Title – The Duet
Author – R.S. Grey
Release Date – November 10, 2014
Series – Heart #1
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.
The Duet is an absolutely satisfying, heart-warming story about letting go and embracing the fall. RS Grey has a talent for writing stories that just fill you with light and happiness and The Duet is no exception. Brooklyn and Jason’s story will grab ahold of your heart from the start and take you on a journey that is quite simply, beautiful. I didn’t want this book to end because I was so enjoying every single minute of watching these two unwittingly lose their hearts to one another. This book is perfectly sweet and definitely the one to click if you’re looking for a love that is 100% gratifying. RS’s characters are loveable, enticing, and relatable – definitely the kind of people you want to root for. This story is definitely addictive and I found myself enchanted by it with little effort and left wanting more.
“I’m really glad you’re visiting us, Brooklyn. It’s about time we had some roses up here to balance out the thorns.”
RS Grey knows how to make me laugh. As we got inside Brooklyn’s head, it was easy to see that this book is the definition of a romantic comedy. Her voice is so fun, positive, feisty, and full of life. She dripped sarcasm and wit until my cheeks hurt from smiling so much. Her little sister Cammie is just as spirited and entertaining. The two of them together had me absolutely addicted! RS Grey has flawlessly captured the dynamic of sisters in this book and it made my heart ache for my own sister. Their relationship was completely genuine, demonstrating a bond that is enthusiastically supportive, shamelessly teasing, brutally honest and seeped in unconditional love. The ease of their relationship was my favorite part of this book and it was equal parts endearing and hilarious.
“I recognized his face from billboards around town, so if he murdered me, Cammie could definitely avenge my death.”
Let’s talk about the tension. Having Brooklyn and Jason in the same room made me want to duck and cover to avoid the flying sparks. Where Brooklyn is sweet and polished, Jason is gritty and rough. They butted heads, disagreed, pushed each other away, and did absolutely everything in their power to keep their emotional distance. But the sparks were there and I waited not-so-patiently for that moment of ignition. RS Grey had me feeling the heat and anxiously anticipating the moment when they’d finally let their feelings win. Brooklyn’s carefree attitude and Jason’s serious demeanor made for some witty banter, heavy flirting, and adorable moments of denial. These two kept me on my toes and had me fully invested in their story from the moment they met.
“He’d written the first lyrics to our duet. And in doing so, he’d stolen the first part of my heart.”
The storyline was fresh and the pacing was carefully planned to expertly balance the excitement and heat with the quiet, every day moments. I loved the chaotic Hollywood vibe juxtaposed against the clean slate and utter calm of being lost in the middle of nowhere. RS Grey had me feeling like I was truly in the middle of someone’s writing session, taking a look behind the scenes at how life’s moments are set to music. I’m a huge fan of music so I enjoyed the roll it played in this book immensely. The creative process behind the music and the development of their duet served as the perfect metaphor for Brooklyn and Jason’s evolving relationship. RS Grey has written another chart-topper with The Duet and I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Heart sisters!
From the moment I read the blurb for this book, I had been anxious to get my hands on it. The idea of a pop sensation being forced to not only sing a duet with another artist, but write it themselves, just spoke to me. I knew there would be tension and awkwardness and of course the development of feelings, but I couldn’t have imagined that I’d get the story I did. R.S. Grey just seemed to have all the perfect ingredients to give us a wonderful, heartfelt love story.
“Loving you would be easy as taking a breath / But to look at you, that’s a dance with death”
I love a relationship that stems from disliking each other and wrong assumptions. Something about a character putting the other in his/her place and then fostering a friendship just hits a sweet spot for me. When Brooklyn has the most horrid luck of a morning and stumbles into a meeting late, I knew that this was exactly the type of love I’d be getting. Jason wasn’t impressed and came off as aloof yet intriguing. From the little immediate pieces we got of him, he was a gentleman but still so pig headed. There was just something that is hard to put my finger on. The story unfolds and R.S. Grey has a way of making readers hooked on him through these little morsels we get, while still maintaining a strong mysterious side. As for Brooklyn, I completely adored her character. She was independent, determined, took care of her sister, yet still clumsy and insecure at times. She felt like such a genuine and good-hearted person that just had awful luck at times. The whole book is told from her point of view so we really get a great look inside of her head.
“I wanted his love for me to be greater than the complications in his life.”
The relationships explored in The Duet were probably my favorite part and elevated the whole book for me. One in particular that I adored was the relationship between Brooklyn and her sister Cammie because it hit extremely close to home for me given that my older sister raised me. I loved that they were best friends and looked out for each other, but also had that humorous side of their relationship. Jason also had some pretty important partnerships, particularly with the people who worked at the ranch. To them, he was just a guy who sang; they were family and I appreciated seeing a side to him where fame wasn’t his objective. It made his character so down to earth and likeable, even if he was giving off mixed vibes to Brooklyn. Finally, we have the relationship between our hero and heroine. What started out as disdain eventually evolved into more which was advanced by their musical sessions. The fact that all their emotions came out in their lyrics made it feel so authentic to their characters and made their love that much more believable. Their chemistry was so perfect, too! That slow build up and back and forth struggle just felt so appropriate to who they were. R.S. Grey has some serious talent in weaving this magical web with her characters that just sucks you in and makes you never want to escape.
“You can write one million songs about one million types of love, but none of those can compare to feeling it firsthand.”
Overall, I loved this book and am happy to say that it was worth the wait. The romance topped off with a large amount of humor was the perfect combination for a grand slam. Jason and Brooke’s love story felt unique and special, even in a book world saturated with novels about rockstars. The writing was impeccable and kept me captivated from beginning to end. Now I’ll just anxiously be awaiting for what Rachel comes up with next, particularly with Cammie and Grayson!
The M Lounge was the hippest and most discreet club in LA. If there was any hope of me locking down a one-night stand, M Lounge was the place to go.
“I can’t drink much tonight because I have that meeting with my record label in the morning,” I warned as we passed through the back entrance to the club and headed up a set of stairs that were used exclusively for the VIP level. Fun fact: one time I was going up those stairs when P. Diddy was coming down, and he totally touched my ass. Allegedly.
“Just to clarify: if you’re begging me for tequila shots at midnight, threatening to kill my first born if I don’t give them to you, I should still tell you no?” Cammie asked, just to ensure the boundaries were set. Better safe than sorry.
“That was one time and it was in Cabo,” I protested. “What else are you supposed to do in Cabo other than challenge a mariachi band to a tequila shot contest until the lead singer passes out beside a donkey?”
Cammie held up her hands and started listing off items. “I dunno— enjoy the beach, check out the museums and the culture—”
“That was a rhetorical question,” I interrupted as we made it to the top of the stairs.
As if by magic, the black curtain in front of us swept to the side, opening up an entire room of drunken debauchery before us. In one corner, a celebrity who shall remain nameless (we’ll call her Nennifer Janiston) was sucking face with a sexy man, and across the room two of the funniest women in comedy were doing body shots off of a waiter from the club.
“Welcome to the behind the scenes of Hollywood,” I whispered to Cammie.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Heart series:
The Design (Heart #2)
I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.
I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.