Sydney Peters can’t wait to finally drop the cymbals in marching band and devote time to her true love: drums. With the semester coming to a close, she’s blocking out the cacophony during practice, especially sax serenades from Hunter Reed. But when Hunter offers her a paid gig as a drummer in his band, Sydney quickly changes her tune. The two favor different styles, but they make beautiful music together…in more ways than one.
Hunter is fascinated by Sydney’s distant allure. He might be a ladies’ man on campus, but the sarcastic cymbalist is impervious to his advances. When Hunter sees how passionate Sydney is behind the drums, he orchestrates a plan to find out if she kisses like she plays. What he doesn’t anticipate, however, is falling so hard. But will the repercussions of his past crash down on his chance at something real?
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Schroeder’s writing is tight and smooth, and her dialogue is wonderful
3.5 Stars rounded.
One day… at band camp ….
Shannyn Schroeder just makes me smile. I know that I’ll find at least one character to love, a touch of steam, plenty of humor and some wonderful conversation.
Sydney is a cymbal player in the school’s band, but she really wants to take her love of the drums to the next level by playing them. She’s got that whole ‘sarcastic at arm’s length’ attitude happening, and doesn’t, not for one moment, want to pay attention to Hunter.
Hunter is THE guy on campus, drool-worthy, charming and a saxophone player. While all that works on the other girls, the one he wants to sit up and take notice might as well have yawned in his face.
So – the connection of music and Hunter’s fascination with Sydney had the potential to make this a home run. Unfortunately, Hunter’s past and rather cavalier attitude toward his many conquests had me leaning to Sydney to both show some sense and not make this easy for him. Fortunately, she did just that by setting up a series of rules and challenges for him. He’s not exactly a careless player – he does have goals and ambition, but his laid back attitude did often appear to be carelessness. However, his determination and willingness to jump through every hoop that Sydney held up showed her and I that he really wanted to get to know her.
Schroeder’s writing is tight and smooth, and her dialogue is wonderful…. I just wanted a bit more growth earlier for Hunter to really have me believing in their relationship. Still, a good story with plenty of moments to make you smile.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.