Thursday, April 25, 2013

Blessed Tragedy by H.B. Heinzer ~ Review


Maddie Neumann died the day she pulled away from her parents' house determined to make her dreams come true. She wasn't the perfect little princess she'd been raised to be, all she wanted to do was rock. Everything Maddie was tucked away in a box to allow for her re-birth as Rain Maxwell; a badass rocker who answered to no one and lived by her own set of rules.

Rain's world is shattered with one phone call from her estranged family. No sooner does she get home than everything she thought she knew about her life starts changing.

Colton Bradford knew there was something special about Rain the moment they first met. Unfortunately, she had a hard and fast rule about dating a bandmate so he was stuck in the friends zone. When Rain is going through her own personal hell, will Colton finally be able to make her see how he feels and convince her to take a chance on love?


4 Stars

All I can say is that I really, really enjoyed this book. This is told from Maddy’s POV. Reading the title, I wasn’t sure what to expect. And I wasn’t expecting to get grabbed by the front of my shirt and pulled into this book like I was. I’m being honest, when I say I didn’t want to put it down at all yesterday. I finished this in less than one day. What does that tell you??? I have read a lot of books in my lifetime and I loved the way this story flowed from the beginning, the characters came to life for me & I, at times, found myself experiencing some of the emotions that Maddy Neumann aka Rain Maxwell was feeling.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers on this book. So let me give this a try……Maddy is the only girl in the band called Blessed Tragedy. The other members are Colton, Travis & Jon. They’ve been together for five years now & are on tour, as an opening act, when Maddy receives a call from one of her brothers. There has been a death in the family & Maddy needs to return home. During the time she’s been away from home (5 yrs), her family relationship has been strained. She took off after graduating high school and never looked back. She rarely returns for visits either. Her family didn’t give her their “stamp of approval” to pursuing her dream. Obviously, they wanted her to go to college. While some would call this being immature or maybe selfish, I respected her determination and taking a chance to do what she wanted to do. She forms a strong bond with the guys in the band and they’ve been her “family” & her rock when needed.

She gets some unexpected surprises on this return home and I think this helped heal some of her wounds. She also swore she’d never get involved with any members of the band because she felt it would be hard to continue to be in it if they split up. I have to put my two cents in here and ask “What was she numb this entire time being around Colton and just being friends?” Well, I really admired how Colton held off on pursuing this friendship any further. Even when he knew he wanted her as more than a friend and waited until the time was right. Or where they pushed into it??

This book takes you on tour with the band and at the end of it, when they finally get home to Portland, the band’s bonds are tested. Do they work through it?? You’ll have to read this book and find out for yourself. I highly recommend reading Blessed Tragedy. I cannot wait to read Blessed Fate which I’m hoping is still on to be released in June. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it will NOT be my last.

*ARC received in exchange for my honest review.

About HB Heinzer:

With the exception of three years in Nebraska, HB is a Wisconsin girl through and through. She lives with her husband, two kid and roommate (also known as “the bonus parent”) in the middle of nowhere but close enough to civilization to maintain a shred of sanity.

She credits her father with introducing her to an APAzine in the mid-90s for her love of writing. Her debut novel, Bent, was published in early 2013 and was the lovechild of the NaNoWriMo challenge to write 50,000 words in a month. After years of attempting and failing, she decided failure was no longer an option.


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