More Than Music is about Maddie who is a music major at UCLA.  When the book begins, she has a summer internship with the LA Philharmonic, which is kind of a big deal.  But she secretly plays her guitar in her room every night wishing for more, even though she doesn’t think it’ll happen for her.  Then she meets Jared Cross, who is the brother of her friend Kyle and the frontman of their band, Villain Complex.  With the band’s bassist having left (after a hookup with Jared) they need someone to fill in while they audition for the TV show “The Sound” (think The Voice but with full bands).  He tells Maddie that she can play guitar and he will play bass.  She is reluctant but figures she will join them for the audition and see what happens.  Oh, did I mention that Maddie may kind of have a thing for Jared too?

When they go to audition they realize that whoever is in the band for the audition is in it for the duration – there is no replacing members part of the way through so Maddie is either in – or the band is out.  Maddie agrees to be in the band and they make it through the audition process.  They are told that the previous band who won broke up after a divorce between band members so they didn’t want any band with a relationship within it – and Maddie and Jared claim that they are just friends.  They also are told it will look good if Jared is a playboy – which he already has a reputation for – so they decide to go with that.

Except that Jared and Maddie are falling for each other and end up secretly dating.  Of course, that is until Maddie slips up and kisses him on live TV and Jared acts like he wants nothing to do with her.  Now what?  Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out! You think I’d just give it all away?

I really liked this band and the characters.  They weren’t your typical egotistical band guys that you’d hate.  You can’t help but root for them and want them to advance on the show. It was almost as if I had watched the whole season of the show – expect I only read about it.   I was excited for them to advance each week and to see if Maddie and Jared’s  secret romance would be outed.  I was also hoping for the two of them to have a happy ending when there was the live TV kiss, but like Maddie, I wasn’t sure if the band meant more to him than she did. (And you think I’m going to tell you what happened now, right? Wrong!)

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Music major Maddie Taylor just finished her junior year of college and has a summer internship lined up with the LA Philharmonic, yet every night she practices guitar and secretly dreams of a louder life. But geeky girls like her don’t get to be rock stars. That is, until tattooed singer Jared Cross catches her playing guitar and invites her to join his band on The Sound, a reality TV show competition.

Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared than his flirty smile and bad boy reputation – and that he’s just as big a geek as she is. With each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore, but when the show pressures them to stay single they’re forced to keep their relationship secret.

As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.

*** New Adult romance suitable for 17+ due to mature content. ***


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