Can you ever out run a broken heart?
Lexi Court spent seven years traveling the world, living the nomadic Broadway life, in an attempt to outrun the broken heart Nick Rivers gave her. Now, there’s nowhere left to go.
When she accepted a position as a high school drama teacher in Las Vegas, Lexi hoped to get over Nick, find a nice guy, and settle down. But what should be a quiet summer gets turned upside down when Lexi’s best friend, Taffy, drafts her to be an emergency replacement coach on a televised vocal competition.
Feeling out of her league among the other three celebrity coaches, Lexi fights for the most promising contestants to be on her team. One note from a single voice shatters her summer. Nick unexpectedly auditions and joins Lexi’s team. With her vocal crush on him raging as strong as ever, she has nowhere to run from Nick’s dreamy looks or siren voice.
Lexi has no doubt that Nick can win the competition. The question is does he want to win her heart as well or will he damage it beyond repair?
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This book has a really fun setting. I don’t watch music reality shows, but I found myself pulled into the story and the dynamics of the voice competition. It was interesting to see how it all worked backstage and it felt very realistic how it was portrayed.
The main story revolves around Lexi and Nick, who had a relationship seven years prior. Due to some poor choices by Nick, Lexi’s unflinching stubbornness, and a lack of communication on both sides, they’ve been apart and never resolved their issues before. When Lexi finds herself a last-minute judge in the competition and discovers Nick is one of the contestants, they are once again in close proximity and are eventually forced to discuss what happened.
The secondary characters did a good job of adding to the story, but at times I felt that there was too much drama going on, which is probably normal in reality TV and in this type of thematic situation.
3 1/2 starts elevated to 4. It’s a clean story with a sweet ending, appropriate to young adult readers.