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Facing the Music

(Rosewood #1)

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In this sizzling and hilarious contemporary e-book romance, pop sensation Ivy Hudson returns to her small town to face her ex. Only trouble is, she made her Taylor-Swift-like career with the hit song “Size Matters”—and the football hero has had to live it down ever since.

Five years ago, high school sweethearts Ivy and Blake’s relationship imploded and both their lives were
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ebook, 250 pages
Published September 15th 2014 by Pocket Star
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Deanna
Rating: 4/5 Stars

The books that always end up catching my attentions are the ones with the funniest book blurbs, and Facing the Music had one that made me laugh so hard, I was wheezing.

I love reading books about scorned heroines, I love reading books about redemption romances, and I love reading books about musicians, athletes, actors, or anything that's extremely far from the ordinary. What I normally don't love are books with both scorned heroines and redemption romances, because most boo
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Terry
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Facing The Music is a beautiful, funny, heartwarming story that brought out all kinds of emotions in me. That's what I love most in a story, to really feel. Every page of this story was so enjoyable & I never became bored or lost interest. Such a beautifully written story. Andrea Laurence is an amazing & talented author.
SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
(Arc provided by Net Galley and Pocket Star in exchange for an honest review)

Bell, Book & Candle | Facing the Music Review

I had my reservations about this book, but I am glad to say that I really enjoyed this book. The chemistry! Oh my, it was like....wow. This may e just a book, but I could see the fireworks go off every time Blake and Ivy were in a scene together.




Romance? Check.

Sexy and sultry guy? Most definitely check.

Drama? I could do without it, but yes..check?

And everything else inbe
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Susan Parkes
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book 6 stars I would. Well, what can I say - If you like your books not far fetched and one that could be a true life story then - THIS BOOK IS A MUST BUY. I have not read anything by this author before and I am sorry its taken me this long to find her. The story is about a rock star (with a bad press), a retired football star, childhood love, enemies and second chances. The great mix of nice and nasty characters all gel well together in this book and make it what it is - wh ...more
Ella Janine
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at The Not-So-Literary Heiresses.

Facing the Music is one of those contemporary romance novels that’s easy to read and get into. I’ve read a lot of contemporaries that made me laze around and dragged days before I finish it but this book was not one of those. Though the story was not new, it was captivating and it made me love the idea of “second chance love” more.

Blake and Ivy had their first chance five years ago, but because of Blake’s inability to be patient he drove Ivy awa
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Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

3 Predictable Stars!

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy from Pocket Star via NetGalley

I will admit I'm a sucker for rockstar books and I thought it would be refreshing to have the girl be the rockstar for once. Now, it could have been refreshing but instead the book turned out to be mediocre and very predictable. The highlights for me were the mischievous meddling grandma and the vindictive bitch who I wanted to throat punch through out. How the hero and heroine honestly didn't see what she
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Devon Ashley
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ivy Hudson's song "Size Matters' had nothing to do with Blake's package size, but that didn't keep the world from thinking it so. Humiliated, poor Blake screwed up his Heisman moment and blew the big game, earning him a nice, cushy bench seat in the NFL. Didn't matter anyways, as a bad hit blew his knee out indefinitely. Now back in his home town heading up the football team, he was finally getting his life on track. Until Mother Nature was a bitch and took his field, and the town thought it'd b ...more
Carol-Ann
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book by NETGALLERY, A fantastic read i personally really enjoyed this story and chemistry!Loved the humour of the story it was beautifully written,"A Book Not To Be Missed" Ivy Hudson returns to her small town to face her ex-boyfriend Blake whom she wrote a song about (size Matters) after she felt humiliated by him and you know what they say a woman scorned will allways get her own back in the end,He had a football career but he hadn"t been able to get over the humilati ...more
Andrea Lovette
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading, the story immediately made me think of the movie "Sweet Home Alabama" and quickly pulled me in since that is one of my fav movies! This was a sweet love story about Ivy and Blake and second chances. I couldn't help but get caught up in their lives to see if they would find their way back to each other. I enjoyed the verbal sparring of Ivy and Blake as well as the rivalry between Ivy and Lydia! It wasn't the usual heated love scenes I'm used to reading, but it worked ...more
Lynne Delisle
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Facing The Music by Andrea Laurence. This story is about a current pop star who returns to her hometown and comes to face her ex-love. I enjoyed this story very much and had a hard time putting it down. The story takes from the couple meeting again, through the ups and downs of fighting their real feelings for each other. I look forward to more stories by this author especially the rest of this Rosewood series.

