Review: Reputation by Dr. Rebecca Sharp
Confession: I usually avoid rock star romances like the plague. There I said it. I dated a guy all through college who was going to school for music because he thought he was going to be the next big jazz musician. 4 years of that and I'm ALL rock star'd out. However, that being said, I was hesitant to start this book. I read her novella in the Koche Chronicles and immediately knew I wanted to read everything and anything with her name on it. So here we are. And I'm never judging a book by it's musical roots again.
Story Line: Blake became a rock star at just 18 years old. She left behind her brother, Ash and his best friend Zach (aka the love of her life who refused to be the love of her life). She's loved Zach for as long as she can remember. But Zach built up a wall between them, shutting her down at every given opportunity. Except for the tree house. That tree house makes me want to build one in my backyard like right now. I love what it represented to them and I love its reappearance in the "Bonus Track"
Anyways, Zach is in a band. Long story short they end up being the opening act for Blake's tour. You see, when you're a rockstar, reputation is everything. So, according to Blake's team, she needs to stop being a hussy, and start showing her fans that she is able to settle down. See where I'm going with this? But it's all an act, of course. Just a brave face they put on so that society thinks she isn't the Elsa the ice queen. I was so disheartened for Blake throughout the majority of this book. First of all, having to fake a relationship sucks - regardless of who it's with. But then to have to fake it with someone who has so ademently shot you down most of you life growing up? Torture. Alright, not all torture. But still. My heart hurt for her. It hurt for him. And then it was just plain angry. So many emotions, yet I never wanted this book to end.
Interaction: Can I just say that I adored the reliving the past moments? When Ash or Zach tells a story about them as kids growing up with Blake? Yeah, those moments. I ate them up like a kid in a candy store. The communication between Blake and Zach is so comfortable, easy and tense all at the same time. It was the perfect blend of angst, frustration and complete lust. It makes me all hot and bothered just thinking about it. Speaking of...
Laundry: First of all, I need a tree house. Second of all, I need hotel rooms at my disposal. And third of all, I will make an exception to my "I strongly dislike musicians" rule. Zach is so hot. Not like Zach Morris on Saved By The Bell. No, No, No. Like, a cross between Baywatch and The Greatest Showman Zac Efron. Except taller. Yum. And Blake, that lucky witch, she has had these man candy in her life for-ev-er. So of course, years and year and years of build up is going to be explosive. Like, the nice suburbs fireworks display on the 4th of July. Yeah, you know what I mean. The high budget fireworks. So. Freaking. Hot.
Depth: Let me just say, Ash's book, whenever it may come out, may have me reading with a grudge. Sorry, not sorry. I love his name, I love his over protectiveness of his sister. I love the shadowed look her gave her bestie that eludes there's something more there. But I don't love his crazy. Not one single bit. That, mixed with Blake's inner turmoil and of course Zach's fight to hold on to her, there's a lot more going on here than just two people who are attached by a magnet, yet the world wants to see them on opposite ends of the world. I loved the complexity of their love. I loved the easiness of it too. The tug and pull was perfect. Zach and Blake's chemistry was off the charts in every single element of their lives. If I could vote for them as my favorite celebrity couple, I totally would. This book was written so freaking well, I could probably rave about it until the cows come home. Seriously. SO MUCH LOVE.