Anytime a story involves romance and music I’m always game. Like Frankie Beverly singing about Happy Feelin’s in the Air… In this story, Pop Icon Zalayah wanted to change her image and sing the songs that best fit her style rather than the cookie-cutter music her label wanted her to sing.
When Zalayah reached out to a rap artist named Grayson to ask about his music’s producer, she came face to face with the most handsome and rudest man ever. This man was Grayson’s older brother Gabriel. I was hoping that the story wouldn’t continue on too long with Gabe being a douche bag for too long. Thankfully, after hearing Z’s real voice, Gabe had to rethink his first impression. The musicality in Zalayah’s voice and the possibility of actually producing good music won Gabe over. After much fraught and disdain over his decision to produce Z’s music, Gabe slacked up a bit to see the real singer. He was pleasantly surprised and mesmerized by her voice and her beauty. She on the other hand was ready to work with this musical genius. She continued to try to find the chink in his armor to convince him to produce the new music for her next album release. In this story, the reasoning behind his diehard love hate relationship with the music industry was palpable. This will be revealed a little later in the story. I liked the way Zalayah was able to find a seam to burrow through to get into Gabe’s heart, this was nicely conceived. The feelings and their love manifested rather smoothly. Despite Gabe’s need to protect his heart, it was safe with Zalayah. The strong bond between them was magnified after their trip together. Then as the music flowed in perfect harmony and their hearts meshed with a perfect rhythm, the next steps were natural. Their love and chemistry was natural, sensual, with a nice sweet connection. It was refreshing to see their relationship and attraction manifested so smoothly given their initial meeting. The nice part in the story was how hard Gabe fell for Zalayah over his own protests to keep his heart safe. The backstory with his parent’s relationship and the one with his brother Grayson, I hope Ms. Warren will be explore in subsequent books. An excellent music and romance story. As Frankie Beverly would say… Before I Let Go… I Wanna Thank you for reading this review… Give this Southern Girl 5+ Stars.. Cause she is Back In Stride Again….
Carolyn M. Jackson
Book Binge Reviewer