November 29, 2012
Fury By Michelle Pace and Tammy Coons
Review by Andrea Randall
Rating: 4 stars
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For years, Cheyenne Carson clawed her way up from her meager upbringing and strove to distance herself from the skeletons of her past. Finally success is within her grasp. A journalist for the music magazine, The Sound Wave, the assignment of a lifetime just landed in her lap. An all access pass to tour with the British rock band, Fury. Their latest album went triple platinum and they've never granted interviews. Once her assignment begins, Fury's tour explodes in a Molotov cocktail of sex, scandal, and violence that threatens to ruin Fury's quest for worldwide success. Can Cheyenne navigate her treacherous path unscathed, or will the demons of her past poison her blossoming career?
Fury is unlike anything I've read recently. For starters, I haven't yet read any co-authored book and was interested to see if it looked like a seamless story. It did. Secondly, the blend of romance, mystery, and rock-and-roll was so well balanced I really felt like I was on tour with the band, and a fly on the hotel room walls.
There are several sub stories woven together with great care in Fury, and you will find your jaw dropping at each love scene, crime scene, and flight.
I loved that each character was completely different. The band wasn't written as one entity; each of the five band members had distinct personalities. So much so, that if you were to give me five lines of dialogue at this point, I could probably tell you which band member they came from. Phillip, Scot, Dave, Nathan, and Bret each bring a bit (a lot) of sexiness to the table, but through well-crafted dialogue and interviews Cheyenne conducts for her project with The Sound wave, we learn that each man brings an important piece of themselves to the table.
My thoughts and feelings on Cheyenne, the main character, are mixed. The book starts off a bit "info-dumpy" for my taste regarding her past. We're given everything up front - and I mean everything. By the time her past comes back to "bite" her, so to speak, I'd sort of forgotten about it because it was mentioned once and barely mentioned thereafter. I would have preferred a slower revealing of Cheyenne's character to prevent being confused about some of her choices/ inner monologue later on in the story. If Cheyenne didn't have a supporting cast, her story would have gotten 3 stars from me.
My absolute favorite character in Fury is Steph Brier, Cheyenne's roommate, co-worker, and daughter of "The Sound Wave" mogul, Adam Brier. Why, you might ask? Because of lines like this:
"Rum," Steph ordered forcefully, and the bartender gave her a sideways glance. "Splash a little coke in there if it makes you feel better."
That is just a taste of what to expect from brash, bold, and sarcastic Steph. She's a 5-star character and I want more from her one way or another.
My favorite band member is Phillip; but I'll let you read to find out why ;)
If you like romance, read Fury. If you like mystery, read Fury. If you like hard-core rock-and-roll bands on tour, read Fury.
Long story short, read Fury.
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