Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
Plucker is the second novel in the rock romance series entitled Recoil Rock penned by K.E. Osborn. If you were able to read the series starter, you'll know that this is Ryan Hunter's story and that epilogue in Pick gave us an idea of the scars that Ryan has hidden deep within him, known only to those closest to him. It's been nine years since he experienced two devastating losses that left gaping holes in his heart, and the only thing that's kept him on track has been the band he started with his best friends, Recoil. Now that they're beginning to hit the big time, Ryan's job as the public relations go-to person has been passed on by their manager to a professional. Ryan isn't happy about the turn of events, and to make matters worse, the bespectacled beauty named Matilda Marks is an unexpected distraction. She's stirring within him feelings he hasn't had in nearly a decade. The last thing Ryan wants is to have Tillie not only steal his job as PR manager but also steal his heart, which solely belongs to someone else. For how long can Ryan keep Tillie at a distance, and when he falls, can he give her his whole heart?
While Pick, the first book in the series, was fast-paced and kept me entertained from start to finish, Plucker seemed to flounder a bit. Ryan's dilemma is deeply rooted and I can appreciate that it isn't something that he can immediately come to terms with or share that part of his past with Tillie. However, theirs wasn't a romance that took place in a matter of days or weeks. Nope, the story jumped ahead weeks and months, so it came off more as Ryan simply choosing not to do anything about what he had been waffling about. The story started to drag, and I was internally chanting in my head repeatedly, "Just tell her already!" Then there's this weird feeling I was getting that the characters "sounded" non-American. I was flipflopping between them sounding Australian or British because of certain colloquialisms and quips when talking to one another. Nothing major, but it happened more than once, so even those small things, when added together, made them more noticeable. Still, Plucker was a good enough read, and it gets 3.5 stars. On a side note: I have a bad feeling I'm not going to like Zaria Shafir. What a diva. ♥
Read my reviews for the Recoil Rock series:
Pick (book one) - 4.5 stars - My Review
Plucker (book two) - 3.5 stars - My Review (posted above)
Date Read: 16 March 2017
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