With the Band (A With the Band Novel)
by Natasha Preston
Release Date: February 28, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
With the Band Synopsis
Texas Knight is daughter of the word’s biggest rock star, Mark Knight.
Kitt Daniels is lead singer in the hottest up-and-coming band, Filthy Sound.
Mark has mentored Filthy Sound from the beginning, seeing their potential, and now he’s supporting them on their first worldwide tour.
He can’t help himself.
Title: With the Band
Author: Natasha Preston
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (With the Band #1)
I love me some Rockstars, but until recently, I haven’t been all that interested in the rockstar books. Mainly because of the fact that of the ones I’ve read, there is always a common lead singer is a man whore thing going on and for some reason, even though it might be true to life in terms of the way lead singers in bands are, it’s not usually my thing.
Which brings me to this book. Where looks can certainly be deceiving. Where this particular lead singer isn’t quite the man whore the rest of the world and even the heroine seems to believe. He’s the exception. He breaks the mold. While he may have started out that way, I mean, young, hot lead singer in a rising star band having access to all the women he could possibly want, probably having panties thrown at him nightly, let alone the propositions from groupies, what guy wouldn’t give in. So I cut Kitt some slack in that department.
Turns out, I was so right cutting him the slack, because what he may have done in the past, he just doesn’t do here. Not when the book starts. In fact, with the way him and Texas are with one another, it was clear right from the jump, long before they delve into the “relationship” waters that they were just plain meant to be. That she, despite his reputation was the one for him. Though getting him to admit that right away, let alone get Texas to admit she’s been in love with this guy for two freaking years, well that wasn’t easy.
But it was interesting to watch unfold.
That being said, there was a lot of push and pull and misunderstandings/arguments/situations that I felt were a little bit more drawn out and made into bigger things than they should have been, but overall it wasn’t often enough, or drawn out enough to hinder my overall enjoyment of the story.
I enjoyed the coming into one’s own feel of this story. For both Kitt and Texas, but more so as it pertained to Texas. She needed to find her place apart from being the daughter of a rockstar and I think that worked most for me, even if it wasn’t the most ideal thing for their newly found relationship. Kitt had a path, he knew what he wanted to do. Texas while having some ideas, wasn’t quite there so her going off to find that, walking away from touring with her father and Kitt and his band in order to do that (though not walking away from their relationship, I might add), it was a great addition. It added a sense of realism in a world that often times seems like it’s out of this world.
Their relationship worked for me on a couple of levels. Of course it was steamy and that worked, but it was the growth of them from friends to liking and then eventually to loving that hit me the most. It was a great progression, yet they still kept the core things about them together that worked. The humour, the fun, the hanging out together that friends do. It was like watching lovers and best friends in one and in a romance novel, the way you want it in real life, it worked here.
Now, I can’t end this review without saying something about the other members of Kitt’s band and Texas’s father, so here goes.
I need more of them. All of them. I want to see these “players” get knocked on their butts by love. Especially Cooper. LOL That guy was comedy gold and definitely one I want to see get what’s coming to him. Preferably by Peyton since it appears as though much like Texas and Kitt work, these two do as well.
And the relationship Texas has with her father. Now that I didn’t see coming. With the way Rockstars, especially aging ones get depicted in books, I didn’t really expect the bond that was here. I didn’t expect him to be such a protective and loving parent. But I’ll be damned, he was and it was fantastic. I know I was supposed to fall in love with Kitt, but I’m pretty sure it was the dad that stole my heart the most. But that just might be the mom in me speaking. Either way, this was a dynamic that while I didn’t see coming, added another plus in the win column for me, this book and the author.
If you’re a fan of Rocker romances, especially ones with humor than I think you’ll enjoy this. I know that I did.
My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me an ARC of this before official release. I’m definitely With the Band and even though the author was new to me, I can’t wait to see where she takes this band and these characters next!
About Natasha Preston
UK native Natasha Preston grew up in small villages and towns. She discovered her love of writing when she stumbled across an amateur writing site and uploaded her first story and hasn’t looked back since. She enjoys writing contemporary romance, gritty Young Adult thrillers and, of course, the occasional serial killer.
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