ONE LAST VERSE (The Encore #2)

ONE LAST VERSE                                     N. N. BRITT

Promises will be broken. Love will be tested.

Cassy Evans knows a thing or two about secrets. By juggling work and a hidden relationship with the world’s biggest rock star for months, she’s become an expert.

However, being with Frank comes at a price. Seven years after the accident that almost ended everything, his trauma still haunts him. Determined to get back on stage, the man known to the world as Frankie Blade would do anything to ensure the success of his band’s reunion. But when one rash decision puts his entire career on the line, it’s not clear if he can recover from it.

As Frank spirals out of control, pushing Cassy away, she has to face the reality of what they’ve become. He’s harder to love than she imagined. Her common sense tells her severing all ties with him is the right choice.

Problem is, she can’t leave without her heart. And Frank doesn’t want to give it back.

One Last Verse is the conclusion of Frankie and Cassy’s story. It should be read after Final Serenade.

MY REVIEW:

Not sure how to feel about this couple other than to say talk about obsessed and co-dependent. That’s just on each other I’m not talking about if you bring in all the alcohol Frank starts to drink in order to cover-up the disappointment, hurt, and pain of not being able to perform the way he did before the accident he took on his motorcycle seven years ago.

He fights back to life having to relearn everything we all take for granted only to find out he still can’t perform and do what he loves. Then, when his health issues begin to cause problems during rehearsals everyone keeps quiet. All so Frank can keep face and basically no meltdown.

When he meets Cassy during his interview time where he’s getting ready to perform for the first time, they have strong chemistry during the interview. She is a co-owner of a rock magazine online. On the night of the interview and concert, she sees him two more times and Frank takes that as fate.

On the third time, they really get to talking unguardedly. But, when Dante, a band member who invited her enters the room she leaves. She figures why add flames to the fire since the two men already have an age-old feud going. Even at her younger age, she could feel the tension in the room.

She cut out of the party all together before Frank thought they finished talking so he sought her out the next night, like at midnight. Rocker’s hours. Frank has no rules. This book gets into his alcoholism and the fights it causes and how Cassy's idle threats mean nothing since she says them so often then does nil. He just stopped listening, in fact, I stopped listening for him. She’s gone, she’s back. Like a ball.

When Frank comes to Dante’s launch party drunk and embarrasses her while she’s working and a GIF is created of the two of them you think that is the end of them. That is her line in the sand. Finally, how long will it last though? But I have to say by the end of this book I felt like Dante had always been in love with her but once again his friend wanted something or someone so of course, he would have it.

Two, when Dante was drunk or high, he was never mean or hurtful to Cassy like Frank. Third, Dante always did or put Cassy first. Ask what she needed, how he could help her, he would just help and never said once poor me. And the one time with Frank’s manager when he was mean it turns out it was on the behalf of Frank.

Now, once again no real ending not as bad as the other. Still not great but there is a free extra book so… I guess I was waiting to see Cassy find her own strength and for once lay down the law and make him follow them. To become a woman with a real backbone who tells him when you get over your ex-wife fully and can come to me without anger that Dante had sex without condition or tricks of the hand then we can talk. Until then, we can date.

Update: The Encore was mixed for me it was confusing leaving more questions. So, this book picks up three months after the last time they met at the premiere of the documentary. I’m not sure if they will make it. Still, Frank dangles the carrot in front of Cassy but doesn’t deliver. All talk, pretty much his M.O.

Because he has just gotten out of rehab and they are staying Arizona at his parent's place. He is grateful for her, his family, and recovery but still mad at Dante for F-ing his ex-wife.

The author did her job all three books stir up emotions and I’m sure on many viewpoints. Because my hubby’s viewpoint saw Frank as grateful but he needs to get over his anger with Dante but manly his anger at his ex-wife because he’s still in love with her. This I thought was an interesting point. Hmmm?

I give this: 4 stars. Provided by netgalley.com. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

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