Series: The Woodlands Book 5
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on February 25th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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After years of trying to hit it big with his band, Adam Rees' dream is finally about to come true. A new lead singer brings with him a hot tour invite, but with a catch-his sister has to come with them. Despite an off-limits edict, Adam is instantly attracted the smart and beautiful Landry. But if he wants to claim his woman, it might be at the expense of all his ambitions. Landry Olsen has had success at every stage of her life, except when it comes to men. She's put her heart on the shelf, but one look at Adam and she's a goner. The hot rocker heats her from the inside out, and she wants him as much as he wants her. The only thing standing in their way of their happiness is Landry's brother-she ruined his musical hopes before, and she won't do it again. Even if it means saying no to the one guy who makes her believe in love again. There's no fruit more tempting than the forbidden kind...
Somehow I seem to do things out of order. Although this is the fifth in Jen Frederick’s Woodlands series, it’s the first that I’ve read. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable story that mixes “forbidden” romance with an element of mystery and to top it off, it’s set in the world of an up and coming band on tour. There’s many dynamics between the band mates and the touring partners that keep the story flowing at a good pace. But at the center of the story is Landry and Adam, two well matched twenty-somethings with a distinct spark between them and weeks on the road together in which to fight it or succumb while keeping it on the down low.
The story is told from both of their perspectives and I really enjoyed being in Landry’s head. She’s whip smart, very witty and in need of protection. Protection Adam intends to provide. There is an insta-attraction to each other, but Landry is considered off limits due to band mate Davis’ brotherly rules. But weeks on the road together only solidifies their connection. Adam is so sweet to her so you’d think Davis and crew would see the developing relationship and the way in which Adam’s standard guitar god conduct changes. It’s fun to tour with this group (F*ck Marry Kill) as they find their following increasing and the music world opens up to them.
There’s relatively low drama, until Landry’s past and present collide and I had no problem following the story cameo’s from characters from proceeding books in the series show up. It made me want to read books 1-4 all the more. I adore Jen’s characters and her writing in general, and I gotta say I found some moments between Landry and Adam incredibly hot. Seems I caught feelings for Adam Rees too! This is a solid 4 star read and one that I recommend.
~Review by Cyndi
This is one of my favorite types of story – the reformed bad boy who has immediate and burning chemistry with the girl who is discovering herself, but she has no idea of her impact on others. I loved how Landry (super cool name for a girl) was written as a super intelligent, but fun girl. Yes, she may not have really lived her life much because she hid in the computer lab, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a great personality to accompany her brains and looks.
And Adam Rees. I think I fell in love with him in the first few paragraphs. He’s so sure of his feelings and who Landry will be to him – he just needs to clue her (and her brother) into it. He has an amazing creative genius – it’s in his genes and he loves music for the pure love of playing. I loved watching Adam grow as a person as he grew in love and trust. Big kudos to Frederick for writing him so well.
The story doesn’t have a lot of drama but there is a “twisted twist” which is the motivating factor for the coming together of Landry and Adam. Kinda crazy and not overly detailed but it doesn’t take away from the central plot of the story.
Frederick delivers a solid story (yet again)! Whether read as a standalone or as a part of the series, you’ll thoroughly enjoy the book (and the series).
~ Review by Loredana