OUT OF BEAT
by Cassandra Giovanni
We’re beautiful even when we let these scars show…
Danny ‘Madman’ Maddox isn’t supposed to make Skylar Haze’s heart beat out of rhythm.
At least not anymore.
She hasn’t seen that boyish face, always covered in a five o’clock shadow, dimpled smile and teasing hazel eyes since the day he left to go on tour with her brother Joey’s band. Now with a major record label backing them the band is in need of a bit of help, and when Joey asks Skylar to be the band’s photographer, she can’t help but say yes.
Of course, Joey doesn’t know about that forbidden kiss.
The one Skylar hopes Danny’s forgotten.
But can she?
One smile and she finds herself slipping again.
But he’s the drummer, and he’s beaten her heart before.
And she won’t let it happen again.
Will you promise me that somewhere, when we’re both ready, that forever is what we’ll have to make ridiculous promises?
Out of Beat was an entertaining, engaging, and sweet and tender upper YA/mild NA hybrid. Although either of those genres would be a rare read for me, I enjoyed the novel start to finish. The writing was extremely insightful, observant, emotive, and each scene and thought process was well detailed and easily to follow. I reveled in the ease, playfulness, and supportiveness of the band members’ relationships; as well as their wit, banter, and interplay. The characters were adorable and endearingly flawed while the story was relevant, powerful, and highly relatable. Having been heinously bullied in high school by an odious rat bastard and his mindless minions, the storyline resonated strongly with me, despite the 40 odd years since that hideous period of my life. The friends to lovers trope remains one of my favorites and Ms. Giovanni’s work was well crafted and heart squeezing. I also derived great pleasure in the thoughtful music with a message and public service actions the band members employed. This was my first maiden voyage in reading Ms. Giovanni’s words, and it was and enjoyable journey that I look forward to repeating.
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Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.
Cassandra Giovanni is published by Show n’ot Tell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA.
Cassandra can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cassiegiovanni