2 September 2014
Encore, (The Replacement Guitarist 4), Lori Toland
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I really liked the sound of this, but hadn’t read the preceding books. Still, I've jumped into existing series before without problems, I read samples and reviews to catch up on the story.
So, I can see there’s been major dramas with Blaze and Jason, with the band, and with singer and troublemaker Cassie. Razor’s Edge is doing really well, and the band are constantly busy, and it seems to Blaze he goes from one stop to the next, from one country to the next, barely pausing. Its draining living that way.
I liked Blaze, clearly has some serious family issues and yet he comes across as a genuinely nice guy, someone who’d help anyone in need and who values the people in his life. His guitar and music are central to who he is, and after the last breakup with Jason he’s thrown himself into work, having just simple one off flings, and not another relationship. Though he tells himself he’s over Jason, doesn’t want to see him again, when they do meet at an event where Jason is a last minute replacement for a sick emcee the fire between them burns as hot as ever.
So – that part, the two of them together and the intensity of their feelings worked really well for me. What got old quickly though was what seemed like a merry go round throughout the book, they’d breakup, meet after a few weeks or months, have a hot night or even a few days, and once again breakup over the stupidest, pettiest of reasons. It seemed like it was a never ending cycle, and I began to lose patience with both of them. There were other problems going on too – with the band, with their families, and at times it seemed as if there was just an overload of incidences, with each thing being a good potential sub-plot but with so many of them they simply didn't get the attention deserved and washed out as plots...the issue of Zack and the photos kept creeping in all the way through the book, and yet when the culprit was revealed it was over so quickly, a let down after the big build up. Jason’s health issues too – I felt they got similar treatment, kept being brought in and then suddenly it was all finished...One of those times where Less is More. There’s lots to like in this book, not least the incredible charisma of the leading characters, but I just found it so annoying when after all the heartbreak both Jason and Blaze let silly issues come between them. They didn’t seem to learn from past experience and kept falling into the same trap. I just want my leads to be happy, I love some drama, need some deep breakups and these on – off – on again situations didn’t really work so well for me. It seems I prefer relationships that seem solid until something major happens – nota silly argument over nothing – and then they part, and we see just how hard it is for each of them. Here there were months condensed into just a couple of pages, and it was hard at times to see if it had been days, weeks or months since the last breakup.
Stars: Three and a half. Treated a little differently and it would have been a possible five star for me, but as it is there were too many things that niggled. Its a book that will have five star appeal to many of course, but not for me for the reasons I’ve explained. That’s what novels are about though – it’s impossible to please everyone when we all want such different things.
ARC supplied by Book Enthusiast Promotions.