Under the Spotlight Synopsis:
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?
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 4 Stars ~
Under the Spotlight is the third and final book in Angie Stanton’s Jamieson Brothers Series. This is Garrett’s story. I have to be honest, I was looking forward to this book because I wanted to see if Garrett could be redeemed.
Garrett was one of those characters that you loved to hate in books 1 & 2. I really didn’t like him at all, but I knew he needed his story told. So I was thrilled when I heard Angie was writing this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, just like I have all of Angie’s books. She is one of my favorite YA authors out there. I always know that when I pick up one of her books, it is going to be a fun, light and enjoyable read. Now I know that this book is labeled YA and for many reasons it is, but I could also see it classified as Mature YA, primarily because of the characters ages. Riley is 18 and Garrett is 22. This is a “clean” book. There really aren’t many steamy scenes ( actually the characters only kiss a couple of times), but what made this book was the storyline, I found it held my attention all the way through.
I think my only complaint about this book was that I was hoping to see a change in Garrett sooner in the story. He was still the jerky self that we saw in the first two books. But by him being that way throughout the majority of the book it made it hard to connect to him and hard to believe the connection between him and Riley. I had hoped he would’ve been redeem sooner then the end of the story. I also think had he changed sooner we could’ve seen him with Riley more. I wanted to see them together longer than what we saw in this story. With all that said, I was extremely happy with the ending of this story. I felt it concluded the Jamieson Brother’s stories well. I just have to live with the fact that Garrett isn’t my favorite of the brothers.
Under the Spotlight is part of a series, but can totally be read on it’s own. We do see some crossover with previous characters, but not a lot. Besides his parents, Peter probably has the biggest part in this story out of the past characters. If you choose to read this one only, you won’t feel like you are missing anything. Angie fills in the blanks so no information is missing.
So if you are in the mood for a Mature YA story about a musician and his family, and want a fun, easy and enjoyable read, then this is the book for you. If you are a fan of Angie’s or this series, then this is a book you don’t want to miss reading.
Angie Stanton Bio:
Angie Stanton never planned on writing books—she wanted to be a Rockette. However, growing up in rural America with her brothers’ 4-H pigs as pets, she found that dance didn’t quite work out. Instead, she became an avid daydreamer. After years of perfecting stories in her head, she began to write them down, and the rest is history. When not writing, she loves watching natural disaster movies, going to Broadway musicals, and dipping French fries in chocolate shakes.