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Who He Is (FireNine #1)

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Eliza Smith has never been the one to seek a relationship. She’s never dated a guy in her life, never even hugged a man (outside of her father/manager of the hot and popular rock band, FireNine) but when she decides to spend her summer on tour with FireNine, it all changes. Eliza really gets to meet Gage Grendel - her former crush from high school and the lead singer of Fi ...more
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published July 17th 2013 by Shanora Williams
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Where do I even start with this one? If you're looking for an angsty story that will leave you feeling like you have emotional whiplash, this one is just that type of story. My emotions were all over the place while reading this one. I was appalled at times, furious at others, and just plain frustrated for most of this story.

I have never met a hero and heroine that I wanted to shake/slap as frequently as these two. Gage, the hero, is a manwhore and a rock star. He shows zero consideration for th
Shanora Williams
Jul 18, 2013 Shanora Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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When I sat down and wrote this book, I remember it was late, raining, and I had no clue where to start. I didn't start with the dark prologue - no, I wrote that when I was done with the whole book. I started with chapter one which starts off as "Gage Grendel..." I had a few plots and major events, but I had no clue how I wa
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
I found this book to be very frustrating.

Eliza and Gage spend the first 50% of the book sniping at each other, using other people to make each other jealous, and generally behaving with the maturity I would have expected from the high school crowd. I didn’t find it cute, or endearing. It didn’t make me anxious for them to admit their feelings and get together; it just annoyed me and made me hope Eliza would pack her bags and head home.

Because of this, I found myself focusing on things other th
Nov 16, 2014 Patrycja rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s, reviewed, 2013
**ARC provided by an author in exchange for honest review**

Rock Star Romance! Squee!!


Rating: 4.5

This review will be also posted on Smokin' Hot Book Blog on 16th July.

Who he is by S. Williams is another swoon worthy rock star romance that will turn us girls (and maybe few guys also) into reckless FireNine groupies with wicked case of wet panties. For me, all it took was the blurb to coax me into loving this sexy book. I was hooked from the first chapter and turn on almost inst
Meli Mel *Ty and Zane's Creeper*


“Sometimes it's the ones closest to us who can destroy us the most. Sometimes it's friends... family. It's not always a romantic relationship that can leave us with a broken heart.

When I first started this book, I was excited because I love stories about wild rockstars that fall in love. This one kind of hooked me in from the beginning, I instantly loved the chemistry bewteen Eliza and Gage. I was addicted to the sexual tension between these two. But soon after, I was getting frustrat
Jacqueline's Reads
Apr 29, 2014 Jacqueline's Reads rated it it was ok
2 – 2.5 I-Pulled-All-My-Hair-Out STARS

Who He Is was a VERY difficult book to read. There was a lot of drama, roller coaster of emotions and a lot of I-WANT-TO-SLAP moments


Eliza has never done anything. She’s a good girl. She likes to read, paint and parties are not her thing. Her dad is the manager of a band and Gage is the lead singer. Eliza has two months off before she has to go back to college in the fall and after a lot of begging, she agrees to go on tour with her father.

My version
Patti TheLoveJunkee
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*An eARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

To be perfectly honest, I found this rather boring. I went into this book a little apprehensive, considering that rock star romances are quite popular, and the friends with benefits plot sometimes overused. I thought Who He Is was lacking realness. It was lacking a good plot and strong character development.

To start it off, the book is in Eliza's POV. But she described everything in an almost monotonic voice. What I mean by tha
Sarah Camargo
Jun 27, 2013 Sarah Camargo rated it it was amazing
This is my first review where I'm attempting to add pics so hopefully it goes as well as I want. After reading Who He Is by S.Q. Williams I was so stoked and wanted my review to show just how inspired I really was from just reading it.

This is book one in the FireNine series and it was definitely 5 Rock Stars!!

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Eliza (Ellie) Smith is twenty one and a homebody. She was always a ponytail and jeans and t-shirt girl and never wore makeup until she moved in with her dad Ben in her junior year of h
Jan 05, 2015 Catherine rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
I don't usually write reviews, but this had to be the most annoying book I've read in a very long time. We've got a "good girl" and a "bad boy" rock star falling for each other. Of course they've got dark pasts. She wants him, he's fucking groupies,they fall in love eventually, she breaks his heart....Cliffhanger. Typical. I've read many of stories like this, but executed in a more put together fashion (*cough* Music of the Heart by Katie Ashley).They childishly went back and forth making each o ...more
Jul 19, 2013 Cat rated it it was ok
Ok, let me get the good stuff in first. I liked the story, it is raw and bounces along at a nice pace. Eliza is endearing and likeable and Gage is......I'll come back to Gage. The supporting characters are interesting and this is a warts and all view of a relationship within a touring rock band environment, the grittiness is compelling.

