Apr 30, 2015
Title: Under The Spotlight
Author: Angie Stanton
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
After an embarrassing stint on a reality-TV music competition years ago, Riley vowed never to sing again. Now she’s behind the scenes, working at the prestigious Sound Sync recording studio, and life is looking up. But then Garrett Jamieson, the oldest brother in the famous Jamieson brothers band, crashes into her world.
Garrett has hit rock bottom, and he is desperate to reinvent himself. After calling in a few favors, he ends up working at Sound Sync to learn the ropes of record producing from the industry’s best. And he can’t believe his luck when he discovers that Riley has been keeping a secret—she is an amazing singer. By producing her album, he’s sure to top the record charts again. But Garrett is forced to use every trick in his arsenal to persuade the sassy girl to record.
Riley refuses to sing—or even entertain the thought of it—and sparks fly as Garrett finally meets his match. But in the heat of the moment, one stolen kiss changes everything. Will Riley be the first person to finally rein Garrett in, or will Garrett succeed in getting Riley back under the spotlight?
If you are looking for a particularly sweet romance with a fiesty girl, and macho man then look no further. Under The Spotlight was absolutely adorable. I loved Riley and her spunky attitude, and I even felt myself totally understanding why she didn’t want to sing anymore. I’m pretty sure that after that I would never open myself back up to public ridicule ever again. Garrett was horrible and condescending, but yet the reader gets glimpses into him that show he isn’t totally unaware of his behavior.
Garrett just really wants to succeed no matter the cost. That cost is almost all of his personal relationships, because nothing can flourish when Garrett is being manipulate and controlling. I haven’t read the first two books in this series, so I didn’t have that connection with Peter and Adam, but I already understood why they broke up the band. That is no kind of life being constantly micro-managed and burning yourself out. I know it happens, but I also understand why so many bands take a long hiatus when it gets to be to much. Garrett has a good heart, and he wants to change but he’s struggling to figure out how, so it was sweet to watch him try in the end of this book.
Riley just made me want to cry. Everything this poor girl had gone through, and her mother is still there trying to capitalize on her. The fact that her mother thought she was a good parent, just because she didn’t bring men home boggles my mind. No, it means you’re a slightly better mother than your own. Still the fact that Riley was held responsible for her mothers mistakes just annoyed me to no end. I also found myself wanting to smack Riley a few times. Yes, put a car in your mother’s name, and then be surprised when she doesnt’ insure it. This just goes on and on. I can’t even believe that Garrett called her mom when Riley was sick. He knew all of the things she had done, and still called her. It just kind of showed how he didn’t really pay attention to Riley in the beginning because no one in their right mind would call Riley’s mother.
This book was a really cute romance, and I was loving it up until the very end. It just felt like the book ended very quickly. I was looking forward to a sweet reunion between Riley and Garrett, and it just kind of happened and then the book was over. There was no closing to the novel. So because of that it lost a star from me. I’m giving this 3 out of 5 stars, it was very cute and I think it works for people who like romance and don’t mind abrupt endings.
3/5 – Worth Reading
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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