More Than Music

More Than Music

by Elizabeth Briggs


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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.

"Sexy, fun, and heartfelt, More Than Music will bring out the rockstar in anyone. A truly passionate love story--both in music and romance. Jared and Maddie's story is a great example of how important it is to be true to yourself and step out onto your own stage." - Julie Cross, NYT Bestselling author of the Tempest series and Third Degree

The Chasing The Dream Series:

#0.5 More Than Exes - Kyle & Alexis's story

#1 More Than Music - Jared & Maddie's story

#2 More Than Comics - Hector & Tara's story

#3 More Than Fashion - Julie & Gavin's story

#4 More Than Once - Becca & Andy's story

#5 More Than Distance - Carla's story (coming soon!)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499607994
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Briggs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Future Shock trilogy and the Chasing The Dream series. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. Elizabeth lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a pack of fluffy dogs. Find her online at

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More Than Music (Chasing The Dream, #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
TheKookyBookworm More than 1 year ago
This has got to be the best rocker romance I have read this year, maybe ever. More Than Music is told about a geeky, secretly guitar loving girl, and her journey entering the music world as the newbie in a band. Villain Complex, the band, is made up of Maddie's friend Kyle, Hector, and Kyle's older brother Jared. Jared has a tendency of sleeping around, and once he hooked up with the bassist of the band had things went downhill. Now, two days before Villain Complex is to audition on the reality TV show The Sound to compete for a record deal and a chance to go on tour, the bassist up and leaves. Jared happens to find Maddie playing his guitar in the band's studio. And even better, she's playing his songs. Maddie is offered a chance of a lifetime, if only she'll take the leap of faith and leave her perfectly safe world behind. The one condition to joining the band? Maddie can't hook up with Jared. Sparks have been flying between the two since they met, but when they finally burn, will they bring everything down with them? I have to say, I was entranced by this book. Maybe because it was so relatable. The geekiness to Maddie was adorable. And the songs were from a variety genre's and ages, you couldn't not know them. It blended so well together, the author really knew what she was doing when she wrote this book. I mean really, geeky rock stars? Genius! But to actually pull it off? It was awesome. Maddie was a great character, and I could definitely put myself in her shoes. Jared wasn't as relatable, but he made up for it in other area, like being driven, and having reason for wanting to succeed. I loved Kyle and Hector, they fit so well, and Dan was great too. Angel was... well, a bit of a diva, a real prim donna. Overall the characters were fabulous. I think it was the mix of music that I know and love, and the geeky rock stars that really made this book. The author's writing was fantastic, the story flowed and it was an overall great book. Even Playing Games by Jessica Clare couldn't match just how perfect this book was, and that was a pretty freaking good book. It was probably the closest book to this one. I can't wait to see what happens next. It'll be a torturous wait for me, but it'll be worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful, capturing your attention and holding it to the end, there was steam and there was heart. I would definitely recommend this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book has you cheering for the band an mad at who is causing trouble.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Jared and Maddie's story! One of my favorite rocker romances!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will be reading the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was worth the read. I think with a little more effort from the author it could if been an awesome, 5 star book. The characters were great, but need more time on major decisions or justification of their decisions than was spent. The characters I felt would of taken things more seriously or spent more time deciding major events. I would read the book again though so didn't detract overall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! What an amazing story! I loved how all of the characters worked together and the romance was awesome. I liked the forbidden thing, and the heroine wasn't too angsty, which was refreshing. Can't wait to read more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aww...I LOVED this story! Jared & Maddie's will have you cheering for their love. The storyline is exciting & won't let you put the book down until the end. I fully enjoyed this book & can't wait to read the rest of the series. Jared is totally book boyfriend material!
KtLBLy More than 1 year ago
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review* 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. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite:***
