Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Song for Us by Teresa Mummert

Title: A Song for Us
Author: Teresa Mummert
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: White Trash #3
Main Characters: Sarah and Eric
Release Date: April 2014
Publisher: Gallery Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
In this highly anticipated follow-up to White Trash Damaged, Cass and Tucker have finally found their happily ever after, but can Eric, the band’s brooding drummer, ever let go of his past and find love?

From a small-town boy with fantasies of superstardom to rock star on tour with the suddenly famous band Damaged, Eric’s life has not been an easy journey. Now he struggles to let go of his past of physical abuse, a past that still haunts him. His anger is causing him to spiral out of control and he risks losing everything he has worked so hard for.

Only one person has ever gotten him to open up about his past: Sarah, the lead singer of Filth, the opening act on their first national tour—a fellow rocker with a confident façade that masks her own painful secrets. But their bands’ rocky past and Sarah’s tumultuous relationship with her bandmate and boyfriend Derek force her to keep Eric at a distance. As their friendship begins to grow into something more, Eric has to find a way to let go of his tortured past, or it could jeopardize his only chance for a happy future...
My Review:
Again, this is another one of those books...it's #3 in the series, but I haven't read the rest of the books. While I could tell that this one would have been better if I'd read the others first, it was definitely one that worked okay as a stand-alone. 

This book is about Sarah and Eric. They've been friends for a while and Eric has wanted more forever. While Sarah suspects that, they've never actually gone to that place...mainly because Sarah is in a serious relationship with her fellow band-member Derek, who's a complete and total jerk. The thing is that although Eric and everyone else sees that about Derek, Sarah doesn't. 

This book is all about the emotional angst of this love triangle. The band members are legally adults (I think), but they all had a very teenagey, high school feel about them. This book felt like a young adult novel trying to make it to the New Adult level, but the characters' maturity level didn't quite make it there...in my opinion. And because of that...for me...this book just didn't quite make it. It featured lots of unresolved issues with parents, self-cutting and abuse, and lots and lots of drinking way too much. 

I enjoyed the music/rock band aspect of the book and loved it when Sarah and Eric were connecting through their music and song-writing. But the unspoken feelings, secrets, and longing looks just got to be too much. I wanted to yell at them both to grow up and grow a pair because dangling all these characters emotionally wasn't fair to anyone in the book.

And there is a whole group of friends involved with this whole drama...two bands worth. But my question is...where the heck were they all when Eric got thrown in jail? Only Donna, his love interest throughout most the book, was there and she was the one who shouldn't have been. 

But the book definitely kept me engaged. The writing was tight and the characters memorable. I pretty much read it straight through...again this was that soap-opera mentality. It's hard to look away...LOL. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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