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Final Serenade

(The Encore #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  712 ratings  ·  156 reviews

A secret affair with your teenage celebrity crush? Yes, please!

Music journalist Cassy Evans believes her career is made when she snags an exclusive interview with rock singer Frankie Blade.

Once a superstar of the generation, Frankie has been a recluse since a freak motorcycle incident sent his career into a tailspin seven years ago. Now that he’s returned to claim b

Kindle Edition, 2nd Edition, 266 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by NB Creative (first published April 16th 2020)
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*3.5 Stars*
Final Serenade is a rockstar romance and a great one. I liked and appreciated that the characters were mature. Cassy is in her mid twenties and Frank in his late thirties. I could easily feel the author and her love for music. It transpired to the story and to the characters. Cassy is a dedicated music journalist and Frank the lead singer of Hall Affinity. They start a relationship and has to keep it a secret because of their jobs and all that comes with dating a famous person.

It’s a
N.N. Britt
Sep 17, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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It's official!

Cassy and Frankie will have two books.
Double the heat, double the rock'n'roll debauchery!

Robin Hill
I finished this book minutes ago and I'm just sitting here staring at my screen, in awe of Britt's talent. Final Serenade is a refreshing addition to the rockstar romance genre. I was sucked in by the very clever prologue and barely put the book down until I finished, meaning I read all night and had to stop what I was doing to finish it today, laundry be damned. And now I'm in that euphoric, groggy, happy place that only comes after losing sleep for a fantastic read. Frankie Blade is as swoony ...more
Cassy and Frankie's clandestine secret relationship was just what I was in the mood for. There was angst, betrayal, secrets and more blended into this story. It was a perfect mix. Frankie was Cassy's crush from when she was younger. He's a rockstar making a comeback after years out of the spotlight. She's a music journalist. They are the most unlikely of couples...but yet they least in private they do.

Cassy and Frankie venture into their relationship slowly. However, their chemistry
Cassy is a music journalist who gets the chance of a lifetime to interview rock n roll legend, Frankie Blade. Frank is the lead singer of Hall Affinity, a band that went on a 7-year hiatus after he suffered a life-threatening accident, but now is ready for a long-awaited reunion.

But, it also happens that Cassy was really smitten with him back in the day, he was her ultimate musician crush. After the interview and a dinner invite, sparks start flying and their connection is undeniable.

They start
THIS is a Rock-n-Roll book. THIS is a heroine. THIS is the underbelly of fame.

THIS was great.
♛Vanessa♛ Fangirl Faction
Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own.

Holy cliffhanger, Batman! Oh, my gods, I need the next installment of this series pronto! This book was just magnetic. I was pulled into this story instantly and it would not let me go.

I was totally captivated by the storytelling. I really meshed with the author's writing style. The story's flow was perfect and reading the story just felt like breathing. It was so effortless
Paula White
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was gifted an ARC for an honest review.

I know this is a duet but I need book 2 NOW!

I loved Frank and Cass. They were authentic, it was a true love amongst a crazy world. Didn’t particularly like Dante but then again I don’t think we are supposed to, well I hope not!

Loved all the stories around the music business - it just all felt very genuine. I am going to think on it a bit more..may up my rating...
B. C. Booklover
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Today I discovered that my Bookbub review from when this book first came out a year ago, never got posted here!!! Well, time to rectify that right now!!!

One of my favorite things is to be introduced to the work of a new, very talented author and N.N. Britt really showed me what she had to offer when I read her debut novel, Rapture. I'm a huge sucker for great rocker romances, especially when it's written by someone who knows how to grab your attention and hold on tight. She definitely did that
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N.N. Britt has officially made it to the TOP of my cliffhanger SH*T LIST because of that epic ending in Final Serenade and now all I am thinking about is that I need book two like YESTERDAY! I might have once been a fan of those pesky little cliffhanger endings that author's throw our way because of that on the edge of your seat excitement and anticipation of what's to come, but NO more. I am officially refusing to EVER read another duet for as long
Aug 20, 2021 added it
There was far too much information in the first couple of pages; I felt like there was so much to take in but it completely lost me. I tried to carry on but unfortunately it just wasn’t happening.
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story captivated me so much from the first page that I found myself reading it straight through in one day! I absolutely loved it!

N.N. Britt truly knows the inner workings of the rock’n roll world. I found myself completely enthralled by Frank and Cassy’s story. Their chemistry was palpable, realistic and deep. The plot and character development progressed smoothly and effortlessly! The emotions, angst levels and that cliffy ending had my heart literally beating out of my chest and gasping
Mehaque Khanum
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The new sun beamed above our heads as the wind tangled our hair. I’d never done drugs before, but I imagined this was how it would feel to be high. In a way, I was high. High on him."

My favorite author didn't disappointed at all!

