More Than Distance (Chasing the Dream #5) (Elizabeth Briggs)

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2017 New Adult Reading Challenge | Book about a road trip

She’s off-limits, but he’s the only one who can help her…

Carla Jackson has her life all mapped out, so when her plans fall apart she’s more lost than ever. A spot on the reality TV show Road Trip Race seems like the perfect escape, except she needs a partner. The only option is her brother’s best friend: the man she’s secretly loved forever and the last person she wants to be stuck in a car with.

Tech billionaire Ryan Evans has done everything he can to put his bitter past behind him. He’s avoided Carla ever since they shared a forbidden kiss six years ago, but when his best friend asks him to protect her on the show, he can’t refuse — even if the biggest threat to her heart might be himself.

As Carla and Ryan drive across the country while competing on the show, there’s no escaping the undeniable chemistry between them. But when they’re thrown off course, can they find their way home together?


Obviously, I’ve read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too – we both love this series – so go HERE to read her review of this final book of The Chasing The Dream series.

Oh boy, this last book of the series took a seriously long time to come, but hell, it was worth it. This one, guys, is now my favorite book of this series, and I loved this series already. But there’s just something about childhood friends finding love together, right?

First of all, I’m super glad that Elizabeth Briggs went with the dual POV model for this book again. See, not all books in the series are dual POV, but I’m beyond happy that this one is, because I think it was necessary to actually know both sides of the “problem” here, given the distance between both main characters. If I look at the series, I guess Briggs’ choices when choosing her POVs make a lot of sense, because she used dual POVs when the characters had some kind of physical and emotional distance, and made the books single POV when the girl’s (or guy’s) POV was enough to tell the tale. Either way, first person dual POV? YES PLEASE!

We already knew Carla from previous books, since she’s Maddie and Julie’s roommate and friend in the previous books of the series, so she had already showed up a few times. I have to say, I love that we get a half portuguese character, and Carla and her brother Daniel have not only Portuguese names, but some cultural things are present in their story too. Also, PORTUGUESE FOOD in this book! And I’m so glad that Briggs’ didn’t even try to translate the dishes’ names, because that would be blasphemy 😀 – and also, this made me hungry while reading, but that’s beside the point.

Back to Carla, not only is she half portuguese, but she’s also biracial, with her mom being Portuguese and her dad being Afro-American (and I love that the cover reflects that!). She’s also a model and gorgeous! And she loves to eat, she’s super super smart, and she knows how to work on cars! And she’s just so damn nice (too nice sometimes).

Ryan was a very nice surprise. He too is biracial, as his mom was chinese, and again, he’s super smart and a self-made billionaire. I loved his relationship with Daniel, Carla’s brother, and their whole family, and obviously with Carla.

I loved the romance, it was just amazing. Carla and Ryan had been in love with each other since they were teens, but because Ryan never thought he deserved her – and because his BFF and only family warned him to stay away – he rejected her time and time again, until he couldn’t anymore. I really liked the fact that they actually KNEW each other, and even though their chemistry was off the charts, it wasn’t all about that, and they spent so much time actually talking and sharing and understanding each other.

While I always love the Reality Show aspect of these books, I was so glad that the show itself didn’t play a major role in the story, as it did in previous books. Instead, the Road Trip element itself was the most important thing, and I really liked it, because they were going through the country, seeing things and having fun, while we were watching their relationship grow.

This book was a perfect way to end this series, though I still don’t want it to end… can’t we have a book about Daniel?! Either way, it was great to see the gang all together again, and see all the changes and amazing news in each of their lives. The ending of this book was kind of perfect too, I really liked that Carla and Ryan inspired and supported each other to follow their dreams.

So people, have you read this series?
If yes, thoughts? And which one is your favorite couple?
And if no, what are you waiting for? I mean, romance, reality shows, comic-con, music, fashion, road-trips, …, READ THEM!


