Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Book Review - Straight from the Heart by Breigh Forstner

I read a published version of this ebook on August 14, 2014

Bryn Schaefler didn’t like living under the pressure her rich parents placed on her so she left home after graduating high school. She had no where to go and her two best friends took off for California to try their hand at modeling. Bryn, her suitcase and guitar set off for a restaurant downtown, where she happens to be friends with the owner. Lucky for Bryn, the owner just happens to have an available loft right next to the restaurant that Bryn can use free of charge. She could also work at the restaurant for extra money. 

The owner tells Bryn about an audition for a band and she goes running over there with her guitar. Bryn’s luck continues as she plays phenomenally, looks beautiful, attracts the attention of the lead singer and gets accepted into the band (who will be touring very soon).

Bryn gets thrust into the touring rock star life and gets to have romantic interludes with not one, but two very hot guys from two different bands. Bryn has to grow up this summer, work hard on her music and choose the right guy for her.

This book has the potential to be a great read. As of August 14, the novel reads as a rough draft that has not been edited. It is filled with many grammatical errors, missing words, misspellings, plot and character inconsistencies and plot points that do not make sense.

The main character, Bryn, was difficult to connect with because her view points kept changing throughout the book. She was all over the place and I couldn’t figure out many of her actions and why she kept reacting to similar situations in different ways. I found her to be very shallow, a romantic tease, kind of slutty and unrealistic.

Cale (the last love interest), was also all over the place with his feelings, actions and romanticism. He also had a nasty tempter that would flare up at odd and inappropriate times.

Damon (the semi-love interest) was the best character in the novel because he was the most consistent; his actions were true to his character and he seemed to have more depth to him than Cale or Bryn.

I felt that the end of the book did not work. The dramatic reveal felt out of place and wrong. I would have liked to have seen more action/dialogue in the end and the cliffhanger moved out a bit – it was just too rushed and farfetched. 

I was given free copy of the book for my honest review. Per the copy I was given to read, I give Straight from the Heart 2.5 paws.

If a corrected version is available, I would be happy to reread that copy and change my review accordingly.

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