First young love gets sidetracked by dreams that take them on two different journeys, but an unknown bond brings them back together again.
Devi Porter, an up-and-coming tattoo artist in Dallas, is trying to live her life as best as possible, but never able to forget the love she had with Seth.
Seth, a bassist for the popular band My Misery Muse, is struggling with his fellow band members with the lifestyle that he now lives.
The band decides to go home to Dallas to work on their latest album as well as to work out their problems out from under the glare of the media. Seth and Devi meet up again and both realize they have a lot to work out between themselves as well.
As they get reacquainted, life and obstacles are thrown at them at every turn. Are they able to overcome them to become the family neither really had?
Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte
4.0 Stars Jenny
4.0 Stars Gitte
Jenny: Okay first off I have to say I love the name of this band! It’s perfect. It makes me want to start up a band and steal the name!
So again Gitte, we took another plunge into a book without knowing what to expect and once again found story we both adored didn’t we? And we do love our Rock Star books don’t we?
Seth left Devi (well she forced him to leave) to pursue his dream of becoming a successful rock star as part of My Misery Muse. It was something he always wanted but seeing Devi again after three years causes him to question if that dream was really what he wanted. Devi has never forgotten Seth or stopped loving him, but she had no choice but to get on with life and do the best she could.
Gitte: Absolutely loved it Jenny! It’s no secret how much I love a fab Rock Star book. I love everything about them, the music, the staging, the excitement, the yumminess, and the inevitable angst. And yeah My Misery Muse kept me reading this story in one sitting. It wasn’t an overly complicated storyline; rather it was straight down the line and authentic making it very realistic and believable.
Jenny: Whilst the premise of the story isn’t original the way it was written and the characters we were introduced to certainly made it feel unique and I found myself totally absorbed by this book and couldn’t put it down. All the characters were so warm and relatable and each and every one of them added something to the story. I’m hoping to see Mags and Drakes story at some point. This underlying relationship also piqued my interest.
Gitte: I loved the story-line and thought it had a few unique aspects in the sense that it was about what happened before the fame of Rock Star’dom and a second chance at love and happiness. Seth and Devi were each other’s first love. However, when Seth and his band went to pursue their dream of a record deal Devi broke up with him to prevent her standing in his way. A few years later he returns only to find out he has a son, he never knew about, and Seth being the amazing man that he is wants his family back and this is where Seth and Devi’s journey begin.
Jenny: I really did love our Devi. Devi Porter is an up an coming tattoo artist, working in a Tattoo Parlour and doing her best to bring up her 2yo son on her own. She has never forgotten or stopped loving the man 3 years earlier so he could pursue his dream of becoming a rock star. This gorgeous tattooed, pierced and independent girl was someone a reader could really connect with from the outset of the story. I really found her character such a refreshing change. Did you relate to Devi, Gitte?
Gitte: I absolutely LOVED Devi, such a refreshing and unique character Jenny. She gave up her heart to make sure the love of her life chased his dream. She was strong, selfless and pretty special I’ll say and her love stayed true! And yes I totally related to Devi, I am a kindred tattooed music loving and pierced spirit!!
Jenny: Then we have Seth. From my very first introduction to Seth I knew I was going to love this man. Our gorgeous tattooed bassist leaves the woman he loved and his close friends behind to fulfil his dream of being part of a successful band, My Misery Muse. But the band has hit a bit of a crossroads, with internal squabbling and problems forcing them back to Dallas to regroup and hopefully get things back on track with the band.
I just adored the interactions with Seth and Jaks, apart from his time with Devi, these scenes were probably some of my favourite in the book. Seth just melted my heart when he was with Jaks.
Gitte: I fell in love with Seth pretty much right from the start. Seth is the bassist and the main talent in My Misery Muse. I think Seth must have one of the biggest hearts. Not only is he an amazingly gorgeous tattooed and umm strategically pierced Rock Star. Despite his troubled past he finds and believes in music and love and he believes in what is right and he doesn’t give up! He was so amazing with Jaks and my heart was in a puddle on the floor so many times but the moment that really got to me was when Jaks recognized certain music as being Seth’s. Such a special moment!
Jenny: My Misery Muse was a really enjoyable read for me, Gitte. I loved the alternating POV’s between Devi and Seth and thought it was really well executed and gave the story a certain depth that allowed you to relate personally to the characters. Devi and Seth had amazing chemistry and you really felt the emotion, angst and passion between these two. Their group of friends added a good amount of humor to the story making, but it was Seth, Jaks and Devi’s story and relationship that absolutely grabbed me and these three wonderful characters just stole my heart. Such an all round good read that I finished in one sitting.
Gitte: I completely agree Jenny. I really loved this story and its characters. I loved hearing both their voices because the connection was pretty instant and it ensured that as a reader we got the emotional connection and the background of each character. I thought the balance between serious and funny was pretty spot on and the secondary characters just added so much to the story.
J&G: For consistency in reviewing we must point out that there were quite a lot of grammatical errors and typos in this book. As there were editing notes throughout, we contacted the author to confirm if the correct copy was uploaded to Amazon. We were advised that a new version has been uploaded to Amazon.
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