How do you teach a rock star how to meditate?
The number one question on Stéphanie’s mind sounds like the start of a bad joke, and life would be a whole lot easier if she actually knew the punch line.
Her meditation coach job description said nothing about private lessons for the most infamous lead singer in Montreal, but somehow Stéphanie still finds herself sitting cross-legged on a yoga mat, right next to a pierced and tattooed music legend who’d rather be anywhere else.
Meditation classes are Ace’s final chance to convince his record label that the last bender he went on really was his last. The demons that have sent him to the bottom of countless bottles might not give a damn about ‘soothing rhythmic chanting,’ but it’s either this or game over for his career.
He’s not what she wants. She’s not what he’s looking for. Yet somewhere amidst all the incense fumes, the lines between student and teacher get blurred.
Even as their deep breathing exercises become nights filled with panting and gasps, Stéphanie can’t ignore the darkness that never quite leaves Ace’s eyes. It’s a darkness she knows far too well, and if she’s not careful, the cost of helping Ace find his way might just be losing herself.
Although it's book two in a quartet of interconnected standalones you don't need any prior knowledge to enjoy and reading this book first doesn't really spoil the first one in the series.
I love rockstar romances. I was in a mood for a nice rockstar romance and when I saw Katia Rose - who I'd read in the past and quite enjoyed - was looking for reviewers for her new rockstar romance, it was a no-brainer to sign up and I'm so glad I did!
I really really enjoyed Your Echo.
It starts off in a strange territory in that Ace... Well. He's a right dickhead. However, he's an interesting dickhead and you instinctively know there's more to his behaviour than meets the eye and as the story unfolds and more and more of him is revealed you can't help but fall in love with the guy along with Stephanie.
Stephanie was a cool character. She's French-Canadian - which I hadn't encountered much in books before - and a dancer with a serious chip on her shoulder due to events in her childhood.
Basically, Stephanie and Ace both have issues and were two halves of a perfect, broken, whole who felt destined to find each other. They needed each other. They made each other stronger. Better. More.
The story is one of healing, forgiveness, and acceptance told through the lives of interesting characters with smoking hot chemistry.
With a great balance of angst and humour, the author kept me turning the pages, absolutely hooked.
The writing was such that the characters felt real.
I was sucked into their world, I walked their streets, felt their feelings, listened to their music and wanted to dance.
It was beautiful but, as I said, real and a bit gritty and imperfect.
I cannot wait to read more of this series!
I particularly loved Ace's bandmate JP... He had a Mal (from Kylie Scott's Stage Dive series) vibe to him - well if Mal was French-Canadian - and had me in stitches!