The Chasing The Dream series:
#0.5 More Than Exes – Kyle & Alexis’s story – MY REVIEW 
#1 More Than Music – Jared & Maddie’s story – MY REVIEW | CÁTIA’S REVIEW
#2 More Than Comics – Hector & Tara’s story – MY REVIEW | CÁTIA’S REVIEW
#3 More Than Fashion – Julie & Gavin’s story – MY REVIEW | CÁTIA’S REVIEW
#4 More Than Once – Becca & Andy’s story – MY REVIEW | CÁTIA’S REVIEW
#5 More Than Distance – Carla & Ryan’s story – CÁTIA’S REVIEW

More Than Fashion (Chasing the Dream #3) (Elizabeth Briggs)

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They’re enemies who will do anything to win…including each other.  

When pre-med student Julie Hong wins a spot on a fashion design reality TV show, she celebrates by picking up a hot English guy in a hotel bar. But too many drinks leads to a night of embarrassment and a major hangover, and wow is she glad she’ll never see him again.

Until the show starts, and he’s on it too.

Julie quickly realizes she’s out of her league among the other designers, and Gavin Bennett, with his cocky grin and sexy accent, is her biggest competition. Julie can’t decide if she wants to kiss him or kill him. Or both.

After she’s almost kicked off, Julie convinces Gavin to pretend they’re sleeping together for the camera. The ploy works, but as they get closer to the show’s finale their fake relationship starts to become too real. But only one of them can win the show—and they might both end up heartbroken.


I’ve now officially read all the books in this series that are out yet – now I’m waiting for Carla’s story… when will that come out? I need it! In case you’re wondering, I absolutely love this series! Eheh. You can read the other reviews here:

#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
#4 More Than Once – Becca & Andy’s story

I love how each main character in these books feel so different, but so connected at the same time. This book is about Julie, and if you haven’t read the other books, she’s Maddie’s BFF (More Than Music) and she designed the gang’s costumes for Comic Con in More Than Comics, which lands her on the Behind the Seams reality show. Every books ends up being connected, but you can pick each one and still totally follow the story. Heck, I read them all out of order.

I had already liked Julie in the other 2 books, but here we finally get to really know her. Julie believes that she doesn’t want or need a relationship. She’s afraid to follow her dreams and disappoint her parents. Basically she’s scared shitless, while wearing a brave and cold facade. I really liked her character development in this story, though I could have slapped her a few times for the way she treated Gavin.

Now, Gavin… oh boy… what a man! I really liked that he’s the one who’s always pretty sure of what’s going on between them and that he’s not afraid to call her on on it. Also, he grows so much too. It’s kind of incredible how such a small book about a few week’s worth of a reality show, packs so much character growth within it. And people, they actually talk about stuff! They get man and they talk! No unnecessary drama there.

The show itself was fun, and I absolutely loved all the descriptions of the dresses and challenges, and the dynamic between each of the participants. The chemistry between Gavin and Julie is off the charts, still not on Becca and Andy’s level, but pretty damn close. And if you think you know how the show will end, you don’t. There’re a few good twists in there, much like More Than Music.

I loved it! I wish this series wouldn’t end, I need updates on all these couples because they’re beyond cute. And the geekiness? WOW! When they start discussing in which Hogwarts houses they would be in, … just WOW!

BANGED: Rock Stars, Bad Boys & Dirty Deeds

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I should warn you that when I requested this bundle I thought that the books would be all New Adult with a dash of Erotic romance… turns out it was just the opposite, so all books are sex heavy, with the lightest one being More Than Music. So, this is definitely not fit for a younger audience, as some books deal with alternative forms of sex… you have been warned!


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She’s the daughter of rock royalty. He’s been warned off her by her famous father. But Jed Brody has lusted after Chloe Blackthorne for four years, and when Chloe lets him know the lust is entirely mutual, nothing will stop the bad boy of rock claiming her as his. Career be damned.

