Friday, May 8, 2015

Review: More Than Comics by Elizabeth Briggs

Book Blurb:

They're friends online - but can they be more in real life?

Writer Tara McFadden has been friends with artist and drummer Hector Fernandez for years, long before his band became famous on reality TV – yet they’ve never met in person. They finally have a chance to connect offline when they’re both sent to Comic-Con to promote the graphic novel they collaborated on.

Hector's secretly been in love with Tara for as long as he can remember, and once they meet, she sees him in a new light. All the years of longing lead to an incredible night of passion after one of his concerts, but neither is sure if their online relationship can translate into a real life romance – or if this will ruin their friendship forever.

Over four crazy days at Comic-Con, Hector and Tara must decide if they want a future together. But when their story seems to be over, it’s up to Hector’s entire band to make sure he and Tara get their happy ending.

My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: New Adult--

Tara and Hector have been working on a graphic novel series for the last three years together, but have never met. Tara has had one boyfriend after another, but Hector has always been single, secretly in love with Tara. When they finally meet at comic con where their work is being showcased, sparks fly. Hector doesn't want Tara to know how he feels since she is moving across the country for a new job anyway, and Tara is caught off guard by the intense attraction she feels for Hector. Can something real blossom from their long distance friendship.

This is book 2 in the series and it takes place about a week after the first book ended when Hectors band took 2nd place in the battle of the bands reality television show. I was excited that this book predominantly took place at comic con, one of my most favorite things ever. My inner (ok, not so inner, very outer) nerd jumped for joy at the concept. I probably would have read it even if I hadn't enjoyed the first book, which I did because what's not to love about a book with tons of drama set in a music reality competition? I was excited to pick this title up to read hoping for another unique new adult romance with believable characters. I found that this book, just like the first, was an incredibly quick read with only 150ish pages, yet in that short amount of time the author did a great job of creating real characters with depth as well as a developed plot.

I loved Hector and the strong silent exterior he had going on, while inside he has the smooshy soul of an artist. I liked that the author had him use his art work to convey the emotions he had a hard time expressing. Tara was a new character for me and I liked her enthusiasm and tell it like it is attitude, but I didn't like how she felt the need to always have a boyfriend. A girl needs to learn how to be ok alone, and she seemed to go from man to man as place fillers just to avoid her social anxiety. I wonder if she had still been with her most recent boyfriend, if she and Hector would have moved forward in their relationship at this particular moment? I will admit that I found it super awkward that they had sex while surrounded by their sleeping friends in public, but maybe that is just me.

I enjoyed the fun quick read that this book was and I look forward to more books in the series, especially if Villain Complex is involved or the characters like to participate in nerdy things. I am excited to see what happens to Julie in the design reality show next.

I received this title from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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