Swoon by Lauren Rowe

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• BLURB •

Growing up, I knew my older brother’s best friend thought of me as “Logan’s kid sister.” For me, though, our next-door neighbor, Colin, felt like anything but a sibling. Whenever I spied on him through my bedroom window, as he banged away, shirtless, on his drum kit, I felt sensations inside me I’d never felt for my actual brother. But when we moved away and Colin’s band took off like a rocket, I knew my tweener fantasies would never become a reality.⁣

Fast-forward nine years to my brother’s wedding, when I saw Colin again and we shared a secret, drunken kiss that rocked my world. The next morning, Colin blamed the alcohol. Said we should pretend the kiss, and my unfortunate text afterward, never happened. ⁣

Now that I’m heading to LA to work for Colin and crash at his place, though, all bets are off. I’m determined to make Colin swoon for me, the same way I’ve always done for him. Because no matter what he insisted, Colin’s body during our kiss, and the shocking thing he whispered into my ear right afterward, made it clear he doesn’t really think of me as his little sister, any more than I do.

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• MY REVIEW •


“Will I ever find true love in this lifetime? Will someone ever swoon for me the way I swoon for them?”


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Excitement doesn’t even cover my feels when I started this story and immediately fell back into a world I was familiar with. It left me feeling lighthearted and all around happy contentment! 🤗 If you haven’t read any of Lauren Rowe’s books, then I think this is a sweet and giggle-inducing introduction to her writing and the vivid world she has created (and expanded). You’ll meet quite a cast of secondary characters as well, and for those who are familiar with Lauren’s work, then the crossover of these characters from her other books is a fabulous feature to see in the story. For the newbies, this story will surely have you curious about these characters’ stories and have you checking out the backlist of books Lauren has written about them. I know there’s a couple of characters that totally caught my attention in this book that I’m looking forward to reading more about. 😁

It’s well-paced storytelling with dual POVs. The history between Amy and Colin really amped up the dimension and dynamic of their relationship in the present day, and made their flirty romance all the more, as the title perfectly describes it… “swoon” worthy! I love seeing their relationship from each of their perspectives, because whilst they both have similar thoughts and feelings about some subject matters, they certainly have a difference of opinions on others. It was such a contrast, and at times the frustration that leaped off these characters easily transferred onto me, as the reader. It’s emotional, spontaneously unpredictable, with crazy, fun highs and lip-pouting lows, that it was easy to get invested in their story. (And don’t get me started on some of the secondhand embarrassment some of their interactions caused. Hehehe). 🙈

This is a contemporary romance story with a secret crush/ brother’s best friend trope, and what makes this story stand out from other books with similar romance tropes is that Lauren has included her own flair and musical creativity to it. Just like her other books set in the same world of musicians, tours, and stardom, you can look forward to hearing original songs incorporated into the storyline. It’s one of the highlights in my opinion, and totally elevates the atmosphere of those scenes and needless to say adds more realism to these fictional people.

I’ve only read a few of Lauren’s books but they’ve all been well-written with detailed world-building, and Swoon is no different. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Amy’s and Colin’s rollercoaster ride of emotions and see them develop as characters. By all means, their relationship is not perfect and these protagonists are flawed and complex but you can expect a reasonable amount of groveling and effort included that will have you rooting for these characters and satisfied with how roadblocks in their relationship are overcome.


“I’m gonna grand gesture the fuck outta her.”


With secondary plotlines developing simultaneously in the background, this was a multi-layered story. Never a dull moment, and although a lot of things are happening at the same time, it’s effortless to follow. It has an amazing balance of comic relief to the more pensive scenes, yet all are memorable moments. I always find romance stories where characters have entertaining inner dialogues all the more engaging and Swoon had them in spades. And if you fancy intimacy between the hero/ heroine to be descriptive and wordy, hehe yep, you won’t be disappointed with the detail that goes on during Amy’s and Colin’s bedroom romps either. 😜

There are strong friendships and family-oriented presence in this story that I loved seeing. As much as I adored Amy’s and Colin’s cute push-and-pull interactions, I equally found myself looking forward to seeing the dynamics and interactions they have with their friends and families— with an array of personalities and opinions, the relationships just seemed so genuine and relatable.

Overall, I found this to be a sweet, hearty story with gradual progression. The little moments down memory lane demonstrates how far and special Amy’s and Colin’s connection is. It has an entertaining cat and mouse type of romance that kept me engaged. All the characters are truly likable, and although this is predominately a romance story, both Amy and Colin also have their own personal hang-ups and insecurities that they come to realize and work through. It’s a standalone novel and undeniably concludes with a HEA!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Lauren Rowe and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💗

🔔 Interested in reading Swoon? Grab your copy here: Universal Link

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More reviews for Lauren Rowe books!

Bad Liar  |  Beautiful Liar  |  Beloved Liar

The Reed Rivers Trilogy by Lauren Rowe

The Hate-Love Duet

Book One: Falling Out Of Hate With You by Lauren Rowe

Book Two: Falling Into Love With You by Lauren Rowe


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Falling Into Love With You by Lauren Rowe

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I’m obsessed with Laila Fitzgerald. There, I finally admitted it. I’ve tried not to want her. I tried to step aside when my best friend said he wanted her. But it’s proved impossible. She’s too gorgeous and talented, too charismatic and badass, for me not to want her for myself.

