Thursday, 7 May 2015

Review ~ Gone for You by Jayne Frost

Gone for YoueARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: March 28th 2015

Publisher: Sixth Street Press

As the guitarist for the rock band Caged, I know the rules: no relationships. No complications. Leave ‘em smiling when you go, but always go. Besides, it’s not like I’m ever in one place for more than a few days at a time. As the next hottest thing out of Austin, the band and me are riding the wave, and the music is all that matters. 

Until her…

Lily Tennison has “complication” written across her beautiful face. But I can’t get involved. The timing’s all wrong. But she’s under my skin, and I can’t resist her troubled eyes and sweet smile. And I do have a little time to kill. Not much, just a few days in Dallas.

So I’ll scratch the itch and move on, like I always do.

Simple, right?

My Opinion

Gone For You was a pleasant, quick read. It centres around the stereotypical  bad boy rockstar who falls for the girl and has a few hot moments combined with some more heartfelt ones. This book has split my opinion though.

On one hand it was an easy read. The plot moved at a fast pace and it did keep me interested. I like feel-good romances and this is what Gone For You was. It was relatively drama free and a simple read to understand.

My main issue however was that it is written in first person from the male's (Cameron's) POV. Personally, I find it hard to get across necessary information and emotions from the male's perspective and I kept wanting to know Lily's thoughts. For me a romance needs to have the female's POV because that's what I engage and relate to most. I think the author wrote convincingly as a man but it lacked the depth I needed to connect with the characters. I never really formed a bond with Lily because I never got inside her head, and Cameron was ... well he was the typical guy and I found that hard to relate to.

Because of this I did find myself distanced from the story. I never really felt invested in it and although it was enjoyable, my emotions weren't in it. Similarly, I thought the ending was rushed. Things twisted and turned (predictably) but it all happened so quickly. I never felt the emotions or had time to adjust and connect with the characters.

Overall, whilst this was an okay read, I did struggle to engage with it. This is probably down to the POV mostly as the writing was good. I wish it had been written in dual POV as I felt there was a lot more detail to be told, and think it would have been a good read had we heard from Lily.


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