Hello! I am very happy to be a part of the blog tour for Angie Stanton's newest title Under the Spotlight! I really enjoyed Angie Stanton's book Royally Lost last year and was very pleased to be invited to be able to help with this title as well!
Title: Under the Spotlight
Author: Angie Stanton
Source: From Publisher for honest review
After an embarrassing stint on a reality-TV music competition years ago, Riley vowed never to sing again. Now she's behind the scenes, working at the prestigious Sound Sync recording studio, and life is looking up. But then Garrett Jamieson, the oldest brother in the famous Jamieson brothers band, crashes into her world.This was my first time diving into this trilogy, but I made if for the final book! I thought the premise was interesting, the focus on music one that I don't particularly get into myself. It was interesting to be able to go into Riley's world and see the steps taken behind the vale the public sees when it comes to music. Though, I did want her to take the spotlight herself pretty much from the get go.
Garrett has hit rock bottom, and he is desperate to reinvent himself. After calling in a few favors, he ends up working at Sound Sync to learn the ropes of record producing from the industry's best. And he can't believe his luck when he discovers that Riley has been keeping a secret—she is an amazing singer. By producing her album, he's sure to top the record charts again. But Garrett is forced to use every trick in his arsenal to persuade the sassy girl to record.
Riley refuses to sing—or even entertain the thought of it—and sparks fly as Garrett finally meets his match. But in the heat of the moment, one stolen kiss changes everything. Will Riley be the first person to finally rein Garrett in, or will Garrett succeed in getting Riley back under the spotlight?
I've been doing some light research on the other books in the series to make myself feel more well rounded for this review, and from what I gather Garrett has been the "jerk" throughout the series thus far. I felt that from him pretty instantly, though it didn't always bother me like I normally expect. I'm not a fan of jerky boys getting the girl -- and his need to get the next big thing felt very strong to me. He's full of angst and he's mad at his brothers for ruining it all. His need to make it big by using Riley kind of rubbed me the wrong way for awhile... but I got over it... slowly.
I liked how both Riley and Garrett both seemed to hold back their relationship. It was not rushed, and it was not out of nowhere. There were subtle hints and moments where you questioned what would happen... but you don't know for awhile. I liked that in this book because I felt it was true to both characters - each of them are longing for different things, so it takes a bit to find each other.
Ultimately, if you are like me and have somehow missed this series, book three is actually a really great place to start!
I thought this book was cute and different, at least for me. I don't read books regarding music very often so this world felt new and exciting to me which was nice. I appreciated the time spent building the relationship and it is clear that Angie Stanton knows these characters very well and that they are well fleshed out. Garrett, even with all of his intricacies, still felt real and his choices seemed to reflect him once I got to know him better.
I can't wait to catch up on the first two books!
About the Author:
Angie Stanton never planned on writing books—she wanted to be a Rockette. However, growing up in rural America with her brothers’ 4-H pigs as pets, she found that dance didn’t quite work out. Instead, she became an avid daydreamer. After years of perfecting stories in her head, she began to write them down, and the rest is history. When not writing, she loves watching natural disaster movies, going to Broadway musicals, and dipping French fries in chocolate shakes.