Unfortunately, though, karma’s a bitch. In trying to do the right thing by my best friend, I’ve done the wrong thing by myself. I’ve pushed her away every chance I’ve had. Dug way too deep a hole to crawl out of . . . And now, Laila downright hates my guts. And rightly so.

But since we’re stuck together, yet again—and, this time, even more closely—I’ve decided nothing will stop me from getting what I want. This time, I’m going to figure out a way to coax Laila into falling out of hate with me . . .

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• MY REVIEW •

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👏👏👏 Oh my savage. I loved it! A solid conclusion to The Hate-Love Duet! Just like the first book, I was enamored with Laila and Savage, and seeing the next developments between them.

The first book focused on Laila’s and Savage’s puzzling merry-go-round of emotions for one another whilst navigating through music tours, media interviews, and building connections with other artists. This book focuses on the whirlwind of changes that has occurred in the short amount of time since they first met and toured together. You’ll see the inner workings of the industry, new music ventures, and more drama whilst juggling their personal and public images.

I know it’s still considered early days but who cares?! I’m calling it… This duet is one of my favourite reads of 2021! I honestly wasn’t expecting to fall in love with a rock star romance story as I don’t usually gravitate towards that romance sub-genre. But Rowe has captured my attention with the world she has created and the complex but lovable characters she’s introduced to readers. I highly recommend it! It’s a journey full of highs and lows but throughout it all you’ll get invested in seeing how things will play out. I might’ve gotten annoyed with Laila on a number of occasions throughout reading this book 😅 but Savage was right there to break my annoyance by (eerily) mirroring my exact thoughts… resulting me doing great big “boo-yahs!” 🙌🙌 What’s that saying? Great minds think alike. Lol.

I went through an emotional roller coaster. This book gave me all the feels. I went from giggling to being annoyed, to blubbering (and needing x amount of tissues), to happy sighing.

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One thing that was rock solid was my love for Adrian Savage. He’s perfectly imperfect. His flaws and acknowledgement of them is what makes him a redeemable, heart-thumping character. His emotions leaped off the pages and couldn’t help but rub off on you. He’s such an authentic character and despite his high-profile image, his quite relatable. I love the layers and the reasons behind his personality traits. He’s a “tortured artist” with cool rock star status— the more his story developed, the more you realize that behind that image is a troubled man in need of guidance.

My affection for Laila may have wavered here and there whilst reading this book, but I am still Team Laila! There wouldn’t be all the hilarious commentary and banter without her. 😉 She’s the type of character who I can picture being good friends with but can have disagreements at times (but that’s all friendships). She has some great qualities about her I respect. She’s loyal to a fault, she loves wholeheartedly, and when she’s not being overly dramatic, she’s down right bubbly and fun!

But despite my hang-ups with some of Laila’s actions in this book, I can’t deny I adored Savage and her together. Some of my favourite parts were them just hanging out getting to know one another. Their road isn’t an easy one, they go through a lot of insecurities, jealousy, and immaturity which resulted in setbacks in their relationship. But I found it all the more gripping to see how they overcome each concern.

The direction of the story took a turn from the first book and I admit the main plot was something I wasn’t expecting but it was intriguing. This is a work of fiction but if there’s truth to some of the situations that occurred, I actually wouldn’t be all that surprised but it’s refreshing to read about. The details included is what makes this story stand out. So many things were happening but every single one of them was wrapped up beautifully that by the end you’re not left wondering or asking questions. Rowe covered all her bases from Laila’s and Savage’s relationship, to their careers, to their personal issues, to everything! I legit can’t think of anything that I felt was left unfinished.

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What I absolutely adored about this book (as well as in the first) is that Rowe went above and beyond in encompassing Laila’s and Savage’s world to the readers. There’s certain unique touches included — I won’t spoil what the extra content is for those wanting to read the duet but I’m not going to lie, it works so well when reading the ebook edition. 😉🤐

An overall vivid and progressive story of two people who started off on the wrong foot and only grew from there. From constant secrets, misunderstandings, and gameplaying, to one of second chances, realization, and a gradual development of a relationship. There’s no denying how much work and growth Laila and Savage go through, not only in their relationship but individually as well.

If you enjoy the following tropes in your romance reads, then I think you’ll enjoy this duet:

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Rock star Romance
  • Hate to Love
  • Fake Relationship
  • Insta-Love

It’s an exceptional love story— well-paced, and the dual points of view continued on from the first book. I love the friendships, the camaraderie amongst the characters, and without a doubt the music that accompanied their journey!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Lauren Rowe and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💗

🔔 Interested in reading The Hate Love Duet? Grab your copy here:

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🎸 Read my review for the first book of The Hate-Love Duet!

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📗 Falling Out Of Hate With You by Lauren Rowe


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Falling Out Of Hate With You by Lauren Rowe

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• BLURB •

I’ve tried to like Adrian Savage, the mercurial frontman for Fugitive Summer, while serving as his band’s opening act on tour. We’re stuck together for three months, after all. And I’m well aware I’m lucky to be here.

