4 out of 5 Stars
*I was provided a copy of A Lush Rhapsody by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*
As the newest member of the Lush family, Tully O’Rourke has a lot to prove. It’s not easy being the new guy—or girl—in such a close-knit group. Lush has been around for a while, and not everyone is happy about adding a keyboardist and backup vocalist and changing their sound. But if there’s one thing they all agree on, it’s that Tully needs to stay away from Blaze Davis, the lead guitarist for rival band Rhapsody. Easier said than done when the two bands are on tour together and the sparks between Tully and Blaze begin to fly.
Peterson “Blaze” Davis has something to prove. Winning the Superbowl Halftime Show spot will ensure his father sees just how far he’s made it in the career his father doesn’t approve of. Blaze will do whatever it takes to come out on top, and he doesn’t care who he has to step on in the process. His budding relationship with Tully and newly-formed truce with Lush are put on the line, along with Blaze’s sobriety.
A Lush Rhapsody is a crossover rockstar romance novel by bestselling author Selena Laurence. The Lush band is back with a new addition in order to freshen up their sound, and Tully O’Rourke is out to prove herself to her new bandmates as well as her family. The book introduces the Rhapsody band members, setting the reader up for the new series about this rival band. Ms. Laurence does a great job of incorporating the secondary characters into this book to give us some insight into what they’ll be up against in the coming stories without detracting from the main plot of this book.
Both Tully and Blaze had depth to their characterizations, and both had their own personal issues to overcome, keeping the story interesting. Everything was nicely woven together, bringing out some strong emotions in several places. I was hooked on both main characters right from the start, and their attraction was palpable, practically sizzling off the screen of my e-reader.
The only drawback was that with the story told in alternating points of view, at times things were glossed over where I would have like to see some more depth. Being told a character was laughing or crying without feeling the emotion with them left me somewhat unsatisfied. That’s not to say it happened regularly; I certainly laughed and cried right along with the characters in many places. There were just a few places where I would have liked to see a little more.
Overall, I enjoyed the book from start to finish and look forward to reading more about the Rhapsody band members in the coming books. Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.
All of my reviews of Ms. Laurence’s work can be found under the Author Spotlight tab.