Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: Forbidden Lyrics, by Kelsie Rae

***Forbidden Lyrics by Kelsie Rae is LIVE!***
BlurbI didn’t know who Dove’s sister was when we first met.
I didn’t know that I’d been fooling around with her for a few months before Dove walked into my life.
I didn’t know that––if I’ve done the math correctly––I could be the father to her sister’s child.
But I do know this.
Dove has the voice of an angel, and the heart of one too.
I might not deserve her, but I refuse to let her go.
She doesn’t know that I was with her sister before we met.
She doesn’t know that her niece or nephew could be my freaking kid.
And even though it kills me, I can’t let her find out.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Another book in the roommates series by Kelsie Rae, and Gibson’s story was a doozy.

Messy, messy, messy. I kept thinking that in my head as I read Forbidden Lyrics! The timeline of this story overlaps Model Behavior, so there are some events that we now see from Gibson’s POV — and get all the details on his relationship with sweet, innocent bartender Dove. But what a mess the guy is! He thinks he’s not good enough for sweet Dove, and in a way he’s right. Father issues aside — and Gibbs has a ton of them — he is also keeping a huge piece of his past from her. Namely, that her sister Maddy is the same ex Em who he and Milo used to… ahem, share. And if that’s not bad enough, Em is pregnant and Gibbs doesn’t know if the baby is his.

While I loved the connection between Gibson and Dove, I HATED that he was keeping the truth about Em/Maddy from her. And I hated Maddy for not telling Dove why she shouldn’t date Gibson! They were both trying to protect her in their own ways, but it didn’t sit right with me. By the end of the book, as Kelsie Rae sets up Maddy and Milo’s story to come next, a lot of the reasons why Maddy did what she did are explained. And it kinda frees up Gibson to move forward with Dove. But it didn’t sit right with me that he kept the truth from Dove for so long!

Still, I thought that this opposites attract/coworkers story was well written. Gibbs and Dove are kind of the stereotypical good girl/bad boy, but there is a lot of depth to them both as characters. And it’s clear how conflicted Gibbs is about his growing feelings for her and wanting to tell her the truth even though he promised Em he wouldn’t.

Both Gibson and Dove feel like they are broken people. She was raised by super conservative parents and was the do-gooder to Maddy’s wild child, but Dove never felt like she was noticed for the person she is until she met Gibbs. And he is so desperate to distance himself from his famous dad that he hides himself behind song lyrics rather than using his talent in the band. Their shared love of music brings Gibson and Dove together, but will their forbidden lyrics ever be able to turn into a beautiful love song?

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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