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Front & Center

(Back-Up #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  5,226 ratings  ·  429 reviews
Warning: This book is meant for mature readers who are 18+. It contains explicit language, and graphic sexual content.

Jack was a rock star on the way to fame. Leila was following her dream and joining his band as a back-up singer. An insane attraction sparked between them that they couldn’t deny. Attraction quickly led to so much more. They ignored all the warnings and
Published February 12th 2014
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Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

Story Rating ~ 5 HUGE STARS!
Heroine Rating ~ 5 LEILA LISCIOUS STARS!
Romance Rating ~ 5 BIG SIGH WORTHY STARS!
Overall Rating ~ 5 GIGANTIC STARS!

Front & Center takes off where Back-Up left off. I LOVED Back-Up, book one in this series, so much that I could hardly wait to get my hands on Front & Center. What surprised me most about
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
3-3.5 front & center stars!

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So this seriously pains me because I had such high hopes for this book and I absolutely loved book number 1.

For me this book just really dragged and made me roll my eyes at times. I loved Jack and Leila as a couple but in this book I honestly thought Leila deserved better than him sometimes. He puts her through so much and I seriously feel like Leila is silly at times, she just takes all the shit without questions. Although I find her admirable and strong in a
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for an honest review. If you haven't read Back-Up book 1, please stop and read that book first.
It's so great to once again be surrounded by the wonderful characters that AM Madden has dreamt up and brought to life for our pleasure. If its possible, the chemistry between Jack and Leila has gotten hotter! And for a part of a chapter I even thought that yeah, Hunter could be mine! And Trey, he actually talks and you see glimpses of his personality, not just the hot, dark rocker
3 1/2 to 4 Stars

I really enjoyed this book. My favorite of the series.
Lynsey A
Absolutely wonderful book! Full review to come on Monday.

Thanks to the author for allowing me to read this beta for an honest review.

I was very lucky to get an advanced copy of the second book in A.M. Madden's Back-Up Series. I thoroughly enjoyed Back-Up, the first book in the series but Front & Center is my favorite.

This book begins exactly where Back-Up ends, with Jack, Leila and the rest of Devil's Lair beginning their nationwide tour. As in the first book we get differing POV's and I
Jessica Fay
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
(I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review)

I have to start off this F&C is book two of the Back-Up Series. If you have not read Back-Up yet, what are you waiting for?! This may contain spoilers off book one so if you have not read, you are warned.

Front & Center starts off right where we left off, which is something I personally love. Jack, Leila and the rest of Devil’s Lair are off on their first tour and the fans are loving them! Jack and Leila are so madly
Karen Hrdlicka
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading Back Up, was prepared for the sequel to be just a continuation of the Devil's Lair story. I was wrong. Ms. Madden adds depth to her characters in the follow up to her debut novel. The layers she has added to her story and her characters makes Front and Center an even better read than Back Up. This is not your formula HEA. The plot takes the reader through some interesting twists and misdirects them on a couple of occasions, much to my delight. Jack and Leila are front and center in ...more
Radd Reader
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: musician
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Miranda Elaine
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Front and Center is the follow up novel to A.M. Madden's debut Back Up. It begins right where Back Up ended and continues to tell the story of the rock group Devil's Lair and the love affair between the lead singer Jack Lair and the back up singer Leila Marino using alternating point of views. This book was deliciously sexy and an easy read. I had a hard time putting it down and my house and kids suffered for it.

Jack Lair and Leila Marino are in love and on tour, what could possibly be wrong
***Front & Center is book #2 in A.M. Madden's awesome Rock Star Romance series, Back-Up. This is not a standalone and must be read in order.***

Rock Star Romances are always a favorite of mine. Why? do you say...well, there is always a gorgeous, sexy lead singer with dimples that make you swoon. THAT, should be reason enough, right? There is also the strong female lead who chases away the hero's demons, AND we can't forget about the hysterical, yummy band mates that you just want to hang
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A M Madden has once again rocked my socks off. Their story hits a cord with each page turned. I smiled, laughed, cried and gasped through the book. It is an amazing story of love, success, heartbreak and fear of losing the one that has stolen your heart.
The story of Jack And Leila continue with them on tour and gaining more success at each stop. Unfortunately Jessa and Daniel have big plans that can derail their success and the love between Jack and Leila. Will Jack lose the only women to ever
Shirley Short
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was sent this book for a honest review, and honestly I LOVED IT just as much as book # 1. I can not wait for book 3. I have dumped Jack Carter as my book boyfriend and have replaced him with Jack Lair.
Geri Reads
4.5-5 Jack Lair Stars!

