Review ~ Facing The Music by Andrea Laurence

FacingTheMusicBook: Facing The Music

Series: Rosewood #1

Author: Andrea Laurence

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 250

Published: Pocket Star, September 15, 2014

Source: Publisher

In this sizzling and hilarious contemporary e-book romance, pop sensation Ivy Hudson returns to her small town to face her ex. Only trouble is, she made her Taylor-Swift-like career with the hit song “Size Matters”—and the football hero has had to live it down ever since.

Five years ago, high school sweethearts Ivy and Blake’s relationship imploded and both their lives were changed forever. Ivy became a rock star and Blake lost not only his dreams of a successful NFL career, but his reputation. Ivy’s angry song about their breakup, called “Size Matters,” hit the top of the charts and Blake became a national laughingstock. He’s salvaged his career and returned to Rosewood to be the high school football coach, regaining his status as town hero and leading the boys to the state championships.

When a tornado whips through town and destroys the high school gymnasium and stadium, a committee is formed to help rebuild and plan some charity fundraisers. Blake’s grandmother requests that Ivy return to Rosewood for the events. Forced back together for the good of their hometown and their careers, Ivy and Blake have no choice but to put aside their differences, stop running from their pasts, and finally face the music.


I always get a little more excited when I start a new series that takes place in a small town. I think it’s a sign that one of these days I should get in my car and leave for such a town, one that’s named something like ‘Harmony’, or ‘Happiness’, or, you know, ‘All The Sexy Men Are Here’. Something simple and just for my needs. For this series though, I have to make do with Rosewood, hometown to one famous singer named Ivy Hudson, who caught the fame train for her well known break-up songs, and one ex-NFL player, now coach to the local team, Blake Chamberlain. I’m not a big fan of second chance stories, but this one was different. Not only was the story funny and the characters likable, but the whole second chance plotline takes place years away from the first one. So I was able to make my peace with that. And you know, because this is a small town where everyone knows everyone else, people stick up for each other, and there’s a big family line with potential heroes for future books. Plus, the town festival. I’m a sucker for those.

I had a lot of fun reading this. It was surprising how fast I liked the characters, it normally takes me a few chapters to get the hang of things and make a connection. But with everyone in this one there was an instant kinship. I laughed out loud a few times, shamelessly enjoyed the hard time Blake had with Ivy’s best known song-the one she wrote after him-, constantly imagined myself in Ivy’s shoes, and not just the designer ones too, and simply wished I lived in a place like that. Alas, this one’s taken too, so I should now take a map and start playing ‘point your finger anywhere’.

I strongly recommend this book. If you like small town romances like me, and when I say ‘like’ I mean get super excited when you see one, and you don’t mind having your fun and laugh in the expense of the heroes and heroines’ hard times-they do get their happy endings after all-, then this one’s for you. Even though the ending was just a tad-and I can’t believe I’m going to say this- too romantic, it still was a great read that I immensely enjoyed. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up, you never know, you might find yourself wanting to bake a pie, enjoy your local diner with a hottie or even be tempted to write a song of your own for one of your exes. It’s worth a try, right? My only problem, I may not be as talented as Ivy, but all I can think about when considering writing my own song is Phoebe’s Smelly Cat from Friends.

Smelly cat, smelly cat
What are they feeding you?
Smelly cat, smelly cat
It’s not your fault

Catchy, isn’t it?

I’m adding four spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge, and will stop I got people banging on the door for me to keep quiet. Well, now I know who’s not gonna get a bowl of my hodgepodge when it’s done. Kidding, kidding. But I am planning to find a hodgepodge tasting contest and see if I can score a good one. I have a feeling I can dazzle the judges with all these great tastes I’ve added-and still adding- to my author made recipe. Ha!




Rosewood series by Andrea Laurence:

  1. Facing The Music
  2. Feeding The Fire

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