*I recieved an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not in any way affect my opinion, and all thoughts expressed in this review are unbiased and my own.*
Author: Elodie Nowodazkij
My rating: 5 cute, romantic hearts
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pub. date: March 15th 2016
Synopsis: No promises. No fake tomorrows. That was the plan.
New city. New life. At least, that’s what nineteen-year-old Jen Harrison believes. On the surface, she’s living her dream: dancing in a prestigious dance company in Paris. But her sister’s death and the mistakes she’s tried to bury haunt her. She’s become a pro at hiding who she truly is, and she definitely doesn’t want a guy to derail her, but a one night-stand she can do. Nothing more. She definitely doesn’t plan to see the sexy stranger who made her laugh for the first time in years ever again.
Girls don’t walk away from Lucas Wills. Bad boy turned rock star, he’s got his share of groupies. Always upfront, he doesn’t promise fake tomorrows because love can destroy everything. Been there, done that. His ex not only lied to him, she stomped on his heart, used him to become famous, and almost ruined him. So, waking up alone after a night beyond his wildest imagination with a girl he just met shouldn’t upset him, shouldn’t inspire one of the saddest songs he’s ever written, shouldn’t make him want to chase after her.
When Jen, the one-night stand who got away, auditions to be a dancer in Lucas' next music video, they can’t stop their growing attraction. But Jen’s secrets and his ex could shatter the careers they tried so hard to build and their hearts…they will have to decide what’s more important and if love is worth the fight.
Love in B Minor is the third standalone novel in Elodie Nowodazkij's Broken Dreams series. (synopsis from Goodreads)
My thoughts: I was really intrigued when I found out this book was going to be about Jen, since I kind of hated her in the beginning of Always Second Best, but by the end, I really wanted to hear her story. I was so excited to read Jen’s story. I admit I was a little worried, because in Always Second Best, she seemed like a pretty bitchy character, at least in parts of it, and I can’t stand to read about bitchy characters. Luckily, Jen was more the nice Jen we get to see a little of in Always Second Best.
I loved the characters
Except for Jen, we meet Lucas, who is really great. He was used by his old girlfriend and he was really hurt, so he has some major trust issues. He can’t stop thinking that people (namely, Jen) is just using him for his fame. That makes him do a lot of mistakes throughout the book, but you all know how much I love flawed characters. And he did learn from his mistakes, so that’s good. He was a relatable and believable character. He also lost his best friend because of a drug overdose, and he’s still struggling a lot with both of those things.
Jen’s who really impressed, though. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I loved Lucas, but I loved Jen more. She was just such a great character. She also has some issues. She lost her little sister less than a year ago, and she’s still struggling with it, although it seems she’s dealing with it pretty okay considering. She dances for a dance company in Paris that isn’t doing so well economically, which is why Jen is allowed to audition for a music video.
They’re such an unexpected couple, yet they work so great together. The chemistry between them is really believable, and, although everything started with a one-night-stand, it’s not love-at-first-sight, but their feelings for each other grow throughout the book. The attraction between them is always there, though.
The writing is good, although there are some minor errors, but otherwise, it was great. The plot was interesting, although a bit predictable. I had my suspicions pretty early on, but then the author had me doubting my theories for a little while, but only for a few chapters. The ending was both surprising and unsurprising. I can’t really explain without giving some major spoilers.
To sum it up, I loved this book. The characters were believable and relatable, the plot was interesting, the ending was good, and the relationship between Jen and Lucas is great. It was almost better than Always Second Best, but not quite. I could really relate to Emily, and I didn’t expect it to beat Always Second Best.
“Everyone has a story. And everyone has sadness in their story, even when it ends with a happily ever after. There’s always sadness somewhere. And people deal with it in different ways."