Published on November 17th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
In the past, I've always been given everything I've wanted, but nothing that I truly needed. I've experienced a lot of things in my twenty-five years, everything except the one thing I want. It's the one thing that can’t be bought. It can't even be taken, it has to be given. And nobody has ever given it to me, not really anyway.
Not until him.
Music is the center of both our lives, but as he found his place in it, I lost my way. He soared, while I spiraled down a destructive path.
I lost myself in more ways than I can count.
The ironic thing is that I didn’t realize how lost I was until he found me.
And now that he has, I have to wonder if he'll stay around long enough to catch me.
Maybe I’m okay with being a crazy person. I’d rather be crazy than perfect. There’s no excitement in perfection.
Brooklyn is the daughter a music icon -the creator of Harmon Records and a famous fashion model. It feels like this is the only way people see her. She has always been under a lot of pressure and scrutiny. When she meets her best friend, Ryan it feels like he’s the first person she could really connect with who cared about her for her, but when she loses him unexpectedly, it turns her world upside down. She was pulled down by the pain, loneliness, and depression.
Sadness envelopes my heart, with each step I take, and I welcome it. Sadness is my home, I belong in it, it belongs in me; we are one and the same.
Now, eight years later, Brooklyn is twenty-five and moving to New York to put her natural talent for recruiting to good use for her father’s record label. Her older brother, Hendrix, and cousin Nina live there so she is excited for this change, but is also feeling the pressure to prove herself. On her way to NYC, Brooklyn runs into her oldest friend, Shea. You can immediately tell that they have a very complicated history. They dated on and off, but Brooklyn couldn’t compete with his partying lifestyle and the hoards of woman Shea had a hard time saying no to. Despite their ups and downs, the two have stayed best friends and although they are both very messed up and have had to deal with their awful parents; they’ve always leant on each other. Especially since Shea was also friends with Ryan and knows what Brooklyn went through losing him.
Oh, and did I mention that Shea is one of the hottest musicians at the moment and is recording his newest album at her studios? Yeah. And when Shea introduces Brooklyn to his recorder producer, Nick Wilde sparks fly! Between run ins at work and around the city, the sexual tension is through the roof. The flirting, the small touches, the subtle and not so subtly innuendos, fleeting glances, and soft whispers are all very present. There is a lot of build up and the whole time I was just DYING for something to happen with them!
“I really, really want to kiss you, Brooklyn,” he murmurs, his voice raspy and soft and filled with need. “I really, really want to.”
“So do it,” I whisper against his lip.
He shakes his head, rubbing the tip of his nose against mine. “I don’t want to share you,”
“I’m not yours to share,” I breathe.
“That’s why I’m not going to kiss you,” he whispers against me, so close I can practically taste his tongue on mine.
Nick is simply amazing. He is confident, without being cocky. He’s a bit mysterious in the beginning, but opens up beautifully as the story progresses. Their relationship is really well developed and I couldn’t get enough of him. View Spoiler »
“Because the thought of you kissing anybody else the way you kiss me is enough to drive me crazy. Because I want to be the one that owns this,” he says, placing his hand over my heart.
“And this.” He brushes his fingers over my lips.
“And this.” He trails the tips of his fingers over my head, making me smile.
“And this,” he says, placing soft kisses over my neck and down to my chest.
“And this,” he says, cupping me between my legs before dropping his hand and looking at me again.
“And most of all, because I’m selfish and I don’t want you to make anybody feel the way you make me feel. Because I want those big green eyes to only light up when you look at me. Because. I. Need. You.” « Hide Spoiler There are bumps along the way and Brooklyn has to face many of her own personal demons brought on my years of not feeling good enough (because her mom is a terrible person) and being so alone. I loved how he was with Brooklyn though, always knowing just what she needed.
Although I loved the build up of the romance, it did at times get a bit too much in Brooklyn’s head for me. Her inner monologues could get long even during dialogue – to the point that I didn’t remember what the question was by the time she answered it. I also thought the book was longer than it needed to be. There aren’t particular scenes I would have removed, just some of that repetitive longing. This book deals with some really serious, dark subjects and while I think exploring the characters issues and feeling is important, it did feel long at times.
Catch Me features some of the best characters I’ve encountered in a while. Claire really knows how to write dialogue and relationships in a way that made me connect on a deep level with each of them. Hendrix and Nina didn’t feel like side characters. They are such a huge part of why I loved this book. It was so much fun when the three them were together.
“What’s up, bitches?” She greets. “You got coffee? Or are hens not domesticated?”
Hendrix grumbles something that sounds like “fucking moron” under his breath as he reaches in the cabinet to get her a mug.
“Sweeeet,” Nina says placing her mug on the table and serving herself coffee. “I like this mug, you asshole.”
I laugh, covering my mouth with both hands to keep the cereal from sputtering out of my mouth when I read the mug he handed her: I am surrounded by fucking idiots.
“You can thank Bee, she gave it to me for Christmas,” Hendrix says.
Nina rolls her big brown eyes at us. “Why do I hang out with you? You guys are so fucking weird.”
“Because you have no friends,” Hendrix comments.
“Because you love us,” I say at the same time.
Hendrix makes a face. “That’s not corny,” he says, looking at me.
And of course, Shea! He is such a major part of the story and I really loved it because I just loved him and cared so deeply for what he was going through as well. He is snarky and inappropriate, but I loved that him and Brooklyn had such a deep connection. It really got to me at times, giving me some major cases of the feeeeels. Brooklyn also surprised me. At first you could say I thought she might be a little weak, but as I kept reading I really grew to like her. I could admire and respect her for facing her issues and doing what she needs to do move on.
I really enjoyed this story. The romance and steam were great, the characters were lovable, and the twists interesting. The drama and angst are definitely present, but thankfully it never felt over the top. I felt emotionally connected to the story and would definitely recommend it.
With the fun dialogue and characters, I’m really hoping to see some of them get their own books. I really appreciate this being a stand alone, but with how attached I got to them, I can’t deny I’d love to hear Shea, Nina, and Hendrix’s stories.