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Friday, October 7, 2011

The Green Room by Gwen Masters



The Green Room by Gwen Masters
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (202 pages)
Other: M/F, Forced Seduction, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Iris

The glare of the spotlight, the paparazzi cameras, the tabloid snickers and the bad influence that flows as fast as a river through it all—can love really survive the rigors of fame?

Set against the backdrop of Music City, The Green Room is the story of Janey Mills, an unconventional talent scout, and Anthony Keenan, the man pegged as the 'Next Big Thing'. With Janey by his side, Anthony shoots to fame through a whirlwind tour, a record-breaking album release and all the trappings of sudden fortune.

Their love flourishes—but when the damned trio of sex, drugs and rock & roll enter the picture, they learn the darker side of fortune and fame. Can their growing love survive under the glare of the stage lights?

A peep into the world of sex, drugs and rock and roll – the beginning of this novel is exactly as you would expect it to be: hot sex in public, the lure of a contract, the siren call of drugs and the spiral out of control. The first half is exactly what I expected, and so rather predictible. It just didn't keep my attention well.

I am happy to report that the second half of the story is the exact opposite! It still contains all of the sordid elements of the first half, but there was a change in the writing, in the tone of the narration. It became much easier to be involved in the plot and in the lives of the characters.

I admit, tears flowed freely during many of the pivotal events illustrated in the second part of the book. I find this an endearing quality of the book because it means I was completely involved in the characters' lives, and it is also the reason I would recommend this book, despite the slow start.

While the music and music career provide a vehicle for all sorts of bad behavior to get the book started, it becomes much more than a “music book” or even a “sexy book” – it becomes a romance. True, it is studded with the voracious sexual appetite we all believe musicians have, and the sometimes violent and slightly deviant sexual behaviors we would connect to them. But in the end, it becomes a story of hard work, love, and redemption.

Give yourself some time to get through this book, and then allow yourself to fall in love with the characters. You’ll be glad you did!

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