Series: Heavy Influence Trilogy
My rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis from goodreads:
A novella prequel to the Heavy Influence Trilogy about young, reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse. Follow their journey through temptation, deception & forbidden love.
17 year old high school senior, Jake Masters, front man of a rising rock band, finds new interest in his younger freshman next door neighbor Alyssa Montgomery. Their relationship breaks hearts; stirs jealousy and band infighting. When they’re brought to new found awareness of body and soul, will rightful boundaries be crossed? Will the right decisions and choices, which are detrimental to the band and its future, be made through the haze of infatuation? Will Jake’s absences on the road lead to another filling his shoes? Jake and Alyssa’s lifelong friendships are strained and tested; secrets are kept, admitted and shared. Family bonds are broken, as others grow stronger. Who knew a first love could cause so many problems? Then again, in their eyes, there are no problems as long as they’re together. In the end, will his new found muse bring down everything he’s worked so hard to achieve or will she inspire positive creative change; that will carry him and his band to stardom.
First I would like to thank Annie Frohoff for emailing me a copy of Skid Out and the Mp3 that goes along with it. I listened to the song, "Transpose", before diving into the story of Jake and Alyssa and I found that it was a nice touch. So, thanks again for giving me the opportunity to read and review your book!
Skid Out is the prequel novella to the Heavy Influence Trilogy, and it is pretty radtastic! In this short novel, we are introduced to the two main characters: Jake and Alyssa. Jake is the lead vocal and guitarist in a band that's in the early stages of taking off, and Alyssa is his younger next door neighbor. The attraction between these two is both unexpected and undeniable. I really enjoyed the fact that this novel was from the perspectives of both of them; and I appreciated the fact that the author was able to keep their point of view's from bleeding together, because the characters are two unique individuals.
Jake seems like a great guy. He's focused and committed to his band. His attraction to Alyssa is a little heartbreaking on one hand because he seems to be battling with himself about how to handle his feelings for her, since up until now she was only ever the kid sister of a friend. Alyssa is also confronted with the same degree of feelings and possible doubt about their budding relationship. She's young and inexperienced, and Jake has inadvertently awakened a part of her that she never knew existed. These two have me hooked, and I'm extremely interested to see where their road to first love will take them.
I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates music and wants to read a believable story about life and love, among other things. This prequel gave me a taste of what is sure to be a fantastic story, and it left me wanting so much more. I will definitely be on the lookout for the Heavy Influence Trilogy because I can't wait to see what Jake and Alyssa will become.