Title: In the Band
Author: Jean Haus
Genre: New Adult
Publish Date: October 19, 2012
Personal Rating: 4 Stars
About the Book:
When family problems push Riley Middleton into giving up a percussion scholarship in another state and attending college from home, her friends push her to try out for a local rock band. Of course, Riley makes the band. She rules at the drums.
Riley soon finds out rock bands have a different dynamic than marching bands, especially when each of her male band mates has a major ego and is a major player. Two of them relentlessly flirt with her. The other—a dark, sexy rock god she can’t help being attracted to— is a total jerk and pushes her to quit. She becomes determined to ignore his rudeness and his hotness. Even if she was interested in jerks, a hook up would probably get her booted out of the ego-ridden band, and playing keeps her sane. Behind the drums, the world and its troubles evaporate.
If she wants to stay in the band, Riley needs to ignore the growing sparks between her and her band enemy. But as she gets to know the man behind the stage persona, ignoring him proves to be more difficult than flowing through a time sig shift.
*New Adult/Mature YA for language and sexual situations.
When I read the synopsis for this book, I just knew I had to read it. First off, I am the mother of a female drummer who is quickly learning the downside of being female in a male world. I so totally connected with the book through that aspect and loved it, however, that was not all that was great about this book.
My favorite character, even though I really connected with the female drummer Riley, was Romeo the guitar player from the band. What a complex character Jean Haus has created. From his toughness to him being very sweet, I thought he was a well developed character. All of the characters are very well developed making their interactions more intense and intimate.
A great book with a well paced story that kept me turning the pages. This book was very memorable and I won’t forget it for a long time.
I really think I have a like for the New Adult genre. I read Wake by Abria Mattina last year and was totally absorbed by the story, as much as I was this one. I think I have found another favorite genre.
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Jean Haus lives in Michigan with her wonderful husband and son who, other than cooking,
have taken over homemaking duties since she started writing more. When Jean isn’t writing,
she’s usually reading. Anything from young adult to historical fiction as long as there is a bit a
romance, she’ll load it on her Kindle. She loves to cook, and someday she will create the world’s