Face in the Crowd by J.C. Layne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Rockstar romance: Story was OK but characters and timeline were unrealistic.
This story is about Jace DeLand, a Rockstar who has been on top of the charts for over 20 years and is getting sick of the road life, being hassled by groupies wanting one night with him due to his bad boy reputation that the tabloids keep up even thou he hasn’t actually lived that life in over ten years. All his band-mates are married and bring their wives on the tour busses, and Jace is lonely.
Jace’s character gets so sappy and weak at the times, it’s one thing to be lonely and mention it to your friends. However at one point, he said he has already talked to them about how he was lonely. Then when these groupies are let into the area backstage after one of their concerts and are hitting on him and one grabs his family jewels, he runs away and basically cries and then when his band mates come he whines about how lonely he is.
I know that isn’t politically correct, and he had a right to be pissed off and yell at the woman for touching him without permission. But c’mon for a rockstar to cry because he was grabbed by a groupie and is lonely, wanting it to be a wife grabbing him instead of a groupie is a bit far fetched. At the very least, it is not how we like to think of Rockstars. I personally don’t like to read about the Hero in tears because he is lonely.
Then there is the way he meets his true Love, Laney Mason. His band-mate had a gut feeling that he would meet het that night and she would be in the crowd at the concert. Like his friend was psychic. Though more likely than not it was a self-fulfilling prophecy, since he expected her to be there he found someone that fit the bill.
The romance timeline doesn’t make sense in the. I mean he finds her in the audience and by the end of that night he is in love with her and she him. Though she refuses to have sex with him for a while even though they are both adults in their early 40s, so there is no reason they would wait to have sex, especially since they fell in love so fast.
The ending though good, was a complete fabrication even though it wrapped things up nicely. Jace again changed from the hot Rockstar with the large …… handsome the sappy cry-baby who has anxiety attacks. Just because his lady love, Laney was due to go home for a few weeks for a Job interview and to close up her house, take care of bills, etc. this is after knowing her for about a week.
The book did keep my interest and despite the plot holes and character inconsistencies. So it was still worth the read. I give it a 2.8 stars (rounded to 3).
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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