If you enjoy small town romance - reunited love - try this bo
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Freda Mans-Labianca
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fast-paced!
The dynamic in every character, the different settings, and the going-ons, made for a quick-paced read.
Rosewood is such a sweet town, and the residents are just as charming. Ivy and Blake have some super intense chemistry throughout that will warm any romantics heart. I'm so glad they got their happily ever after. Now I need a copy of, Feeding The Fire. Got to find out what else happens in this cut little town. Will it be more of Ivy and Blake? I do like them and hope to know more. Or
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Kathy Davie
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
First in the Rosewood romance series with the couple focus on Ivy Hudson and Blake Chamberlain. Based in Rosewood, Alabama, and six years later.

This ARC was provided by NetGalley, Pocket Star, and Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

My Take
Laurence has really twisted the revenge-of-the-woman-wronged trope. It'll make you laugh even as you start off feeling bad for the guy. Of course, once you hear his side of things, you're likely to think he got what was coming! He made his be
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Kathy
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Facing the Music by Andrea Laurence is a such a fun read! A wonderfully unique storyline, delightful characters and laugh out loud humor are just a few of things that make this romance such an outstanding read.

Ivy Hudson's relationship with Blake Chamberlain ended when she discovered him in a compromising position and in the aftermath, she channeled all of her hurt and anger into the song that launched her singing career. In the years since, her numerous breakups have continued to inspire her mo
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Charlotte
Aug 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
This review first appeared on Thoughts and Pens.

The premise of Facing The Music screamed of “Cliché” but it didn’t stop me from hitting the request button. The thing with this book is that the synopsis has reminded me of Taylor Swift and how she uses her music to vent out her anger for her ex-boyfriends. Plus, I have this crazy fascination about characters that use their musical talents to ruin their exes. If you have read Tracey Martin’s Another Little Piece of My Heart, then it has the same pr
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Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
I always get a little more excited when I start a new series that takes place in a small town. I think it's a sign that one of these days I should get in my car and leave for such a town, one that's named something like 'Harmony', or 'Happiness', or, you know, 'All The Sexy Men Are Here'. Something simple and just for my needs. For this series though, I have to make do with Rosewood, hometown to one famous singer named Ivy Hudson, who caught the fame train for her well known break-up songs, and ...more
Kimberly
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Originally posted on my blog.

Facing the Music is the story of Ivy Hudson. She is a pop star who made her name by writing a break-up song about the size of a certain body part of her ex-boyfriend Blake. After she has a bit of a misstep with her Hollywood image, she returns home to her small town of Rosewood to help raise money to rebuild the football field, after it was damaged by a tornado.

Little does
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Karen
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it

Facing The Music is a second chance story between Ivy and Blake, former high-school sweethearts whose romance didn't make it through the college years. Distance, youth, impatience and temptation blew up their relationship leaving broken- hearted Ivy angry, Taylor Swift style. Golden Boy Blake Chamberlain suffered humiliation as her Pop song Size Matters took off with the naughty minded public misreading what the song was about and a football injury changing his career plans.
Fate has Ivy returnin
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Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Posted on What I'm Reading

Welcome to Rosewood, Alabama. Andrea Laurence has started a new series that features a small-town name Rosewood. Where you will find that southern small-town charm, but if you cross them you best be leaving. Anyway, let's talk about Facing the Music.

When I started reading Facing the Music it reminded me of Taylor Swift love life mixed with Sweet Home Alabama feel. Cause we all know that Taylor Swift tends to write songs about her exes. If you didn't know that, there you
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MsChris1161
FACING THE MUSIC by Andrea Laurence is a sweet second chance love story set in the charming small town of Rosewood, Alabama. Home town to popular rock star Ivy Hudson and her first love and high school sweetheart, former NFL quarterback, Blake Chamberlain.

