Title: THE DUET (Heart #1)
When 27-year-old pop sensation Brooklyn Heart steps in front of a microphone, her love songs enchant audiences worldwide. But when it comes to her own love life, the only spell she’s under is a dry one.
So when her label slots her for a Grammy performance with the sexy and soulful Jason Monroe, she can’t help but entertain certain fantasies... those in which her G-string gets more play than her guitars'.
Only one problem. Jason is a lyrical lone wolf that isn’t happy about sharing the stage—nor his ranch — with the sassy singer. But while it may seem like a song entitled ‘Jason Monroe Is an Arrogant Ho’ basically writes itself, their label and their millions of fans are expecting recording gold…
They’re expecting The Duet.
Aaaaaaand R.S. Grey did it again! The Duet is only the second book that I’ve read written by R.S. Grey but already consider me as a fan of hers forever! I’m completely sold as to how she writes and breathes life into these characters. I tell you, this year won’t end without me scouring the shelves for her other books! I.NEED.THOSE.BABIES!
Just like Scoring Wilder, The Duet is a very unique and entertaining read that will manage to get a really good laugh out of you. It’s unique in a sense that the premise of this book is unlike any other books out there. Brooklyn Heart, an international popstar, is thrust into a situation she never would’ve thought of and imagined happening in her music career. Her label decides to pair her up with Jason Monroe (a certified soulful singer) for her Grammy performance. The task at hand now is for them to create the perfect duet that they would perform. Well, that’s quite a task to do considering that they’re from the polar opposites of the music genre spectrum. How are they going to manage to overcome this curve ball thrown in their way? Will they be able to set aside their differences and successfully create the duet in time for their Grammy performance?
Brooklyn Heart is the bomb! She’s very sassy, witty, funny and not a snotty singer. Her internal meltdown and commentary alone are highly entertaining, so definitely look forward to that. Be sure you’re not drinking anything while reading this book because you’ll probably end up spewing it.
“Does your cockiness have a dimmer switch or is it always set to ‘high’?”
Despite Brooklyn being a huge singing sensation, she’s basically just like us. You’ll see how light, playful and relatable her character is. Especially, when it comes to her relationship with her sister, Cammie. She’s the typical big sister who looks after her baby sis. Even though she has these entire schedule to follow through, Brooklyn always sees to it that she has time to check up on Cammie. There were times that she ends up nagging the hell out of Cammie but you can see how genuine her intentions are. I utterly adore their relationship. They were each other’s constant, support system and both of them keep each other grounded in spite of the success they’ve had in life. It was really nice for R.S. Grey to include a sibling relationship here.
Now, let's talk about Jason Monroe. Hmmm. I was really taken aback with his character in the beginning of the story. He comes across as a very superior musician. He’s a very straightforward person. Actually, both he and Brooklyn are. But Jason could definitely use a filter in his mouth because there were times that he ends up being very rude towards Brooklyn.
“Guess you take your coffee like you take everything else,” Jason said. “Complicated as hell.”
He’s a very private and closed-off person that reading this book felt like you’re seeing his character bloom. It was completely a wonderful experience to read through the changes in him – the first smirk, the first chuckle and the first laugh. One thing that I would’ve love for his character to do in the story is he could have shown some emotion in the parts where needed. He should also have been honest with his past too, before considering being involved with Brooklyn. I know that Jason doesn’t want any complications in his life at present but “that” huge fact about his life is a very important thing to say before luring Brooklyn in that sort of agreement.
“But that wasn’t part of our rules. We were the king and queen of living in the present. We didn’t talk about the past and we didn’t talk about the future.”
The climax of the story, wait wow. I literally have no clue as to how complicated his life is because I didn’t saw that one coming. It was a major bomb dropped on us out of nowhere. My jaw was just hanging open during those scenes and patiently waiting for Jason to explain his side, while my heart was doing that squishy thing motion.
I love the fact that Grey paired her characters up to someone who goes through the same circumstances in a daily basis. Two known singers. Two people who are always on the spotlight and being chased down by paparazzi. Then she gets all her conflicts with the difference they have with regards to their genre of music, personality and just on how they view things. Those differences already built up the platform for the tension between them.
When they started writing their song, you can notice that the tension swirling between them is levelling up to another notch. The sexual tension is undeniably there. I love how they engage into these cute banters and try to out sass each other. Oh yes, Jason’s really a sassy one. Wait up, I laughed out loud during that moment in the book where they decided to have sex already. It was incredibly perfect how R.S. Grey translated that scene into words. I felt every bottled up want and need these characters have for each other. So good.
Jason made me tear up during that scene where he surprised Brooklyn. That was just so sweet of him to do it. Though, he utterly needs to up his game in wooing Brooklyn. He needs to do everything to compensate the wrongs he had done towards that lovely girl. I wish there were more to Jason and Brooklyn’s story. I want to get to know them more, especially Jason. His back story was quite rushed so yeah.
Oh wait. The music. I need someone to place music in to it and to actually sing the song that Brooklyn and Jason composed. Can Griffin Peterson sing it? My goodness! The lyrics were just perfect and it’ll be a waste for it not to be really translated into a song. I want to hear and jam to it. Jason and Brooklyn poured their emotions and hearts out in that song. Lovely!
“Loving you would be as easy as taking a breath / But to lay with you, that’s a dance with death.” – The Duet
Right off the bat, I knew Cammie and Grayson will be having their own story. You can clearly see the separate storyline for their characters and feel the underlying tension between them. Oh my. Boss – Employee. Just thinking about the possibilities for their characters makes me want to roll in my bed already. I’m sure it’ll be as awesome as this book. I’m so excited for it and I’ll really try my best to get my hands on an ARC of that baby!
I definitely recommend The Duet! If you want an entertaining read with witty characters and something that doesn’t involve an over the top dramatic plot, go for this one! Plus, The Duet has a very balanced humor, romance and drama. All good. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this book!