Contemporary Romance

Review: Drumline – Stacy Kestwick

Rating 4.5 Stars

Blurb
Traditions are important. Especially in the South.
College football. Rivalries. Tailgating. Halftime shows.
Some things just don’t change.
Until Reese Holland shows up with her long legs and no-bullsh*t attitude to audition for the prestigious all-male Rodner University snare line.
It doesn’t matter how much hazing she has to endure from Laird Bronson, with his narrowed green eyes and arrogant smirk. She wants that damn spot, and she’s more than good enough to earn it.
She expects there to be tension. Even friction.
But not sparks hot enough to burn the entire campus down.

Review
Drumline was recommended to me by a friend of a friend on bookstagram and I’m so glad I gave it a go. It was simply fantastic.

Being from Australia where we don’t really have marching bands and stuff, I didn’t really know what to expect. The extent of my knowledge regarding drummers (outside of the whole rockstar thing) is the bare minimum you see in teen movies – think: the field scene on 10 Things I Hate About You with the formation marching and the cymbal crashing; and the usual band geek stereotype portrayed. But that whole outlook got flipped around with this book.

Laird is an attractive, dedicated, determined man about campus and his all-male drumline is known as the best across the country. Sweet, hardworking, takes-no-crap Reece comes along to shake up those rules as she proves to him girls can do anything boys can do!

I loved the growing relationship between Laird and Reece, and enjoyed Reece’s batman & robin friendship with Smith. Each of the character really grew into themselves and formed long-lasting bonds.

But if you think this is going to be just another fluffy NA college romance, think again! There are several difficult and emotional issues tackled in this book including cancer, loss of loved ones, bullying and sexism. Overall this was a beautiful story and really well done. My first Kestwick novel but certainly not my last.

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