Published by Self-Published on May 16th 2014
Genres: Adult, New Adult, Romance
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“If opposites attract, then I am nothing. Because you, you are everything.”
There’s no easy road traveled to such an intense sentiment, one I never dreamt I’d feel…
But I also never planned on Cannon Blackwell climbing aboard my tour bus.
Reviewed by Joanne
*An E-ARC was supplied to me in exchange for review*
I love S.E. Hall’s Evolve series, so the moment I heard about this book I added it to my TBR list. When I received the ARC and started reading it, I was in a bit of a reading slump, and hoped that this book would pull me out. Well it most certainly did that. I was hooked from the very first chapter, and I enjoyed every bit of this book.
The prologue intrigued me, as when we first meet Liz, it’s a very sombre occasion and it seems that she is estranged from her father. After the brief introduction to Liz, Conner, Jarrett and Rhett, the story then picks up seven years later, with all of the gang living on a tour bus. Things are about to get shaken up with the introduction of a new band member going by the name of Cannon Blackwell.
This story was non-stop for me. If I wasn’t laughing, I was crying. There are some really sweet moments where the tears just fell before I even realised they were there (not a good look when you’re reading at work) and there were even more times where I laughed out loud, possibly even snorting (again, not a good idea when you’re surrounded by people!) Liz herself gave me my first “spit-take” moment when she first met Cannon and told him their band name. BEST BAND NAME EVER! And no, I’m not going to tell you what it is – you should enjoy discovering that little nugget yourself!
So what did I like about this book? Well everything. I loved Liz, she was really feisty, and I could completely relate to the mama bear in her where her brother Conner was concerned. She was responsible for his care and no one would ever come between them. She looked after him, and the other guys on the bus, and was entirely selfless, never taking time for herself. Her life revolved around them. Until Cannon.
Cannon is just…. *sigh* He’s perfect. He sings, he plays guitar, he’s kind, patient, loving and utterly devoted to Liz. Or Lizzie as he calls her. Oh and he’s HOT! He has a little baggage that Liz needs to overcome. He’s completely over it, but Liz has been protecting her heart for a long time, and is wary of letting him in until she’s sure. Which only makes Cannon more determined to prove he’s genuine. Living together in the close confines of a tour bus is one way to get to know someone really quickly. To get to know their habits, their quirks, what they like and what they don’t like. Cannon picks up on everything about Liz. He knows when she needs help, to stick with it even when she’s adamant she doesn’t need him, and also when to step back when she needs space. He makes her laugh, and makes her realise that it’s ok to let go, to let someone else take the reins now and then.
A special mention has to go to Conner. Oh my, that guy had me chuckling away at the things he said and did. He completely made the book for me. I loved him from the moment he was introduced in the story, and he absolutely killed me in the epilogue. He was so sweet he had me in tears, but also made me laugh too. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you come to it.
S.E. Hall has written an absolutely beautiful story about love, family, and friendship that will make you laugh, cry, and swoon. You may also need a cold shower or two because OMG this author knows how to write a steamy scene!
I check my phone for the tenth time. It’s almost 2 am, surely they’re asleep and I can sneak to my own bed. Sleeping with Conner isn’t as fun as you might think, unless you think being caged with a wild animal sounds like a party.
As quietly as possible, I slink out of the bed and through his door, pulling it closed; halfway there. Sending up a silent prayer I don’t meet any open, awake eyes, I turn, relieved at the lack of spectators, and scurry to my bed. After sharing my song tonight, I need some time to pass before I look them in the eyes—those lyrics, the tremor in my voice as I sang—I’m not ready for questions or commentary.
Of course I didn’t pull off the covert bed switch undetected. This bus—40 x 8 feet—might as well be a shoebox. I draw back the curtain, squinting my eyes against the dimness.
“Hey,” Cannon greets me with a whisper and grin from his bed, curtain also pulled open.
Giving him back the smile I can’t contain, I finger wave. Has he been waiting up for me? Was I secretly hoping he’d still be awake? Do I want to know either answer or what it says about me? What planet am I living on that this is now an issue?
“Here.” He scoots to the edge of his bunk and hands across…an earbud? Eyeing him curiously, I turn on my side, facing his way, and put it in my ear. “Shhh.” He puts a finger over his lips then winks and slips the other bud in his own ear, only breaking eye contact for a split second to tap the phone screen, then reconnecting in the muted light.
“Hello, Lizzie,” his voice sounds in my ear and as my eyes pop in surprise. He once again does the “shhh” thing, nodding to me to just listen. “I thought about playing you ‘You Are So Beautiful,’ but surely you already know that. This, you may not.”
There’s a brief pause, then music starts… It’s “Have a Little Faith in Me.”
I know I whimper aloud, but I force my eyes to stay on his no matter how badly I want to hide them and the building tears. Through the entire song, I stare and he stares back, mouthing the words every once in a while. With the closing notes, his voice returns.
“Not too corny, I hope. Just…think about it. Sweet dreams, Lizzie.”
Apparently picking up on the fact I’ve been rendered incapable of functioning, he reaches over and gently removes the earbud, taps the end of my nose with his fingertip, then closes my curtain for me.
I’ll have the corny with a side of corny please.