Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Review:Broken Notes by Ann Marie Frohoff

The Heavy Influence Series
is an edgy sexually charged coming of age story.
A Modern Day 'WALK THE LINE' Romance.

The edgy Heavy Influence Series is about 
young, intense and reckless love between 
a rising rock star and his younger muse.

Follow their journey through 
temptation, deception & forbidden love.
BROKEN NOTES (Heavy Influence, #2)
By: Ann Marie Frohoff
Publisher: AMF Publishing
Pages: 279
Date: December 30, 2014
Music fades with a death. Dreams and impulses may kill a future.
Being rich, famous and in an award winning, multi-platinum band can't save you from life's tragedies.
When Jake and Alyssa begin to build a life together in New York City, a death and an unfortunate set of events rattle Jake's very existence. Alyssa clings to her own dreams. Jake's blurred take on life may end what they've fought so hard to keep. 

Will love remain the same?
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What I thought about Broken Notes
Now that Aly has graduated, Jake is expecting her to move to New York so they can finally be together, but New York doesn’t offer the opportunities that she has in California when it comes to competitive volleyball.  She decides to postpone her college decision until the following spring and hops on a plane to be with Jake.
Jake is excited to start his life with Aly, although he does drag his feet when it comes to telling his old girlfriend what is going on.  Yep, he’s what I’d call an avoider -- doesn’t want to deal with anything too messy.

They finally get things worked out but bad news about Dump’s medical condition knocks Jake off his game.  In the midst of dealing with Dump, he comes to realize that Aly’s opportunities are in California and he does the right thing, even though it devastates both of them. He’s left alone to deal with a breakup and Dump’s condition.  I really felt for him during this part of the book, because it was clear he needed a friend.   When things take an unexpected turn with another woman, I could easily see him turning to someone else for comfort.

Meanwhile, back in California, Aly is getting close to Nathan again, setting up an explosive ending for the book and this young couple.

When I finished Fever Pitch, the previous book in this serious, I had all sorts of questions about Jake’s commitment to their relationship.  In Broken Notes, he had all my sympathy and I love it when an author can make me change how I feel about a character.  

From a story content point of view, I’m loving the complications between Jake and Ally and I’m eager to see how the events at the end of the Broken Notes will get resolved, or if they can. At times the action seems a bit choppy though, and I would like less internal narration telling me how characters feel, and more dialogue and action showing it.  Sometimes scenes just seem to end, only to get picked up chapters later, and that can take me out of the story, so I’d love to see a new level of writing in the next book.

Overall, great story that crosses YA to NA.  Jake and Ally are complicated, and I like that about them.  Seems very much true to real life. Can’t wait to see how this all turns out!

ARC provided for review.
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About The Author:
Ann Marie ("Annie") Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult, she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beachside city up and down the coast.

Ann Marie is a debut author whose vision to tell a story started out like many other aspiring writers, with a dream, literally.

After taking her then eight-year-old daughter to a concert, her dream weaving took on a life of its own. Long story short, she quit her high- paying corporate job and went for broke to follow her dream.

The first installment in her Heavy Influence Trilogy, FIRST KISS, released June 11, 2013 — the series is a story about young, reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse, spanning 10 years of their tumultuous and passionate relationship. Each book in the Trilogy will come with a soundtrack of original music, of which the lyrics will appear in the pages of the books.

Annie has settled in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her family.
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First Kiss Free 2.12-2.14:
Jake, an up and coming teenage rocker on the verge of stardom, reconnects with Alyssa, the younger girl next door.
When she becomes something more they're forced to face the harsh realities on his road to fame and the expectations of their friends and family.
Sacrifices are made as everything changes as they know it. 
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1 comment:

lady reader said...

Thank you so much for your awesome review and participation. You rock. xx