Audiobook Review: Tear (Seaside, #1). Rachel Van Dyken. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tear by Rachel Van Dyken

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Life as a teenager is never easy. But for Natalee Murray, things have just gotten way more difficult. Bored with life, she can’t wait to graduate high school and get out of town, especially considering the famous band members from AD2 suddenly start attending her school, making her once boring life, absolutely insane.


It starts with a pen. A single brush of fingers, and she is captivated.

But Alec and Demetri have a dark secret, one that could shatter their reputations and Natalee’s heart. What do you do when one guy paints your life with color while the other infuses your soul with passion? How do you choose when your heart is divided?


*This is a New Adult/Mature YA. Minor swearing and drug usage.


Love triangle with rock star brothers!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧
Romance: 🖤💜🤎❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📔
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌎
Character development: 👱🏻‍♀️🧔🏻‍👩🏼‍🦰🧑🏼

The heroine: Natalee (a.k.a. Nat) – an 18 year old senior in high school, she has lived a pretty sheltered life in a small beach town in Oregon. Her parents are workaholics that are too busy with their own lives to pay much attention to her. Her life changes drastically when two rockstar brothers move in next door.

The Hero(es): Alec & Demetri – they have come to Seaside to take a break from the rigors of the road. They are mysterious about their past and their real reasons for being there. They see Nat’s mother who is a psychologist.

The Story: Nat meets Alec & Demetri on their first day at Seaside’s high school. They are both drawn to her. Nat is used to being delegated to the background both in school and at home so when two handsome and famous celebrities pays attention to her, she likes being the one that other girls are envying.

Demetri likes Nat from the start and makes a play for her. Nat is attracted to the happy and fun guy but she also has feelings for the broody Alec. She becomes friends with Alec, jogging with him every morning and spending time hanging out while dating Demetri.

One thing I always find difficult is when we know the feelings of the protagonist long before he or she does. Especially when it is so obvious. From very early on it seemed that Nat should be friends with Demetri and dating Alec. Nat does love them both.

Either way it is a difficult situation especially with the way the guys not only are keeping something from her, but keep alluding to the fact that there are things going on that she doesn’t understand but they couldn’t (or wouldn’t) tell her.

Overall, there were some plot holes but the story did keep my interest till the very end and the narration was great as well. I recently decided to only listen to romance audiobooks with a male and a female narrator, but then I grabbed this one which happened to be told completely in the heroine’s POV with only a female narrator. But it didn’t bother me at all. Luci Christian Bell has an excellent voice for an 18 year old girl and she does the deeper male voices as well.


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