Back-Up by A.M. Madden

Posted July 20, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Back-Up by A.M. MaddenBack-Up by A.M. Madden
Series: Back-Up #1
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Musician, New Adult, Romance
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Leila Marino’s biggest dream is to become a rock star. A lucky opportunity has her auditioning with an up & coming rock band named Devil’s Lair. The band hires Leila as their back-up singer, signing her up for months in the studio and touring on the road with the sexy bunch. 

Jack is the quintessential rock star…gorgeous…sexy…a walking orgasm. Jack Lair is the lead singer of Devil’s Lair and his dreams are becoming reality as his band climbs the ladder of success. He’s living the perfect life, and enjoying every minute of it. With a steady stream of sexual conquests that satisfies his raging libido, he thinks he has all he needs in life…until Leila enters it. 

Jack is not prepared for the sudden pull he feels towards Leila, and struggles daily to deny his attraction is anything more. Leila finds falling for her new boss is constant torment. Both convince themselves friendship is their only option. 

An intimate moment causes their willpower to collapse, and their erotic love affair to begin. Finding love was a bonus that neither Jack nor Leila anticipated. As they begin their tour together professionally and personally, life couldn’t be any better for the couple. Until a mistake from Jack’s past threatens their new relationship, and their perfect future together.

Another hot-guy musician alert, woo hoo. Although in this case, it isn’t just the hot guy who is the super talented musician, instead there is a beautiful and uber talented chick who is in on the fun too. I loved that in this book it isn’t just some girl who randomly met a super famous musician and fell in love and ran off to live in the mansion. No, in this book, both Leila and Jack are talented in their own right, and Leila actually joins the band before they make it big, and helps them make it big. I loved that about this book.

So like I said Leila is super talented, and she plays in a band at a bar when someone tells her about Jack’s back, Devil’s Lair, is looking for back-up singers and wants her to audition. She does, and she nails it (woo hoo to Aerosmith’s Dream On, which is playing while I write this review). She signs her contract and is suddenly in a band that has a record deal and is getting ready to start touring. What I loved about Leila is that she was more than willing to work for her dream, she knew what she wanted in life and she went for it, didn’t take the easy route or even have a back up plan, she just went for it. She’s a good friend, a good daughter, a great band member, and just a good person all around. There are some great scenes where she gets drunk (normally she does shots of ginger ale, she seriously is not much of a drinker), and when she does drink oh the fun times start, she really lays it all out for people when she’s inebriated, makes from some funny scenes. I liked that she didn’t let the people in the music industry steam roll her, she kept her integrity throughout.

Jack, well Jack is a womanizer. Like completely. Until he meets Leila and can’t stop fantasizing about her. He’s totally into her, but knows that he can’t mess with the new band member, she’s completely off limits. But of course that doesn’t work out. There are a couple of close interactions between them, and lots of awkward moments after. The two of them are totally fighting this. But their chemistry is explosive and they are totally fighting a losing battle. I liked Jack, in spite of all the baggage/womanizing past. Normally I have a hard time pulling for a guy who sleeps around, but once Leila comes into his life he completely changes his ways, so it was easy to like him.

Sure these two have trouble finding a way to make it work, they definitely stumble a few times. Oh and there is a seriously rude, sometimes offensive manager who you just wanna slap at times, who is totally not a fan of Leila and that’s before Leila and Jack start gravitating towards each other. The other band members are great, and so are the band members in Leila’s old band (who stick around for the entire book). I loved the secondary characters as much as I liked the main characters. It was a fun read, I liked that it was a longer book, and I was happy the pacing was maintained throughout the book. You just know that the next book is going to be more about conflict then in this book, and I can’t wait to read it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes new adults with musicians. Check it out!

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About A.M. Madden

A.M. Madden is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels and now an author. In Back-up she aspired to create a fun, sexy, realistic romantic story. She wanted to create characters that the reader could relate to and feel as if they knew personally.

A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. She uses every free moment of her time writing, while raising teenage boys.

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