The life of a session musician is rarely easy. After consecutive tour cancellations and a stack of unpaid bills, Chloe Bennett fears her dream has come to an end.
Then everything changes.
Indie rocker Reid Ryder needs a replacement violinist for his tour. For Chloe, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. For Reid, it’s a checkmark off his list. Already battling addiction, guilt, and his inability to write new music, Reid’s hopeful that things are finally falling into place.
But life is never predictable.
When the tour begins, he finds himself drawn to Chloe. She challenges and inspires him. Their onstage chemistry is electric. To the outside world, they’re the perfect match. To those involved, however, it’s not so simple. When Reid’s no longer sure that the future he planned is the one he wants, a choice must be made.
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I had given up on rock star books. Really, I had. It was the same story over and over again; I just couldn’t get into them anymore. Then I read this blurb…a rock star and a violinist? My daughter plays the violin so I have a special affinity for characters who also play. I am so happy that I gave Brooklyn & Beale the chance.
I read Hollywood & Vine when it first came out and I think that I said the same thing about it. Olivia Evans has the knack of putting a new spin on the stories that you thought had already been played out. Brooklyn & Beale is not only about a rock star, but also about love, faith, redemption, lust, anger, healing, and most of all friendship. This is not an easy story, at times. I feel head over heals in love with all of the characters. Their lives intertwine so greatly, I never knew who to root for the most. There were moments that I was feeling so much, I just had to put the book down and walk away. The great (and sometimes frustratingly angsty) thing about this book is the fact that there is no “bad guy or girl”; just a bunch of lost people looking to find their happiness. Some get it, some don’t, but this is the beauty that is Brooklyn & Beale. I was never left feeling like any one person got wronged. Did I feel sorry for a character or two? Of course I did, but it was deserved.
I loved that characters from Hollywood & Vine were still a big part of the story. It was nice to see where they are in their “stories” at this point. I always think it is fun when authors don’t forget their other characters, especially in a series like this.
Obviously, I think this book is amazing. It gave me all the “feels” that I need to make this a recommendable book, which I do wholeheartedly. I can’t wait to see who’s story is next!!!!
Lulled into an almost sedated state, she wasn’t prepared for the crushing emotion that saturated the air when Reid began to sing. Song after song, his voice mimicked the lyrics. Soft and sad, rough and tender, hopeful and despairing. It was like nothing she’d ever experienced, and it affected her in ways she didn’t realize were possible.
She wanted to step behind Reid and wrap her arms around his waist. She wanted to press her cheek to his back and hug him as tightly as possible. She wanted to do anything to stop the pain in his voice.
About the Author
Olivia Evans is a dreamer by day, writer by night. She’s obsessed with music and loves discovering new bands. Traveling the world and watching the sun set in every time zone sounds like heaven to her. A true Gemini, she follows her heart blindly and lives life to the fullest with her husband, son, and friends. Her other loves are: Chuck Taylors, Doc Martens, concert tees, gangster movies, sports, wine, craft beer and her shih tzu’s.