Wednesday, November 11, 2015

ARC Review: Running with Scissors by L.A. Witt

Running with Scissors From the blurb:

Eighteen months ago, drummer Jude Colburn made the biggest mistake of his life when he walked away from his band just as they were on the brink of success. Now, he’s got a second chance. The band’s bassist just quit, and Jude plays bass almost as well as he plays drums. The other band members aren’t thrilled, but they are desperate.

Running with Scissors needs him, but there’s one condition: no hooking up with bandmates. That’s what ruined things eighteen months ago, after all. Jude’s on board, but no one warned him about the drummer who replaced him. A.J. Palmer is shy and unassuming . . . until he hits the stage. He gets Jude’s attention from the first beat, and suddenly that “no hookups” rule isn’t so easy to follow.

Keeping secrets on a tour bus isn’t easy either, and it’s only a matter of time before the band catches on. When everything hits the fan, Jude has to choose: a second chance at the career he’s always regretted leaving, or a shot at the man of his dreams?

Heather's rating:

I've said it before, but I can't resist a L.A. Witt book. I just can't! My ratings range from 1 to 5 stars with her stuff (and I've read dozens of her books), but I can't resist taking the chance that the next L.A. Witt book will be a favorite. This book... meh, not in the favorite's pile, that's for sure.

I've read a lot of rock star books. A lot. I've loved them (Perfect Imperfections, Black Hurricane), I've hated them (The Curtis Reincarnation), and everything in between. This book was in between.

My issue with this book had a lot to do with the pacing. It was really slow and a little hard to get into. I found my attention wandering while trying to read, which is never a great sign for me.

I also didn't really feel the plot. There is a ton of bickering back and forth between the characters, lots of secrets and hiding and fighting, which isn't really my scene. I don't like books that have a negative vibe, and I wasn't feeling this one.

It wasn't all bad, though. I liked that the romance was slow burn over time, and that there was a lot of character development throughout the story. It also had a nice rocker-vibe, which fit with the theme. However, I've read rock star books that were much more compelling in the past, and I'm sure I won't be re-reading this one any time soon.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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