Friday, February 12, 2016

ARC Review: Drummer Girl by A.J. Pine from the 80s Mix Tape: A Romance Rewind Anthology

Title: Drummer Girl in the 80s Mix Tape: A Romance Rewind Anthology

Author: A.J. Pine


Sam Walsh is done—done with college, done with guys, done with the whole scene. After graduation tomorrow, she'll head home, ready to start her job as an elementary school music teacher in the fall. But her roommate coaxes her out for what she promises will be an epic last night, a night that ends up changing everything.

London Calling is the up-and-coming band playing at the local bar, and Sam can’t take her eyes off the sexy drummer. When he dedicates the drummer’s choice song to her, she knows the evening might be more epic than she’d imagined. Then one kiss turns her world upside down, making her question everything she thought she wanted out of her last night at school.

Ben McCarthy is the guy behind the drums, the would-have-been 306 valedictorian who dropped out three years ago to follow his dream. Tomorrow he and the band leave for London, but for one unforgettable night, it’s just Sam, the music, and him. Can a girl with her feet planted firmly on the ground fall for the boy who reaches for the stars when the only result is a broken heart?


I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

A.J. Pine's contribution to the 80s Mix Tape anthology was a nice and short read. I really enjoyed it, but it wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be based on my experience with this author's other works. Even for a short story this story felt way too short. Right when I was starting to really like these characters and become invested in their romance the story ended. But with that said, what we did get to see of their romance was really sweet and I really did like getting to see their relationship begin, I just wish we could have followed them to see what was going to happen next.

Side note: Since A.J. Pine was the only author in this anthology that I was familiar with already, hers was the only story I read since I've been really busy lately. I still really want to read the other stories in the anthology though and hope to be able to go back and read them in the coming months. :)

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