Thursday, April 9, 2015

review || ROCK & RELEASE

Rock & Release by Riley Edgewood 

Publisher: Self-Publisher (1/5/2015)
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Purchase links || amazon | bn || add to goodreads

Rating: ★★

Formerly released as a three-act serial, Rock & Release contains all three acts (VIP, Starstruck, & Show Stopper) together in one complete novel.

Cassidy Evans is looking for an escape over her college summer break. And when one night with a few too many martinis leads her to sexy guitarist, Gage Logan, she may have found exactly what she needs.

He’s hot and he’s sweet, and in the bedroom he’s enough to make Cassidy forget her own name. Multiple times. But as her heart opens to Gage, feelings she’s been trying to avoid slip through, too. Regret over her rocky relationship with her parents. Pain from her brother’s recent death. Guilt over a fallout with her best friend… As much as she craves Gage, she can’t unlock her heart the way she feels he deserves.

Enter Luca James, international rock star and lead singer for Gold Rush Standard. Cassidy can’t stand his music. She can’t stand his arrogance. And, when he sets his sights on more than the drinks she serves him, she especially can’t stand how she’s drawn to his no-strings-attached flirting.

Soon Cassidy will have to make a choice: ignore her heart and go after the carefree life she covets, or stand strong to face a bittersweet reality.

Either way, she risks losing everything she truly wants.

about Riley || Riley lives in the DC area and spends most of her time with her characters, playing with her toddler and husband, and pretending she knows how to be an adult. Former dancer. Current writer. Lifelong lover of accessories, books, and the beach. And cats. Can't forget the kitties. Of which she has two.

{ review } .

I originally read VIP (part 1) back in November, and while I never formally reviewed the title here, my biggest note was that I loved Cassidy and Gage, wanted to see more of them, but knew from previews that there was going to be a new player in the second installment.
And I was less than thrilled.

Cassidy has commitment issues; they don't stem from a romance gone bad, though, but from the loss of her little brother. Her brother was two years younger than she, and passed after messing with drugs. She doesn't feel that she deserves to be happy -- why should she get the happily ever after when her brother doesn't get to experience it?

She first met Gage when he was playing at a bar he worked at. She was drawn to his eyes and his voice. Slowly, the two began to get to know one another and they clicked.

...and it scared Cassidy.

She would try to push him away, but her body, mind, her entire being, craved him. And every night, she'd fall asleep in his arms --

-- only to wake on the edge of the bed. To which she'd feel relief.

Luca... Well, Luca is the lead singer for a band that Cassidy did not care for, but she, like with Gage, was drawn to his eyes. His message was against drugs, though, so Cassidy gave him points for that. But the part that irked me the most? He called her Cassie, and while, no that's not terrible, she told him time and again that her name was Cassidy. Eventually, she began to let it slide.

Luca was everything bad in Cassidy, and Gage everything good. She gets to see the country, but in doing so, she begins to lose herself.

She did not deserve Gage. Gage gave her chance after chance after chance. Why you'd give up something good, is beyond me. Gage would do anything and everything for her.

I enjoyed part one, detested part two, and cried in part three.

I grew to hate Cassidy, but Gage? Gage was always number one in my book, something he'd prove over and over and over again.

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