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a story of taking risks, going for the dream, daring, lying, ambition and love. Julie, Carla and Madison are best friends, living together whilst studying and now at the end of their junior year. They've gone to see Maddie's friend and fellow music student, Kyle, as he performs in concert with his band, Villain Complex. The band has four members, Kyle on keyboard, Hector on drums, Kyle's brother Jarod on guitar and Becky on Bass guitar. After watching the gig, Kyle invites the girls back to an after the show party at the home he shares with his brother, planning on showing Maddie's their rehearsal room. Maddie has had a crush on Jarod for years but has never actually met him until he discovers her playing his guitar and singing one of his songs in that rehearsal room. Kyle didn't even know she played guitar, though he knows she's a very talented musician, playing a range of instruments including piano, clarinet and violin, to a very high standard. When the band are offered a chance to audition to participate in the television competition, 'The Sound' just after Becky quit the band, Jarod suggests Maddie could join the group. You'll need to eat it yourself to find out how things work out. The story is packed with behind the scenes drama, dirty tricks, relationship problems, teenage angst and turmoil. It is a tale of people chasing their dreams and having to revise these dreams as experience and reality impinge on them. I'm unsure of the target age group for this story; initially I assumed it was for teens and young adults but the sexually explicit interactions probably make it much more appropriate to over 18s. Thanks to the Author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. One of my favorite rocker romances.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
More than Music is the 1st book in the Chasing the Dream series that tells the story of the hit band Villian Complex and the romance of Maddie and Jared. Maddie Taylor is a music prodigy that loves the rock band that her friend Kyle is in. She goes to a concert and is invited to the after party, where she meets Jared, lead guitarist and man of Maddie's dreams. When the band's bass player quits because she and Jared had an affair, and he watches Maddie playing their music and begs her to join the group. Jared takes over the bass, and the band prepares to tryout on a "Voice" style reality show. The group makes it, and after some initial drama, they begin to progress to the show finals. At the start of the process Jared and Maggie ignore their attraction to each other because of drama from the bands past and the shows previous seasons. They eventually do the dead, but will they get happy ending or will they be kept apart? I love this new adult series because it is the perfect mix of angsty romance and reality tv drama. I was hooked from the opening chapter. I have read the entire series and would recommend it to anyone who love reality tv and music/band romances. I was given a free copy for a honest review by
Samantha_Alice More than 1 year ago
A sweet 4 stars for Elizabeth Briggs's More Than Music. This novel is very much a new adult sweet fest with the way the story plays out. Having said that, it is a really good read. The writing is much better than I thought it would be and am happy to say that. The story has a very redeemable male character and a female character trying to really come into herself. They are both music lovers while he's in a rock band and she's been walking the classic line for years. Jared and Maddie have never actually met before the night the story starts even though Maddie is very close with Jared's brother Kyle. After a series of events, Maddie ends up playing guitar for the band to compete on a reality television show called The Sound, think The Voice but for bands. The band makes it all the way through to the final round while Maddie and Jared try, and fail, to fight their attraction towards one another. They must figure out what it is they really want and need before the not only rip each other apart but also the band's chances of success. I found myself liking Jared quite a bit because he's allowed himself to fill a role, to be a villain. He's clever, wickedly musically inclined, and really a darling. He's funny and responsible. I also liked Maddie for other reasons. Overall, I liked the read and would recommend it to someone who wants a softer, less sexual read than many other books I tend to rave about.
AzureStrawberry More than 1 year ago
More Than Music is the last New Adult romance novel I’ve discovered…a book that I decided to read straight away after netgalley and the publisher gave it to me (and I can assure you it’s not a common occurrence for me). Hovewer that cover was calling me and who am I to not answer it? Written by Elizabeth Briggs, it is the first book in a tetralogy (or at the moment goodreads is showing four books…plus some short novellas) called Chasing the Dream. In the past we have seen NA set in colleges, starring tattoo artist or fighters. MTM is nothing of the sort. It is not set in a college (fortunately, I’m just a bit sick of reading constantly the same things) and, even though some of the characters have tattoos (you know, a tattoo is always cool so a character without one is not…I don’t know…right XD), they are …drumroll…. part of a rock band! And what with their name, Villain Complex? Chapeau to Elizabeth for this. ¿ Anyway, music was the reason that drew me to read this book in the first place and I was hoping for a good change for once. The author didn’t make me regret my choice. In fact, what I didn’t expect was to be so intrigued by the setting, the music reality competition The Sound (practically The Voice, but with some variations). However the book is not about