Review: Starfish by Lisa Becker
Ambitious graduate Marin Collins accepts a four-month internship at a prestigious public relations firm to work on a tech account, but her plans are derailed when she’s assigned to go on the road with touring rock band Kings Quarters, hailed by Rolling Stone as the next big thing.
Enter Brad Osterhauser, the reluctant rock star who would rather be coding computer games than penning Grammy-nominated songs.
Traveling by bus, city to city with a group of practical joking bandmates and a greedy manager, Marin and Brad forge a friendship and forbidden romance over a shared love of Seinfeld episodes, stolen moments and Red Vines.
But when Marin’s accused of betraying her company and the band, will Brad come to her defense or believe she was disloyal to him for the sake of her career?
Told in alternating perspectives of Marin and Brad, Starfish is a contemporary romance of unexpected love, the redemptive power of music and hogging the bed.
I really love rock star romances because you never know what you are going to get. Despite the groundwork plot predictability, it’s always fun to read a new perspective. I went into this open minded, being forewarned of the potential steam, and glad that I took the chance because I didn’t want to stop reading.
Now, I have a low tolerance for steam and prefer not to read if possible. What I will say is that the point of view of Brad, much of what he says is steaming, due mainly because of his thoughts of being a guy. Beyond that, the rest of the plot over ruled any reservations I may have had. I really enjoyed the chemistry of the characters and definitely see this hopefully becoming a series.
Told by dual perspectives, you really get a balanced experience seeing things from two different angles. I was so glad that Marin was intelligent, ambitious and a hardworking gal that allowed her to bring something for us to want to root for. Brad wasn’t your typical rock star. There is a backstory to him that gives a unique perspective of more than a rock star character. Their developing friendship and forbidden romance gives the readers some highs and lows mixed with some drama that makes this contemporary romance worth flipping the pages. Overall, I thought it was a good read and loved their chemistry. I’d recommend checking this one out.