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Posted June 10, 2013
Although this book is the third in the Black Cat Records series, it can be read as a stand alone. However, I found myself wishing I had read the previous two books first, because I felt I missed a lot of character development and background information about the band. The writing did feel a bit juvenile at times and I didn't get the depth I usually like to have in a book, but it was still a pleasant read.
I really enjoy reading about musicians and going out on the road to do a tour. There's something about the mechanics and everything a group must do to promote themselves just fascinates me. And it really shows you how much of their lives are not their own anymore. This is where Love Resolution starts out. Avery and Marcus, who I gathered to be our main characters are engaged and getting ready to start a new tour with their band, Brutal Strength.
However, Avery is instantly hit with an unexpected visitor that shakes her world up a bit and is dealing with the return of her twin brother from rehab. Her fiancée Marcus, is worried about how Avery is going to handle being out on tour. He knows from experience what it's like, and he is afraid of how their relationship will work out knowing the strains that go along with the life of a musician.
Marcus drove me a little crazy. He just seems way too overprotective of Avery and doesn't give her the benefit of the doubt when it comes to her making certain decisions. I get where Marcus is coming from, being an extremely jealous person myself, but at the same time- he's pushing her away because of his insecurities.
Avery, on the other hand, was quite sweet and innocent. However, her friendliness and innocence in this business can be twisted into something much more. I admit, one of the things that irked me about this book was the amount of unnecessary drama between Avery and Marcus.
We do have some great side characters in this book. My favorite would have to be Samantha, Sam, Daniels who is also dating a member of Brutal Strength. She's fun and I liked how she was a good friend to Avery throughout everything that happened.
After an accident that leaves the duo shaken, Marcus begins to retreat from Avery thinking that he's doing her a favor. What he doesn't realize is that she loves him through the good AND the bad. Sigh. Men.
And so enter Bryan Jackson 'Bullet', who is the lead guitarist for Tempest, Brutal Strength's opening band. He's your ultimate sexy, bad boy rocker, and he is quite interested in capturing Avery's attention.
Will Avery stick with Marcus for better or worse? Or will she decide that his jealousy and insecurities have gone too far?
*Received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*
Posted June 8, 2013
Within the past few months I've read a few different series that started off a bit bland for me. But, I made commitments to read multiple books in the series, so I continued on and in the end was pleasantly surprised. Well, I'm in a similar situation with this series. I had purchased the first two books ages ago it seems, but I don't always get time to read books I purchase. So, when the tour came up, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for me to get caught up on the series.
I will tell you that I was told the third book could be read as a stand alone and I actually started the third book without reading the first two, but I had to stop after the first few chapters. I really felt like I needed more background information on the characters in order to develop a connection to them and their story.
LOVE RESOLUTION brings the reader back to Marcus and Avery's story. There are things about both characters that I do like and at times I like them together. They work as a couple and clearly they have a connection. Life continues on for Avery and Marcus with a few surprises along the way. Someone from Avery's past surfaces just before the start of their tour. Then, there's Marcus who feels like he's not getting enough attention. And I must not forget to mention Bryan, who is the guitarist for the opening band on their tour. With the stress of the tour, egos, and hurt feelings, Marcus and Avery struggle to keep their love alive.
I did like Avery. She's a talented musician, she's sweet, and loyal to her friends, family, and to Marcus. She's genuinely a good person and I liked the fact that she didn't become a diva. Avery does love Marcus and I do see the appeal, but he was a bit on the whiny side for me for most of the book. It rubs me the wrong way when guys think they can make decisions on behalf of their spouse. I understood where he was coming from, but it bugged me. Plus, I think I still had some underlying issues with Marcus from the first book. However, I do feel like Marcus redeemed himself in the end and I was happy with the ending.
I want to mention Bryan. I absolutely loved Bryan! When he's first introduced, I felt a mix of lust and disgust. As I got to know him and see how he interacted with Avery, I fell for him pretty hard. I think there are many layers to Bryan that have yet to be uncovered and I can't wait to see more!
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I'm glad I read the first two books in the series before reading this one. I felt like I had a better grasp on not only Avery and Marcus' characters, but the rest of the cast as well. I will definitely continue on with the series, because I'm invested in the story at this point, the writing has gotten stronger, and I really want to read Bryan's story! If you're a fan of Rock Romances, check this series out.
Posted May 9, 2013
The claws come out in the third installment of Michelle Mankin's Black Cat Record's Series. As Marcus and Avery along with their band mates tour grows, pasts will come back to haunt them. As Avery tries to move forward her love is tested and tried. Mankin puts together the perfect, yet emotion ride to continue the tales of Brutal Strength! Love Revolution is by far my favorite of all 3 Black Cat Record Books, and leaves you with just enough of a tease to want more! ~April MerrimanWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.