There’s rock, there’s a hard place, then there’s Aidan & Isabel.
What’s a Jersey Girl to do when she moves to Catswallow, Alabama? Isabel Lang finds the answer in an unlikely bond with the musically gifted Aidan Roycroft. The two share everything from a first kiss to startling family secrets. But when Aidan is accused of a violent crime, the two flee to Las Vegas where Isabel’s future comes tumbling down.
Seven years later, the past is buried, including any relationship with Aidan. Isabel is busy running a radio station and closing in on commitment with Nate Potter, a guy who defines ideal. Life seems cozy until new station management demands a sudden-death ratings grabber, putting everyone’s future on the line. What should be a simple solution leads to a stunning revelation as Isabel is forced to call on the past and the only rock star she knows.
Sacrificing romance for busy melodrama, the bulk of Spinella's sophomore effort (after Beautiful Disaster) takes place in flashback, while the present fills in the blanks. Teens Isabel Lang and Aidan Roycroft were best friends, helping each other survive their small Alabama town. When Aidan was arrested for shooting wealthy Rick Stanton, the lover of Isabel's mother, Isabel bailed Aidan out and they eloped to Las Vegas, but were divorced soon after. Seven years later, Aidan is a wildly successful rock star, while the radio station Isabel works for needs ratings, and the kid-centered nonprofit that she runs on the side could use cash. She asks Aidan to play a show and soon a host of buried feelings and hidden truths are revealed on both sides. Everyone in the enormous cast is agreeably one-note and obedient to the plot. While a few twists keep pages turning, Aidan and Isabel's flimsy characterization can't stand up to the torrent of coincidences.
A Beautiful Story!
What a wonderful romance! This book was so touching, with sweet and tender moments, as well as devastating ones that broke my heart. Both of the main characters were great. Bad boy persona aside, Aidan Roycroft was very intelligent, caring, with firm values and a very protective nature. Isabella was strong, gutsy, and also willing to do anything necessary to protect the one she loved. The 2nd chance romance between these two was an enjoyable storyline, and the book had multiple great settings. There were a few wonderful secondary characters, and a few of those that readers love to hate. This book is one I'd definitely recommend for lovers of contemporary romance.
Adrian Roycroft and Isabella Lang are the best of friends. After something unimaginable happens to Isabella and precipitates events that spell trouble for both, they take off for Vegas. While there, Adrian's big chance as a rock star seems to be in the palm of his hand, but in order to secure his future, Isabella has to sever the connection between them.
Seven years later, Adrian is wildly successful as a rock star, but still feels the loss of Isabella. She is working for a radio station and has been running a non-profit foundation. When the radio station is sold and changes formats, only something huge will save her job and those of her co-workers. When Isabella decides that her only option is to ask Adrian to do a concert for her radio station, both of their futures will be impacted.
I loved this book! Great characters, an interesting storyline, and colorful settings made this a book that was very enjoyable to read. The transitions between past and current storylines was handled very well, and every moment of reading this book was pure pleasure.