Monday, December 7, 2015

Brooklyn and Beale by Olivia Evans


The life of a session musician is rarely easy. After consecutive tour cancellations and a stack of unpaid bills, Chloe Bennett fears her dream has come to an end.

Then everything changes.

Indie rocker Reid Ryder needs a replacement violinist for his tour. For Chloe, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. For Reid, it’s a checkmark off his list. Already battling addiction, guilt, and his inability to write new music, Reid's hopeful that things are finally falling into place.

But life is never predictable.

When the tour begins, he finds himself drawn to Chloe. She challenges and inspires him. Their onstage chemistry is electric. To the outside world, they’re the perfect match. To those involved, however, it’s not so simple. When Reid’s no longer sure that the future he planned is the one he wants, a choice must be made.

Love...or loyalty.

Brooklyn & Beale was everything I was hoping for and more. I loved Olivia's debut - Hollywood & Vine (which you should totally read if you haven't) and love her style of writing so I had high expectations going into this story. Not only did she deliver - she blew me away.

I love a good rocker love story and let me tell you that Reid Ryder ranks up there with the Kellan Kyle's and Jake Wether's of the book boyfriend variety. He's kinda hard to explain without giving away story line, but just know that he will grab you and toy with your emotions in a way that will make you swoon from the beginning to end. What I loved about Chloe is that she wasn't a whiny heroine - whoa is me type of girl. She's strong, witty, cute and perfect in her role as friend to Reid.

This isn't an insta-love romance either. These two build a strong foundation and their struggles are real and not overly done. I honestly could not put the book down (and I tried! I had a ton of work to get done and after a while, I just gave up.) 

Not only are Reid and Chloe highly developed, so is the whole cast of characters. You want to leap into the pages and become a part of the gang and live the life along with him. Escapism at its best!

I can't wait for more stories from Olivia and she has definitely made it to one of my go to authors!

5 fantastic stars!


Olivia Evans is a dreamer by day, writer by night. She's obsessed with music and loves discovering new bands. Traveling the world and watching the sun set in every time zone sounds like heaven to her. A true Gemini, she follows her heart blindly and lives life to the fullest with her husband, son, and friends. Her other loves are: Chuck Taylors, Doc Martens, concert tees, gangster movies, sports, wine, craft beer and her shih tzu's.

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