Feeling the Rhythm

Title: Feeling the Rhythm (Conquest #7)
Author: S.J. Frost
Cover Artist: Winterheart Designs
Publisher: MLR Press
Buy Link:  Buy Link Feeling the Rhythm
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 91,000 words
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

A Guest Review by Andrea

Review Summary: It might be good for a fan of the series but for someone new it was too many characters and not enough background to connect with most of them.

Blurb:

Brad Delfini once had the world in his hands, but misfortune and bad decisions showed him just how quickly the spotlight can go dark. For years, he was struggling to get by, when a fateful phone call brought him to famed rock band, Conquest. Since becoming their drummer, he’s hit the top of fame again and he has all he could ever want. Except for one thing. As Conquest’s world tour draws to the close, that missed chance leaves him filled with regrets. Remmy Laurent has been a roadie since he graduated high school, but years of being on the move have worn him down. He decides it’s time to quit and bring some stability into his life. He just wanted to finish out this one last tour with his favorite band; Conquest. It hasn’t been an easy tour, for many reasons, but most of all because no matter how hard he tried to deny it, he lost his heart to a man who he thinks barely knows he exists. When the last concert is played, Brad and Remmy both believe they’ll never see each other again, but a little friendly intervention brings them together once more. As they begin to know each other in a whole new way, Brad must somehow make peace with his past if he and Remmy are going to have a future.

Review:

There are some series you can jump into at any book and it doesn’t make much difference. The Conquest series is not one of them. There are a lot of guys in the band and I felt like all of them had their own stories with which readers were expected to be familiar. I wasn’t and therefore was constantly trying to piece together information and figure out which guys were together. It wasn’t impossible but I would have needed to make a chart to keep it straight.  I’m a lazy reader so I didn’t do it. I like being able to pick up a book, read it, enjoy it and not put any more work into it than that.

I was surprised by how dull the members of the band were. I was expecting rock stars and all kinds of entertaining antics. There was none of that. They were actually pretty boring and settled into their respective romantic relationships. The only guy still single was Brad and even he was barely making an effort to be the promiscuous rock star everyone expected. Brad was really the only one I felt like I got to know. His love interest was one of the group’s roadies named Remmy. I never got a good feel for Remmy. Brad and Remmy were both likeable enough on the surface but my interest in them didn’t go any deeper than that. The best way to put it is that I just wasn’t into them or their relationship.

My interest did pick up toward the end when trouble from Brad’s past threatened everything he had worked so hard to achieve. That ended up providing the excitement I had been hoping for all along.

I’ll be the first one to say that it was a mistake for me to take on this book. Fans of this series will have established relationships and hopefully a vested interest in all the guys of the band. I had none of that and spent most of book a little confused over past events and the relationships between the many characters. I realized I was jumping over my head pretty quickly and have since gone back and picked up the first book of the series. I’m not giving up hope.  I think starting at the beginning is essential to enjoying this book.

Monika

I’ve read all the books in the series and loved them – this one not so much. Characters and plot felt shallow and didn’t hold my interest. So it might not just be you, Andrea.

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Andrea
I will send you the other books in the series and if I’m missing any I’ll request them from the publisher or the author.

sjfrost
Hi, Andrea! Thank you for taking the time to read Feeling the Rhythm. And you’re right, the series absolutely builds off itself. Even I, as the author, wouldn’t recommend reading them out of order to get the best experience in understanding the intricacies of the relationships, the history behind each character, and how they got to where they all are in this one, Book 7. I’m very glad to hear that you’re planning on reading the others, and I hope you’ll enjoy them and it will increase your enjoyment of this one. I’d actually love to hear your thoughts on… Read more »
Mary G

Oh I hope you do give this series a chance. I got addicted with Jesse & Evan. For me this series was perfectly balanced. The subsequent books have their stories but give you glimpses of the previous pairs to keep you updated. So yeah, by book 7, there’s a lot.

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