Romance, Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult, Book reviews, industry news, and commentary from a reader's point of view

REVIEW: Love’s Rhythm by Lexxie Couper

Dear Ms. Cooper:

Thank you for sending this book to me for review. I had just finished an excellent New Adult book featuring a rock star hero (Where She Went by Gayle Forman) and was excited to see what a sexy, adult contemporary would bring me. There were many good ideas in the story but the execution of them faltered and in the end, it just seemed like one sex scene strung together with another.

love's rhythm lexxie couperNick Blackthorne is the hottest rock star in the world but when his best friends are getting married, there is only one person he can imagine him bringing to the wedding–Lauren Robbins. Nick and Lauren were high school sweethearts but when Nick’s fame kind of went to his head.  The two parted 15 years ago when Lauren didn’t want to follow him around the world.

She is now a kindergarten teacher with a 15 year old son.  I think we all can add 16 + 16 and get secret baby, right?

There were any number of ideas that went unexplored or were explored in previous books (which I hadn’t read). There were allusions that Nick was tapped out creatively. He rediscovered himself a couple of years ago after finding out he was adopted and had a brother who killed himself. None of this is played out in the pages. I had no idea what Nick was like before this enlightenment. It was powerful enough that it makes him want to seek out his first love but we are shown absolutely nothing of the transformation.

The tough reunion emotions that the two might grapple with appear briefly only to be pushed aside when the two fall into each other’s arms the day Nick returns. Whatever issues that kept them apart in the past aren’t well defined or explored.  The two are too busy getting into each other’s pants.

There were other issues: dealing with Nick’s fame; the big secret baby that Lauren kept from Nick; how the two deal with their son.  All of these issues could have provided the basis for a rich emotional conflict if there was not going to be any character development. (And there wasn’t).  But any exploration consists of a couple of dialogue exchanges interrupted by non stop sex scenes. Nick’s anger seemed to abate almost immediately under the fever of their passion. I guess I was supposed to see how overcome these two were with lust for each other, but I tired of the bedroom gymnastics that took the place of any storytelling or plot.

I thought the scene in which Nick storms Lauren’s house to confront her about the secret perfectly exemplifies the problems and probably the high points of the story.  He gets inside the house and instead of asking Lauren about her son, he takes her up against the door after saying “nice playlist” upon hearing his own music in her house. Presumably this makes him so hot that the pain of not knowing his only child for fifteen years pales in comparison with the opportunity to kiss and then take her.  Only after the several page sex scene is over does Nick demand an explanation.

I remember I tried a Bandicoot Cove book a while back and it read like a swinger story. This book isn’t a swinger story, but the heavy emphasis on sex above everything else, even hot sex scenes, reinforces my opinion of the series. It’s all sex, all the time. C-

Best regards,

Jane

AmazonBNSonyKoboARE

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

14 Comments

  1. Loosheesh
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 15:58:30

    “It’s all sex, all the time. ” – Meh; will pass.

    I loved Something Like Normal and the male POV was great (always wanted to try a book where we get only the male’s POV). The blurb for Where She Went says it’s from Adam’s POV – is that true for the entire book? Have you read If I Stay also?

    I’m really enjoying these ‘New Adult’ books you’re reading, so carry on ;-)

  2. Jane
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 16:01:45

    @Loosheesh: I did not read the first book in the series (the coma book as my friend and I refer to it) but the second book is entirely in Adam’s POV. Not as romantic as Easy or Something Like Normal. You must put “Pushing the Limits” on your wish list. It comes out in August and you will love it. Promise.

  3. Loosheesh
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 16:56:24

    @Jane: Just commented on the open readers’ thread that I made a note of Pushing the Limits; looks really good.

  4. mssarahb
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 20:25:58

    @Jane: Who’s the author of Pushing the Limits?

  5. Jane
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 20:26:37

    @mssarahb: Katie McGarry

  6. Tez Miller
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 20:46:44

    I’ve read Lexxie Couper’s first Bandicoot Cove book, TROPICAL SIN. I was really interested in Nick’s brother, whose life I found fascinating. But Nick himself? Did not care.

  7. Jane
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 20:52:08

    @Tez Miller: But the brother kills himself, right? Because that is what Nick relays.

  8. Tez Miller
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 20:55:58

    @Jane: True, but I still find his life more interesting than Nick’s. I don’t need a happy ending, but I do need conflict – and lots of it!

  9. Erin Satie
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 21:56:28

    So far my favorite rock star romance is BACKSTAGE PASS by Olivia Cunning. Also lots of sex & I’ve seen a few reviews that complained about it, but I loved the super sweet guitarist hero, the camaraderie of the band, and the way the smart, competent heroine built herself a place among them.

    I’ve tried to find others that delight me similarly; sounds like Where She Went should be on the list.

  10. Brie
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 23:35:56

    Have you read After Midnight by Sarah Grimm? The hero is a rock star trying to bring his band to its former glory and the heroine is a tortured pianist (because if you’re an artist of any kind chances are you’re also tortured). The band/rock star life isn’t the main focus -the heroine is- but I really enjoyed the story. The hero is older (in his 40′s, I think) and mature with a lot of experience and knows himself well and what he wants.

  11. Patty
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 08:23:28

    See I liked this novella, and I don’t know why. My favorite rock star titles so far have to be Blindsided by Sayer Adams (99 cents people) and How to Kill A Rock Star by Tiffanie de Bartolo, very very very good book and falls right into the new adult category.

  12. Jenny
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 14:27:42

    I quit on this one shortly after the sex/I have a son scene that Jane described. If you care about getting laid more than you do finding out about a kid you didn’t even know you had, I can’t like you anymore.

  13. JL
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 21:40:43

    This sounds sexy. I may pick this one up.

  14. REVIEW: Muscle for Hire by Lexxie Couper
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 11:02:06

    [...] I loved the cover on this book. It depicts exactly the image I have a rock star’s bodyguard. I couldn’t resist requesting it from Samhain when the review copy list was sent. This is a sequel to Love’s Rhythm which I reviewed last summer. [...]

%d bloggers like this: