Thia Finn was a new author for me. I absolutely love her! This book was outstanding. I personally have always had a fantasy of a band member falling in love with me. This book let me read my fantasy come true! I can’t wait to read more of her books. Emmy and Alex are some of the greatest characters I’ve read to date.
Before the Second Show by Thia Finn is a superb Rockstar romance. It is my first read from Thia Finn- and wow, have I been missing out on some great reading by not having discovered her sooner. Something I plan to rectify now, by diving into her catalogue of books in the very near future.
I will be completely honest here and let you know that initially I chose this book as a bit of a ‘palate cleanser’, after some really intense stories left me with a heavy book-hangover. I wanted something light and fun, an easy read to get me back on track. While this was all those things- I definitely underestimated the story- because even though I knew I would love it (because, DUH- Rockstar romance, what’s not to love), I found that I loved it far more than I thought I would. It only took a couple of pages into the book, and I was hooked- avidly reading to discover where the story would lead. I became far more invested in the story and the characters than I expected- which made this book a fantastic ‘surprise’.
While there were times I didn’t like where the story was headed, or what the characters were doing- and times I wanted to shake some sense into them- I still couldn’t tear myself away from the story, and ended up reading it in one sitting.
There were a few little issues which confused me- but in the end they didn’t detract too much from the overall storyline.
I will definitely be reading more of Thia Finn’s books- I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me!
Thank you, Thia Finn!
Reviewed by @angelahayes
This is the first book that I have read from Thia Finn and I loved it. It’s sometimes hard to branch out from different authors that we love but this one definitely made the group! This story captivated me and I could not stop reading! Even if hearts are broken and paths are crossed again you learn that there are different sides to every story and LOVE will always win. This is one emotional story but one that was so beautiful to read! I cannot wait to read more from Thia Finn!!!!!
This is a standalone, but there definitely needs to be more because WOW! It starts with your typical teenage crush. Trace gives Emmy her first kiss and she never forgets him…knowing that they have chemistry and wishing for another chance to see him because shes convinced it’s love. And when they meet again a few years later while Emmy is in college, shes crushed when Trace doesnt remember her. Fate brings her Marcus…or so she thinks until fate steps in again in the best way possible.
Great writing, great story line, great chemistry, and all around fantastic book! Im excited to read Thia again!!!!
Before the Second Show is a beautiful second chances rock star romance by Thia Finn. It is the first book I have read by this writer and I know that from now on I will keep my eyes out on anything new that she releases. I absolutely love second chances stories and I also love stories that span over long period of time (whether in actual narrative or simply jumping the years and giving us the experience of those years passed).
Before the Second Show gives us Emmy and Alex. Emmy is our young teenager filled with angst and dreams and in the throes of a young love that goes unanswered, Alex is your quintessential musician – sex, drugs and rock’n’roll! Add to the mix Marcus, a guy who is perfect on paper and seems just the right man for Emmy to move on with and leave the teenage crush behind …
As it is a story of second chances then it is not as simple as it could be and the writer takes us on a rollercoaster ride. She gives us banter and she gives us craziness as there is a whole gang aka Trace band members along on the ride that makes it even wilder and makes us hope that Before the Second Show is just a beginning to a series that we all rocker girls, young and mature, want to go back to!
Before the Second Show by Thia Finn
5 ++++ Stars
I sincerely enjoyed this story. This is my first read by Thia Finn and now I’m left asking myself Why? She was able to take a book about a rockstar and make me love it. I really don’t like rockstar romances..that is until this book.
From the character development to the dialogue with the characters I was pulled in immediately and found myself not being able to put the book down. The way the story flowed made it also go faster than I expected and before I knew it I was done. She writes in a way that makes you think you know what’s going to happen and you even keep waiting for it to happen and in the meantime it goes a totally different way. That’s my favorite part about reading!
I loved the friendships in this story and the family aspects as well. I am so hoping there is a book about Adam…seems there is a story there and I’m pretty sure all in the band have stories to tell and I will be reading them all if this author blesses us with them.
I highly recommend reading this book, for me I love finding new authors especially when I find one I can’t wait to read more from.
Great book by Thia Finn. I really enjoyed the aspect of the characters being in a band. It always makes for a fun read, with some twists and turns because of the lifestyle those characters lead. Alex being the lead guitarist in the band Trace has all of the temptations of someone in the spotlight and famous, so how he would remember one girl, one kiss, one night after a show is beyond me. Emmy, bless her heart, thinks after her first kiss, and with a rock star, she is in love makes me cringe. When they meet years later and he doesn’t remember her, of course my heart breaks for her, but I also am thinking how naive she is and is pleased to see her grow into a stronger woman. The storyline is wonderful. I loved following along with Emmy and Alex to see where their story would end, if it would end with them together or just in heartbreak and mess.
The secondary characters were awesome. Adam, Alex’s brother and Rylee, Emmy’s best friend are nicely written in, and wouldn’t mind seeing a story about each of them. Overall would 10 out of 10 recommend this book, it is filled with drama, romance and music making for a wild journey.
Before the Second Show by Thia Finn
4 of 5 Stars
Before the Second Show is a rock star, second chance romance between Emmy and Alex. Alex is the rock star guitarist and he and Emmy meet and fall in love at sixteen when she sneaks out to see him at a gig and they meet backstage but Alex soon has to move on as he has more gigs to play. Emmy is aware that falling in love with a rock star and at sixteen is not a good plan and she tries to forget her encounter with the sexy guitarist. Five years later Emmy is happily in a relationship with Marcus and works as a realtor. Marcus who is working with Alex and his band, and has no idea that Emmy has a past with Alex recommends Emmy when Alex and brother Adam need a realtor. Emmy is then annoyed when Alex seems to have no memory oh her and shows no recognition, however although he does not remember her he does feel a pull towards Emmy and finds her intriguing. Emmy has also never forgotten Alex Trace and has never really felt the same chemistry with anyone else. Fate brings the two back together and a change in circumstances in Alex’s life brings the two closer together and makes Alex realise what and who he really wants.
I’m not usually a rock star romance fan but I loved this book by Thia Finn and fell in love with her diverse range of characters. I was cheering Emmy on as a giggly sixteen year old with her first crush, sneaking out to a gig and falling in love with sexy Alex Trace and was fascinated by her change through the years to a more mature women, with a good job and stable relationship but who still had a bit of the sixteen year old Emmy in her when it came to her feelings for Alex, her first love.
Rock star and rock god guitarist Alex was a fantastic character, obviously good looking and a typical young man who has had women throwing themselves at him as he toured the world with his band. I enjoyed seeing how the relationship between Emmy and Alex developed especially after fate seems to bring them back together and give them a second chance at love. I found the dynamic between the two and how it changed from their first encounter was very realistic. The secondary characters, such as Alex’s brother Adam and the rest of his band were all fascinating characters in their own right and I would have liked to have seen them have their own stories but this is a stand alone book.
A complex rock star, second chance romantic story with a twist and with a great range of characters and a storyline that kept me hooked from page one until the last page, I definitely recommend this book.
Emmy falls in love with a rocker but her intuition knows it’s a bad idea from the start. What makes it even worse is she’s 16. But she doesn’t mind it since he’s on the way to his next gig. She trusts the universe to guide her as life is complicated as it rewards her as much as it lets her down. Or at least that’s what she tells herself. She’s caught between two lovers as her past and her present collide. She wonders if she is gonna choose the wrong one.
Alex knows he’s got issues but the ladies is one problem he’s never had. He believes he can be toxic. Only to be reunited with a past flame that he can’t seem to remember. He doesn’t try to stake claim since she belongs to someone else. Life is complicated as he sees it as a road bump on the road to success with his goals in music on sight. Deep within himself, Alex knows with a life-altering battle, he wants someone of his own. Someone he knows he wants and who knows him. But how will he go about convincing her. As time winds down, he knows he’s in for a fight to get what’s his.
This book is worth the read as you ponder who deserves what and why. You find yourself rooting for each character’s sense of happiness. I loved reading this book to see which way it’d turn out.
Oh, Rockstar Romances, really get my heart going. I mean I’ve had a thing for many a rockstars in my life and still do with some of them. (Looking at you Donnie Wahlburg and Louis Tomlinson). I enjoyed this book, and the time it spanned. It’s every girls dream, and I wanted to be in her shoes so badly. I really enjoyed this and I think Thia Finn did a brilliant job telling this story. I look forward to more from this author.
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