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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  4,740 ratings  ·  616 reviews
Traditions are important. Especially in the South.
College football. Rivalries. Tailgating. Halftime shows.
Some things just don’t change.
Until Reese Holland shows up with her long legs and no-bullsh*t attitude to audition for the prestigious all-male Rodner University snare line.
It doesn’t matter how much hazing she has to endure from Laird Bronson, with his narrowed gr
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 357 pages
Published September 3rd 2017 by Stacy Kestwick (first published August 30th 2017)
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Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars


Drumline is Stacy Kestwick’s debut novel, and I’ve been wanting to read it since it’s release. I love NA books and I thought it would be interesting to read a drumline book opposed to the normal football, hockey etc.

Reese Holland is a college freshman AND the only girl trying out for the elusive Drumline. There has never been a girl to make this spot, but Reese is determined to be the first. She is an independent and sometimes stubborn heroine, but I loved her for it!

Laird Bronson is a
Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
"His dick was huge. The story he told me earlier about how he acquired Oscar flitted through my mind. That was definitely a prize-winning specimen."


dnf at 32%

It was like drinking orange juice right after brushing your teeth.
It was like stepping on a lego piece.
It was like watching someone eat pizza with a knife and fork.

“As captain, I’ll go first. And, Marco, since I know how much you’re threatened by Reese’s dick being bigger than yours, I’ll take her.”


The Plot

The story had
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: I hate being in the minority!! I wonder sometimes if I read the same books! I didn't love it. I did enjoy some of it, but overall it felt a little lackluster and slow. I found myself going on Facebook, Amazon, and goodreads just because I wasn't all that into it. That alone tells me that it wasn't working for me. I'm happy I finished it though, because I'm so darn behind on my my reading challenge this year! The hazing was a little eye roll inducing, the (view spoiler)
Shannon Moore
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So, as of *looks at watch* right this second, I've read 122 books so far in 2017. That's a few, right? And I loved Drumline. Like a lot. So I figured I have to go back through those 122 books and pick out my favourites, just to see how Drumline compared.

There were 20 books on the favourites list, and Drumline is easily in the top 3. Just let that sink in for a minute. TOP 3 PEOPLE!

“You always this prickly? There a cactus somewhere in your family tree?”

The characters, the story, the
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
➳A story filled with emotions and passion all in one... Loved it from the very start to the end...

➳A college romance all in one, and I devoured it! The passion that Laird and Reese have is something that I have not seen or read in a college romance in such a long time. Not since reading from the OFF CAMPUS series by Elle Kennedy. I am so glad I took a choice in reading this baby, cause I will defiantly be reading it again just for fun in the future!

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~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
⭐️4.5 stars⭐️

This book was amazing! A perfect example of what a NA book should be. I haven't felt this way about an NA book since Elle Kennedy's The Deal.

Laird is my new book boyfriend. He is sexy as hell, sweet, loyal, smart, and has a heart of gold. He's such a great guy. Reese is very stubborn and independent but I understand why she is like that. She is very hardworking and I have lots of respect for her. I am so happy they found each other!

This book had it all. Romance, passion, humor, ang
Emma Scott
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
NA romance perfection. And with marching band members? #speakingmylanguage.

Stacy Kestwick hit every right note (see what I did there?). Humor, banter, angst, emotions, computer apps (yes, apps!) and hot sexy times. Loved.
Moras Dela Paz
I’m going to give this five stars for two reasons: first, I love Reese. She’s so strong and I believe that strong is beautiful (yes, I quoted a shampoo commercial). Physically, she can handle all her equipment and play like a champ. She can also keep up with all the training and let’s not forget that she’s a survivor. Hooray for strong women! The second reason would have to be Eli 💔

Laird’s cool too but I often find myself rolling my eyes because of his actions. He makes up for it by being sweet

College know...

yeah, I'm like a moth to a flame concerning certain tropes, this being one of them...


