Guest Review: Striking A Chord (Backstage Pass) by Dani Wade

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Guest Review: Striking A Chord (Backstage Pass) by Dani WadeStriking A Chord by Dani Wade
on July 2, 2014
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Success as a US rock star is payback to Irish drummer Sean Rosslair, whose father insisted music was a waste. Now Sean just needs to see the body to go with the smokin’ sexy voice of his new assistant, and his world will feel complete. But she ends up being the very woman he should never have.

Anxious to do a good deed, Meghan finally exposes her plus-size presence to her boss. Only he doesn’t react the way she expects—to her body or his brother. She takes her punishment for her white lie well—too well. Meghan can’t refrain from begging her boss for another spanking…but can she let go enough to embrace romance with a rockstar?

Can Sean teach Meghan his erotic secrets before a hidden enemy puts him out of commission—permanently?

Caution: This book contains sassy dialogue, dark secrets, and a hero who knows how to transform pain into pleasure.

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 The basics:

Sean is an Irish bad-boy rocker who has a secret, scandalous past. His brother seeks him out (through his new assistant, Meghan) to reunite the family before his father dies. Sean is upset that his sultry-voiced assistant ignored his instructions regarding family contact and drags Meghan along to his childhood home as punishment for interfering in his personal life. 

Meghan is a divorcee in her mid-twenties who has been shunned by her family. A plus-size vixen with an advanced degree, she takes a job with Sean and they become flirty phone friends. We soon learn that Meghan has been scarred by her ex and has a secret that she guards about her own family estrangement. Meghan is self-conscious of her full-figure and she worries Sean’s interest will dissipate once he sees her in the flesh. It turns out she couldn’t be more wrong. 

Critique:

I would give this book 3 stars. Overall, it was a decent, stand-alone read. It was refreshing to read a book with a female protagonist who isn’t a waif. However, I would have liked for the book cover to more accurately reflect Meghan’s stature as voluptuous woman. 

One reason for the average review is that, from the beginning, I felt as if I stepped into the middle of the storyline. I often wished I had more context (such as an earlier explanation of the back story on Sean’s exile and the beginning of Sean and Megan’s phone relationship). I began to feel lost at times. Although the author brought me back up to speed eventually, I was left wishing that I had the information earlier. (As a disclaimer, I have not read any of the other books in this series – I am not sure if the first two books would have caught me up to speed.)

Another reason for the average review was my disappointment with the big reveals for Sean and Meghan’s secrets. I did not think Sean’s secret was very shocking or worth the self-imposed exile (or maybe FSOG-esque books have just desensitized me). It was also a bit difficult to believe Meghan’s secret warranted her family to shun her and treat her so poorly, particularly since her ex was such a jerk. 

The story kept my interest, although the writing was hit or miss at times. Specifically, some sentences were overly long, which made the reading dense and other sentences were fragments, which made me wonder what the author really meant. That said, some additional editing would take care of these issues. 

Reviewed by Laura

About Dani Wade

I’m a romance writer who believes in happily ever after and the chance to achieve your dreams through hard work, perseverance, and belief in oneself. I’m also a busy mom, wife, employee, and brand new author for Harlequin Desire, so I understand life’s complications and the struggle to keep those dreams alive in the midst of chaos. I hope you’ll join me as I explore the many experiences of my own journey through the valley of homework, dirty dishes, demanding characters, and the ticking clock. Check out the blog every Monday for fun, updates, and other cool stuff.

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