Lyrics Heart & Soul by Anne Marie Citro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am not one who likes rocker books. I just don't like the rocker life style and everything that goes with it, but when I read yhe blurb, this one intrigued me. So, I jumped in head first. I will say, I didn't think u would get far into it, but boy way I wrong. I should of made sure there was a safety net at the bottom before I jumped, because OH MY HEART!!
The last thing Ryder wants to do, is spend time doing community service at a school for kids with special needs. Ryder knows for sure he will lose his mind, but it's better than going to jail. So reluctantly he takes his sentence. The experience he thought would ruin his life, is exactly what he needed to change his life, and for the good. Being the drummer of one of the top rock bands isn't an easy life to live. Especially when to you have a lifetime of demons warring in your heart, mind, and soul. Ryder struggles everyday to keep the man in control and the beast tamed. It's a battle he sometimes loses, but it doesn't matter, because he will be alone for the rest of his life. Love and a happily ever after isn't something he is worthy of or deserves. So he thought. Until a feisty tiny little Italian with a 'seven foot personality' put him in his place. Francesca brightens his world, but he knows she is too pure to risk tainting with the darkness of his demons.
Francesca has the heart of an angel and the patience of a saint. The only thing more important than her job, is her family. But then again, her kids are her family. Francesca, or Frankie as they call her, works at a centere called Reach Within, which is for kids and adults with special needs. Her kids there mean so much to her. So when she is told she has to work with someone doing community service, she gets a little worried. She sets out helping Ryder to see the amaziness in all of the kids. What she didn't expect was for it to change the dynamics of everything. He sees more than he should. He feels more than he says. And he does more than people expect. She finds herself getting closer and closer to him, and realizes, there is way more to him than he shows. She is determined to get to the bottom of his demons and help him fight them, but she doesn't know is she is enough.
This is a story of struggles, hurt, disappointment, and self-worth issues on both sides. But with everything they went through, and how hard it was, it was so fricking beautiful. Her beauty captivated the mind of the beast. Until eventually, she had it all. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the down right awful.
I have never been so shocked by a character before, like I was with Ryder. I was left in awe of him. The life he lived through was a hard one, and one I couldn't imagine having to endure, but his courage to over come it all was amazing. The love of amazing people, can do amazing things.
If "D.U.F.F's" are like Frankie, then I want one. No I want HER!! She is AMAZABALLS!! In every aspect of the word. I absolutely love her.
This is definitely one I will recommend, and will be a re-read for me.
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