My problems with it are that Gage is a character who has loads of potential to be really hot but just falls short because of his weakness in dealing with his ex w
2.5 stars

Gage was so effing frustrating and Eliza was such a damn doormat that I got a headache reading this. The ending and sneak peak of the next book almost cements the fact that I wouldn't be able to handle another book with these 2. I want to know what happens, but things that happened in it are just not my cup of tea.

When they finally got together Gage made one promise to Eliza and then he pretty much broke it big time and wanted her to understand? It wasn't even explained what exactly ha
Stina Rubio
Jul 29, 2013 Stina Rubio rated it it was amazing
Who He Is was one of the first rock star book I have read. Shanora Williams is one of my favorite authors when it comes to New Adult books. And like every other one this one out shines the last. I didn't think it was possible for her to write another book boyfriend into existence. But Gage is God, the things I could say about him. If he were real I would find him like I was some kind of stalker!!! lol

This is a book that you are going to want to read, everything about it screams sexy. And I wis
Aug 15, 2013 Rebecca rated it did not like it
I almost gave up about 30% in, but noooooo....I thought for SURE it had to get better. So many 5-star ratings! *Le sigh* On the most basic of levels, there should be a one smirk per page rule. Keep in mind that I read this on my Kindle app on my phone. The action/verbage was just weird. I found myself having to re-read sentences, and not in a "Toni Morrison writes some deep shit, yo" way...but in an "is English your native language?" way.

On the next level, a woman who constantly refers to other
Jul 24, 2013 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Oh my god - first of all let me tell you I am friggen sobbing from that ending oh my god and second I NEED the next book now! Full review coming later - god this book was so powerful

Check out more reviews from me the "bookBANGERR


***HOLY MOTHER MARY ON TOAST ! You know those books you kind of go into without knowing anything about the book or author and your all like "hey let me take a risk , maybe it'll be a good." Well I took that risk and I can not be more grateful for taking it. I ab

Cover: 7/10
Plot: Shall we, shan't we sexy-rocker-romance
Writing style: 6/10
Heroine: 2/10
Hero: 1/10
Jealousy: 10/10
Romance: 5/10
Hotness: 5/10
Ending: 3/10
Extra book Details: First two books about the same H/h, more books tbr about another/other band members.
Overall: Totally disliked the characters.

GoodReads book 'overall' rating can be totally deceiving. Firstly, if you haven't read it yet, make sure you read the bad reviews (sod it, even read the ones with spoilers, you really need to k
Sep 17, 2013 Mariam rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes, I did not expect this book to be THAT good, it was incredible, unlike any rock star romance I've ever read, so unique and I just could NOT put it down!
Gage is your typical rock star bad boy, he's a man-whore who fucks everything with a pulse to forget, but forget about what exactly? we find out as the story progresses.
He's hot as hell and I was practically drooling all over my tablet, he's arrogant, cocky and covered in tattoos, so he's pretty much perfect in my book.
"He's created

This may work for you, but it did not work for me.

There are some spoilers below.

I did not finish the book so I do not know how it ended, etc. I just give examples of what annoyed me.

This could have been so good, but it made my head hurt. All the back and forth. The heroine deserved better. She had been through enough.

In the prologue, we really don't know what is going on but get the sense that the heroine is being abused by someone. Then fast forward the heroine is 21 years old. She keeps
Miri Love2RantBooklvrs
Jul 24, 2013 Miri Love2RantBooklvrs rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! I love this book! I received this book from the author! I'm so glad I chose this book! Good reads needs to have a higher rating system (just saying) I completely fell in love with Gage and Montana! Omg the cliffhanger why?????? I can't wait for the second book!! Shanora you did an amazing job with this book!!
My rating is in hearts!!! . Must read!!!
Jul 25, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Why do I do this to myself? I have a weakness and I know it, but that doesn’t stop me from indulging in these guilty pleasures. I’ve already admitted that rockstar romances are my Kryptonite. I’m not strong like Superman, who knows to stay away from the stuff. NO, I just rush head long into it knowing I’m going to have the Kryptonite hangover. Yes, that is what I have, a book hangover. I read this book and couldn’t get enough. I just had to have one more taste so I went back and read it again. N ...more
Emily ~Literary Gossip~
Aug 02, 2013 Emily ~Literary Gossip~ rated it it was amazing
“You need to start packing. We’re going on tour with FireNine!” he said over dinner.

