Everything they need is in harmony
Astrid Sinclair fought hard to become a respected music journalist, not just the ex-wife of a rock god. Her new story is about Downbeat, a folksy rock band about to break through to the big-time.
Seth Riveau has been living a peaceful, small-town life for the last six years. When his old band Downbeat invites him to play with them, he can’t say no to a chance to start moving forward again.
When they meet at a music festival, Seth is intrigued by the cool, illusive Astrid, while Astrid is curious about the calm, mysterious Seth. But he’s not prepared for the feelings Astrid causes, and she’s not ready to risk it all for someone new.
The rhythm is building a long time before they start to hear the lyrics. But what if Seth is moving towards stardom and Astrid’s totally done with the spotlight?
Zoe has been writing since she was a little girl, growing up north of Chicago. Since then, she’s lived in Ohio and San Francisco, and now lives near Boulder.She has a job that she loves, but it doesn’t sound exciting to anyone else. She does yoga and takes dance classes when she can. She has a husband, who reads her romances, and an amazing little girl, who is way too young to read what Zoe writes (yet).
She’s inspired by her family and friends, books and art, and all of the places she’s traveled.
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*** ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review ***
This was a story that took its time to grow, to build up. Reading their story was like listening to an album throughout the ups and downs in a relationship, from the meet cute to the moments when they argued in a passionate way, giving life to their songs, passionate and sensual, sweet and caring. But the best thing was to wait until the end, when the hidden tracks appeared, that little something I loved.
I had to admit, it took some freaking time to get into their story; which was pretty surprising because these two collided pretty fast.
Maybe it was deliberate to have this little contrast. I guess it was.
What about this woman who had been burned by her past as a wife of someone famous. Being in the shadows of a rockstar and not being considered for what she really was. Because of her ex husband’s celebrity. As a music journalist, she was finding her way to tell stories, the ones talking about the artists and their approach of writing songs and conveying emotions to the public, or the stories that you won’t hear anywhere else. She had that charming power to let people taking so easily.
Seth wasn’t expecting to meet a woman like her. Intrigued by her and attracted like he has ever been, he wasn’t letting go of this powerful chemistry they have. But that man was still fighting his own fears and scars which haven’t healed yet. A talented artist you gave some many beautiful songs to other artists, a man down to earth, close to his family who wasn’t really looking for fame but just keeping doing his music and helping others.
I adored how Seth was peaceful to Astrid’s feisty side. A beautiful harmony, a bit scary for two people who have just met. I had to say that Astrid frustrated the hell out of me, especially about her insecurities and stubbornness. They were upfront and not hiding what they felt. A story as a constant work in progress, when the characters grew up on you, authentic and genuine.