Sustain by Tijan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Crazy rockstar life!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 🙂😮😥😤
The heroine: Brielle – when SWAT busts into her boyfriend Elijah’s place while they were in bed and took them into custody for dealing drugs, she drops him like a hot potato. Bri ends up re-joining the band “Braelle” she founded with her brother Braden. She had put the band behind her three years ago when something happened to her best friend Luke and she couldn’t deal with it.
The Hero: Luke – He grew up living next door to Brielle and they were best friends. He used to climb in her bedroom window and sleep with her when things got tough at home. Three years ago they admitted they loved each other and the next day something happened and she left him. He is the lead singer of Braelle and still has feelings for Bri.
The Story: The band consists of Luke, Braden and Emerson (Bri’s cousin who has hated her for three years since she started dating Elijah, who was his best friend). They all agree that Bri can rejoin the band, but things aren’t easy for any of them.
This was a crazy ride and a bit of a messy plot. There were side storylines about Braden sleeping with a bunch of different groupies including the manager of the bar the band plays at, Elijah and his drug business and some rival drug dealers, Emerson and his drug problem and his hatred of Bri and lastly about the secret Bri has been keeping from Luke.
The story takes some bad turns and I didn’t really like the way it was handled when Bri’s secret came out. I usually love Tijan’s work but this was a bit so-so in my opinion. I did like the characters, just not the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll themes, I guess. Though I do like rockstar romances, this was just a bit to depressing for my tastes.
The book was told mostly from Brielle’s point of view, but there were some chapters told from Luke’s as well. The narration was done in dual narration, by Lidia Dornet and Nelson Hobbs. They do a good job, though I like duet narration a lot better, where the male narrator does all the male parts and the female narrator does all the female parts no matter who’s POV the chapter is in.
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