By Rebecca Yarros
Love the music—never the man.
At twenty years-old, Sabrina Caroline was America’s sweetheart pop star, until she took a year off to treat her social phobia that her cut-throat-manager/mom paid top dollar to keep quiet. Now as part of her comeback, she’s forced into collaboration with one of the hottest rock bands topping the charts—Birds of Prey—whose lead guitarist happens to be her biggest mistake…and her biggest regret.
Hawke Owens never imagined Birds of Prey would surpass the basement of the Duncan High School for Performing Arts, let alone score them a European tour. But success has its price, and for him, it’s being forced to work with the only girl who shattered his heart—Sabrina Caroline. She’s everything that he remembers and more, every memory and fantasy come to life. At first touch, their connection is electric, but it’s also as strong as her determination to follow her number one rule—she doesn’t date rock stars…even though she’s become one.
Loving her again is as natural as holding his guitar, but she’s destroyed him once, and this time the stakes are higher, more public, and the consequences life-altering. Against the backdrop of the birth of MTV, they’ll have to choose between the demands of their label, and the demands of the heart.
AGAINST THE ODDS is a second-chance romance between Hawke and Sabrina. They were high school sweethearts, but as Hawke’s band gained popularity, Sabrina got a front row view of what it would be like to date a rockstar. Fearing future heartbreak, she ended the relationship then and there, leaving Hawke confused and angry. Flash forward a few years later and Hawke lives his life the way Sabrina feared he would, with wild parties, drugs and sex with groupies.
He’d become everything I’d preemptively left him because of.
Forced together by their label to write and produce a duet, old hurts are quick to surface before Sabrina comes clean about why she broke up with Hawke. As much as it hurt at the time, he realises she was right to do it and after clearing the air, they both decide their feelings are too strong to ignore and vow to try again.
“Tell me something I don’t already know.”
I miss you. Every second of every day.
AGAINST ALL ODDS is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of the Love In The 80s series, it can be read as a stand-alone. I would have liked some closure regarding Sabrina’s mother and father, but this is a novella, so I guess things have to stay short and sweet. Other than that, I enjoyed this lighthearted read.
“I have no problem with the world knowing that I get on my knees for you. I’m the envy of every man on the planet.”
1984: Against All Odds (Love In The 80s # 5)
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