has also written three funny travel books about her time in Dubai, Bali and South America (HarperCollins). Her first book, Burqalicious – The Dubai Diaries, her second book, Balilicious – The Bali Diaries and her third, Latinalicious -The South America Diaries are out now as ebooks.
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