In the Band
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In the Band

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by Jean Haus
     
 

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Being popular in the college music scene doesn’t solve all your problems; at least that’s what the hot musicians of indie band Luminescent Juliet discover. In this compelling novel, trouble begins when eighteen-year-old Riley, trying to regain her rhythm after throwing away her percussion scholarship to a top school, wins an audition to become the…  See more details below

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Being popular in the college music scene doesn’t solve all your problems; at least that’s what the hot musicians of indie band Luminescent Juliet discover. In this compelling novel, trouble begins when eighteen-year-old Riley, trying to regain her rhythm after throwing away her percussion scholarship to a top school, wins an audition to become the band’s new drummer. This sets her on a collision course with Romeo, the band’s sexy dark-haired guitarist, whose ambitions do not include performing with a girl. Luckily for Riley, all her problems seem to evaporate when she’s behind the drums. Yet she can’t ignore reality as the band’s artistic power struggles increase — and the dynamic between her and Romeo edges from dislike into overwhelming attraction. If the two can’t find a way to be together without breaking up the band and wreaking havoc on the lives of those around them, they’ll lose not just their chance to make music, but their chance for a future together.

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ISBN-13:
9781480114067
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
10/18/2012
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

Jean Haus is the author of the Luminescent Juliet series, which revolves around a sexy, talented indie band in a small college town. She lives in Michigan with her husband and son, where she spends almost as much time teaching, cooking, and golfing as she does thinking about the tough but vulnerable rockers featured in her books. Visit Jean online at http://www.jeanhaus.com.

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PrettyInFiction More than 1 year ago
In the Band by Jean Haus has definitely taken its spot on my list of favorite New Adult novels. A story about a girl joining a band full of hot guys, especially the hot but frustrating guitar player Romeo? Yeah. Who doesn't want to read about that? More times than not, in books like this one, I end up disliking the main character within the first few pages. For some reason, they always seem like the same down-and-out, sarcastic, defensive girl who can't let anyone get close to her. That is so not the case with Riley. She's real, low key, honest and funny. And I connected to her immediately. Riley feels guilt about her family's problems, things that have nothing to do with her. She cooks, cleans, takes care of her sister, all while her mother sinks further into depression. And Riley is the one who is left feeling guilty for wanting to "waste time" in a band or with a boy. I felt such sympathy for Riley, I felt an understanding for why she felt the way she did, but I also had some frustration because Riley was the only member of her family to act like an adult and step up to the plate, even though none of it was her fault or problem. I kept wishing she'd realize that everyone else needed to deal with there own issues and just give everyone the finger and ditch out on them all. But, of course, Riley being the loving, caring daughter that she is would never do something like that. Then there's the guitar god known as Romeo. I'm telling you, this book is a swoon-fest and it's all Romeo's fault. This boy definitely lives up to his name. The heat between him and Riley sizzles right off the page. Sure, Romeo's character seems like a bit of wish fulfillment, but he is still slightly flawed (in a way that makes him even more attractive). Basically, he reminds me a lot of Lucas from Easy. And I know many of you love Lucas from Easy just as much as I do. And there's even a little extra at the end of the book, a pivotal scene in Romeo's POV, that gives the reader a nice little look inside his head. In the Band is a mature YA/New Adult novel and, due to a little sexual content, is not recommended for younger readers. But, it it's a steamy romance in the same vein as Easy you're after, then In the Band is the book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in one day. Romeo is a real jerk in the beginning & his reasoning behind it doesn't make sense to me. But once he starts being nice he's really sweet. I love Riley even though she's a martyr she's stronger than most kids her age & she's the total opposite of selfish. She's not annoying or naive like most girls in YA novels. Her mom really got me pissed I feel that as a female & mother she should've been stronger like most moms I know who been through worst with their husbands. She was extremely weak, selfish & her behavior was that of a bad mom. Her dad its a pig in my eyes & I don't like him either. Her two best friends are okay I really didn't like Marcus though, that whole ”I'm a boy” excuse he gave to Riley was rude to both her & Chole. I felt like he was trying to play her like she was stupid with that excuse to like who would want to be with you after you done that to her other bff that would be awkward & shows he didn't love her at all. I figured out her two bffs from the first argument though. I won't go into details about anything though so no spoilers here, buy the book & read it you won't be disappointed I recommend this book to anyone. It does have curses & sexual situations but it doesn't have x-rated sex scenes.
MarissaA More than 1 year ago
This was a really good read. I enjoyed reading the characters, and thought the Author did a very great job in describing their backgrounds, aspirations, especially with the main character, Riley. She's not only a Freshman in College, but is a new stellar drummer in a rock band, but she's dealing with her parents divorcing, and caring for her younger sister, while her Mom, is well, not really dealing with the divorce well. I felt for Riley, in that way, her parents going through a divorce and are going in separate directions, and feeling the anger, frustration, overwhelming sensation that so much is going on, was relatable, so I definitely can relate to Riley's feelings towards that situation, towards her parents. I liked that there was that sense of a solution in the situation, so that was nice. I love that this story is New Adult, and it just fits so well in that category. Romeo was a definitely a nice catch, and would seem like the 'bad boy' but just you wait and see and read on, because you will definitely see a different side to this talented guitarist, and he was a great male lead, and definitely great for Riley, but you might not think so in the beginning, but...well you'll see. This was a fun read that I Recommend if you enjoy New Adult, Rock Bands, Realistic Situations, and a steaming romance. My Rating: 4.4/5I Say A Strong PG-13 Rating (Some Language & Sexual Situations) 
TheAddictedReader More than 1 year ago
If you ever dreamed of being in a band read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish it was longer!!
D-B1 More than 1 year ago
I loved and enjoyed reading the awesome, fabulous, heart wrenching, wonderfully written, contemporary love story, In the Band by Jean Haus. I received this truly amazing, heartfelt love story free through Goodreads First Reads. Since Riley's mom is going through a divorce after twenty-one years of marriage, Riley gives up a drummer percussion scholarship to stay home take care of her younger sister and help out around the house while going to a local university. Riley through the persistence of her two best friends, Chloe and Marcus, tries out for a drummer position in a performing group called Luminescent Juliet. The lead singer and band leader, Romeo, doesn't want her in the band but finally agrees to it and makes it his goal to get her to quit. Riley is having a difficult time in her Calculus III class and Romeo agrees to tutor her and the sparks and attraction between the two gets harder to control. Read the phenomenal, outstanding, well written, highly recommended romantic, love story, In the Band by Jean Haus.
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I had not read this author before but I really enjoyed her writing style. It was a wonderful story of a young women starting college and her facing the problems of her parents separation and give up her dream of drumming at a big college. But the part of the story that I liked the most was the love story between Romeo & Riley. It is worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars. Cute book quick read. Read this book in a day. LOVETOREAD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Loved the chatacters and the story.
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Was a good story. I really enjoyed it.
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Luna_Maxwell More than 1 year ago
Amazing! A must read!
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Lol i had a really bad yesterday..so my fiance and best friend are leaving..ad i got punched in the face by a guy for no reason! Lol im better now though...wbu?
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Im on greek btw. :3 and i found chu!
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I really enjoyed the story line for this book. Although, the characters and their involvement in the different obstacles of their lives could have been more deep at times the book overall was a good one to read. I felt the author could have elaborated on and giving more depth to the  ending. All in all it was a good easy fun read. Definitely recommend.