I’m going to start this review by telling you why I loved this book, Raw Realistic Emotion. There are some books that I read and the main female character doesn’t have a clue that she is beautiful, as far as she is concerned she’s pretty plain Jane. Then, one day a man wants her and poof she magically grows in to a woman full of sexual prowess. What? I really don’t think that is realistic at all. Especially, when
Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
I have been having the hardest time rating books lately and this one is no different! I was annoyed with the majority of this read secondary to absolutely despising the lead male character, Gage Grendal. This "rock god" is a jerk to the highest degree. He is everything you would think an rock star is...arrogant, careless, callous, selfish, and beyond manwhore! I found Eliza, the lead female character a breath of fresh air... she has a survivor and has a good head on her shoulders and although Ga ...more
Sep 26, 2013 Plamena rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I have mix feelings about this one. So I’m giving it 2.5 stars.

I didn’t like the characters too much. It’s the story of Eliza and Gage. Gage is a lead singer of a rock band and Eliza is joining their tour. She is a “good girl” that doesn’t trust anyone and doesn’t want to fall in love. He is bad, hot, overconfident and used to having every girl he wants. So long story short, after spending 60% of the book arguing and making each other jealous... they agree on having a summer fling. The
♥ Sarah
Mar 01, 2014 ♥ Sarah rated it did not like it

Dumbass Girl meets even Dumber, Sluttier Boy. Both engage in further dumb behavior by making each other jealous and other random acts of degradation and even less self-respect. Cue waterworks, angst, and even more stupidity from both characters. End.


I kid you not. Trust me. I painfully sat through 306 pages of this. So I totally know.
Sep 21, 2013 Bookworm❤ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5Mind-boggling stars
I loved "Who He Is" great book. I seriously can't wait until the sequel is released i'll be counting down the days. It's now on my favorite list.
Aug 01, 2013 Tonya rated it it was amazing

I have read a few books from this author and they were all good but honestly this book is freaking awesome. It blows all the others out of the water. How is it possible to hate one person so much but love them at the same time? Well that's exactly what I felt for Gage. He infuriated me, but then he broke me. He made me scowl then made me smile. He had me wanting to swiftly kick him and put his member out of commission but then I wanted to latch onto him and never let him go. Talk about infuriat
Jul 23, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: rock-god
3.5 Man Ho Stars

Man Ho. Oh yes how we love to love them. And to hate them. Gage is a Man Ho. With a captial HO. He breaks the unspoken rules of what happens when the Hero meets the Heroine. He blows those rules all to pieces with his Man Ho Ways.

Eliza is a trying to get control over her life. She had very little control growing up, so this control thing is a nice change for her. She is going to be a senior in college and her dad, Ben thinks she needs a break for being the self controlled girl f
Dana aka ♥Belladonna♥ Mrs. Jack Youder
Sweet baby Jesus what a

Immature, weak characters, a "heronie" with ZERO self-respect or self-esteem, characters that disappear and reappear with no explanation, bombshell secrets that defy suspension of disbelief and one of the most ridiculous cliffhanger endings I have read in a while.

I spent most of the book doing this

The only reason it got two stars is because I managed to finish it...
Nov 28, 2014 Leslie added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF @ 75%. Its a shame the writing was actually good but I felt like a was on a merry go round. They kissed, he was a dick. They fooled around, he was a dick. And so on and so forth. The other characters were actually likable but honestly I couldn't stand Eliza or Gage. I swear I wanted to go ghetto and kick their ass!
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If she giggled one more time I was going to choke her and if Gage winked one more time I was gonna poke his damn eyes out lol.

Jul 03, 2013 Justine rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC for from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Holy F!! This book was mind blowing. I literally wanted to cut the sexual tension myself by locking the two main characters in a very small room so they had no choice but to "get it on". S.Q. Williams sure knows how to write a steamy sex scene that's for sure. It took a lot for me to not go and jump my hubby ;) JK, well not really haha. I loved how Who He Is wasn't just a story about sex, there was an awesome storyline behi
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Shanora Williams is a twenty-something that creates authentic romantic stories that, may or may not, make you question what a "Happily Ever After" truly is. After hitting the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers list at the mere age of nineteen, Shanora ventured further into the creative writing world, working even harder to create unique and memorable romances for all to enjoy.
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