The Sound but it’s about the birth of a new love, the discovery of yourself and fighting for your dreams. Jared is the lead singer of Villain Complex and brother of Kyle (keyboardist for the group and main character in More Than Exes, short novella that is set just before MTM) who is also friend to Maddie, a classic musician who, at night, dreams of becoming a rock guitarist. When Jared and Maddie finally meet in a sort of embarassing Maddie-guitar-revelation/obsession-to-Jared-music something intriguing sparks between the two. Moreover, when the bassist of the group leave the Villain Complex, Jared decides that Maddie can definitely take her place…and join the band in The Sound competition. But the real show has just begun because when dreams are becoming true you’ll do anything to reach them even if doing so will destroy something more precious.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
More Than Music, Elizabeth Briggs Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, New Adult This book is a perfect example of what I love about the New Adult Genre, a fun, easy to read story, characters the reader can love ( and hate) and some solid drama. Maddie, oh Maddie, has has the hots for her good friend Kyle’s big brother Jared for ages. Maddie’s the good girl, works hard, and has a steady music career lined up. Secretly though she loves her guitar, and has dreams of a rock star life. That’s all fine until Jared’s band is in need of a new member very quickly, as their Bassist has left after Jared did his usual thing, had a one night stand and she wanted more. Hector and Kyle are furious with him, he’s hit too close to home this time and they’re in danger of being unable to audition for the reality show The Sound. Maddie is looking round the new studio at Kyle’s invite, and can’t resist picking up Jared’s guitar and playing. No-one is around to hear her so she lets rips, gives it everything and then is shocked to find Jared is there. Of course next day the problem with the bassist crops up and Jared suggests Maddie. Kyle isn’t happy – there’s a reason he’s kept Maddie away from Jared for the past three years, and now they will be very close, but they’ve no time to find someone else with the audition being so close. It’s persuade Maddie or drop out and try next year. Anyway – that’s the start and of course despite assuring the others they’ll stay away from each other it proves harder to do... Well, its a great fun read, with a great description of their TV experiences and the competition. Its not all smooth sailing, more a rough, stormy ride and I loved the way their first experiences were so tough, with the promised help not happening. Then there’s Lacey, one of the other contestants who’s clearly out for revenge after Jared turned her down and she blames Maddie...I love that b itchy stuff, and lots of jealousy. Maddie and Jared find each other too attractive to live up to their promises, but for the band and for the show they have to hide their feelings....Secrets – we know what happens with them though don’t we, they always sneak out at just the wrong moment. There’s also a tie in to Maddie’s background that makes this part interesting, and adds to the feeling of reality about what eventually happened. I really enjoyed the story, I felt as if I was there with the band, and they were such a good bunch I wanted things to go well for them. I liked knowing more about the other bands too, and seeing how motivation can make people do things they wouldn’t usually do. Its not just a bland romance but one full of problems and pitfalls, happiness and heartbreak, drama and despair. As well as rooting for Maddie and Jared I was rooting for the band’s success on the show too. Its a decent length at just over 300 pages and that lets the plots and characters be fully expanded, and gives me the feeling I understand them and what’s happening. Its a read I really enjoyed and I’m looking forward to more from the series. Stars: Five, its a great solid read, good fun, though one I’m unlikely to re read. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher.
ElodieNow More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down! MORE THAN MUSIC is like Jared to Maddie: addictive, sweet and sexy, funny and real. (and that elevator scene? Wow!) The writing is strong and I loved The Voice vibe of the book. On top of it, Maddie is very likable and the chemistry between her and Jared was sizzling. I really liked her character's development and their journey as a couple. Highly recommended :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy a lot of the New Adult books I read, but I find that I'm tired of them being so heavy and serious all the time. That's why I loved this book so was just so much fun to read! The plot centers on a music reality show (a lot like The Voice but with bands instead of individual singers), and there is drama both on and off the stage for classical musician turned rock guitarist Maddie and the talented lead singer of the band, Jared. There's tons of chemistry between these two, lots of great music throughout, and a plot that keeps you turning the pages (and keeps you guessing). I couldn't put this book down, and I can't wait for the rest of the Chasing The Dream books. New Adult is ready to lighten up a little bit and have some fun!
sslluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I received this book from Oops I Read a Book Again in exchange for an honest review Pro ~ Romance: I have to admit something, there is insta-love in this novel, and not only is insta-love, it is obvious insta-love. The synopsis clearly states that Maddie and Jared are the two protagonists that fall in love over the course of the story, and I also have to say that the plot is driven by romance. You're probably sitting there wondering why on earth romance is in the "Pro"section if I'm busy saying there is insta-love that drives the plot. The answer to your wonderings (totally not a word) is, "The insta-love actually works." I adored Maddie and Jared as a couple, and was routing for them the entire time. Despite screaming fangirls and sneaky producers, their ship did not sink. Con ~ Maddie: While I liked who Maddie was as a person, I disliked some of her decisions and judgements. For example, when she was asked to join Villain Complex, I didn't feel that she pondered the decision long enough. Sure, she had doubts and was apprehensive about the situation, but I felt that she agreed to fast because of her attraction to Jared. Then, when she joined the show, she had to give up her internship at the LA Philharmonic which she had been so excited and went through such an intense elimination process in order to join. Even though she had her loyalty to Kyle, Jared, and the commitment she made to the band, it still seemed so sporadic and hasty how she just dropped everything for the show. Nearing the end of the book, Maddie makes a particularly crazy decision which effects not only her, but a lot of people around her, and doesn't help her reputation. She has regrets of course, but things just seemed so hasty. Pro ~ Vivid Descriptions: Something I read in an interview in June was that Elizabeth Briggs could not include song lyrics, so she learned how to play all the songs she featured in More Than Music in order to describe playing the songs as well as possible. She did a superb job with this, and a good example of this is found in the excerpt I posted (why else would I have posted that specific one?). Brigg's vivid descriptions also helped a lot in the romance department.... if you know what I mean. Certain scenes between Maddie and Jared were extremely intense and not advisable for younger readers. Con ~ Lack of Information on Supporting Characters: The reason Maddie was invited into the band in the first place, and how she even met Jared in the first place was because of Kyle. Kyle is one her friends from college and the real instigator of the entire story. Yet, after the first six or seven chapters, it's almost as if he disappears and only shows up when he's needed to be the "bad guy" of the situation, and of course to play in the band. Luckily, Elizabeth Briggs is scheduled to release two novellas, one that will focus on Kyle and another that will focus the other band member - Hector. Pro ~ Music: What drew me into More Than Music was the fact that the characters had to go through a reality television competition that was based off of The Voice. You may not know this about me, but I am a very avid fan of The Voice, I love watching the four coaches every Monday and Tuesday nights and all the amazing performances. In terms of how The Sound worked, it is almost identical to The Voice in terms of rules and regulations, but instead of just one or two people performing, there are whole bands. Con ~ Predictability: The plot, characters, and even some dialogue in More Than Music was predictable. I don't want to spoil anything for you, but the end was very predictable, as well as the chain of events going on for the duration of the story. You kind of knew what would happen because it had to happen in order for the story to continue. Pro ~ Pacing: The last thing I loved about More Than Music was how quickly the story went by. I literally started the book on a whim.... you know, as much of a whim as you can read a book that has a to be read by date, directly after I finished Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang. I would totally recommend this novel to other people, which is saying a lot because you would expect the book hangover to be really bad after Falling Into Place and that nothing could compare, but this one did. As I was saying, I picked this book up around 11 at night, and finished it around 2. I just kept reading, and everything was so fast paced, I hadn't noticed the time. Conclusion: More Than Music is a fast-paced read full of romance, vivid descriptions, and of course... music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this NA musical romance. Besides the usual romance stuff, we get a glimpse of what a singing competition reality show is like. Not only do Maddie and Jared need to deal with the all the typical pressures of young love, but they have the added pressure of competing each week. This is sweet and sexy read. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
CleverGirl1 More than 1 year ago
Such a fun read! I loved the characters - even the villains - the music competition, and the forbidden romance. Maddie had a plan. And then, in one moment, realizes what she really wants, the life she really wants to lead. She wants to be on stage, performing, and though she's given the opportunity, it comes with some very big strings attached. I liked Maddie's evolution throughout the story. She struggles with the limelight, with her attraction to the off limits Jared, with old habits, but she learns and grows into a stronger person. Jared. The multifaceted, talented Jared. He was charming and sweet and frustrating and when he does the thing he does... well, as angry as I was with him I understood it. Music is everything to him, the only thing he thinks he is good at and he's faced with the question of what he would sacrifice to achieve his dreams. I loved Maddie and Jared together. They get each other, they understand what music means to each other, share the same passion, and their chemistry, both musically and romantically.... sizzling. Only problem? They are forbidden to become romantically involved. I thought the storyline, the idea of the music competition The Sound, with all the accompanying ups and downs, sabotage, and backstabbing was exciting and definitely kept my attention. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the Chasing the Dream series. Disclosure: ebook provided in exchange for an honest review
