Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: December 9, 2014
Rating: 3 stars
Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about my band being in town.
But when you love a girl, you don’t leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise. Any man with half a brain should know.
So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?
Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.
When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like I’m a god–but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl’s not happy to see me.
Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that’s her — Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she’s out for my blood.
Let her come at me. Because I’m out for her heart and, this time, there’s no way she can stop me.
I don’t recall reading about Pandora in Brooke and Remy’s books. But that can be understood given how much those two take over a story. However, she had a clear role in Rogue, as a shoulder to cry on or vent with as Melanie’s new mystery man put her through the ringer.
My impressions from that book: Pandora is a scorned woman who’s heart had been broken and had lost faith in the idea of love.
My impressions in this book: Pandora is an annoying twat. Yes, that’s harsh, but my God, she was so fucking frustrating. This is a woman who had the man of her dreams, who did everything for her. And not once did she tell him she loved him. Ok, so he left. I get that that would suck. We later learn his reasons which seem understandable. But my level of frustration with her stems from how she acts throughout their reunion.
We all know the story of Pandora’s box. Per Wikipedia, the phrase “to open Pandora’s box” means to perform an action that may seem small or innocent, but that turns out to have severely detrimental and far-reaching consequences. So like the Greek myth, Pandora locks away her secret and most of her emotions for fear of the consequences. Way to overreact Pandora! Her secret, which could have created some additional heartache, didn’t. And why would she lock away your emotions from someone who is so clearly in love with her? For her, she is lucky that Mackenna put up with her shit. I think he saw thru the walls she had guarding her heart, but how long can a guy take being with someone so guarded. Again, Pandora was very lucky.
I will never inspire a man to want to change for the better because of me. Because I’m not inspiring. I’m the bitter one nobody likes to hang around with for too long.
Well, at least Pandora is perceptive. ZING!
The book title seems to have two meanings. First, it would describe how outside forces ripped them apart. Breaking a seemingly unbreakable bond and forced regrettable choices. Second, the book could describe the inner turmoil of the characters being apart from one another. It seems neither recovered or forgot the other.
The drama you would expect from a book featuring a popular rock star, didn’t happen. While the band’s manager was sleazy, he didn’t do anything outright to pull Pandora and Mackenna apart. In fact, he was more of a factor in bringing them together and capturing the emotional connection between them on camera.
I was initially leery of the two dancers, Letitta (aka Tit, classy) and Olivia, who were often pawing Mackenna. Aside from performances, when he had to be close to them, he didn’t use them to make Pandora jealous. And in the end, Pandora seemed to form a bond with them, which was definitely a surprise.
The drama all came down to Pandora and her Mommy issues.
“Do you crave her love so much you’d sacrifice your own dreams and everything you want to please her?”
And while I liked the overall idea of this story and how it used her name to tie to the Greek myth, her behavior was difficult to get past and made it harder to like the story. Did I mention Pandora was lucky? Well, let me repeat it again, she was LUCKY Mackenna was so persistent with her, or she likely would have been a very lonely lady.
This book comes to a strangely abrupt ending. Is there meant to be a sequel? I have no idea. I was under the impression the series was over, but there is some unsolved business between Pandora and Mackenna. Via social media, it sounds like this isn’t the end of Pandora and Mackenna’s story, so we’ll have to wait and see what the author has planned.
*An ARC was received for an honest review.
Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…