Reading 'Adrenaline' and then coming here to 'Final Serenade', every word justifies, every sentence flutters my heart- SO GOOOOD. I'm not exaggerating at all. The romance between Frankie and Cassy was extraordinary. The writing style was so good, at some places, it f
LianaReads blog
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 rock stars
I loved this story and how the author managed to get all those raw and real feelings with her words throughout the book.
It’s not your usual rock star romance, it’s much more than that and the ending will let you wanting more and that happily ever after asap.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rockstar heaven! This author gives us such beautiful words that paints a picture of these spectacular characters, their struggles, triumphs and heartbreak in a way that leaves no room to guess as to who they are. It's all right there in Ms. Britt's outstanding storytelling and character development. Her words wrap around my heart and make me tingle! This story of an aging rock god and his second coming after a horrific accident and the rock and roll journalist that catches his eye is nothing sho ...more
Luz Dukes
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m very familiar with N.N. Britt’s work and Finale Serenade has to be my favorite! What a complete masterpiece this book is! The plot completely original and organic from anything I’d ever read. Cassy and Frank’s chemistry was completely off the charts! The banter between Frankie and Cassy was so sweet and genuine. I found myself enraptured by Cassy and Frankie. The little world that they had made for them in between their real lives. The ending! I could NOT put Finale Serenade down whatsoever! ...more
Zeena Becks
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant read!
I was trying very hard to take my time reading the book so I won't have to wait too long for part two but it was just not possible.
The love story between music journalist Cassy and the phoenix out of the ashes rockstar Frankie is not only unique, but it also draws you in from the first second on. A book unlike any other. Wonderful storytelling, sexy scenes, lots of emotion and a plot that has me craving for more!
A book that won't disappoint.
This is my first time reading one of this author's works and it won't be my last. Final Serenade is a solid execution of a combination rock star/forbidden love romance. It's obvious that Ms. Britt has connections to the world of music, as her prose definitely had that authentic "been there" vibe. A killer Spotify playlist always garners additional kudos from me, especially when the storyline revolves around the music industry. Reader beware though...there is a gigantic cliffy at the end of the b ...more
Karen Sedgman
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Adrenaline 1999 a short story about Frankie Blade's life before Cassy! I was excited to read Final Serenade about Cassy and Frankie journey and l absolutely loved them together! Then we got to that last chapter and N.N. Britt is good for cliffhanger's and this was a good one or not? May cannot come soon enough l need part2 One Last Verse in my life like now! ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this so much! RTC...
4.5 🌟⭐️⭐️
I loved it......from the 1st page!!!💜
Krystal Estrada
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Britt's writing just keeps getting better!

N.N. Britt has done it. She's left me wanting more! I can't wait to finish Cassy and Frankie have some of the best chemistry I've ever read. I love that she has woven some of her own knowledge and experience into Cassy. It makes her real and relatable.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know this book is a part of a duet, but man. I did NOT want this book to end. The pull between Frankie and Cassy is evident from the very beginning, but watching their relationship slowly unfold - and get stronger, even with all the stuff going on around them - had me in my feelings for most of the book. Frankie and Cassy have so much strength and resiliency, and they're tested in so many ways throughout this book but still manage to keep it together. I love Cassy's sass and Frankie's rocker-w ...more
Hopelessly Addicted To Books
This is my first book by this author and it won't be my last, fantastic story.

OK fair warning this ends on a huge cliffhanger but luckily we don't have long to wait for the next installment. I love bookas set in the music world and this one had me hooked from the start. Cassie and Frankie are two very complex and likeable characters and their love story captivated me. I loved the concept of the story it's not typical of this genre. We get to see alot of what happens in the background which made
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Cassy gets her dream interview with Frankie who was also her teenage crush neither was prepared for what that dinner invite would entail or the possible repercussions from a relationship fallout for anyone to judge but the explosive chemistry that they feel isn’t something they look away from. I loved how Cassy no matter what is comfort to Frankie. But that ending!!!! I need the next part of the duet now
25% DNF

the book started off excellent and was very promising. Well written! But I expected the moment of the encounter between the 2 protagonists to be "on the point" and wanted it to spark fireworks. unfortunately - it wasn't. At any other time I would Proceed a little further to see whether the book is taking the good direction or the bad one. But I have zero patience these days and my time is so limited, so I decided to quit. At the same time - I will not rank it because it is not fair.
4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Stars! Rockstar romance. Loved all the detail and the heartfelt words to this book. The Author did a good job with connecting With her audience. Can’t wait to read the follow up book.
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is as much about Cassy Evans’ professional reputation and integrity as a music journalist and the rules that she chooses to live by as it is about her relationship with other characters in the book; her professional partner, her brother and most of all, her teenage crush and rock God, Frankie Blade.
It is her job that leads to a face to face meeting with the enigmatic, Frankie Blade, rock singer and front man of Hall Affinity.

Frankie re-emerges onto the music scene after falling off th
Jeannie Zelos
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Final Serenade, The Encore: Book 1, N.N. Britt

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Romance, Women's Fiction.

Gah, women's fiction write romance, men read romance, lets get with the 21st century.

Anyway, rock romance, I love it, and this features characters a little older, which is great for me. Teen angst can be fun, but its much nicer to find characters that have a little more depth.
I loved this book, loved it. So much in this genre features ( as above) teens, lead females t
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5+ Stars for this heart wrenching story!

Frank had a hard start in life until he was adopted at the age of six. His adoptive parents were flower children from the 70s and their love for music rubbed off on Frankie. He became a rock superstar. But at the height of his career he was in a bad motorcycle accident and it took him seven years to return to the music. Cassy is a rock journalist who has had a crush on Frankie Blade since she was a teenager ... before the accident. Now she has the chance t
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N.N. Britt is a Los Angeles-based music journalist and photographer. Her photos have graced T-shirts, billboards, and CD covers. She pens realistic, thought-provoking novels about today's world of art and music and the flawed people who live in it. When she's not writing or drinking coffee, she's probably reading or attending a heavy metal show.

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