on November 7th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Rom-Com, Contemporary Romance
When 27-year-old pop sensation Brooklyn Heart steps in front of a microphone, her love songs enchant audiences worldwide. But when it comes to her own love life, the only spell she’s under is a dry one.
So when her label slots her for a Grammy performance with the sexy and soulful Jason Monroe, she can’t help but entertain certain fantasies... those in which her G-string gets more play than her guitars'.
Only one problem. Jason is a lyrical lone wolf that isn’t happy about sharing the stage—nor his ranch—with the sassy singer. But while it may seem like a song entitled ‘Jason Monroe Is an Arrogant Ho’ basically writes itself, their label and their millions of fans are expecting recording gold...
They’re expecting The Duet.
Brooklyn Heart and Jason Monroe are the two biggest talents in their music label; while Brooklyn conquered the pop charts with her love songs, Jason won his legions of fans with his soulful music and sexy-mysterious aura. They’ve never worked together and never really thought it would ever happen until the higher ups thought it was a perfect idea. Now they’ll have to write a song together and perform it at the Grammy’s. No big deal.
Except it is. How can they write a hit song if they can’t get along? Jason wants nothing to do with Brooklyn and prefers to write alone in his ranch in Montana. Brooklyn thinks he’s an arrogant a*hole who looks hot as sin. As much as they wish to do anything other than write and perform a duet together, they can’t really go against the big bosses. So, off to Montana they go.
…I realized that I was in the middle of some bizarro Romeo and Juliet balcony scene where Romeo was standing on the balcony instead of Juliet.
“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”
And all he said in reply was: “Begone, wench!”
They write songs differently, and they didn’t know how to start. It didn’t help that they didn’t get along and barely knew anything about each other. They try to bond over horseback-riding and a coffee non-date at the cafe in Montana. Still, it didn’t work. And when they try to get over the awkwardness and feelings of restraint with sex? Worked like a charm.
The sex was just a way to soften them up; let go of what’s holding them back. Jason made it clear from the start that he’s not interested in starting a relationship with her, and Brooklyn is okay with it…until Jason isn’t not interested in starting a relationship with her, and Brooklyn is feeling more. With secrets hanging above them, you know a crash is bound to happen.
I just realized I’m trash for musicians. I thought it was just the brooding type that instantly melts my heart and ovaries. Granted, Jason is a bit of a brooder himself, but damn. There’s just something about a man who can play an instrument and sing a tune. And this one writes!
If you’re looking for a book to make you laugh, I suggest picking up an R.S. Grey book because it always does the trick for me. Some of the narrative and dialogue in The Duet made me laugh out loud! Since it was told in Brooklyn’s POV, you can easily see her personality and sense of humor. I loved her interactions with her sister and best friend, Cammie, who’s just as funny. Obviously, a good sense of humor runs in the family.
However, it could have done without the comedic relief in the steamy scenes. It wasn’t the relief I wanted. if you get my drift. hehe. Brooklyn’s jokes in her head derailed me from fully getting into the scene.
I liked Brooklyn and Jason, but I couldn’t really relate or connect to them that much. It felt like they didn’t have enough interaction to ignite the spark. For me, their series of one-night stands didn’t have the emotional ground to make me fall in love with their love story. I didn’t know when or how their relationship transitioned from barely tolerating each other to falling madly in love.
Despite my reservations with this couple, the ending made me swoon! Holy sh*t! I was aww-ing and was a mess when they finally performed! I wanted to quote a verse in the song, but I want you to experience it for yourself. Because swoon!
Another couple got my attention–Cammie and Brooklyn’s friend, architect Grayson Cole. From what’s in The Duet, there’s some tension there, and it was obvious something’s going on. I’m jumping over to The Design to find out.
Overall, I still enjoyed the story. The Duet is a standalone romantic comedy told in Brooklyn’s POV. If you’re looking for a fun, light read with singer MCs and a swoon-worthy happily ever after, you might enjoy this book. Recommended to readers age 18 and above due to strong language and explicit sexual content.