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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Faster: A Rock and Roll Romance is a contemporary romance novel written by Deana Birch. Jake had it bad for Louana Higgins, the composed and slightly intimidating young woman who was the junior producer for a film composer and made business formal look sexy. Jake was recently riding the viral wave of his new hit song, Faster, and freely partaking of the group’s willing entourage of groupies while they were on tour. So his friend Steve, who knew Louana, was not at all impressed with the idea of Jake hooking up with her for a one-night stand, and he really didn’t think Jake would be capable of anything else. Jake had been feeling lonely lately, however, and Steve’s own relationship had gotten Jake wondering what he was missing. Louana, for her part, knew that she was not cut out to be the love interest of a rock star. She wasn’t going to compete with groupies or give up her own career to follow a touring band. But something seemed to click when she shared her lunch of sausage and peppers with him, and the fact that she was willing to meet for a drink after work that day was a good sign indeed.
Deana Birch’s Faster: A Rock and Roll Romance is a fun and fast-paced story that follows the adventures and misadventures of Jake and Louana as they attempt to find out if a rocker can actually have a romantic relationship even while on the road. Birch’s sensual interludes are respectful and beautifully written, but may be a bit too steamy for readers who like their romances to be squeaky clean. Her characters are well defined and credible, especially, Jake, Louana, and Fern, Louana’s iconic friend and landlady. The story is narrated alternately by Jake and Louana, and this stylistic device helps maintain the reader’s interest and intensity in following the two as they try to make things work. I especially liked Birch’s treatment of her female characters: they are strong, resourceful and independently minded. Faster: A Rock and Roll Romance is highly recommended.