Thursday, February 15, 2018

Book Review: Scratch Track by Eli Lang


Being a roadie isn’t everyone’s idea of a dream job, but it’s all Quinn wants. He loves touring, loves getting to hear amazing music every night and, more than anything, loves being someone the band members of Escaping Indigo can lean on.

When Quinn joins the band in the recording studio, it’s supposed to be fun, but it only seems to remind him of doubts he thought he’d left behind—doubts about his brother’s death, his place with the band, and his ability to care for and support his friends. So when his ex, Nicky, tumbles back into his life, Quinn’s completely unprepared. 

The failure of his past romance with Nicky is yet another strike against Quinn’s confidence. But Nicky’s unassuming kindness makes it hard for Quinn to resist a new entanglement. Quinn isn’t sure they won’t make the same mistakes again, but he wants a second chance, even if that means facing the past, learning to let his friends support him, and proving to Nicky that, this time, he’ll be someone Nicky can rely on.

3.75 Stars

I loved the blurb, but this story had the same issues as book one for me. We spent too much time in Quinn’s head and not enough time getting to really know Nicky. Although I think this book has more dialogue than Escaping Indigo perhaps, I still wanted more. The second half of the book moves much faster and had more dialogue than the first half.

This story feels heavy. You can feel the grief, sadness and guilt coming off of Quinn in waves and, at times, it was daunting to trudge through all of that with him. I had to keep closing the book and coming back to it.

I loved Nicky and Quinn as a couple and I thought they had great chemistry, but I would have loved to see more of them as a couple as well as a more solid ending. This is definitely a tentative HFN ending.

I loved getting to catch up a bit with Bellamy and Micah, but again I wish there had been more dialogue and interaction between them. We were told about them going out to lunch or dinners, but I’d rather be shown what’s happening, not just told they did this or that.

The author’s writing is beautiful, almost poetic and it draws you in. The story had good bones and potential, but it needed more dialogue and character development and interaction. I’d still recommend it, but I think Escaping Indigo needs to be read first as Micah and Quinn are both dealing with the death of Quinn’s brother, Eric, so the stories are closely linked.

*copy provided by author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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