I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Sinful Serenade,
on October 6th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Buy on: Amazon
Good girls don’t date rockstars.
They certainly don’t take rock stars as fuck buddies.
Still a virgin at 21, Meg Smart walks a straight and narrow path. She aces her classes, excels at her part time job, and carefully avoids the black hole that is mourning her sister. There’s no room in her life for trouble–no drinks, no drugs, and especially no boyfriends.
Fine with Miles.
Rock star Miles Webb doesn’t do boyfriend. He doesn’t do intimacy, or love, or anything that isn’t effortless and casual. The only time the singer reveals himself is on stage. His gorgeous, tortured voice hints at the kind of unspeakable pain Meg understands all too well. Only the second he steps off stage he transforms into a cocky, know-it-all player.
Their chemistry is red-hot. He’s tattooed, tall, and totally irresistible. She can’t handle a one-night stand, and a relationship is totally out of the question.
That only leaves one option:
Friends with benefits.
Just sex. Just fun.
No secrets, no feelings, no falling in love.
Only neither one of them can quite abide by the terms.
Crystal Kaswell’s Sing Your Heart Out is the first novel in her new Sinful Serenade series, and can be read as a standalone novel. In the first book, brainy Meg Smart embarks on a “Friends with Benefits” relationship with rockstar Miles Webb after the two meet at one of the band’s parties. Meg has recently lost her sister, and isn’t interested in getting involved with anyone. Instead, Meg would rather focus on getting into medical school, but when Miles propositions her with a no-strings attached relationship, Meg jumps at the opportunity.
What I liked about this book was how complex the characters were. Neither were cookie cutter characters, which would have been easy considering that on the surface this is a good girl snags the bad boy romance. Yet, when you look closely at Miles and Meg, they are so much more than that. Both of them are running from issues that have caused them serious grief, and bring loads of baggage to the table. I felt this added a bit of unpredictability to the story.
Another aspect of the story I really enjoyed was the arc of Miles and Meg’s relationship. Meg was a huge fan of Sinful Serenade, Miles’ band, before they met, but she’s not some fangirl who hooked up with her crush. Both of them have best friends who go “way back,” and Miles and Meg getting together via mutual friends is something many people can relate to. I’m a huge fan of characters who develop feelings over time, and insta-love can be a big turn off in a story. Having two characters with some history, of sorts, made me more invested in the story than if they’d fallen for each other at first sight.
I would recommend this story to anyone interested in a hot, hot, hot romance. There is a reason I gave Sing Your Heart Out 5 flames, and the book earned every one of them. However, the sex in the book didn’t read as gratuitous. There were reasons Miles and Meg couldn’t keep their hands off one another, and that was in keeping with who the characters were established as being. This novel isn’t for folks who shy away from lots of sex in their books.
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