Review: Luminescent Juliet #1, In The Band by Jean Haus

In the Band (Luminescent Juliet #1)Blurb from Goodreads

When family problems push Riley Middleton into giving up a percussion scholarship in another state and attending college from home, her friends push her to try out for a local rock band. Of course, Riley makes the band. She rules at the drums.

Riley soon finds out rock bands have a different dynamic than marching bands, especially when each of her male band mates has a major ego and is a major player. Two of them relentlessly flirt with her. The other—a dark, sexy rock god she can’t help being attracted to— is a total jerk and pushes her to quit. She becomes determined to ignore his rudeness and his hotness. Even if she was interested in jerks, a hook up would probably get her booted out of the ego-ridden band, and playing keeps her sane. Behind the drums, the world and its troubles evaporate.

If she wants to stay in the band, Riley needs to ignore the growing sparks between her and her band enemy. But as she gets to know the man behind the stage persona, ignoring him proves to be more difficult than flowing through a time sig shift.

Kindle Edition, 301 pages
Published October 19th 2012
edition language: English
genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
series: Luminescent Juliet #1
My Thought
“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you” (Gayle Forman, If I Stay)
This is a story about make choices. Riley chose to play drum when she bored with her piano lesson. It brought her to Virginia with percussion scholarship. But there is another choice that she has to choose, her mother and her sister need her. So she gave up her scholarship to choose her other choices.

Actually I chose this book just because its cover, it’s suitable for my reading challenge and I didn’t expect much of the story. I’ve read 2 novellas from Jean Haus, Sleeping Handsome and Happily Ever After?
though I liked it, it was like another YA books. But In The Band surprised me, it has a very good story with a very well describe characters.

I love Riley, she knows what she wants to do and what she wants to be. Yet when life didn’t turn as simple as she thought she didn’t hesitate to look her other choices. For me she’s brave and an independent woman, although she changes her choices because she has to. I also love Romeo, his love for Riley didn’t hold her life. He respects her and understands her choices.
This is an emotional book for me. I’m not sure whether it’s because Jean Haus writing or because I’ve been in Riley’s shoes or both of it. One thing for sure this book will be on my favorite shelf. For me it isn’t just about love story but also about choices, priority and trust.
Favorite Quotes:
“Question how much I can give up until I lose myself.”
“Sometimes life is hard and painful and just plain sucks. And other times life is beautiful and brilliant and amazing.”
Result: 4/5 Stars