This Anthology starts with a bang! Lust’s Rhythm starts with an almost hypnotic way… the first chapter got me hooked, I liked the writing THAT MUCH! I really liked both characters, Jed and Chloe were kind of adorable, and their relationship was adorbs too. It moved way too fast, but I think that Lexxie Couper did a great job in setting their relationship up, and letting us know that despite having just actually met for the first time, these two had been in each other’s lives (and in an important way) for four years. And more importantly, they had amazing chemistry…

I do realize that I would have liked the story better if I read the other books in the series, but because I hadn’t, Chloe’s father and brother sounded a bit douchey to me. Either way, great start for this bundle…


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When a beautiful former fling blasts back into his life, jaded rock star Darko Dunne’s peaceful seclusion on a private island comes to an explosive end. Faced with a band of ruthless criminals and a ticking clock, Darko and Muireann must pool their resources to rescue the baby he never knew he had.

Ok, Goodreads didn’t let me rate this one 0 stars, but I can do it here, right? This was definitely the worst book I ever read! I liked absolutely nothing about this story, which makes me so so sad. The plot was atrocious, so were the characters, there was zero chemistry between the main couple and the sex was so badly written… nothing worked for me here.

It was such a shame, especially because Darko had potential, given that he was facing depression and was stepping away from his band, but it all got lost in a plot that involved a lot of guns, a baby, a desert island and a french cook that was not what he seemed like. Did I mention that the sex was awful?! bahhhhh….


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When Hailey crashes a Half-Life after party, she expects to find the bastard who knocked up her little sister. Instead she meets the sexy front-man who agrees to give her access to his crew if she gives him access to her body.

All Lock demands in return is three days of complete control over the Sunday School teacher. With a contract, because he’s been burned before. One misstep could send the band—and his tenuous sobriety—up in flames.

Hailey and Lock push each other’s limits… Against the penthouse window. Backstage. In the limo and on the elevator. But as the contract counts down, neither are ready for the party to end.

This book actually had a good premise and the plot was kind of good, it definitely had some twists that I did not see coming. But unfortunately the writing did not do it for me, it tried too hard to be lyrical at times, especially in the more intimate situations, and I didn’t like it.

About the characters… I tried to sympathize with Hailey, but after the first day I just couldn’t… no matter how attracted you are to a guy you never met, you don’t sign a contract allowing him to do ANYTHING to you… I don’t know… isn’t it weird? I kind of liked Lock, lol, surprisingly, and I felt that his character had a LOT of potential. There was a parallel story to theirs, about Hailey’s sister and the guy who knocked her up, and I honestly liked that story line better than the main one.

This book was a lot more erotica than I was expecting, and I mean a LOT MORE. Some situations were fun and hot, but there was a particular moment of light BDSM that I didn’t like because it felt so out of place… There’s also a threesome, and some guy to guy action, and I’m pretty sure that the main male character is bi and slightly in love with his best friend, but the situation was loaded and the book didn’t explain it, and I felt that it should have. There was a lot of tension and unsaid things between the two guys and I, as a reader, was totally lost to most of it.


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Nathaniel Darke: She knows just how to press all my buttons. Bass-playing bitch, crawling under my skin. I want to believe one good shag will cure me of her. But instead, I end up addicted.

Loveday Trevaskis: Nathaniel Darke is a perverted tit fucker, I know because I let him fuck mine. He’s my enemy. I ought to run away from him as far and fast as I can. But I don’t.

OOOOHHHHH! I liked this one so much! But it was so short!!! But I’ll definitely want to read the rest of this series. Nate won me over when he allowed his brother to be beat up by his ex, eheh, and Loveday was just super cool, that girl knew what she wanted ;-).

I’m a sucker for first person present tense, especially when both main characters are funny as hell, and British to boot. I loved the writing, it was funny and witty, and the plot was simple but worked well, and I’m curious to see what will become of the band. And Nate and Loveday had amazing chemistry and I loved it.


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He’s the rockstar she doesn’t recognize. She’s the fighter he’ll never forget. Nothing stings as much as the first hit…or hurts so good.

