Wednesday, May 28, 2014

4 Stars for Hiding in the Spotlight by Karen Booth

Alex Halford’s rock-star husband, Glenn, steals away in the middle of the night, leaving her with their two boys, a mountain of debt, and one person to turn to—his lifelong friend and band mate, David Callahan. David helps Alex pick up the pieces of her shattered life, happy to have any time with the woman he’s loved for seventeen years. Every moment with her is ripe with opportunity, and every last idea running through his mind would destroy his brotherly bond with Glenn.

Out from under Glenn’s thumb, Alex can see the person she was before marriage, finding feelings for David she thought she’d left behind in high school. A single kiss and the floodgates open, giving her new hopes of happiness. But when David and Glenn’s band has a chance to be back on top, David must convince Glenn to return. With every passing day, success comes closer, Glenn’s ego inflates, and David and Alex find it more difficult to hide. One misstep and the secret comes out, forcing David to choose between his life’s work and the woman he doesn’t want to leave behind.

What I thought about Hiding in the Spotlight

Alex wakes up one morning to find her husband Glenn has walked out on her. No great loss, since he's a cheater, but he leaves her without any money and with two young boys to take care of.  

She turns to David, Glenn's best friend, songwriting partner and band mate. They've been friends for years, and David's been in love with Alex since always.  He takes her in but he can't hide his feeling for her forever, and Alex finds she has feelings for David too.  I loved how they finally get together, and especially David's reactions to it all.

And then life happens. Glenn comes back and suddenly everything is about him, and he isn't too happy that the wife he no longer wants is desired by his best friend.  

Karen Booth does a great job with these three characters. I fell in love with David, he was solid and sincere, and most of all patient with Alex, who struggled with the failure of her marriage and the effect of it on her two young boys.  Page and Tyler were awesome kids though, and there were some really nice moments between Alex, David and the boys.  

I really liked the chemistry between Alex and David, mostly because David was just so sweet to Alex.  Things were very hot in the sack between these two, once they both let go.  

Hiding in the Spotlight is a fast-paced contemporary romance set against the backdrop of an aging rock-n-roll band. I liked that the main characters were a little older and on the downside of their career.  I've read many rock-themed contemporary romances and the fact that this wasn't an up-and-coming band made this story fresh and interesting for me. 

Overall, a quick read that will keep you turning the page so you can find out how it all turns out.

ARC courtesy of author in exchange for honest review.

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Author Bio

Karen Booth is a Midwestern girl transplanted in the South, raised on 80s music, Judy Blume, and the films of John Hughes. An early preoccupation with rock 'n' roll led her to spend her twenties working her way from intern to executive in the music industry. Several of her books revolve around the world of backstage passes and band dynamics.

When she's not creating fictional musicians, she's listening to everything from Otis Redding to Duran Duran to Tokyo Police Club with her kids, honing her Southern cooking skills (she makes some mean collards), or sweet-talking her astoundingly supportive husband into whipping up a batch of cocktails.

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