[[R.E.V.I.E.W]] The Band 4 The Air We Breathe By Marguerite Nardone Gruen

About the Book : Marguerite is on holiday in London, finally free after 27 years of feeling like a hostage to her strict and overbearing parents. Azlso in London and struggling with his thoughts of freedom, is Chase Martin―one fourth of the most successful band on the planet―who knows that freedom can only come at the expense of his band-mates.

They come from completely different worlds, but when those worlds collide―on a rainy night in a small coffee shop―nothing will ever be the same again. Before ever laying eyes on him, his pain and anxiety somehow reaches her, and she feels moved to alleviate it… to offer comfort, which he desperately needs. After years of performing with his band-mates, they are closer than brothers. They are a part of one another and the compulsion he is feeling to separate from them, is tearing him apart.

The strange bond Marguerite and Chase discover goes beyond attraction or desire. It goes beyond love or lust or anything either of them have ever experienced. It is absolutely terrifying but to walk away from its pull would be like choosing not to breathe. This is a story of love, loss and heart-break of family and friendship. This is their story.

My Say : This book was certainly not my cup of tea. The plot itself was good and there were moments in the story where the author really did a great job of driving the story but unfortunately I would have liked to see just a little bit more about the background and personalities of characters so that they would come to life a little easier. My biggest complaint with the Author is that there was lack of strong characterisation. The problem was that the characters were occasionally blended together and it was difficult to tell them apart. Certainly the story wasn’t bad, it was just that there was so much going on and I felt quite disconnected. It might be worth spending more time thinking through characters and giving them little quirks and character traits because there wasn’t a lot of antagonism in the story. The biggest negative was Marguerite herself. Such a confused personality. She can be sweet and funny and she’s a wonderful person, but she’s also dreadfully sensitive and offensively dramatic. More than once she falls asleep or passes out when nothing is actually wrong, leaving at least one loved one to worry until she comes around and explains that in the end, I really just wish there would’ve been something working consistently against the main characters.

The book is also very well edited but I noticed few errors. I think people who would be interested in a band romance novel of this sort will almost definitely enjoy their time with it. I think that Marguerite (the author) has some great potential, but this one just wasn’t for me. Also, while it isn’t unheard of for there to be only one or two main characters in a book, it seems like the other characters have no life outside of Marguerite and Chase – they’re almost always around like a good family is, but they never really have their own agendas or their own stories about their day or routine.

The issues I have with the book, however, are all related to just how the story is told. The characters are very weak personality-wise – often the whole group of characters laughs at the same time, says the same thing or does the same thing (something like “they all said they wanted more” or “they all sat down and talked”or “he cracked a joke and they all laughed” etc). The writing is smooth but typically lacks descriptiveness of events.

Thus, I would like to give 1.5 stars out of 5 stars.

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