This story has so much damn potential, I will be continuing this series, for sure, because I want to know more about Evie and Johnny. But it got me a long while to actually get into the writing style and the main character, Evie. The British slang is strong on this one, but my problem was that Evie cursed more often than not. I don’t usually mind it, but right off the bat it made it hard to connect with her, and given that this is only told in her POV, it was hard. But once she and Johnny were together, and things started to heat up, this book was damn amazing! (I would say that the first part would be 1* and the rest would go up to almost 5*).

The chemistry with these 2 was off the charts and their time together was hot as hell! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.


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Wilson: Tabitha Leyton is a mess, but now she’s my mess. To the rest of the world, she’s a superstar. Secretly, she’s a witness to depravity and a train wreck waiting to happen. But I can’t get her out of my head. And for one angry, secret night, we have each other in every imaginable way. The whole time, I know she’s off-limits. So in the morning, I’ll walk away. Officially.

Ok, I only had one small (huge) problem with this story: IT WAS TOO DAMN SHORT. I did like the pull between Tabitha and Wilson, and both characters have enough hidden to make them extremely interesting. Also, despite the title, I didn’t find this novella as “dirty” as some of the other stories, in fact, it was super well written.


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When geeky guitarist Maddie Taylor joins tattooed rock star Jared Cross’s band to compete on a reality TV show, their attraction becomes impossible to resist—but their forbidden romance might tear their band apart and cost them everything.

It should come to no surprise that I loved this book, just as I loved all the others in this series. This was the one I really wanted to read, because I already loved the characters so much. The writing is amazing, and so is the plot. You can read my full review of this book here.


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Sex is the last thing on his mind, or he wishes it was…

Spook Mortensen has one rule when it comes to relationships: just say no. He has his reasons. Good reasons. His policy of total abstinence has kept him out of trouble for years. Sex ought to be the last thing on his mind, but whenever go-getting sound engineer Allegra Hutton shows up, she doesn’t just hijack his libido, she downright screws with hit. The only way to deal with her is to tie her up. Alle realises she’s upsetting Spook’s rhythm, but she’s under no illusion that he’s the right top to warm her bottom.

Hmmm, I don’t even know how to start with this one. This novella is the follow up to another novella, Remastered, when Spook and Alle meet, so I went ahead and read that one before going on with this one, because I was a bit lost. I liked this one better than the first, but in both I really liked Spook, but I’m still not convinced about Allegra – by the way, where can I buy her small purse that fits a pack of condoms and a vibrator?! Because I’m pretty sure that party bags don’t have that kind of size… Moving on… Spook is an interesting character, and I’m curious to actually read the next book to find out what the hell happened that made him abstinent.

I was curious about Xane’s character though, and I can even see myself reaching for this series to learn more about his sexual fluidity, because I found that unusual and different. By the way, I should mention that Spook and Allegra are both into BDSM…


Ufff, we’re done! Let me tell you, reading this bundle was no easy task, Erotic romance is not really my comfort zone, yeah, I like a hot and spicy romance, but in most cases, it was not what these books were. Still, it was worth it for a few of them…

More Than Music (Chasing the Dream #1) (Elizabeth Briggs)

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A band trying to win it big on reality TV. A secret romance that might ruin it all.  

Music major Maddie Taylor just finished her junior year of college and has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, yet every night she practices guitar and 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 – and that he’s just as big a geek as she is. 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.

*** New Adult romance suitable for 17+ due to mature content. ***


This is the only book from the bundle Banged: Rock Stars, Bad Boys & Dirty Deeds that’s I’ll review alone, and that is because I requested this bundle only because of this book. And because this is the fourth book I read in this series, having previously read More Than Comics, More Than Once and More Than Exes (now I just need to get my hands on Julie’s story!).

I already said my praise for Briggs’ writing in previous reviews, so I’m gonna skip that. I already loved Maddie and Jared as a couple (because I’ve seen them as a couple in 2 books already and they are super cute), but I really enjoyed getting to know them as individuals too and they are so so great.

