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


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)


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. 😍