May 10, 2015

Review: Under the Spotlight by Angie Stanton


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.

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?

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Garrett is angry with his brothers, because it's their fault the band is no longer together. He's the oldest Jamieson brother and he loved touring with the band. It was always his big dream and he's frustrated that he's no longer living it. He has to do something with his time and is now trying to become a producer. He thinks he's found the perfect candidate, but now he has to convince her to work with him...

Riley's mother is irresponsible and Riley keeps having to rush back home to take care of her brother and sister. Her mother has spent all of Riley's hard earned college money, so Riley thinks she's lucky that she has a job she likes. She's working at the Sound Sync recording studio where she has a job behind the scenes. She's stopped singing, because her appearance in a music reality television show went terribly wrong. She's still traumatized because of what happened to her.

When Garrett finds out how talented Riley is he wants to make an album with her. He's doing everything he can to make her sign. When he finally sees an opportunity he offers Riley a contract straight away. This means they have to work closely together which might be a problem, because Riley doesn't like Garrett very much. He's rude and arrogant and Riley makes it as difficult as possible for him to show him how much she dislikes working with him. Will they eventually start to be nice to each other?

Under the Spotlight is another great Jamieson Brothers book. Garrett is a lot less friendly than his two younger brothers, but deep down he's actually a sweet guy. Riley's mother makes things really difficult for her daughter and eventually Riley has to start singing again, because she doesn't have any other options. She only does it because she has to. I felt so bad for her, living with a mother like that and having such an awful experience when she was so young and vulnerable. Even though she resists it, she eventually likes singing again. Fortunately Garrett is there to support her, but they fight a lot. I kept hoping they would start to like each other more and I couldn't wait to find out if the third Jamieson brother would find love eventually. The book has an unexpected ending and I think that twist makes the story more mature. The Jamieson Brothers series is great and I highly recommend each of the books.

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  1. This is my first time seeing this series. I may have to dive in for a nice summer read. Thank you for your introduction and review.

    1. I think they would be perfect for that, thank you for your lovely comment.

  2. Sounds like a good book to read.


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