Between the 4 books I read from this series, this one is also the one with the biggest and best plot. The reality competition is great, and watching them grow as a band, and as friends, was delightful. I already knew how it ended, so I wasn’t surprised, but the way that things progresses kind of left me a bit speechless. I was frustrated with Maddie and Jared at times, but ultimately they both needed to grow a bit in order to be comfortable in their own skins, and that’s what they did.

I absolutely loved the whole band together, and knowing Kyle and Hector already, I came to appreciate that time even more, and I think that’s one of the reasons I rated this book higher than all the others. And Kyle’s friendship with Maddie was so amazing. And Hector warming up to her… wow…

The only thing that I wished was different was the narration POVs. See, in More Than Comics and More Than Once we get dual POV, but here we only get Maddie’s POV, which means that we never actually hear Jared’s voice, and that’s a shame, because I think the book would be even better if we could know what was going on in his head at times.

I’m absolutely loving this series, and I’ll definitely read Julie’s and Carla’s stories.

More Than Exes (Chasing The Dream #0.5) (Elizabeth Briggs)

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He wants to win. She wants to win him back. 

Keyboardist Kyle Cross may look like a bad boy with his tattoos and piercings, but he’s really the good guy who’s always stuck fixing his band’s problems and never gets the girl. His band is competing in a Battle of the Bands, but when their bassist doesn’t show, Kyle must track her down with the help of the person he least expects: his ex-girlfriend Alexis Monroe.  

Kyle hasn’t seen Alexis since she dumped him in high school, and she’s dropped her preppy image for fiery red hair and a bold new attitude to match. With only hours before his band goes on stage, Kyle has to be a little bad if he wants to win both the Battle and the girl he’s never gotten over. But when their old problems resurface, the good guy might just get his heart broken all over again. 

A stand-alone prequel novella that launches the Chasing The Dream series.


I did this all out of order! First I read the second book in the series (More Than Comics), then I jumped to the fourth book (More Than Once), until I finally went back to the prequel. I’m just glad that I finally got around to read it.

From the little we got to see of the band in More Than Comics, I already loved them, but here I really appreciated Kyle for the first time. I absolutely loved him, and man, he was funny! Such a delightful and complex character.

I already knew I would love Briggs’ writing, this was my third book by her after all and I thought the plot was pretty cool too, even if it was short, and I loved Kyle and Alexis’ relationship. When I read the blurb I was expecting it to be more messy, but I loved the reasons of the break up, they felt real, and their process of reuniting was just heart warming.

I’m also kind of glad that I read Becca’s story before this one, because Oh God, Becca in the first 2 books is not nice…

The only thing I kind of missed was the dual POV, but because this was just a novella I didn’t think much was lost because of it. I do wish that Kyle had had his own full length novel though, because he’s such a delight.

More Than Once (Chasing the Dream #4) (Elizabeth Briggs)

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She’s trying to be good. He loves it when she’s bad.

Andrew West is done being the nice guy. After a marriage proposal gone wrong, he’s started over in a new city and he’s never risking his heart again. 

Becca Collins is done being the bad girl. After quitting the band she played bass for, she’s going to prove to her family that she’s really changed. 

When Becca’s dumped by her boyfriend and fired from her job on Christmas Eve, all seems lost, until she runs into a former one night stand—Andrew. To impress her parents, Becca convinces him to pretend to be her perfect boyfriend for their holiday dinner.

After Andrew shows Becca he’s all bad boy in the bedroom, neither wants to pretend anymore. But when Becca’s invited to rejoin her band for a show and Andrew’s forced to face his ex, they both wonder if they’re ready to take a leap again—or if they’re doomed to fail in life and love a second time.


I’m so glad I’ve subscribed to Elizabeth Briggs’ launch team!!! After I read More Than Comics a few weeks ago, I was super happy to receive the new book in the Chasing the Dream series, especially because this one relates directly with the one above. I ended up devouring this book in one night!

This story is about Becca and Andy, and if you read More Than Comics, you know know that they meet at the end of that book, with Andy’s proposal to Tara having just been turned down, and Becca trying to rebuild her life after her fallout with the band (I still need to read book 0.5 and 1!). They share that one night but never have contact again, even though they both move to the same city. That is, until Andy runs into Becca at her job and they end up reconnecting.

