Review: Hiding in the Spotlight by Karen Booth


Alex Halford’s rock-star husband, Glenn, steals away in the middle of the night, leaving her with their two boys, a mountain of debt, and one person to turn to—his lifelong friend and band mate, David Callahan. David helps Alex pick up the pieces of her shattered life, happy to have any time with the woman he’s loved for seventeen years. Every moment with her is ripe with opportunity, and every last idea running through his mind would destroy his brotherly bond with Glenn.

Out from under Glenn’s thumb, Alex can see the person she was before marriage, finding feelings for David she thought she’d left behind in high school. A single kiss and the floodgates open, giving her new hopes of happiness. But when David and Glenn’s band has a chance to be back on top, David must convince Glenn to return. With every passing day, success comes closer, Glenn’s ego inflates, and David and Alex find it more difficult to hide. One misstep and the secret comes out, forcing David to choose between his life’s work and the woman he doesn’t want to leave behind.

My Review:

When Karen Booth emailed me to tell me that she had a new book coming out and asked if I wanted  an arc, my instant reaction was: YES PLEASE!

Immediately when starting this story, my heart was broken for Alex. As the synopsis above states, her husband Glenn, leaves her without a a word other than  note and with no money and a pasted due mortgage payments. Unsure what to do,  Alex leans on her husbands band mate and best friend David.  David is completely supportive and opens his home to Alex and her two boys. But David may have taken on more than he can chew, and he has been in love with Alex his entire life and has never been able to say or do anything about it as she has been with his best-friend. 

It was no secret that Alex and David were going to end up falling for each other. As a reader you were expecting it and anticipating them falling for one another. But the author does a great job at building up the suspense and the sexual tension. Each time you think they are going to finally come clean about their feeling for one another, their wishes kept getting pushed back. 

Honestly, what stole this story for me was David, everything about him was just pure sexy. First off I absolutely loved reading about his interaction with Alex's boys. To me there is absolutely nothing hotter than a man with children. I love watching Father's interacting with heir kids, and I love reading about it as well. And the way David steps in to take care of Tyler and Page was HOT! Reading about his making them breakfast and swimming with them was even sexier than some of the love scenes. But to add to his daddy-figure of the year award he also makes some of the other sacrifices he makes for Alex was also very sweet and touching!

This was another great story about second chance love with a touch of Rock & Roll! 

Both of Karen's stories that I have loved have been about adults reunited with their high school crushes! It gives me hope that I may have a shot with Justin Timberlake after all. - Sorry Jessica Biel! 

Karen Booth is a Midwestern girl transplanted in the South, raised on 80s music, Judy Blume, and the films of John Hughes. An early preoccupation with rock 'n' roll led her to spend her twenties working her way from intern to executive in the music industry. Several of her books revolve around the world of backstage passes and band dynamics.

When she's not creating fictional musicians, she's listening to everything from Otis Redding to Duran Duran to Tokyo Police Club with her kids, honing her Southern cooking skills (she makes some mean collards), or sweet-talking her astoundingly supportive husband into whipping up a batch of cocktails.


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