This story was a bit different and yet the same!

anyhow, it had a "forbidden/fraternization" sign all over it, it was angsty yet warmhearted and sweet, the storyline was interwoven with a heavy subject of dealing with loss, hurt, pain, disease and yet it delivered hope, strength and love from a very starting point-at the beginning, there was an audition for the drummers to be pick
Sep 15, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish-dnf
Shelves: ku
Giving up @ 18%

Can't get on with this :(
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Holy shit. I loved this book. I’m changing my Facebook Status to MARRIED to this BOOK!

This was my very first Kestwick book – from the cover, I was ready to one-click. Toss in the numerous early readers and their “I was up all night” status updates, I just knew I was going to enjoy this experience. I was not disappointed.

Laird. For fuck sakes, has there ever been a more perfect character? No, I don’t think so. And whoever you are thinking about right now, nope – wrong. Laird is it. The whole sh
3.75 stars.
Overall I really liked this.
I don't read to many college romances any more as I feel that the characters have a certain immaturity that I can do without, even if it is age appropriate and fits well with the storyline.
I did however like the idea of a story based on the college's marching band and hence the title "Drumline".
It was made more poignant by the main characters experiences with cancer. Reese having had childhood leukemia and Laird's brother dying as a child from cancer. She
Bookphenomena (Micky)
DRUMLINE was a refreshing surprise for college-aged romance. You could say there was little new about the background trope here but the execution was very good and it felt fresh. Clearly, the premise for the MCs in this book centres around a percussion band that are front and centre during intervals of sports games for Rodner University.

Laird was a slightly complex but good guy, he had integrity, there was no jerk to be seen and he won my respect pretty quickly. There is an unknown but backgroun
Stacey is Sassy
There's stubborn...and then there's too stubborn

****3.5 Stars****

Not a lot wrong with the storyline in Drumline if you're looking for a typical college romance. The main characters are at college for the right get an education. I really liked the hero, Laird and found him to be mature and extremely caring. It was nice to get his POV so that we understood where his motivation and determination comes from. The heroine, Reese is a wee bit stubborn. I understood where she was coming from
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Drumline was my first Stacy Kestwick book – I usually don’t read new authors without heavy recommendations from people I trust, but I just couldn’t resist a new adult college romance. It feels like it’s been forever since the last time I read a college romance, so Drumline came at the perfect time. I enjoyed it – it took me by surprise in a good way. If you love anything related to new adult, I highly recommend you give this book a try! It’s sweet, sexy, a
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3.5 stars!
Jul 13, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF @27%

It's not the book, it's me...

Also, I didn't get what Reese was auditioning for, it had something to do with drums and running, so I would have appreciated it if the author had given us more insight on whatever that was. Also the Insta-love and weird coincidences like Laird being everywhere Reese was and Laird just happening to see the bruise (don't ask) or both of them being at the same hospital or even the same deli were too many 'coincidences' for me.

Anyways, maybe I'll pick it up anot
***5 Why Are There Not Anymore Words?’ stars***

Why are there not any more words?

I NEED more words. I don't want to say goodbye to these characters...well, one I can definitely do without, but I want more time with them. Which is funny considering I waffled over reading this one and waited until the 11th hour to make my decision (And, Yes, I loved the movie Drumline which helped get my butt in gear), but it was a one of the best decisions I’ve made this year. This boo
Heather❀Kiss The Pages❀
This was OK but certainly not great.

This was light and fun to read and sometimes you just need a book like this every now and then. There was also amazing sexual tension with some OK steamy scenes with a dirty talking hero. The female MC also had to prove herself worthy of her position in the drumline (an exclusively male position) and did an awesome job of rising to that challenge.

The story for me just did not flow well. There were so many things going and I found myself forgetting bi
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s

Drumline appealed to me for several reasons: first, Kestwick's books are awesome-sauce. Second, I was a band nerd and I love stories about other band nerds. I connected with the characters right away because even though I wasn't a drummer, I was in band and thought that everything Kestwick wrote about various instruments and the people who play them were spot on. It was like a flashback to high school. I didn't continue on in college, but I imagine it was exactly like high school except mo
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
DNF 19%

College romances are not for me, I should know better. I don't know why I started reading this one. The problem is that the characters lusting after each other takes 80% of the words. I did not count but it feels like a whole lot.