Now, I have to say, I liked this book way more than More Than Comics! Don’t get me wrong, Tara and Hector are pretty great, but Andy and Becca are pretty amazing! I really liked their story. They were both so broken and so adamant about not giving a second chance to things – Becca didn’t want to pursue her music, thinking that she would always fail, and Andrew didn’t want to pursue love, because having put himself out there once and having his heart broken was enough. It’s so beautiful to read about how they change each other, and make the other one believe in themselves again, even if it was in a short period of time. But hey, this wasn’t inta-love, not really! They met in the summer, had mind-blowing sex and ended up connecting pretty well, and then they do the same again during Christmas, and they get closer and closer…

I really liked that the other theme of the book, other than their romance, was Becca’s family and not only her need for acceptance from her parents, but also her sister’s wants and needs. I was super happy when the band gets in contact with Becca again, and more than anything I was glad to see that Andy didn’t even question that he would leave his job and chase her – because even though he was with Tara for a year, that thought didn’t even cross his mind.

I really liked the ending, though that part was a bit predictable – what is it with Andrew and the one year mark?! 😛 Now, seriously, it was cute as hell. Becca and Andy are super super cute! Even when they’re being all bad and stuff, they’re so good together!

If you’re looking for a good romance, with a lot of chemistry and some deep issues, and a couple of great characters, give this one a go, it’s totally worth it!

More Than Comics (Chasing the Dream #2) (Elizabeth Briggs)

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Writer Tara McFadden has been friends with artist and drummer Hector Fernandez for years, long before his band became famous on reality TV – yet they’ve never met in person. They finally have a chance to connect offline when they’re both sent to Comic-Con to promote the graphic novel they collaborated on.

Hector’s secretly been in love with Tara for as long as he can remember, and once they meet, she sees him in a new light. All the years of longing lead to an incredible night of passion after one of his concerts, but neither is sure if their online relationship can translate into a real life romance – or if this will ruin their friendship forever.

Over four crazy days at Comic-Con, Hector and Tara must decide if they want a future together. But when their story seems to be over, it’s up to Hector’s entire band to make sure he and Tara get their happy ending.


After my previous (and disappointing) read, I was in need of some fun, quick and light New Adult Romance, so when I got approved for this ARC – not part of my official TBR – I decided that it was just perfect for what I needed.

I really liked the premise of this novel, the fact that these two people knew each other for years, made the plot a lot better. We don’t have any kind of insta-love here, oh no, this is a relationship three years in the making. Tara and Hector are best friends, they talk daily, they work together, they have both seen each other at their worst – through a webcam – and they even watch tv shows live with each other – internet is a blessing, right? I absolutely loved that the one completely smitten was Hector, the guys was so in love with her that he hadn’t had a relationship in a long time…

The writing flowed effortlessly, so much so, that I started this book at 10pm and when I got to bed I had 65% of the book read, and the rest was done by the time my lunch break finished on the next day.

I loved that this was based on San Diego Comic Con, though I could have used some more Comic Con related stuff.

The plot was cute, albeit a bit predictable, but I really liked how it turned out. I really liked Tara and Hector together, though I just wanted to throw their heads together and force them to talk (really talk) to each other, because Hector was convinced that he wasn’t good enough for her and that she was still in love with her ex, and that the best thing he could do was keep her away, so he would say the dumbest things… *facepalm!*. And Tara had a couple of stupid moments herself, when she went along with the “just sex” program, when she clearly wanted more.

Being a new adult book, it contains a few (like 4…) sexy and a bit explicit scenes. They are pretty hot and, being comic con and all, they may or may not involve some costumes… 😏

All and all, it was pretty enjoyable, and now I’m curious to read the rest of this series, because I really liked the band. I want a group of friends like them, who play silly games in the supermarket, sleep outside Hall H, and dress up for comic con. 😍