But it’s proved impossible. He’s far too rude and dismissive a guy to get along with. And way too good at getting under my skin. In fact, at this point, I think it’s fair to say I downright hate his guts.

Global thirst trap that he is, though, I’m finding it extremely difficult not to want to jump Savage’s bones, despite how much he infuriates me. I hate myself for it. But my body is going rogue on me. It doesn’t matter, though. I’m determined to resist him.

In fact, what I’ve decided is that, as long as I’m here and stuck with him, I’m not only going to give Savage the sound tongue lashing nobody else around here has the balls to deliver, I’m going to bring that bad boy to his knees.

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• MY REVIEW •

Wow. Just wow. I honestly wasn’t expecting to get sucked into such a vivid world of rock stars, wild parties, and stereotypical groupies but I did… and hey! I could go again! 🙌 I can’t wait to get stuck into book two!

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Lauren Rowe just showed me what I was missing out on with this book! I can’t believe I haven’t discovered her and her books earlier but with how much I enjoyed this one, I’m kinda chuffed it was my introduction to her work!

Right off the gate, you’re thrown into Laila’s and Savage’s world, schmoozing with celebrities and other artists in the music industry. Going in, there were a lot of details to get through, which at first I thought would be overwhelming, but once you start getting the feel of the atmosphere, the pacing, and start remembering who the secondary characters are by name the world kind of envelops you.

The blurb practically tells you this is a hate to love romance story and when you’re first introduced to Laila and Savage and see how their story starts, you quickly realize how it has become that situation… and I’m not going to lie I found their escalating banter mixed with their constant sexual frustration HILARIOUS! I’m talking belly-laugh funny! 😂🤣

I’m not going to give plotlines away (because duh, that would be a spoiler), it’s really one of those storylines you really have to experience for yourself. But just know it’s romance full of substance and feels!

And there’s no doubt about it, Laila and Savage have chemistry and spark. It can be difficult for that type of chemistry to leap off the pages and be believable but Rowe nailed it! I was constantly on the edge of my seat, all eyes on what would happen next between the two. I also adore the secondary characters that played a big part in making each situation, each scene all the more entertaining and intense.

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This is what you can look forward to with this book:

  • Hate-to-love
  • Contemporary romance
  • A complex rock star hero
  • A sweet and sultry heroine
  • Game playing
  • Zingy banter

I admit I haven’t read much rock star romances in the past because I found the few I did read, the hero almost always was too arrogant, too cocky, and alpha in an off-putting way that did not make me swoon. But Savage is different. He does have the arrogance, and the cockiness, but it was in a jovial, good-natured way that you can’t help but smile at. It also helps that as the story progresses you get more and more insight to his personality and his life both in and out of the music industry. There were moments where you’ll find him to be the hot rock star that he is, but then there’ll be moments you see Savage turn that side of him off and he becomes so relatable and down to earth.

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Laila on the other hand is a firecracker! Lol. I’ll admit my thoughts on her changed with each new situation. But overall, she’s still very personable. Laila is this up and coming young star who’s still a little starstruck herself. In my opinion her reactions and her somewhat immaturity to certain things felt authentic. She’s out there, a little childish at times but I’m considering it as just another layer in what makes her character.

Rowe has created some complex characters here. I love that they’re those more-than-meets-the-eye type of characters and the further I read, the more I was invested in seeing both their individual stories and where their unusual relationship was headed.

Such a fun, entertaining read set in a behind-the-scenes backdrop of the music biz with a cool, steady-paced storytelling and told from first person, dual points of view. Besides learning about our protagonists, you get snippets of the secondary characters as well. I gathered relatively quickly that these minor characters have their own stories, and despite not having read them (yet), I didn’t get the vibe that I was missing anything in regards to the relationships these characters have with one another. Rowe has amazingly provided enough backstory that it flows with Laila’s and Savage’s own, yet at the same time has you intrigued to want to check out their books next.

This is book one in The Hate-Love Duet but it doesn’t (thank the book gods) leave you in a painstakingly cruel cliffhanger. It actually concludes quite nicely — almost like finishing an episode of a really cool, addictive tv show that has a continuous storyline, and you’re just waiting for the next one to air. Luckily you guys won’t have to wait too long for book two!

Other than my own teensy issue with Laila’s attitude at times that I was not a fan of, this book was hard to fault! If you’re a fan of contemporary romance books with rock star heroes, or if you’re new to this sub-genre and looking for your next read, then I highly recommend you give this one a go.

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It has a strong, detailed storyline, easy to follow, and doesn’t stray from its premise. The characters have unique personalities and will certainly hold your attention. There’s dimension and a great balance of romance, friendship, and musical elements within the story that makes it a genuine rock star, contemporary romance. There’s tons of funny moments throughout that keeps the overall atmosphere light-hearted.

There’s also a little surprise addition towards the end that I thought was an ingenious touch by Rowe that makes it all the more believable that these are singers you’re reading about. Falling Out of Hate With You is a winner in my books!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Lauren Rowe and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💚


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