After bombing on Broadway, a rock star seeking redemption finds love in his hometown with his best friend’s kid sister in Chase’s (Love Walks In) first Band on the Run novel. The story’s dramatic potential rests on a passionate kiss between Matt Reed and Vivienne Forrester; two years later, he’s chalked it up to a boozy fantasy, but she recalls it with painful clarity. When Matt retreats to the North Carolina home of Aaron, Vivienne’s brother, just as she is moving onto the property’s guesthouse to live and work as a magazine’s assistant editor, Vivienne is hostile and Matt has no idea why. But her expression of her feelings is so muted that it’s surprising he noticed it at all, and when he remembers the kiss and the two begin to act upon their mutual attraction, what little drama exists in the narrative is left hinging on Matt’s internal conflict, which might have been interesting had it been more thoroughly explained earlier on. Agent: Mark Gottlieb, Trident Media Group. (Feb.)
...from his fans
...from his past
...from a failure too painful to contemplate
Most of all, Matt is hiding from himself.VIVIENNE FORRESTER IS A WOMAN WHO GIVES HER ALL
...to her friends and family
...to her online food blog
...to the man she lovesVivienne will try anything and everything to coax Matt out of his self-imposed exile. She kicks down every emotional wall he puts up and keeps giving him one more chance. But for this to work, Matt is going to have to meet her halfway...Praise for Samantha Chase:
"A fun, flirty, sweet story filled with romance and character growth and a perfect happily ever after."CARLY PHILLIPS, New York Times bestselling author, for I'll Be There
"The first book in Chase's Band on the Run series is a great introduction to an interesting group of characters.
" - Booklist
"All in all, a great contemporary romance very much in line with what we've come to expect from Ms. Chase." - The Good, The Bad, and The Unread
"This was a great start to this series, and after getting a glimpse at some of the other band members, I'm looking forward to reading their stories. If you enjoy the brother's best friend trope or stories about rock stars, I recommend reading this book." - Harlequin Junkie
"Overall this was a really great start to the series and I can't wait to see who comes up next! " - Addicted to Books
"This is a great story about how these two people come to terms with their family issues and find the courage to confront them. A great beginning for this new series." - Fresh Fiction
When rock star Matt Reed is hounded and ridiculed by the press, causing him to question his talent and his future, he takes refuge at his childhood best friend's house, in the hometown he swore he'd never go back to, and winds up in love with his friend's younger sister, Vivienne. On the night the hugely successful band Shaughnessy plays its last concert before a well-earned hiatus, lead guitarist Matt starts drinking early, which helps him forget that Vivienne Forrester showed up in his dressing room and that they shared a sizzling kiss before his manager dragged them apart and had security throw her out. Two years later, Matt is humiliated when a Broadway show he headlined closes practically before it begins. Not ready to face a hostile press corps, Matt accepts his friend Aaron's invitation to hide out at his house in North Carolina; it was an easy decision since Aaron travels a lot and Matt won't feel like he's underfoot. When he arrives, he learns that Vivienne is preparing to move into the property's guest cottage—which she's built into her dream home to support her career as a food blogger and online magazine editor—but is surprised by her frosty attitude. Helping her move into the cottage and then working with her on a food-based project throws Matt together with her often, and their obvious attraction flares up again, leading to another kiss, reminding him of the first one two years ago. Vivienne and Matt each have family issues to work through, complicated by a disapproving Aaron. Chase spins off her popular Shaughnessy Brothers (This Is Our Song, 2016, etc.) series to explore the wounded Shaughnessy band members, starting with Matt and a story that's sweet, generally satisfying, and relatively chaste for contemporary romance. However, much of the action is mundane, the linear storytelling blunts the emotional intensity, and the characters' lack of communication gets irritating. Unexceptional but appealing, especially to readers looking for less sex in their contemporary romance.