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A sweet New Adult romance, More Than Music was a wonderful read. I liked this book and I quite enjoyed reading it. From the interesting inclusion of a reality competition and the drama it included, to the lovely romance, this book was great. Both main characters were good. Maddie started off as timid, with a tendency to run away, but she became stronger and determined to fight for what she wanted. Jared was very sweet and totally adorable. He has some moments where he needed some sense smacked into him, but he definitely redeemed himself. I thought they were great and I liked them both. The romance was lovely. Maddie and Jared were so sweet together. I loved how, once they met each other, there was no going back for either of them. Not to mention the heat level between them. I thought they were a great couple. The plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. Though this wasn't the deepest read, it did manage to surprise me with a secret revealed near the end. I enjoyed the story and the ending was great. More Than Music was a wonderful New Adult romance. I really enjoyed reading this lovely book. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll want to check out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Daydream-Books More than 1 year ago
As a viewer of the UK version of the voice in recent years I loved this make believe viewpoint of what might be going on behind the cameras in a similar tv show environment. It starts with Maddie letting her passion for the helping others spur her to follow her music aspirations through a tv singing competition rather than through her dream internship. The politics between the mentors, the dynamics of friend or foe between Villain Complex and their competitors mixed in with the risk it all mentality by getting in a secretive relationship with one of her band mates was compelling. The threat of will they make it through the competition without being exposed was always looming large on the next unread page. More than music was my first read of Elizabeth Briggs' writing and will hopefully not my last. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time, I was a complete reality show junkie. You name it, I watched it. The competition shows were always my favorite though. Those days are long past now and the only shows I watch now are So You Think You Can Dance and Big Brother, but I still have a soft spot for reality shows, even if I don't watch them anymore. When I read the blurb for More Than Music and realized the centerpiece of the story was a music competition reality show (a la The Voice), I knew I had to read it.  More Than Music was a quick, sweet and sexy read. If I gave half stars, it'd be a solid 3.5. I liked the characters and the way the competition show figured into the story. The behind the scenes glimpse at the way the show and its producers manipulated the characters for their own personal gain was pretty much how I'd always imagine those shows would be in real life.  The story flowed well and it was angst-free. The characters had good chemistry and their relationship was believable. I wanted Maggie and Jared to get together in the end, but I didn't ever feel completely emotionally invested in their story. It was a very good debut novel and I'm looking forward to continuing with this series.  I received a copy of this book from the author, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
psee More than 1 year ago
While this story is about Jared and Maddie falling for each other in a less than perfect situation, I found it to be interesting for more than the love story. Maddie loves music and she cannot turn down the opportunity to be in her friend Kyle's band even if it means spending time with Kyle's brother Jared. Jared is known to be popular with the ladies, but when he comes upon Maddie playing his guitar and singing his lyrics, that all changes.  Thrust into the spotlight competing for a place on a music show sounding very similar to "The Voice", Maddie and Jared need to keep their feelings for each other a secret, not only from the producers and the fans, but from the rest of their bandmates. But their chemistry and attraction makes it difficult, and as one would expect, eventually things come out, hearts are broken, dreams are obliterated and relationships are threatened. But like all sweet reads, things work out not only for our hero and heroine, but for the band too. What I really enjoyed about the show were the background scenes and information about the actual show itself. From dealing with mentors who are not what they seem, to the plotting producers, and competitors that are less than friendly, it was very entertaining.  This book was a quick read for me and though a little predictable, I still found it to be really enjoyable!! Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.