Ivy and Blake dated for four years until Ivy walked in on him wrapped around some cheerleader and refused to speak to him again. Instead she wrote a song about the boy who broke her heart entitled "Size Matter" that shared her disappointment a
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Mnix
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reeling from pain and heartache, Ivy turned it into a chart-topping song and catapulted her career into the stratosphere. Her hit song, ‘Size Matters’, brought her to the top of her game, but happiness has eluded her and bouncing around from one bad relationship to another has given her great material to write songs about, but the latest foray into love has backfired for Ivy. Forced by her manager to work on something new and help in a charity event, Ivy has returned home to her small town. She ...more
Home. Love. Books.
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
To read this review and others like it check out my site at www.homelovebooks.com

I thought the whole idea for this book was great, and I’m surprised I haven’t picked up a book like this before. I am one of those people who think Taylor Swift gets a bad rap for writing songs about her exes, I mean everyone writes songs about their exes, look at No Doubt, they made it big off songs Gwen wrote about her ex who was also a member of the band, I mean talk about awkward. I digress.

I liked Ivy, she de
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Becky
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-books
About a week ago, I finished a book that left me with a serious hangover. I had tried reading numerous books that just could not snap me out of my funk. And then I came upon Facing the Music while browsing Amazon. The synopsis sounded intriguing, so I downloaded the sample.

I was hooked from the first chapter.

Ivy is a famous music star who is known for writing songs that are less than flattering for her ex's. It is her way of working through bad break ups and she does not hold back. Just ask Bl
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Chrissy
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, series
This book was sweet, funny, romantic and full of tension. We meet Ivy who's returning home after some bad press with her last relationship, and is back in Rosewood to help with the fundraising to rebuild the high school gym and football field. She's hesitant on going back since the man who broke her heart, the one that she wrote a song about that made her career, lives is Rosewood as well.

I know Ivy was freaking out about running into Blake the first time, but the way they saw each other for the
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Diane Lynch
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Facing the Music (Rosewood #1) by Andrea Laurence Ivy Hudson was devastated after discovering her longtime football player boyfriend, Blake Chamberlain, cheating on her. She wrote the song “Size Matters” about their breakup launching her career. Five years later, a tornado destroyed her home town, and she was asked to come home to participate in a benefit to raise money for her high school; having to face Blake, who was emasculated as a result of her song.I don’t condone what Blake did, but my h ...more
Tiana
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I wanted this to be at least a 4-star rating, but it didn't quite get there.

I didn't take much of a liking to Ivy. I think the author tried to make her stand out in a good way, to make her seem different from other celebrities, but personally I think it flopped. I was liking Blake's character, but the ending was not impressive and only showed just how superficial Ivy, and I guess Blake, are. He proposes to her during an interview on TV, for the whole world to see. So much for personal and priva
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J.A. Belfield
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Facing the Music by Andrea Laurence is a fun little romance. MC Ivy Hudson hasn’t been back to her hometown since making it big in the music industry—with a song she wrote about her ex after he cheated on her. After a career built on songs written about exes, Ivy heads back to Rosewood to help support a local charity event. The only problem with that is, her ex, aka Blake Chamberlain, is there, too.

The fun begins fairly early on when Blake and Ivy see each other again for the first time under fa
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Whitney Mcgregor (A Literary Perusal)
What a fun surprise! I reviewed this book for netgalley after being intrigued by the synopsis. I've never read anything by the author so I wanted to give it a try.

The story revolves around a pop princess, Ivy, and her ex high school sweetheart, Blake. Even though they are in their mid 20's, Blake still suffers from the embarrassing hit song Ivy wrote about him after their messy break up.

The problem... he knows he screwed up letting her go and he's not quite over her. Luckily for him, being back
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Jennifer Hines
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books in exchange for an honest review*

Famous pop star Ivy has to go home for a benefit concert and in a town as small as hers she realizes avoiding her ex Blake is unlikely, but she’ll do her damnedest. Her career took off after their breakup when she wrote a song called Size Matters and even though she never said who it was about a reporter linked it to Blake and blasted him all over the tabloids. Not e
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Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'll admit it was the synopsis for Facing the Music that grabbed me. Size Matters! That's the name of the song that catapults Ivy into stardom and humiliates the ex she caught cheating on her. I had a hard time seeing how a guy would come back from something like that.

Facing the Music is a charming story of how Ivy and Blake get a second chance in spite of their past mistakes. Andrea Laurence does a nice job crafting two very likable main characters. I liked Ivy, especially when she comes back
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Mary
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books
Facing the Music is a great title for this book. Ivy Hudson has made her rock-star career on songs about her love life, all starting with "Size Matters," the song she wrote after her first love broke her heart. Now, after getting some bad press over her latest breakup, she has the chance to go back to her hometown, raise some money to rebuild the school gym and football stadium, and turn around her image. The only problem is she'll have to face Blake Chamberlain, the man who started it all.

Blake
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