Break It Up
by E.M Tippetts
Summary: A spinoff of the Amazon bestselling Someone Else's Fairytale series (which you do not need to have read to understand this one).
Kyra Armijo is making a few changes in her life. One of them being, she's no longer going to give it up to every guy who looks at her twice. And she's putting her hopes and dreams for her future first. When the aspiring photojournalist gets the opportunity of a lifetime to tag along with international boy band sensation, Triple Cross, she can't pass up the chance.
The only problem is that she's in love with one band member, dodging the unwanted attention of another, and desperate to keep her turbulent past under wraps. Triple Cross have "nice guy" appeal, approved of by parents the world over, but have just let go their longtime manager, who controlled their clean image and media exposure with an iron fist. When Zach Wechsler, the object of Kyra's affection, begins to show interest, she has to be careful.
Surely one girl can't destroy a band that's been together for ten years... only what if she can? Kyra knows she's one bad decision away from ruining everything she's worked for, and taking the hottest act of her generation down with her.
Genre: YA/NA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2013
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Source: I received a digital ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Review: I loved Break It Up. Seriously, E.M. Tippetts is one of the few people who can make me care about the lives of people who deal with celebrities. Possibly because she writes about who they really are inside and treats them like real people with slightly different conflicts. I love Chloe and Jason from Someone Else’s Fairytale and Kyra was a favorite character in those books, so I was excited to read her own story.
Kyra had a rough past, but she was getting a lot better, thanks in large part to Chloe, if you’ve read the Someone Else’s Fairytale series. She was offered a unique opportunity to meet one of her favorite bands and somehow, the gorgeous band member she fangirled over instantly connected with her. The catch? Somehow he caught an innocent vibe from her and she was terrified to tell him the truth. While you don’t need to have read the Someone Else’s Fairytale series, if you have, you know just how detrimental the media can be to the lives of the famous. Kyra was well aware of her own past and what the media can do, as they’ve attempted to ruin her uncle’s marriage numerous times.
I loved the conflict because I felt like it was real. Kyra had understandable fears. I liked the way she grew into herself and understood the workings of fame and manipulation and tabloids. She was smart and her advice and insight was helpful to Zach and part of the foundation of their friendship. Plus, Kyra was trying to move on from her past demons, but her situation with a high profile band member had her looking over her shoulder, waiting for her past to catch up to her.
E.M. Tippetts is a wonderful author who writes warm and insightful characters. I connect with them and feel like I really understand them, even though their lives are so alien to me. Her romances are wholesome and are the kind that really emphasize the importance of love, respect, and honesty without being too wholesome. Sex, reputations, substance abuse, and race aren’t subjects that are glossed over or ignored. I love the idea that a story can be full of emotion, life lessons that are worth teaching, and the wholesome attitude I love without being preachy and too innocent and E.M Tippetts pulls off these romances flawlessly.
Chloe and Jason from Someone Else’s Fairytale are one of my favorite contemporary couples, but Kyra and Zach’s story wormed its way into my heart, too. I definitely recommend Break It Up!
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Labels: New Adult, Review, YA