Book suffers from a lot of problems other NA romances have:
1) guy goes all jealous when other guys check out the main girl
2) all the other girls in the book are there to sleep with the drummers (or athletes in other novels)
3) girl gets drunk, guy takes her back
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May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, audiobook

Drumline by Stacy Kestwick
Narrated by Tracy Marks and Stephen Dexter
New Adult Standalone
I am not usually a lover of New Adult books. Reading about someone my son’s age gets a little weird sometimes. But being a band mom, and knowing Stacy was going to be at Wicked Book Weekend I grabbed Drumline on audio. I have never read a book about marching band or drumline, so I immediately liked the unique premise, and the story did not disappoint.

Reese was a kickass heroine.
Shelby (Book Lovers Have More Fun)

Drumline was my VERY FIRST Stacy Kestwick book, and I was AMAZED.

It's been awhile since I read a REALLY GOOD college romance, and this was IT.

I have a new BFF and her name is Reese. She was HILARIOUS that I kept laughing out loud. I wanted to applaud her for her comebacks. I loved seeing her hold her own around a bunch of guys. Here's one of the many MANY funny things that came out of her mouth...

"Dear fearless gravity-defying Jesus walking on water."

I've personally never have known a hot "ban
Oct 09, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
I just don't think I'm in the mindset to deal with a mostly male cast of characters/setting, their sexism/objectification, and the exceptional female trope. I've realized I have a huge problem with books/male POVs that pretty much open with the guy getting a boner the SECOND he lays eyes on the woman. Like. Come on. Authors, please do better by your female characters. Expect better from your men, too. I love romance, I love smut, but can we maybe...humanize our female characters first, and make ...more
Elizabeth Neal
Mar 07, 2019 marked it as not-happening
Not rating, not reading. I was all excited about this book until I discovered the ritual. A chick, of course someone the H has banged in the past, feels each player's junk to place them in order by size. Are you freaking kidding me? As if that isn't so sluttily tacky on its own, said chick then spends extra time handling the H. Oh, but its okay because the h discreetly "gave permission" for H to participate because they're keeping their relationship a secret. A REAL H wouldn't give a shit, hell, ...more
Sheryl C. Nash
I absolutely LOVE, LOVED, LOVED this sooooo hard!!!!
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
"No, if I knew my girl, she was fuming on the other end, because nobody help her back from doing what she wanted. Not cancer. Not a hundred and eighteen years of drumline tradition. Definitely not some insecure motherfucker who couldn't stand not being the center of attention. And--if I was right--Reese Holland wanted me almost as badly as I wanted her."

Drumline is a college romance novel. It is about Laird Bronson and Reese Holland and is from their point of views. Now this book was my firs
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to be honest, I was first drawn to this book because of the hot man on the cover. And when I tapped to read this book on my Kindle, I had no clue what the story would be about. But I really liked this college/NA romance that centers around the drumline --- it's not about an athlete or some musician! It also surprised the heck out of me when I teared up at a certain part --- crying, in my book, over a scene in the story is a good thing. I was expecting insta-lust/insta-love but got a lot m ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I went into this hoping for a 'bully' book. It definitely wasn't that.

However, it was still enjoyable. I adored Laird. He was alpha but definitely a gentleman. Reese was a awesome, feisty and wouldn't take any privileges for being a girl. The plot of the book was good though a little emotional at times. It was just enjoyable.

So why only 4 stars? First, something happened that didn't really need to just to evoke emotion. Second, one character was a little too 2d when his background should
Amanda Steward
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
New Favorite Book'
5 *Peacocking* Stars
I think this might be my new favorite book. Easily the best of this year. The characters are amazing. So likable. I laughed so many times in this book it was unreal. Although there were some tears mostly from laughing there were some emotional spots. Don't hesitate grab this book today!!
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“No, if I knew my girl, she was fuming on the other end, because nobody held her back from doing what she wanted. Not cancer. Not a hundred and eighteen years of drumline tradition. Definitely not some insecure motherfucker who couldn’t stand not being the center of attention. And—if I was right—Reese Holland wanted me almost as badly as I wanted her.” 5 likes
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