4 Stars · Arc's

Review: Back Beat by Ryleigh Sloan

Details: eBook, 220 pages

Publication: Independently published on September 13, 2019

Series: The Heartbeat Series, Book One


Goodreads Synopsis: Blair
I had dreams. Big ones. And Dean Carter did everything in his power to help me achieve them.
Until we fell in love and everything fell apart. Now everyone thinks I tried to sleep my way to the top and I can’t say I blame them when the evidence points to exactly that.
However, looks can be deceiving…

Blair McKenzie is the definition of perfect. She’s crazy talented and hot as…well, you get the point. But aside from all that, she has heart and in this business, heart is hard to come by.

In a moment of weakness, I had a lapse in judgment and nearly cost her everything.

Now I need to do the right thing. Except it feels wrong.


My Thoughts: I was immediately interested in this book when I read that it was a rock star romance. Though I’ll admit, it wasn’t the best I’ve read. It was still pretty decent, though. It held my attention pretty well, and it wasn’t too over the top.

There was a lot of sexual tension and thoughts in it, but again, it wasn’t too bad. Some of it felt out of place at times, but otherwise it was fairly tame.

The character’s were hit or miss. Dean felt like your stereotypical rock star, which usually doesn’t bother me, but with him, I just couldn’t focus on much but his personality. I do think he could be a bit overly-sexual, but I really like how it played into his redemption at the end.

I liked Blair, but I couldn’t help but love Maddie more. I’m not sure what it was about her, but she was probably my favorite character. I would have liked to see more of her, especially more of her friendship with Blair. I also really loved most of the other supporting characters, particularly Clarence.

The storyline itself was interesting. It was a nice difference from most rock star romances, and the twists scattered throughout the book were interesting yet not overwhelming. They weren’t introduced too closely together, so nothing was truly confusing.

The ending was really sweet, and I think it may have been my favorite part. I liked the change of perspective from Blair and Dean to Maddie, and it got me excited for a possible next book for her (though I’m not sure this is happening; it just ended on the cliffhanger).

Overall, I think it was an alright book. I’m looking forward to checking more of Ryleigh Sloan’s books out as soon as I possibly can. I might suggest reading this book if sexual thoughts/actions/scenes don’t bother you.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via the author and am voluntarily leaving a review.


Trigger Warnings: This book contains sexual scenes and references.


Want to read Back Beat? You can order it from Amazon in the following formats:

Kindle* | Audiobook | Paperback

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*Available for free with Kindle Unlimited

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