|Talk about a dramatic beginning! Nick thinks his phone or something is ringing and tries to shut it off to find he's in a hospital bed with tons of tubes and machines attached to him. It turns out Nick was too hopped up on some kind of drug, drunk, and was driving when he really shouldn't have been. Luckily this didn't turn into one of those stories where someone had died. Sigh. We first met Nick in book one of this series, Moonlight Becomes You. He's the wild bass player of the band Luck. He also seems to be having a complete breakdown since at the end of book one, his brother Shane had married his old time love, Jessie and he feels as if he's lost everything.
He does the usual celebrity deal, pay the fines and do rehab. This is where he meets Luka Novak, the nutritionist who is really trying to get him to eat at least one vegetable with his dinner. Keep in mind that until now, Nick was a bi-sexual serial dater. He would go out and have sex one time and that was it. He was always a jerk, always high, drunk or both and always disrespectful to everyone. Rehab was not a fun time for him. The only good part was Luka. When he started having panic attacks, Luka would help him. When he didn't want to go to the gym there and work out, Luka worked out with him. After being released from rehab, the two started a relationship of sorts.
Throughout the story we hear Nick saying things like "I don't have relationships", "I don't date", "I don't cry", "I don't..." a lot of things. I spent a lot of time feeling sorry for Luka. It takes a lot for Nick to kind of break his rock star habits. I don't just mean the drinking and drugs, I mean the "not dating ever" thing and always being a jerk. He always apologizes to Luka, and always means it, but Luka puts his foot down. One more time and he's gone. From the time of the ultimatum on, I was saying to myself, "Nick, don't do it" or "YAY! Nick didn't act like a jerk!" The biggest disappointment I really had is not seeing Luka's mother serving Nick her palacinky, Czech crepes. As you can imagine, Nick did finally blow it, and it took two rock bands and one good friend to help him fix it. Ms. O'Shea and Ms. Vaughn wrote a wonderful sequel!
Reviewer: Teresa T.
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