Series: Bright Side #3
on December 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Franco Genovese is the drummer for world renowned American rock band, Rook. He’s got it all. A killer smile. Tattoos. Talent. Razor sharp wit and humor. And a heart as big, and generous, as they come.
Life is good. Steady. Uncomplicated. Just the way he likes things. Until one night at an unassuming L.A. bar changes everything.
Enter Gemma Hendricks.
She’s a successful young architect from Northern England with an adorable smile, sarcasm for days, and an unparalleled trusting heart.
The attraction is instant.
So is their friendship.
It’s also temporary because they’ll both be heading home, thousands of miles apart from each other, in a few days.
Or is it?
There’s something Gemma wants more than anything else.
And when Franco propositions her to provide what she’s looking for, everything changes.
Will it transform friendship into love, or will it be their ruin?
Note from the author: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is recommended for mature audiences.
I have enjoyed all of Kim Holden’s books. They are thoughtful, uplifting and frequently stirring, and each book celebrates the power of the human spirit. Franco is no different.
It’s book three in the Bright Side series, and I can’t sing the praises of the first two books, Bright Side and Gus, highly enough. They fit very nicely on my All-Time Favorites bookshelf. This book isn’t a continuation of Kate and Gus’s story though; it’s a distinctly separate plot. Franco doesn’t attempt to be as life changing or emotional as the other books, but it is enjoyably touching nonetheless.
Honestly, I couldn’t even remember who Franco is, but he’s the drummer for Gus’s band. I liked him instantly. He meets Gemma, an English architect, in a bar and he’s immediately drawn to her. Gemma’s work visa expires in a few weeks and then she’s on her way back to the U.K. They quickly form a friendship, and I liked that they don’t immediately fall into bed together despite their mutual attraction. Their brief time together definitely accelerates their romance, but their relationship is built on a foundation of friendship that continually grows stronger. Their shared sense of humor adds to their wonderful chemistry. The challenge becomes how to maintain their special friendship when they live on different continents.
There are some conflicts that test Franco’s character, but time and again he proves what a stand-up guy he is. Gus is featured prominently as Franco’s main source of support, and I thoroughly enjoyed their fun ribbing.
I took off a half star because I could easily predict where the plot was heading. I also think the story would have had a greater impact if the relationship between Gemma and her family was explored more. Despite the slightly fumbled execution, I appreciated every moment of this sweet and funny story. The epilogue is precious and left me with a warm heart. Kim Holden’s winning streak continues.
Note: Franco is a standalone that can be enjoyed without reading the previous books in the series. I do recommend you read them, however, due to their outstanding quality.
Recommended for fans of:
Rock star romances