More Than Music (Chasing the Dream #1) by Elizabeth Briggs (Review by Katie – #NerdGirlKtLBLy)

More than music

Title: More Than Music (Chasing the Dream #1) 

Author: Elizabeth Briggs

Published Date: June 17th 2014

Genre: Contemporary romance


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They can’t resist each other, but their secret romance might tear their band apart…

Classical musician Maddie Taylor secretly dreams of a louder life, but geeky girls like her don’t get to be rock stars. That is, until tattooed singer Jared Cross catches her playing guitar and invites her to join his band on The Sound, a reality TV show competition.

Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared than his flirty smile and bad boy reputation. With each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore, but when the show pressures them to stay single they’re forced to keep their relationship secret.

As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.


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***Katie – #NerdGirlKtLBLy’s  Review***
***3.5 STARS***
Maddie Taylor loves music and wants to compose movie soundtracks when she’s out of school. She plays piano and guitar but geeky girls like her aren’t supposed to play guitar so she only plays it in secret. Her best friend Kyle is the keyboardist in a band called Villain Complex with his older brother Jared, who plays guitar, their friend Hector, who plays drums, and Jared’s girlfriend Becca, who plays bass. After a show, Maddie and her friends go to a party at Kyle’s place because Kyle wanted to show her their studio. At the party Becca and Jared get into a big argument about Jared and his flirtatious ways with fans. Maddie tries to leave but decides to hide out in the studio to at least check it out. There she sees Jared’s guitar and she starts to play on it and sing one of their songs. Jared catches her playing it and Maddie runs out embarrassed before anything else can happen. Jared catches up to her the next day to ask her to join the band since Becca had quit. Villain Complex has an audition to go on the reality show “The Sound” which is like “The Voice” but for bands, and they need someone at least just for the audition. Maddie reluctantly agrees and is swept up in a whirlwind lifestyle of competition, catfights, music, and love.
It was an interesting take on the behind the scenes of what a “reality show” may be like and it gave the story a unique twist. How certain people will react on and off camera, and what the producers will do to either get more viewers, or to make the odds more in their favor then really caring about the people in the competition. Overall it was a very good story and I love books about “reality shows” so I definitely enjoyed this.


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