Monday, June 9, 2014

Opening Act by Suleikha Snyder

Opening Act
by Suleikha Snyder

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Published by: Entangled Publishing on May 27, 2014
Genres: Romance, Music
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: 4 Stars

NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Reporter Saroj Shah has been in love with bass player and bartender Adam Harper since her first day of college—seven years ago. Forever thinking of her as part-friend and part-little sister, he’s just been too blind, and too clueless, to see it. Until one pivotal moment pulls her into the spotlight.

The moment Saroj steps on stage, Adam sees his friend in a new light. He can’t take his mind off of her and realizes they could make beautiful music together. But seven years is a long time and Saroj is ready to move on. Adam will have to hit the right note if he wants to prove to Saroj he was worth the wait.

While I'm not usually a fan of novellas (because I just find that too few authors can complete an entire story arc in a short amount of pages), I decided to take a chance on reading this one. I'm a huge music nerd and I love friends-turned-lovers stories, so I jumped at the chance to read this ARC. I was NOT disappointed! In fact, I've marked several other books by the author on my wishlist!

Music reporter Saroj, bass player Adam, and Adam's bestie JR have known each other forever. The entire time Adam's been making music and playing the field with every available female groupie, Saroj has been at his side, dreaming of the day when Adam wakes up and notices her as more than just a friend. He's always seen her as a sweet friend, more of a sister, and takes her friendship for granted. All of that changes one night when flirty JR chooses one night to have some fun with Saroj himself . . . in front of Adam.

Bisexual JR (I'd love to read a book about him - by the way!), is a sexual creature. He and Saroj aren't interested in each other for the long-term, but one night after a gig, JR gets flirty with Saroj and the two start making out in the bar in front of Adam. Adam freaks out. He doesn't know why. Saroj doesn't even know why, but she sure knows that Adam has no right to dictate who she can and can't hook up with. Her unrequited love for Adam has never been answered; why should he care who she spends her time with?

In that one moment, seeing Saroj and JR together - Adam explodes. He suddenly sees Saroj as a woman or, rather, realizes that he has seen her as a woman all along. He just always thought more of her than a conquest, in more of a look but don't touch way. Saroj is better than the women he normally hooks up with and he knows she is a woman who deserves to be treated much better than the way he normally treats women.

To find out what happens between Saroj and Adam, read the novella! I highly recommend it! It's the complete package.

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