Everyone expects her to succeed…
Karen plays the cello like an angel, and it’s the only thing that makes her truly feel alive. But her father’s dream—for her to join a prestigious orchestra—leaves no time in her life for anything but music…not even love. Trapped on her path, she doesn’t know how to rebel.
Everyone expects him to fail…
Connor plays rock guitar like the devil himself, and his ability has got him all the way from a dead-end life in Belfast to a scholarship at Fenbrook Academy. But beneath his arrogance and charm, he doesn’t believe he has what it takes. He’s spent his time in New York drinking and partying, and the only future he sees is a return to Ireland as soon as he flunks out.
But what no one expects…
When Karen’s duet partner is injured, the bad boy guitarist and the shy, sheltered cellist are forced to team up. Neither likes the idea, but what begins as anger and distrust slowly spirals into love…and lust. If they can face up to their feelings, they might just have a chance together. If Connor will allow Karen to stop his fall, maybe he can show her a life she never thought possible…
This New Adult Romance is recommended for readers 17+
A note for readers of Dance For Me
A self-contained romance with no cliffhanger ending, this book focuses on Karen and Connor, but Natasha, Darrell, Clarissa, Neil and Jasmine from Dance For Me all appear as well.
After having read the first book, I was unsure if I would love this one. To be honest, I did not love it, but I liked it quite a lot. The first book was very good and I also got attached to the characters, but it was nice finding out more about their friends in this book.
I am really glad that the author kept the characters from the previous book and not just presented the story of Karen and Connor. It would have been weird, right? I mean they are friends, they go to the same school. We learnt a few things about Karen in the first book, so it’s completely normal to have the other characters in this book.
The book is well written and the plot as well. I must say that the author writes interesting and unique stories. I really loved the characters. Karen is quite geeky, unexpectedly so. I love that about her. To be honest, I could not imagine living her life. She lives under so much pressure, but in a way I think she enjoys it. She wants to be the best as what she does because otherwise she wouldn’t continue doing what she does.
Connor is the ultimate bad boy. We know right from the beginning that he is exactly what Karen should avoid. Underneath it all, he is a nice guy. He might not be the perfect boyfriend, the man to take home to your mum, but he is what Karen needs in her life. I must say that I adore the fact that he is Irish. You can almost hear his accent while reading the book. I don’t usually swoon over accents, but I really liked his. (I sound weird right now, right? )
I loved Karen and Connor together, they have such amazing chemistry. In the beginning, I was a bit unsure whether they could make it work, but in the end they were perfect together. They are really different and they have such different personalities, but they are perfect for each other.
Overall, I am really thankful that i got to read this book as part of this tour because it was a really nice read and I hope that I will have the chance to read some more of this author’s work.
From me: 4/5
Jonathan Rhys Meyers – Connor
Keri Russell – Karen
When I started reading the book, I immediately thought about August Rush so..