One Last Verse (The Encore Book 2) <— THE ANGSTY DUET CONCLUSION and boy when I say angsty, I AM NOT kidding.
Nay: I finished One Last Verse by N.N. Britt (yes, it’s THAT book) earlier today and OMG! SOOO good! The writing is every bit as good as in Final Serenade, if not better, and Ohhhh the angst!!! I can’t wait for everyone else to read it!!
R. Renee: I’m about halfway through and loving it!!
Mony: Just finished Final Serenade last night…a fantastic read! On to One Last Verse. Thanks for the recommendation!!
Nay: I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks! I loved One Last Verse SO much. The writing is amazing!
R.C. Craig: Loved this series SO much!!♥️♥️♥️ N N Britt’s writing is phenomenal!!
Now, since this is a continuation to book #1 – Final Serenade that had us all squeeing in delight (here’s my book review for that one), and in a mad tail-spin for this followup, I have to tread carefully with what I reveal here.
Though in all honestly, it’s not really about any crazy jaw-dropping twists that can be spoiled (this one isn’t along those lines), but certainly an abundance of mixed emotions. From happiness to heartache, jealousy, depression and utter exhaustion throughout (both for the characters AND the readers).
Maryse: I’m almost done One Last Verse. I’m enjoying it, he’s just driving me crazy with his bone-headed moves. LOL!!!
Maryse: I’d almost say we have another Travis in our midst with this one. Just in famous rock star form. He’s so sweet and so obnoxious and such a train wreck, and SO obsessed with her. And it’s just so back-and-forth angsty and exhausting and I kind of love it. LOL!!
R. Renee: I finished it this morning. Gah! I loved it so much. Frankie was a mess but I totally get it. I think Cassy handled him perfectly. And Dante. OMG. What an arc.
It’s a complete exploration, not only of a mental breakdown, but of a complete breakdown amongst a tight knit group, testing important relationships. This, all while being wide open in the public eye to face all of the rumors and scrutiny and blaming that goes along with it.
“Cassy,” Linda called me out of my daze. “I want to make sure you’re ready for the fallout when things get tough. Your name will be under a lot of scrutiny. Rewired will be under a lot of scrutiny.”
Was Frank worth it? “I understand. I’m ready.” I plastered a smile on my face. It was too late to back out. I’d said something to him today I never thought I would.
And a budding relationship (with an incredible connection) that is hanging on by a thread.
…something dark lurked between us. We weren’t whole anymore.
So what’s it about?
Frank’s HUGE rock star comeback comes crashing to the ground and his whole world, with it. The damage to his body from a crash years ago (that almost ended his career), proving that he’s not ready for the rigors of touring. Not mentally, and definitely not physically.
I didn’t fully understand what he meant by that and he didn’t expand on his statement before walking off. All I knew was that something dark had lingered in the air all morning and my gut told me this was the part where the rollercoaster reached the top and I needed to get ready for a massive, once-in-a-lifetime drop.
And with that, his utter torment takes him on an epic downward spiral. Drugs and alcohol to numb his despair and physical pain, the feeling of betrayal as decisions come to light. And we’re seeing ALL of this though the heroine, Cassy’s eyes (and feeling it with her heart). She can barely reach him.
There was a reason why I’d never gotten so involved with a man. Men were trouble. Men ruined the balance. Frank was the worst. He’d destroyed my perfectly normal life.
And here’s where I’ll let you discover the rest (while wanting to hurl your ebook reader in frustration at times). Like me. 😉
I enjoyed it, I especially loved the end, but holy moly did this one frustrate me to no end. I had to put it down A LOT (whereas the first one, I just devoured). That’s how heavy this one gets. EXASPERATING at times.
His words cut me open. I pulled my hands out of his hair and took a step back, needing to create some sort of distance between us. He hadn’t been the same since the accident, and each day that passed put us on completely different ends of our relationship spectrum.
Gorgeous heartfelt moments (and a few funny ones too), but so much struggle to get there. One scene was even reminiscent of a favorite of mine in another book (one of utter despair and pleading and open sobbing) and I FELT THAT ONE HARD.
4 STARS! <— So there it is! Book #1 (Final Serenade) was a 5-star whirlwind of excitement (the ultimate “falling in love with a rock star” fantasy… and everything crazy that comes with it). This one was darker… more serious and painful. Incredible writing, lots of growth, but lots of resentments and setbacks in the interim.