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Book Thoughts: Cherry Beats (Vicki James)

James, Vicki - Cherry Beats


Title: Cherry Beats
Author: Vicki James
Genre: Fiction/Adult Romance   Pages: 418
First published: 2019
Edition: E-book (Self-published)

The night before Presley West was due to leave our small town of Hollings Hill, all of my high school fantasies came to life. He finally wanted me. Eight years I’d spent pining, and now I, bar-tending Tessa Lisbon, was going to make damn sure I made that night count before the music industry stole him.


When I was looking for an adult romance centred around a musical theme for my Musical May project, I came across this one. The reviews were great and I was expecting to love it as well.

Unfortunately, it did not quite win me over. Although it was pretty decent for the most part and certainly not as much as a cringefest as I have had the pleasure to experience with some adult romance in recent times (DNF…), it fell slightly short of doing what I wanted from it.

The author clearly is able to right strong characters and the main characters did have a ton of chemistry. That especially  was something I really appreciated, as this is too often a problem for me in these type of books. However, did feel a little too much like fan fiction at times and it was just a bit too cliche for my tastes. What annoyed me what was told to be love was very much described as lust, which to me are two very different things. Not once did Tessa (Cherry) describe feelings that I recognised as actual love. It was all about the feelings down below, which would have been fine as this is an adult romance, but this was clearly meant to be a love story. That kind of confused me.

Also, this book struck me as very American and when I realised it was set in England with British characters it really surprised me. None of the characters were written as if they were English. I am not sure whether the author is American, but it was something I noticed.

That makes it sound like I did not like the book, but I liked it well enough. Honestly! This was a fun read that maybe was a bit longer than it needed to be. I would read more from this author in the future.

4 out of 7 stars



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