Review: The Duet (#1, Heart) by R.S. Grey

My Thoughts

Irresistibly witty and bright, this romantic comedy
had me feeling swoony, happy and warm.
A lighthearted, feel-good read that is not to be missed!

4halfstars

Synopsis

duet coverWhen 27-year-old pop sensation Brooklyn Heart steps in front of a microphone, her love songs enchant audiences worldwide. But when it comes to her own love life, the only spell she’s under is a dry one.

So when her label slots her for a Grammy performance with the sexy and soulful Jason Monroe, she can’t help but entertain certain fantasies… those in which her G-string gets more play than her guitars’.

Only one problem. Jason is a lyrical lone wolf that isn’t happy about sharing the stage—nor his ranch — with the sassy singer. But while it may seem like a song entitled ‘Jason Monroe Is an Arrogant Ho’ basically writes itself, their label and their millions of fans are expecting recording gold…

They’re expecting The Duet.

My Review

Every now and again, I crave a good romantic comedy. A novel that will fill me up with with laugh-out-loud moments and swoony romance. Unfortunately, however, finding that kind of book is not an easy feat. It’s difficult to achieve the right kind of balance of wit, emotion and angst for it to work well. Thankfully, R.S. Grey manages that and more in this irresistibly funny and heartwarming release—The Duet. The writing style felt fresh and unencumbered, witty and real… elements of romance and humor in just the right amounts to have me flipping the pages with a huge smile on my face. I loved the sassy, sweet and unapologetically girly heroine, Brooklyn Heart. And I fell for the talented, brooding, enigmatic Jason Monroe. Their love story was a perfect mismatch… two opposites that somehow worked together just perfectly.

“Who needs booze and blow? No thanks. All I wanted was a good ol’ fashioned, wake the neighbors, scratch marks down the back orgasm.”

Pop star Brooklyn Heart was so done with her dry spell. All she needed was a hunky boy for a feel-good one-night-stand. Cue one debaucherous night with her sister, Cammie, coupled with a hot-but-horrible-in-bed Brazilian model, and Brook is running way late to her label’s early morning meeting. A meeting where she comes face-to-face with Jason Monroe. The famous, folksy singer lusted after by most of the female population. And when their record label pairs them up for a duet to be performed on the Grammy’s, Jason is staunchly not on board.

“No offense, princess. But you and I are like apples and oranges. We’d never be able to collaborate on a song together.”

Regardless, business wins and these two very different artists are forced together and Jason is not happy at all. Brook’s first impression was rather… chaotic. I couldn’t help but love Brooklyn, however. She’s that impossibly laughable and likable girl who is entirely relatable. She tries to reach out to Jason, to show Mr. Gods Gift to Music her good side, but he couldn’t care less. He dictates that Brook show up in his ranch in Montana, to get the song written and done over the course of the month. Despite her best efforts, Jason is all kinds of rude and ornery.

“Team Brooklyn is currently accepting new members. The only requirement is that you also loathe Jason Monroe.”

Their time together is charged with preconceptions and misunderstandings and an intensifying something else. But there was more to Jason that met the eye, and he was not giving an inch on what that was all about. Their productivity was non-existent, their bickering unrelenting, and the surge of desire impossible to ignore. So in a last-ditch effort, they make an arrangement to unleash their creative and personal frustrations between the sheets. Nothing more. Nothing further.

And it was the most wonderful thing Brooklyn had experienced. 

And the lyrics and the music… it all started coming.

And they couldn’t get enough of each other.

“I was a simple person. I just wanted good chocolate, my guitar, and maybe some sex every now and then. Maybe Jason and I were perfect for one another.”

With each moment they’re together, and with the walls between them slowly fracturing, feelings muddle up their not-so-solid-anymore arrangement. But when a truth is revealed, Brook’s heart is broken and everything that’s happened between them is suddenly crystal clear.

There was nothing there to begin with. 

“So our future was set. We’d have our time together at his ranch and then when I left, our little fling would be over. We’d be over.”

Fast-paced, funny, sexy and romantic, you’ll be feeling good while devouring Brook and Jason’s unconventional love story. I loved the way it ended, loved both our protagonists, loved their banter and loved the supporting characters too! The series continues with Brook’s sister, Cammie, and her friend and uber-hot architect, Grayson. I can’t wait!

“… life was presenting me with my very own version of a love song.”

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The Duet can be read as a standalone novel.

About R.S. Grey

I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

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  1. I am always looking for a funny read! I haven’t read anything by R.S. Grey before, but I’ll have to put this on my funny books to read shelf in my mind. Thanks Vilma!

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