Coming Unplugged (Welcome to Carson #6) by Renee Harless
Released: June 27th, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Harless Productions LLC
Reviewed by Keyrsten
He’s a rockstar that can have any woman he wants,
but he has his sights set on his brother’s best friend.
Ryker always felt that he lived in the shadows of his genius twin brother Jameson; no amount of platinum records or devoted fans can change that. Especially when the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen crashes his sister’s wedding and rushes into his brother’s arms. He wants her more than he has ever wanted anything and, brother be damned, he is determined to make her his.
Norah is in trouble. She has spent years perfecting a secret device for the government only to have it stolen. On a whim, she enlists the help of her best friend Jameson. What she never expects is to meet her best friend’s brother and for him to offer more than just protection, he offers his heart.
I've always had a soft spot for the best friend's brother romance. It may be the excitement of the sense of doing something that's typically seen as forbidden, or it could be that I had one of the biggest crushes on my best friend's brother ... either way they tend to pull at my heart strings. Throwing in the fact that the brothers were twins (again a weakness of mine) and the love a rockstar , hot damn I was prepared for something that made me feel all of the feelings. Alas, the only feeling my heart felt was frustrated.
Norah is intelligent, witty, independent, and sweet. She gives her best friend Jameson a run for his money when it comes to the brain department. There are times she feels so fierce and experienced, but then there are times where seems innocent and fumbling through the motions of a relationship. Though she's never met her brother's best friend, she's always had a crush on him and boy did she get to live out that crush.
Ryker gives off the old soul vibe. He has done nothing but eat, sleep, and breathe his band ... but what happens when the band decides to take a hiatus? Ryker is left confronting his desire to be loved and the need he feels deep down inside to feel that special connection he has witnessed those close to him experience. He is intense and not afraid to go after what he wants. His twin is his best friend and he's always thought that nothing could come between them, until his Snow White princess comes rushing into his life.
The tender and intimate moments between Ryker and Norah were beautiful. Their love was quick and full of action, but those moments in the dark with just the two of them were so sweet and loving. I just wanted to usher them away from all of the bad so that they could blossom together without interference. A moment I really loved was when Ryker got out of bed early in the morning to strum on his guitar to work out the song that inspired him while he watched Norah sleep peacefully in his bed.
I wanted to love this book ... but by the end of the book I had experienced so much whiplash that I considered to take a trip to the doctor to see if my neck suffered severe damage. There were so many tropes being thrown into the plot, that none of them got to really breathe and develop for me. All these tropes at times would take me out of the story because it was just feeling to unrealistic and they weren't working cohesively for me. There was just too much going on for me personally, and I would've like a little less plot points that were more flushed out.
I'm a believer in showing someone you love them can mean a lot more than telling someone. Don't get me wrong, I love love and a well timed "I love you" ..... but there were too many for me in this case. It was almost like every other thing they said to each other was "I love you". It was used so much that I eventually felt that it was being said just as a filler and to try and convince themselves that that was what they were really feeling.
Individually I enjoyed Norah and Ryker, and they work as a couple too, but the overall plot of the story was just too much for me. For me personally, I would have liked to slow down a bit and seen how they developed without all the different times of chaos coming at them. If you are someone who likes a fast paced love full of action packed moments (not necessarily sex) and plenty of twists and turns, then this will be a book for you. Alas for me, I get a little car sick on winding roads.
Rating: 2 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.