“First off, if you're expecting a run of the mill of happily ever after or a 'good' bad boy then I'm pretty sure you'll be sorely disappointed with this novel. It was everything but those things, it had a really bad boy who made you hate him 90% of the time and there was no happily ever after for anybody as of yet.
Groupie is a novel about the epitome of what we imagine bad boy rockers to be and his name was Giovanni Carnevale aka Vanni. He was introduced to us as the frontman of the up and coming band, Dreaming in Blue (DIB) and a guy who could make all the ladies melt into swooning puddles with just one look. Andy Foster was sucked in to his web when her friend Iris, the band's PR, invited her to write an article about the band.
The relationship, if you can even call it at that at this stage, between Vanni and Andy started pretty much as a cat and mouse game, in my opinion. With both of them not really, coming right out and saying what they wanted. It didn't seem like either of them were looking for anything much more than maybe some harmless flirting and a rump in the sack, if possible.
They're dynamic changed though, with both of them wanting more than that (even if Vanni was trying not to admit nor dwell to much on that fact) I can't really get into the brunt of the story without giving away too much and I think you need to read the book and let it unfold in front out your eyes. Let's just say that Vanni really had some issues where his feeling are concerned and he went about the wrong way trying to deal with it. Andy on the other hand, I felt was stuck in a way that she couldn't unstick herself from.
The reason for that is because the relationship between her and Vanni was what I would consider toxic, in the sense that they both desperately want each other but they keep pushing (mainly on Vanni's part) each other away. There was a lot of back and forth between the two in the novel and I was pretty annoyed with it at some points because Vanni was the main problem and I couldn't help but dislike him a little more with every page I turned.
The only thing that struck me as odd with the novel was the way the groupie aspect was introduced into the plot. The novel itself is narrated from differing points of views. Andy being the main one and then Talia aka the number one groupie being the other one. I felt like Talia's parts were just stuck in there and I found it weird every time I came across her narrative in the book.
Staying a bit on Talia, my god, she was a bloody trip! She was in la la land throughout the book and Vanni really didn't help bring her down to reality either. He feed her psychosis time and time again doing what we would consider normal musician/fan interaction. That was one of his biggest mistakes though because it ended up being the action that had deadly consequences and it was the turning point for his, Andy's and Graham's immediate future going into the next novel in the series.
I will say that I had a hard time reading this book and I had enough moment where bile would rise in my throat and the reason for that is because this novel was eerily similar to my own life. I have my own Vanni and Graham to deal with in real and the book hit a little too close to home for me. I had a difficult time sorting through the feeling brought about by the characters from those brought about because of my own personal life.
I did in the end though and the result, was me enjoying a pretty well written novel. The novel pulled me in from page one and didn't let me go until the final word was read by me. I'm looking forward to see how the series progresses from here. Word of advice though, don't read this book if you don't have the other two in the series on hand because the book seemed to end on a pseudo-type cliff hanger that made me need to read the other book in the series right away.
4.5 Well Worthy Stars!”