Alex Halford's rock-star husband, Glenn, steals away in the middle of the night, leaving her with their two boys, a mountain of debt, and one person to turn to—his lifelong friend and band mate, David Callahan. David helps Alex pick up the pieces of her shattered life, happy to have any time with the woman he's loved for seventeen years. Every moment with her is ripe with opportunity, and every last idea running through his mind would destroy his brotherly bond with Glenn.
Out from under Glenn's thumb, Alex can see the person she was before marriage, finding feelings for David she thought she'd left behind in high school. A single kiss and the floodgates open, giving her new hopes of happiness. But when David and Glenn's band has a chance to be back on top, David must convince Glenn to return. With every passing day, success comes closer, Glenn's ego inflates, and David and Alex find it more difficult to hide. One misstep and the secret comes out, forcing David to choose between his life's work and the woman he doesn't want to leave behind.
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About the Author
Karen Booth is a Midwestern girl transplanted in the South, raised on 80s music, Judy Blume, and the films of John Hughes. A former music-industry exec, Karen writes smart, steamy contemporary romance--big city loves stories and rock star romances.
When Karen isn't creating fictional musicians, she's listening to everything from Otis Redding to Duran Duran to Tokyo Police Club with her kids, honing her Southern cooking skills (she makes some mean collard greens), or sweet-talking her astoundingly supportive husband into whipping up a batch of cocktails.
Visit karenbooth.net for more information on Karen and her books. Sign up for her newsletter, which features regular giveaways, at bit.ly/kbnews. Or check out the 'Rock n Roll High School" series on her blog where authors and musicians share musical memories of high school.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wanting a sequel
I always get so excited when i get an email from Karen Booth telling me she has a new book coming out an would i like to review it. I so love her books especially her Rockstars . Her books are like watching an episode of where are they now for your favourite band as a teen. Hiding in the Spotlight is no exception. I loved watching the relationship between Alex and David develop it felt very natural and perfect. I must admit I wasn't expecting the book to finish the way it did but i loved it. Definitely pick this one up, it is well worth the read. Overall i give this 5 out of 5
4.5 stars Reviewed by IvyD for Miss Ivy's Book Nook David and Glenn have been friends forever. Enter Alex in their Junior year. David falls hard but his reticence in telling Alex of his feelings allows Glenn to beat him to the punch. Double Damage, Glenn and David’s rock group takes off, Glenn marries Alex and David’s left with a severe case of unrequited love while being their best friend. Ms. Booth does an excellent job of bringing her characters and their world to life. Fast forward seventeen years from Junior high days and talk about your emotional conflict and misery. David’s had a brief marriage but mainly a string of girlfriends, none of which last long. Glenn and Alex have two sons, Page and Tyler, and a dead marriage. Glenn has cheated repeatedly and finally disappeared leaving their joint accounts almost empty. When Glenn leaves Alex high and dry she turns to one of her best friends, David, for help. Refusing to accept his offer of financial assistance she does accept his offer of a place to live while her home is being rented to a film company; the boys’ tuition has to be paid after all. Some where along the line Glenn has morphed into the stereotypical “I’m the center of the universe” rock star, not a huge leap for him granted. However, you’d think the children would have made a dent in that ego and self centeredness. Sadly for Glenn, fame is a fickle mistress and Double Damage isn’t selling out stadiums or at the top of the charts. However, thanks to David and his business acumen there’s a good chance that is about to change. Unlike Bring Me Back, HIDING IN THE SPOTLIGHT doesn’t invite fantasies of landing your younger self’s rock star crush. I’m still unsure if it was the triangle, the length of time David had loved Alex, or simply the complicated situation overall, but HIDING IN THE SPOTLIGHT is Ms. Booth’s most emotional book to date. She has a knack of bringing musical stars down to earth. There was only one fly in my ointment and this is a totally “me” thing. While I applaud Alex’s putting her children first I wonder why she put up with Glenn’s philandering and shoddy behavior as long as she did. Especially considering the effect on her when they shared the same air and what it was doing to Page. Was it a forest for the trees thing or what? It behooves me. Glenn, Alex, and David’s Gordian knot is unraveled realistically and creatively, staying true to the characters and situation. Ms. Booth has another winner on her hands with HIDING IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Readers who crave musicians with some life and living under their instruments will surely fall under the spell of Ms. Booth’s handsome, down to earth rockers. 4.5 stars