Eliza Smith has never been the one to seek a relationship. She’s never dated a guy in her life, never even hugged a man (outside of her father/manager of the hot and popular rock band, FireNine) but when she decides to spend her summer on tour with FireNine, it all changes. Eliza really gets to meet Gage Grendel - her former crush from high school and the lead singer of FireNine - and witness sides to him to which she’ll begin to truly despise.
She’ll ignore him, she’ll dislike his ways, she’ll do anything to try and stay away from him until Gage finally gets her to slip up and give in. She agrees on a casual fling with Gage, but soon they’ll both see how the fling will blur into something they can’t control and when it’s finally time for Eliza to go and accomplish her own dreams, she’ll know there’s more she took from Gage than she ever thought possible.
Eliza isn't a social creature, much preferring to keep to herself and immerse herself and get lost in her art and reading. She grew up in a shitty home with her deadbeat mom, finding peace when her father took her into his home. Her father is a gay man who keeps his preferences to himself, and he's FireNine's band manager.
FireNine is going on tour, and Eliza's father makes her join them to get her to experience more to life while she's on summer break from college. Eliza grudgingly agrees, but she's nervous because Gage, the lead singer of the band, has been her crush for years. She's liked him since high school before he made it big in the music world, and now she'll be trapped with him on a bus for months. She isn't sure how that will pan out.
Gage is a cocky son-of-a-bitch and he sets his sights on Eliza when he finds out she'll be joining them on tour. This man runs hot and cold. He's really intense and is open with what he wants, which is Eliza, but she shuts him down at every turn, because she knows that she'll just be another notch on his bed post.
"Don't shrug your shoulders at me because there's no way in hell I can care this much- that I can adore you this much- and you not feel the same way. There's just no fucking way."
Eventually, Eliza gives into her basic needs as a women, and she and Gage begin a torrid affair while on tour. I did not like Gage at all. He was a selfish man who didn't really think things through, only reacting when he didn't get what he wanted. Nothing about him screamed bad boy rock star. He was more of a spoiled brat rock star. I kept pulling on my hair just yelling at Eliza not to fall for his "charm." I didn't feel the love between these two at all.
I don't want to spoil the ending, but it wasn't one I would have hoped for. It left many questions up in the air, and had I not read the intro of chapter 1 of book 2, Who We Are, and been immediately intrigued, I wouldn't continue on with this series, but I was high compelled to do so.
I will admit that the writing does get a little better towards the end, and I'm hoping that things won't seem so clust-fuck in the 2nd book. So with that said, Who He Is is an okay read with potential.
Here's to praying there's some character growth for Gage and Eliza in the next book. Cheers! *Knocks back a martini and cracks open Who We Are*
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