Series: Rosewood #1
Published by Simon and Schuster Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Humorous, Musician, New Adult, Romance, Second Chances
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Five years ago, high school sweethearts Ivy and Blake’s relationship imploded and both their lives were changed forever. Ivy became a rock star and Blake lost not only his dreams of a successful NFL career, but his reputation. Ivy’s angry song about their breakup, called “Size Matters,” hit the top of the charts and Blake became a national laughingstock. He’s salvaged his career and returned to Rosewood to be the high school football coach, regaining his status as town hero and leading the boys to the state championships.
When a tornado whips through town and destroys the high school gymnasium and stadium, a committee is formed to help rebuild and plan some charity fundraisers. Blake’s grandmother requests that Ivy return to Rosewood for the events. Forced back together for the good of their hometown and their careers, Ivy and Blake have no choice but to put aside their differences, stop running from their pasts, and finally face the music.
For fans of Kristen Proby and Colette Auclair, Facing the Music hits a perfect balance between small-town romance and big-time success. Follow Ivy and Blake as they fall back in love and figure out what does matter in the end…
I thought the whole idea for this book was great, and I’m surprised I haven’t picked up a book like this before. I am one of those people who think Taylor Swift gets a bad rap for writing songs about her exes, I mean everyone writes songs about their exes, look at No Doubt, they made it big off songs Gwen wrote about her ex who was also a member of the band, I mean talk about awkward. I digress.
I liked Ivy, she definitely goes for the wrong kinds of guys, which is how she ended up back in her small hometown trying to do some repair to her public image. She made it big off a song called “Size Matters” written about her ex, and while it wasn’t about the size of what was in his pants, I don’t think she minded that everyone thought it was. Although she did feel a bit bad when the media figured out it was him (can’t help but feel bad for Blake on that one).
Blake hasn’t had it easy, but he has really made the best of the situation. He made a mistake when he was with Ivy and he lost her for it, and then he had to deal with the song that made her famous. And then of course his future didn’t work out when he injured himself, and that’s how he ended up back in his small town. But he seems to have made his life turn out okay, he works at the school, is good with his family, and is just a pretty decent guy. I liked that about him.
I loved Blake and Ivy together. It starts off with an amusing scene involving some bushes and a mishap with a door. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments in this book with the two of them. Also I thought the bad guy in this book, Lydia was kind of perfect for the story, and she was someone that read as authentic, I could really see a girl out there in the real world just like her. The book is much more character and story driven then hot and steamy scenes, but it works so well for the book. I would highly recommend this book.