Full review to come on the release date. :)

ARC provided by A.M. Madden in exchange for an honest review.
Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
Sometimes love isn't enough...

Front & Center was so good that I was tempted to go back and lower my rating on the first book just to make a point. Not that it wasn't incredible, but that this one was even better. I felt the connection between Jack & Leila so strongly I could almost touch it. The ability of the author to reach me that way is a testament to her talent. I read the first two books back-to-back and it was like I just turned another page and picked right up. Trust me, after
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
3 to 4 Stars... Couldn't decide...



I found myself eye rolling and gagging throughout the book. It was just too sweet and and I probably got cavities! I really do love books where the bad boy is a romantic at heart. Jack was honestly over the limit. I was sick of the amount of I LOVE YOUs and fucking in the book. I mean... YES if I had a man like Jack, I would probably do him 24/7, but Jack and Leila were honestly having sex 95% of this book! I would honestly rename this book SEX WITH
L.L. Collins
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for an honest review. This is Book #2 and Back-Up needs to be read before this book. This book picks up right where the first one left off, and I was waiting NOT so patiently for this book after she rocked it in book 1. There are spoilers in this review for the first book, Back-Up, so stop here if you haven't read that and go one-click it.

A.M. has rocked the house again. In Back-Up, I was waiting (not so patiently, but BOY did she build that tension) for their hot relationship
Marjorie Lord
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of Front & Center by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Front & Center is A.m. Madden's follow-up to her debut novel, Back-Up. I must say I loved Back-Up but I LOVED Front & Center! Nothing makes me happier than to discover that the sequel outdoes the debut. Jack and Leila are in love and on tour and when I say in love I mean panty melting in love. Their banter and their relationship is sexy and playful until an ex-girlfriend steps in along with another
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
2.75 stars.

Regrettably, this one missed the mark for me. The writing was improved compared to the first book, which I appreciated. But the editing still needed some work- especially with the dialogue. I had difficulty at times knowing who was speaking.

Then there was Jack. Jack was a great character in the first book. In this book he was too good to be true. Literally. He was just too perfect. Unbelievably so. The romance was way over the top as well. And there was way too much sex.

I liked the
Kat DM
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A.M. Madden

When I was done with Back-Up, I couldn't wait for the book 2. I was given an ARC of Front & Center and I could not put it down.
A.M. Madden has become one of my favorite authors. This book is more romantic than the first but of course I love them both.
The continuation to JACK and LEILA's story... There's a lot of ups and downs like Jack getting his girlfriend pregnant, from what the
ex-girlfriend says. Jack has become a victim because of his past indiscretion before Leila but who
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Front & Center by A.M. Madden
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Is there a fan in here? And I don’t mean a fan of music, I mean someone please turn on the A.C! Holy rock star hotness! I forgot how much I missed Jack & Leila. This is the second book in this series so if you have been hiding underneath a rock (not to be confused with hiding underneath a smoking hot rock star) and not read Back-Up yet, then don’t read this review. This book picks up where Back-Up left off;
Gloria Elena
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Hot, steamy and so romantic! If you are looking for a scorching hot, feel good, rock-star romance, then this book is it! I seriously LOVED this book! It was so engaging!

Front and Center is the second book in a series, and in order to fully get the gist of it, you have to read the first book, Back-up, as it lays the groundwork for this story.

Here is the skinny on this book:
1. The story picks-up shortly where the first book left off.
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of Front & Center by the author in exchange for a review.

