Review: The Duet by R.S. Grey
by: R.S. Grey
Publication Date: Nov. 7, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Page Count: 326 pages
Order Links: Amazon
My Rating: 3/5 stars
Brooklyn is just a great character. I absolutely love her relationship with her sister, Cammie. Grey does such a good job of developing female friendships. Cammie and Brooklyn are all each other has, having lost their parents when they were younger, so the two are practically inseparable. Cammie is usually the one to talk Brooklyn down, but is still a bucket of fun herself. She is getting ready to graduate with an architecture degree and has worked hard to do so. I am really excited that Grey is going to write Cammie's story because there is quite a lot of unspoken tension between her and Brooklyn's friend, Grayson.
As I said, the story revolves around Brooklyn and Jason coming together to write a duet to perform at the upcoming Grammy's. However, these two do NOT get off on the right foot at all. Having had a bit too much fun the night before, Brooklyn isn't exactly the epitome of professionalism, arriving late to their meeting wearing a less than appropriate shirt that never should have remained in her closet in the first place! I love that Brooklyn doesn't take his crap though. She throws it right back at him and stands up for herself, at least in the beginning. I was a little upset with her towards the end because of how she let him treat her. He does redeem himself, but I'm never a fan of when guys make girls feel like they are just being used for sex. Granted, Jason is not completely to blame. Brooklyn should have spoken up or at least put an end to it once she realized her heart was involved.
Jason isn't a bad guy though. He is a very private person and bringing Brooklyn up to his ranch in Montana to write is deeply personal for him. He is not very welcoming of her in the beginning, merely tolerating her presence for a job they've been forced to do. Thankfully, she isn't completely isolated there. She easily befriends LuAnne and Derek, both of whom are good friends of Jason and work on the ranch.
I don't know much about writing music and certainly don't know the work that goes in to collaborating with another person, but watching two people try to come together and develop a song when they don't even know each other seems pretty complicated to me. Music is such an expression of thoughts and very personal, so of course Jason and Brooklyn would have trouble working together. Brooklyn tries to make an effort, but Jason is determined to keep her at arm's length. We do start to see his tough exterior start to crack though, as we catch glimpses of the actual man he really is. The two have chemistry together and they decide to explore it in hopes afterwards they can actually begin to write a song now that the awkward sexual tension is out of the room. However, Jason makes it clear he isn't in the right place for a relationship and Brooklyn quickly agrees. As their song starts to come together, it's very clear that walking away when it's all said and done is not going to be as easy as they originally thought....
I missed Jason and Brooklyn actually falling in love and that is something that really irked me. I am assuming it happened during their writing sessions, but we as readers don't experience that, so when they did admit their feelings to one another, I was a little like, really? Where is this coming from? Not witnessing their romance happen is what really brought this one down for me. I did love going to the ranch with Brooklyn though because Derek and LuAnne are such great secondary characters. There were definitely a few tearjerker moments, but a lot of ones that also made me smile. Overall, this wasn't one to rave and write home about, but I'm not unhappy I gave it a shot.