Casey Coffield has a growing list of personal flaws he keeps locked away in his head:
He’s never on time.
His list of IOUs to his best friend is endless.
Money is always short.
Goals are never in reach.
Oh, and he’s decided to add college drop-out to that list, too. He doesn’t really think that last one’s such a bad thing, but his family insists it is, so it stays on the list.
On paper, he’s a zero. But in person, when he’s mixing tracks for a sea of bodies at the hottest clubs and parties, he’s downright irresistible. Just-right stubble on his chin, body of a boxer and a smirk that stimulates all the right nerves—women have never been a problem. They flock to his swagger and fall for his charm…fast.
All except for this one.
Purple hair, gray eyes, a raspy voice and sass, Murphy Sullivan is a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll. And her and Casey? They have history. He can’t remember it, but she wrote a song about him—and it’s not exactly a love song. But it is good. Damn good. And uncovering her inspiration just might be the key to solving a few of his shortcomings—not to mention open doors to his own big break in the music industry.
But sometimes dreams get messy when they collide. Sometimes life changes patterns. A past paints the wrong picture and futures get cloudy. The only question that remains is who will you choose when the dust settles—you? Or the girl of your dreams?
** This book is a Falling Series spin-off. It can be read as a standalone. **
5 stars — I don’t even know why this one is a full 5 stars for me, I just feel it in my bones, you know?? I just loved this whole book, I really really did. It just made me feel good and happy and squeezed my heart and made me feel all those things that Ginger Scott has always makes me feel with her books. I don’t know why it took me so long to get to Casey’s book, I should have read this right after release!! *sigh* Makes me want to go back and reread the whole Falling series. It’s the series where I fell in love with Ms. Scott.
This one is going to be really hard to review, b/c I’m not sure how to accurately express exactly what it was about this book that just got to me so much. I think Casey just surprised me a whole heck of a lot. Now, my memory is crap when it’s been a bit since I’ve read a book, so I didn’t have detailed memories of him, but I don’t remember being particularly enamoured with him…not that I didn’t like him, I just didn’t have strong feelings one way or another. And Casey was really complicated and flawed. I think maybe that’s where the surprise came in. He had way more depth than I had been expecting. He was such a strange combination of a bunch of different personality quirks that somehow worked together, and I was still left in love with him. Like really in love. He could definitely be cocky and arrogant and an a-hole, but there was so much going on inside his head too. He was sensitive, and easily hurt, and WANTED to be more. But almost afraid of it too, you know? He was shaped by the environment in which he grew up, and even that was strange and unique. Not full out horrible, but not awesome either. I LOVED the way he soaked up the love from Houston’s family and eventually Murphy’s.
And Murphy was fricking awesome too. Her story and history with Casey were not at ALL what I was expecting, and I really appreciated that it didn’t follow the typical formulas, you know? It shaped her, but there was a LOT that shaped her that had nothing to do with Casey. And she was just someone I could empathize with, she reached to my heart as well with her mix of sass and shyness. She just fit with Casey so well, and I was invested in her story all on her own. Casey may have been my shooting star in this story, but Murphy held her own. I LOVED her songs too.
And Lane was such a surprise. He brought out the best in both Murphy and Casey. I LOVED the way he fit into the story, he really brought a lot of heart. And I loved Murphy’s parents too, they made me laugh and love.
And hot damn! The chemistry was fantastic, and while the physical component came later, holy smokes was it hot when it came! DAMN, the dancing scenes killed me. I want to go to a club where Casey is DJing.
*sigh* Yup, it was all just so nicely balanced with difficult topics, hard situations, heartwrenching scenes, sexy time and humour. And Casey just may be the most surprising book boyfriend on my list, he won me over hook, line and sinker, even despite his flaws. *happy sigh*