I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. 🙂
“Strung Out” is the debut book of author Lyrica Creed, and it’s a new adult rock star romance. I found the story interesting and not predictable. The author chose to publish a book in 1st person and 3rd POVs (point of views), so the readers can read the way they like more. I personally preferred the 1st person POV, although I wonder why only Scarla’s was in first person and Gage’s was in 3rd.
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Year: 2016
Pages: 396 (Kindle)
Part of a series?: Yes, Book 1 of 2
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Scarlette ‘Scarla’ Smythe is looking for her friend Ivy who disappeared all of a sudden after she went to a concert. Concerned, she decides to fly to Los Angeles and asks Gage Remington’s help. He used to be her stepbrother several years before, because their parents were married. They haven’t seen each other since forever, so when he sees her again and sees the woman she has become, something inside him moves and so does something in her. As they try to look for Ivy, their relationship as ex brother and sister is also tested.
To tell you the truth, at first I didn’t want to read this book because I am not much of a fan of stepbrother-stepsister romances. OK, the characters are not related in any way by blood, but still, it’s a trope that doesn’t fascinate me ever since I was a fan of the manga Marmalade Boy (and there the issue was serious, lol). After I started reading this book, I thought that the idea wasn’t so bad and it was nice to see the connection Scarla and Gage had, develop into a stronger feeling that was always there.
Scarlette is strong character despite she’s very young. She had to put up with her crazy mother and she matured early. Gage, on the other hand, is childish and loves to be a rock star: he makes out with different women and uses drugs. Scar is surely the adult in the couple, but Gage has his cute and romantic moments. They know what the other is feeling or thinking and they just needed to face their feelings to take their relationship to the next level. We see her help him with his addiction and him help her with her mother. I liked how they were supportive of each other.
The story was centered around our main protagonists and their difficulties with their lives and with their relationship and their journey, and it was hard to predict what would happen next. We had some background characters like Colt, Seth and Caroline, and it would be interesting to have a book from his perspective since he looks quite quizzical himself and there’s something brewing between him and his ex girlfriend.
The book doesn’t *exactly* end with a cliffhanger and it can be read as a standalone. However, there are some loose ends that will be resolved in the second book, that is called “Hung Out” and is already available to buy. I really think I will read it because I want to find out how the loose ends develop. 🙂
RATING: 4.5/5 stars