What they say (Blurb and info)...
How much can you hide?
Jemima Hutton is determined to build a successful new life and keep her past a dark secret. Trouble is, her jewellery business looks set to fail - until enigmatic Ben Davies offers to stock her handmade belt buckles in his guitar shop and things start looking up, on all fronts.
But Ben has secrets too. When Jemima finds out he used to be the front man of hugely successful Indie rock band Willow Down, she wants to know more. Why did he desert the band on their US tour? Why is he now a semi-recluse?
And the curiosity is mutual - which means that her own secret is no longer safe...
What I say... As the winner of the 2012 Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Novel of the Year Award I was expecting a great read and was not disappointed! I'm a sucker for a swoon worthy bad boy in tight jeans!
Jemima and Ben's story is sweet, sad, funny and at times heartbreaking! The story begins with struggling jewellery designer Jemima having a really bad day. A series of unfortunate events lead her to the withdrawn and also secretive former rock god Ben. Jemima is secretive and beautiful, with bucket loads of wit and the most difficult of pasts.
Please Don't Stop the Music is full of twists and turns which I wont ruin, but I can honestly say that I did not expect Ben's story to take the turn it did. Ben's story was so heartbreaking and well written that I cannot believe I missed Jane's clues and subtle hints as to his secret. Jemima's story was also really sad and unexpected. So many romances are obvious and overdone these days and I loved how unpredictable the plot was.
Jem's friends Jason and Rosie were hilarious and engaging (Jason gets the best lines). Unlike with most romances I cared about the other characters and wanted a HEA for them all. I wasn't convinced by the bitchy Saskia until near the end when her motives are explained!
There were times when I was beyond frustrated with Jemima's constant running or Ben's standoffishness, but altogether a great read!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
- You know you're in for a bad day when the Devil eats your last HobNob.
- if Jason says anything about ice cubes, blank him. Or you can hit him if you like.
- I don't usually like to stop women staring at my groin, but... you're a bit intense, I'm starting to worry.
- He's so skinny, I mean, it'd be like... I dunno, shagging a pogo stick or something.