Series: In Too Deep #3
Published by self published Genres: New Adult
Source: Blog Tour
Becki Mowry’s journalism expertise keeps her busy as she spends her waking hours filling a calendar with gigs and public appearances for her boyfriend’s up and coming band, Alternate Tragedy. Radio interviews and TV spots result in sold out concerts and rowdy groupies hot for her guy; lead singer, Calon Ridge. But, as fame would have it, their time in the limelight also brings sabotage, rumors and false accusations. Becki and Calon try to stay steadfast on a personal journey that takes them to the depths of fear and uncertainty. And finally, the rug is pulled out from under the band when they must make a transition they never dreamed they’d be faced with.
In this third book of the In Too Deep series, Becki and Calon struggle to find balance as they navigate their new relationship while living amid the rock world’s nocturnal chaos. But when life’s unexpected obstacles come out of nowhere, they focus on finding their own private solace Above the Noise
First Line of Above The Noise:
“Change our image?”
My Thoughts on Above The Noise:
This is book 3 in the In Too Deep series but works perfectly fine as a standalone. But why would you do a crazy thing like that! If you are in to NA books that pluck at your heartstrings, then you should line them all up to read.
But back to Above The Noise, if I have to pick one word to describe this I’d use rollercoaster. It is a hold-on-tight, white-knuckle, emotional ride. At times I felt dizzy with the romance, then sick to my stomach with nerves and anxious tension as the drama unfolded and then back to eagerly anticipating the next high. At the end of it all; I put it down with a smile thinking that was one wild ride.
I have to admit that initially I was slow to get into the book. It took me until some of the plot revealed itself for me to fully get behind the story but when that happened I was hooked.
Calon and Becki are a fun couple. They are cute together, often made me laugh and their chemistry is off the scales. It’s hard not to swoon over rock star Calon so I didn’t even try not to; I just let myself fall head over heels with this smooth talking, gentle souled, hard bodied, swoonfest of a man. And I love that Becki has oodles of confidence and a snarky side that she isn’t afraid to unleash when necessary.
The story is told through dual point of view and flashbacks to the summer when they first met. I did find the dual point a bit confusing. The voices felt similar and I had to double check the heading at times to see who was talking.
It felt refreshing that Calon and Becki built their friendship first and deliberately held back on the physical side as it just felt so much more intense and meaningful that way. I hate insta-love and I really got behind this romance as it was developed slowly and solidly. Plus the build up of sexual tension between them added to the spice factor of the book.
The plot was also distinctly different. It deals with issues that I haven’t come across in a new adult book before. Sorry, I know that’s vague but I don’t want to give spoilers as it would take from the storyline. But the issues dealt with add a depth to story that I really appreciated. A hot romance is great but I love when a plot deals with profound issues that really pull you through the emotional wringer.
I seriously think Michelle Kemper Brownlow is trying to kill me with her plots! And she is succeeding, each of her books have left me drained but happy. And chomping at the bit for more.
Who should read Above The Noise?
If you love New Adult books that are emotional as well as spicy, then I’d recommend this one to you. I’m also recommending Above The Noise to those who enjoy the use of lyrics in books and a strong musical influence in the plot. Or if you like authors such as Jasinda Wilder, Caisey Quinn or J A Redmerski; then I think you’d also enjoy this one.
Thanks to Book Plug Promotions for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.