Sandy Grassini’s review Oct 27, 13
5 of 5 stars
Author: Rachael Rae
Sweet, shy and a bit goofy, Tinley Michaels has it all: a great mother, a wonderful, sexy, loving boyfriend, and her whole life ahead of her. One day her world is turned upside down when the love of her life suddenly leaves her without reason. She is left broken and vulnerable and vows to never let a man destroy her again. Months later, she decides to dust herself off and finally realize her dream of being a Broadway star. With nothing holding her back, she leaves everything she’s ever known in Texas to start her new life in New York City. She moves in with her cousin, makes some great new friends, gets a steady job and an audition for a part in a small theater. Things are heading in the right direction.
Tinley isn’t looking for anyone. She is jaded but still hopelessly in love with her first love. That’s when, by chance, she meets Van Whitaker, the smooth talking sexy lead singer of the best-selling rock band, Ripping Pages. She labels him a man-whore/rock-n-roll douchebag immediately. Van tries to show her that he’s no longer that guy and that he sees something in Tinley worth trying to be better for. Even though he makes her feel things she’s only read about in the hundreds of romance novels she’s shamelessly addicted to, she is scared he will leave her even more broken than she already is. Should she give this gorgeous rock star the time of day? And what will she do when she comes face to face with her past and she must make a decision that will change her future and her forever?
What happens when the page you ripped from the book of your life suddenly tries to put itself back into the story?
Ripping pages is a must read for all of you romantics out there. I do believe Van is my current rock star book boyfriend. I’ve never had a book boyfriend before, because the books I’ve read were so typical. Boy meets girl, girl doesn’t want to get involved with boy because he’s so famous, girl fights feelings, then girl has to deal with the tabloids, and is just a jealous mess throughout the whole book. This book definitely was not like that at all. I’ve read a lot of rock star romances and I have to say this one of my favorites.
When Tinley’s boyfriend James leaves her for no reason, she is devastated. She doesn’t understand how he could just pick up and leave with no explanation. She does what she has to do and thats to follow her dream. Her cousin Tatum lives in New York. Its Tinley’s dream to go to New York, to perform on broadway. She decides that will be her main focus. Things start looking up for Tinley. She has her cousin, she’s meeting new friends, she’s got a job and now an audition at a small theatre.
One night at a party, she meets Van Whitaker, rock star to the band Ripping Pages. She has her own idea what he’s like, but yet she is drawn to him. He certainly knows he wants her. He wants to show her he could be different. He want to show her that everything around him is fake, and he wants something that is real. Van tries to show her that he’s no longer that guy, and that he sees something in Tinley worth trying to be better for.
She can’t possibly think this is real. This is only something she reads about in her romance novels that she’s hooked on. She doesn’t want to get hurt and he assures her he will never hurt her. Should she pursue this relationship?
What will happen when her past catches up to her?
Tinley shows so much courage in this book by picking herself up and moving to another state to pursue her dream. Would she have gone down the same road had James not left? Probably not. This book gives girls hope and I’m’ not just talking from a romantic point of view. This shows that no matter what life throws at you, you can always go for the gold.
I rate this book a 5 star based on my review. I am happy that I was given the opportunity to read the ARC for my honest review.