Title: The Duet

Author: R.S. Grey

Release Date: Nov 10, 2014

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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.

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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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This book gives “complicated” a whole new meaning…

If you enjoy brooding musicians, snarky females and laugh out loud funny humor, this book is for you. The Duet is a light and fun romantic comedy with likeable characters and the right blend of drama, wit and sex appeal. This book gives “complicated” a whole new meaning as Jason and Brooklyn traverse the challenges of stardom and collaborative writing.

Jason keeps everyone at arms-length because his life is “complicated”. But complicated looks good on this brooding musician even if he comes across a bit asinine at times. Beneath the calm, collected and somewhat arrogant surface, is a man with a heart of gold.

Brooklyn is living out her dreams with her side-kick sister in tow. The label’s collaborative expectation does not seem to faze her, but the temperamental musician she’s been paired with has her stomach in knots and her libido on overdrive.

Overall, I enjoyed this story and these characters. At times the humor felt forced and that moderately detracted from the flow, but the humor worked well to counteract the seriousness of Jason and his moodiness. RS Grey is quickly making a name for herself as a stand-out author of romantic comedies, a crusade she began with the release of Scoring Wilder in July of this year. While romantic comedies are not my preferred genre/sub-genre, this story was a fun read that brought a smile to my face during a particularly stressful period of time.

I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 Stars

ALP Abt the Author

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 are 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.

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