Series: Sharon Jackson #1
Published by Firefield Press Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance
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Sharon Jackson is a small-town girl with big-city dreams. Forced out of her home in regional Western Australia with her singing career in ruins, she hits the big smoke in search of stardom. After signing with a sleazy agent who wants more than a ten percent cut of her earnings, she struggles to earn a place in the macho world of rock-‘n-roll, encountering a series of colourful characters along the way – like Todd, the sexy, brooding muso with a dragon tattoo and Kevin, the whip-smart fighter with some hidden demons of his own.But when her troubled past follows her to the city, Shazza’s dreams begin to unravel. With no home to go back to and a past that won’t stay buried, everything she has worked for is on the line. Shazza must make a decision that will define the course of her future, and time is running out.
I received this book for free from CBB Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When I was asked to join the tour for Striking Out – I immediately said yes. I love adult contemporary, but I was more excited because this was an Australian novel through and through and I loved every moment of it! Add in the musical aspect? = More Excitement.
Striking Out follows the story of Sharon Jackson, aka Shazza – moving to the city looking for a break in her career. There was a lot more to her story than her career though and I loved getting to know Shazza. Her life wasn’t an easy one – and there were a lot of layers to her that were pealed away slowly throughout the book. She is strong & tough — but has a lot of insecurities and a lot to move past. I just adored her character!
I loved getting an inside and behind the scenes look of a struggling musician. Most assume – me included – that the road to stardom is paved in glitter and gold and it’s really not. It was hard for Shazza to find gigs and get that lucky break. I admired her character more for listing to the criticism and stepping out of her comfort zone.
Of course there was a romance! It’s very subtle at first – and while it didn’t ever overshadow the plot, it was very important to Shazza’s character growth.
All in all – I really liked Striking Out! It’s such a fun, entertaining read. I recommend it for all fans of contemporary romance!
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