Front & Center is the second book of the Back-Up series. I loved Back-Up and I didn't think Front & Centre could top it, but to my suprise it was even better! You just get to know the characters more as the relationship between Jack and Lelia develops. From the first chapter has you gritting your teeth in supsence, as the ex-girlfriend comes into play as well as other shady characters. There is plenty of
Kathy Coopmans
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am beyond impressed with this book. I was given a copy of this book for my honest review and let me tell you all that I could not be more honest in saying that I am beyond impressed.
This book had me on the edge of my bed a few times and my claws came out wanting to go all kinds of crazy on Jessa.
There are several areas in the book where my jaw hit the floor and I had to look at my husband to see if he would pick my jaw up off the floor for me.
A.m. Madden is absolutely brilliant and I love the
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Praise to AM Madden! Having read the first book, to say I was excited for book two is an understatement! I was left wondering where the author could take it next, but I was not disappointed! This book has more twists and turns than a rollercoaster, just when you think you've read it all, something else happens to send you into disbelief. It's action packed from the start, full of romance, adventure, mystery and intrigue! I'm left wanting more...much, much more! This book is for any woman who ...more
Ms. MiLo
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
She's done it again!!!! People if you haven't read Back-Up, what are you waiting for?! The 2nd installment of the Back-Up is just as good as the first... I've completely fallen inlove with Jack Lair and over and over again! LOL.. I mean seriously! This should be on everyone's TBR!!!

A.M. Madden, I am in awe... You've done it again!!!! I look forward to reading the final book though I'm sad that it will come to an end, does it really have to???

Side note:
ARC was provided in exchange for an honest
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I think it was too long....needed a bit of editing. Still , if you liked the characters in book one then you'll be satisfied.
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This book is due for release on February 18th, 2014.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

After the way that Back-Up ended I was ecstatic to have an ARC sat waiting for me! You need to read Back-Up before going on to Front & Center. Spoilers included in this review from the first book.

Yay, the Devil’s Lair gang are back! This time, along with some more unsavoury characters in the form of Danny and Jessa (pah, just typing their names leaves a nasty taste in my mouth!!)

But, to
Four Brits And A Book
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From Jo -
This book is due for release on February 18th, 2014.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

After the way that Back-Up ended I was ecstatic to have an ARC sat waiting for me! You need to read Back-Up before going on to Front & Center. Spoilers included in this review from the first book.

Yay, the Devil’s Lair gang are back! This time, along with some more unsavoury characters in the form of Danny and Jessa (pah, just typing their names leaves a nasty taste in my mouth!!)

Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a story about finding forgiveness and growing in love. At the end of Back-Up, Jack and Leila's relationship had only just begun when Jack's past comes crashing down on the present. They are forced to endure some hurdles that are both frustrating and scary, all while trying to maintain a unified front in the public eye. Jack and Leila struggle with the impact of success on their relationship and the information from Jack's past that threatens not only their relationship, but the success ...more
Michele McMullen
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Front & Center
Five Stars

This is the second book in the series and it picks up right where Back- up left off.
The story continues with our sexy lead singer Jack Henry Lair and our beautiful, talented back-up singer Leila Marino. They have found the love of their lives in each other and are now headed out to become one hottest bands in the country! What could go wrong......!
Jacks torrid past has now caught up to him. He is being tormented by a an old girlfriend and psychotic ex- band mate
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A.M. Madden's romance debut is The Back-Up Series, consisting of Back-Up, Front & Center, and Encore.

A.M. Madden is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels and now an author. In Back-up she aspired to create a fun, sexy, realistic romantic story. She wanted to create characters that the reader could relate to and feel as if they knew personally.


Other books in the series

Back-Up (8 books)
  • Back-Up (Back-Up, #1)
  • Encore (Back-Up, #3)
  • Backstage (Back-Up, #4)
  • The Devil's Lair (Back-Up, #4.5)
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“Leila, I love you so much that it’s sometimes hard for me to breathe. You have changed my life. You have altered every cell in my body. You completely own me. By simply staring into my eyes, you can bring me to my knees. I want you to know, I will do everything in my power to make you happy. I will laugh with you. I will cry with you. I will keep you safe. I will remind you how much I love you every day for the rest of our lives.” 7 likes
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