Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Real Time by Jeanine Binder - Book Review

**This review will hopefully remain spoiler-free**

Firstly, I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Real Time tells the story of a 40-something British rock star who happens to be seeking a new keyboardist for his band. Nick has always been against hiring women, knowing the tabloids would only cause problems for him and his band. All that changes when Kate walks into his studio.

Kate is a 30-something musician who blows Nick away when she proves she can not only play keyboard, but actual piano, as well. Throwing caution to the win, Nick hires Kate to play with his band, setting off a chain of events that will change both of their lives forever.

Can Nick stay true to his music career while juggling his new-found desire to be with Kate romantically, and protect her from her past?

Overall, Real Time is a very quick, romantic read. It's also not your typical story of rock stars and insta-love. Nick and his band don't do drugs, barely drink, and definitely don't sleep around. Kate isn't some silly little girl who immediately falls in love with the lead singer of the band because it's the "cool" thing to do.

Kate and Nick take their time building a professional relationship before even considering a romantic relationship. They discuss things, including their pasts, and discover more about one another before moving on to the next step. The way the book is written, it may seem like things progress a lot quicker than they actually do. You just have to keep in mind that time sort of "jumps" in the book, if you will.

The only thing that mildly frustrated me was some of the grammar. I'm a bit fussy about things of that nature, and there were times I had to stop reading to "edit" things in my head before moving on. It didn't happen too often, though.

Kate and Nick are both likeable characters, although I kind of wish they could have been fleshed out a little bit more. Nick's band mates and Kate's parents are also quite likeable. There are a couple of characters who are extremely despicable, and you will not like them.

As for the plot, I thought it progressed nicely, but there were times I wanted to shout, "Hey, slow down! Let's get more story!" I did wish the timeline wasn't written as quickly as it was. But I did enjoy the story.

If you like rock star romances, check out Real Time. It may be a quick read, but it's well worth it. I'd give it 3 1/2 stars total.

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