Twenty-three year old Jasper Jones fell in love with Dean McQueen at fourteen, but after a disastrous relationship, Jazz would like nothing better than to see the rock star choke on his own vomit.
In a desperate attempt to keep his home, Jazz signs a deal with Dean’s band, Black Hurricane, to perform at a couple of concerts. It feels like one of Dean’s feeble attempts to get Jazz back, but painted into a corner like he is, Jazz has no choice.
After a catastrophic reunion, Dean seems bent on destroying Jazz’s life. It all started when an impromptu bar performance ended up on YouTube and Jazz became an internet sensation overnight. The name “Jazdean” keeps popping up in headlines and the paparazzi stalk his every move. To make matters worse, Jazz is about to end up on the streets for the second time in his life.
Awesome. Perhaps my favorite rock star book to date.
Do you know that feeling when a book makes you so emotional that you have actual chest pains while reading? That tightness in your chest, the way your eyes water, when a book is SO FREAKING GOOD that you can't handle your emotions? That's how I felt reading this one.
Oh god, this book was amazing. It had a very similar vibe to Moonlight Becomes You and I felt almost identically during both reading experiences. This book was another "scorned teenage lover becomes enemies with former lover/rock star," then morphs into enemies-to-lovers. I loved it with "Moonlight Becomes You" and I loved it now.
I was afraid that I wasn't going to like this one because first person, present tense is very difficult to pull off successfully. However, Erica Pike did a beautiful job with the writing. I was FULL of feelings, full of emotions, and may have shed some tears while eating lunch, looking like the crazy lady crying over her book. The writing really spoke to me as a reader. I felt like Jazz acted exactly how I would have acted in his situation.
One thing that stands out for me is that Jazz didn't let Dean back in his good graces easily. Don't you HATE when someone gets screwed over and then forgives the guy in a hot second? It is one of my major pet peeves. Well, no worries here, folks. Jazz is pissed with Dean, and Dean gets to FEEL. HIS. WRATH. I loved that part. I wanted Dean to suffer before Jazz took him back and suffer he did. Jazz was no push over and I adored him for it.
The chemistry between the two MCs was off the charts. I felt the gravitational pull between them and I couldn't get enough. I honestly didn't put this book down all day, and I almost pulled an all-nighter last night because I didn't want to stop. I actually dreamt about these boys.
Also, for readers who are scared to try this book because they haven't read the others in the series, you shouldn't worry. This could easily be read as a stand-alone. I haven't read the others in the series and now I want to go back and read each book before it because I can't get enough of these characters!
The only minor quibble was that I thought the ending was a tad weak. This book was THIS close to being on my ultra-exclusive all times favorites list, but I was sort of unhappy with Dean at the end. I think I'm still a bit peeved at him, to be honest.
Guys, do yourself a favor and buy this book. It is one of the sweetest, most emotional rock star books out there. If you want to drown in feelz and read a story that you won't be able to get out of your head for days, you need to be reading this one. It was THAT good.
**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**
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