I was so looking forward to reading Jax! I love rock star romance. This seemed like it would hit the mark for it. The storyline is actually really good, but the delivery of it is a little iffy.
The way the two main characters, Jax and Layla, hit it off was so great, I loved it. Jax, after a night of drinking and close to hitting depression, dials a random number on his cell, it happens to be Layla’s number. They start chatting and become best friends. That was really cute, I couldn’t wait to see where it would go. And OMG it took them five years after that to meet in person. FIVE. YEARS. They talked on the phone every single day, their families knew about them, his family loved her, her family loved him, blah blah blah. FIVE. YEARS. Because they were busy and didn’t have time We were at the 33% mark when they finally saw each other in person, and they continued from there, all in love like the previous five years had been a normal love relationship. It didn’t really make sense. You don’t actually see a progression of their relationship, not even over the phone because the first part of the book until they meet is mostly about their individual lives rather than their relationship. You don’t see them growing throughout the book, there’s not a whole lot of depth to them. There is also a big life happening event for them which gets only an honorable mention, totally glossed over.
Another thing would be that there are so many other characters introduced, and so much going on with others, it took away from Jax and Layla’s story. I would’ve saved a bunch of that stuff for future books (because I’m assuming the other band members will get their own stories). There was so much information on others, at some point I actually stopped reading to go check if I should’ve read any previous books by this author in order to understand what was happening in this one.
All in all, the story has good bones, but it felt a little like it was a rough draft, needed some work to develop, and that was a little disappointing
Reviewed by Dana Hoffman