All Access (Brothers of Rock #1) by Karolyn James
Jess is caught off guard when a sexy stranger buys her a cup of coffee and asks her to sit with him. He’s mysterious, nice, and even though he says the right things at the right time, Jess can sense that there’s something hidden about him.
As Johnnie sits across from the beautiful woman, he can’t believe she doesn’t recognize him. Everyone does. It comes with the territory when you’re the lead singer of one of the hottest bands in the world, Chasing Cross. With one more show to go before taking a small break in touring, it feels like luck is on Johnnie’s side. That is, if he can find a way to tell Jess who he is, without scaring her off.
After her best friend begs her to come to a concert, Jess finds herself standing in the middle of a crowd. The lights are off, music begins, and the crowd erupts in cheers. She doesn’t know much about the band, but that’s all about to change. When the lights come on, Jess can’t believe her eyes. The lead singer of the band is the man from the café.
Plucked from the crowd during the show, Jess makes her way backstage. The encore may have ended on stage, but the real show is just about to begin. Johnnie’s passion quickly turns to romance but the more time he and Jess spend together, the more things get complicated. Johnnie has a big decision to make about himself and the band, testing his loyalty and love for the music, and when Jess’s dreams start to come true, she starts to realize that true love exists, but it’s not always an easy path to take.
I love books about an unexpected encounter. All Access delivers a good story. Although I felt that the storyline was patchy with a lot piled into it, I found it enjoyable.
Jess is a strong character. She is a romance writer and has her own career. At her coffee shop she meets a sexy stranger. She’s drawn to him but can tell that he’s hiding something. Johnnie, the lead singer of Chasing Cross who can have any woman, meets Jess and can’t get her out of his mind. A chance encounter at a concert her friend has begged her to attend has Jess back in Johnnie’s sites.
I felt the pace of the story built too fast. There was too much going on in the plot development. The characters were charming. I loved the light angst, but I care for the relationships that happen instantly. I like the chance encounter to draw out longer and for the anticipation to grow. Overall, an entertaining read. Give this a try and find your next rocker book crush! 3.5 Stars