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Facing the Music by Andrea Laurence
Series: Rosewood #1
Published by Pocket Star Genres: Contemporary
Reeling from pain and heartache, Ivy turned it into a chart-topping song and catapulted her career into the stratosphere. Her hit song, ‘Size Matters’, brought her to the top of her game, but happiness has eluded her and bouncing around from one bad relationship to another has given her great material to write songs about, but the latest foray into love has backfired for Ivy. Forced by her manager to work on something new and help in a charity event, Ivy has returned home to her small town. She hasn’t been back since she left, and she’s not looking forward to seeing her ex or all the questions about the ‘size’ of something either!
Blake was on the road to a great NFL career, and he wanted his girlfriend Ivy by his side. The long distance romance these young college sweethearts had embarked upon was proving very daunting. When Ivy couldn’t get to Blake, he made a mistake and got caught. Not fighting for them, he let her go. Soon, an injury took him out of the game and Blake has been home ever since. Having to live down a certain top-selling song, hasn’t helped much either! However, now Ivy is back, and feelings that Blake and she thought were long buried are reemerging. Yet, outside forces are scheming to keep them apart. Will they let down their guard enough to work past the hurts from before, or will Blake let her run from him again and not fight for their love?
Facing the Music is an entertaining, sweet romance with incredibly likeable characters! Blake and Ivy proved that they weren’t perfect and managed to wound one another in selfish choices that they made years ago.
Facing the Music felt very contemporary and reminded me of a well-known artist of today, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. I liked that both Blake and Ivy grew over the years and that some jealousy was still evident because of a past hurt in Facing the Music. However, I did find that I was curious about some other aspects of their lives apart in Facing the Music, and I thought perhaps that they would explore that, but they didn’t.