This is a New Adult Novel appropriate for ages 16+.
A rock band. A reality show. The opportunity of a lifetime.
As the front man for The Void, lead singer Dane Archer has yet to achieve the success he craves. He hopes that will change when he's approached about filming a reality show called House of Archer. All he and the band have to do is get some juicy footage while on their upcoming tour. The problem? Archer's life is a snoozefest. His parents are happily married, he's never done drugs or gotten arrested, and he doesn't get into fights with his band mates. He knows the show will fizzle and die before it ever hits the air, taking his dreams of worldwide fame along with it.
If Archer can convince his best friend Lily to be on the show, he's sure they'll get all the compelling footage they need. Her life is filled with drama. Hell, she's practically a reality show in her own right.
Archer's willing to do whatever it takes to get Lily on board, even if it means charming her into being more than just friends. But when he finds himself falling for her, his seemingly simple plan gets complicated. Soon the line between reality and Reality TV begins to blur, leaving him wondering if achieving his dreams is worth all it might cost him.
*Note: This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the author but that did not in any way influence this review!
The ins and outs of music industry, what actually goes on behind the scenes of a reality tv show, a friends to more story, double crossing, betrayals, and romance…this story had it all. Once again Ms. Thomas has managed to weave several story lines into one book and given the reader a variety of characters to love and to hate. This is a very good beginning to a series I know will capture many readers’ imaginations.
Lily and Dane (Archer) are the best of friends and have had each others’ backs for many years. As they begin the journey of spending several months together while Dane’s band is on tour and filming a reality tv show, their friendship is tested by romantic feelings that neither had anticipated. The complications of being on the road and of the producer’s insistence that there be drama for the show adds unnecessary stress to their fledgling relationship and angst to the overall story.
Lily is a strong, sassy character who’s trying to achieve her dreams. She’s had a rough life with a drama-filled family but she’s found her happy place with her friends and with Dane. However, that doesn’t stop her family from trying to bring her down. Dane is a successful musician who’s trying to take his band to the next level of success through participation in the show. And, against his own conscience, he considers starting a relationship with his friend in order to add the element of drama and romance the show needs. I must admit that his initial thoughts about going into a relationship for the sake of the show made me like him a little less than I would have – it affected his “swoonyness” in my eyes. Of course, he actually discovers that his feeling are very much real and he treats Lily with love and respect, but his original thoughts did impacte my love for him…sad because I wanted to love him unconditionally!
I did, however, love the secondary characters in this story and I think you will too. Beware, however, that there are a lot of them…bands, managers, friends, roadies, and producers to keep track of. But, once you’ve figured it all out, you’ll definitely find a great variety…characters to embrace and characters to dislike. They’re all well developed and their interactions and banter are fun to read. And each one of them can and should get their own story.
Overall, this is a fun, quick read and a great first book. Looking forward to whatever Ms. Thomas has up her sleeve next (psssst….I hope it’s Keith’s story! )
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