Rocker Tucker White saved down-and-out waitress Cass Daniels from everyone in her life who was hurting her—except herself. In the much-anticipated follow-up to White Trash Beautiful, Teresa Mummert’s New York Times and USA Today bestseller, Tucker and Cass are finally together, but does that mean they get their happy ending?
Living on a tour bus with your boyfriend’s rock band is nothing like living in a trailer with your drug-addicted mother—except for the drama. After all the pain and grief that marked the beginning of Cass and Tucker’s relationship, they’re finally building a life together—just the two of them, his three bandmates, some groupies, and thousands of screaming fans. And not everyone is as happy about the couple’s reunion as they are.
The last thing Cass wants to do is create friction within the band—especially when Damaged is on the brink of achieving the success Tucker has worked so hard for. She’s thrilled to finally be with a man who loves and protects her as much as he does. But how can she carve out a place for herself in this new rock star world . . . without being swallowed by the shadow of Tucker’s fame?
I really do think this is a good book, but I do have to say I was disappointed that Teresa Mummert brought up great issues that caused tension and enriched the story, but the resolution was never clear. Cass and Tucker had problems, and instead of fighting them out and working through them to create a satisfying resolution, things got swept under the rug and never really brought up again. It was always Tucker's way or the highway. Any time an issue would arise it would quickly be dealt with in a manner that left me wanting more from the altercation. These issues could have made for honest to goodness character growth and instead it made the relationship seem somewhat shallow. That connection I felt between the two from the first book was sorely lacking in this one. Even Cass had to wonder why she and they were still together.
One of the major things I was hoping for in this sequel was to get more from Tucker. He's still loving, and patient, and caring, but I felt like he was putting his tour before Cass. His eye was on the prize, and it felt like he was somewhat ignoring the issues that were being brought up. Almost like he didn't have time to deal with them and didn't want to, and it had to be his way or the highway. He's overprotective and overbearing to the point where he was suffocating Cass, and when this strong woman stands up for herself and tries to deal with their problems like an adult, he just shuts her out. This is of course how I felt things were while I was reading. The few moments of intimacy between them felt fabricated and unrealistic and forced, because I didn't get any character growth from him. So when he said sweet things, it was overshadowed by his actions. I wanted to pull my hair out and just tell the man to actually have a conversation with the woman he loves and see those problems through to the end instead of just leaving me hanging and craving a resolution. They'd fight and then move on to a different scene, and I was still wondering well...what the heck happened? How could they kiss and be so in love, when not just five minutes ago they were arguing over something big...like how Tucker took credit for a song Cass had wrote?
Luckily Cass meets a new friend in Sarah. She's in a band that's on Tour with Damaged, and this girl brings Cass out of her shell. I really loved her hardcore. She's the opposite of Cass, but they have their similarities that make them the perfect peas in a pod.
Now Eric...that is a man with a ton of hangups, but Ms. Mummert does a great job of fleshing them out and allowing him to grow as a person through conflict and resolution where I felt she missed the mark with Tucker. Eric is an ass towards Cass, but he evolves. We get to feel his heartache and pain in loving someone who he can't have...and I'm not talking about Cass here. *wink wink*
I'm excited to hear that White Trash Love Song, the third novel in the series, will feature Eric and the woman who holds his heart. Totally looking forward to that come April 2014!
If someone asked me a few months ago if I would ever make it out of the trailer park alive, I would of smiled and told them the lie I told myself every day: I will make it out and I will have a better life for myself. I don't know if I ever honestly believed it, but it was the only thing that kept me from breaking down and giving up on life.
I needed to stop living in the past. I had moved on from that broken, shattered shell of a girl who lived in the trailer park - I had embarked on a new chapter and, for the first time, I allowed myself to pause for a moment and take it all in.
"I am just so scared that I will wake up and everything with Tucker will all have been a dream."
Everything fell into place in that moment. The past, the struggles, the fears all evaporated, and I felt like I belonged, like I had a purpose.
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