May 27, 2016

Review - Against All Odds by Rebecca Yarros


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Cover Design: Regina Wamba - MaeIDesign and Photography
Release Date: May 27, 2016
 
Synopsis
Love the music—never the man. At twenty years-old, Sabrina Caroline was America’s sweetheart pop star, until she took a year off to treat her social phobia that her cut-throat-manager/mom paid top dollar to keep quiet. Now as part of her comeback, she’s forced into collaboration with one of the hottest rock bands topping the charts—Birds of Prey—whose lead guitarist happens to be her biggest mistake…and her biggest regret. Hawke Owens never imagined Birds of Prey would surpass the basement of the Duncan High School for Performing Arts, let alone score them a European tour. But success has its price, and for him, it’s being forced to work with the only girl who shattered his heart—Sabrina Caroline. She’s everything that he remembers and more, every memory and fantasy come to life. At first touch, their connection is electric, but it’s also as strong as her determination to follow her number one rule—she doesn’t date rock stars…even though she’s become one. Loving her again is as natural as holding his guitar, but she’s destroyed him once, and this time the stakes are higher, more public, and the consequences life-altering. Against the backdrop of the birth of MTV, they’ll have to choose between the demands of their label, and the demands of the heart.  
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My Review

Rebecca Yarros has owned me with her Flight and Glory series and now a book set in 1984, the year I was born, sign me up!

This is actually a second chance romance that takes place in 1984, in the middle of the music scene. Me and second chances romances don’t always agree, but I actually really enjoyed the story between Hawke and Sabrina. 

Hawke is a member of an up-and-coming rock band and his bad boy image only adds to his appeal. Sabrina is the pop princess who is coming back after a year off and her good girl images is part of her appeal. When Hawke and Sabrina are thrown together they have the potential to ruin each other. What we learn quickly is that Hawke and Sabrina actually went to high school together and were high school sweethearts and being together is much harder than they thought.



Very quickly we learn what caused the breakup between Hawke and Sabrina, something I could actually understand. I think that really led me to loving this story even more. I don’t love the miscommunications or misunderstandings, I liked how we actually could see where the breakdown and issues laid. I liked how I could feel how Hawke and Sabrina felt for each other. How they were selfless, trusting and unconditional in their love. 

I happened to love all the 80’s references, especially the one regarding MTV actually playing music. I loved the connection between all the characters and how even though this was a quick read I didn’t feel slighted. This is story was fun, sexy, and addictive. This is actually part of a series, Love in the 80’s, I am curious to read the other author's stories. 

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 

Teasers created by me with stock images purchased from depositphotos.
Excerpt
He took my face in his hands and leaned in until he was all I could see, all I could feel, and smell. How easily he consumed me with a simple touch. “There have been too many women. Too many meaningless encounters. Too many faces. But there’s only been one name in my mouth, and it’s always been yours. Only yours.”   His mouth met mine without preamble, and before I could protest, I was lost to the feel of his lips on mine.   It was so familiar, yet new. When his tongue stroked the seam of my lips, I opened for him, and reveled in his groan as he sank into the kiss. I found the support beam against my back as he pressed against me, our bodies aligning with the fit I’d always remembered as perfect.   It was still just as exquisite.   His hand stroked down the side of my body, a path of fire igniting in his wake until he gripped one of my hips, pulling me even closer to him. With the other, he tilted my head for a deeper assault, exploring the recesses of my mouth, lingering like he didn’t already know every part of me.   It was the best second first kiss in the history of kisses.
I arched, pushing my breasts against his chest, and looped my arms around his neck. Then I kissed him back with every ounce of passion I’d missed these last three years. I kissed him the way I’d fantasized about since I walked out, with tiny nips and fuller, lingering caresses. When that wasn’t enough, I sucked his tongue back into my mouth and reveled in his groan of surrender.
He still wanted me, and that knowledge was more intoxicating than any alcohol, more high-inducing than any drug.
His hand shifted, running under my dress until he met bare skin where my garters attached to my stockings. “Holy shit, Brie. You’re going to be the death of me.”
He squeezed my bare thigh, and I lifted my leg, semi-wrapping it around his hip.
I’d almost forgotten how powerful it was to kiss Hawke, how it consumed every sense, every thought, until I was just a jumble of feelings and need. It was never just a kiss, it was a full-body experience that blocked out the rest of the world.
A moan escaped my lips as his set to my neck, and my head rolled back against the beam. He hit the spot right above my collarbone and I whimpered.
“I love that sound,” he murmured, then gently sucked that patch of skin so he could hear it again.
“Hey guys—whoa!” Chad’s voice penetrated my haze of desire.
“Go the fuck away,” Hawke said, moving so I was covered from Chad’s gaze. “Yeah, well, I would—I mean, good for you guys, and it’s about damn time—but
Oscar Oswald is here and he’s asking for us.”
I pushed gently against Hawke’s chest. If Oscar Oswald was here, it could mean huge things for their career. He was the biggest name going in rock. “You need to see what he wants.”
 
About the Author
Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight & Glory series, including Full Measures, the award-winning Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What is Given, and Hallowed Ground. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to hers for fourteen years. When she's not writing, she's tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet, and a bunny named General Fluffy Pants who torments the aforementioned bulldog. They recently adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same. Rebecca is represented by Louise Fury of the Bent Agency.  
Connect with Rebecca
Goodreads Author Page: http://bit.ly/23mt0Qh
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1Uw8NXZ
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