Who He Is
By Shanora Williams
Rating: 4 Glasses of Wine
Eliza Smith has never been the one to seek a relationship. She’s never dated a guy in her life, never even hugged a man (outside of her father/manager of the hot and popular rock band, FireNine) but when she decides to spend her summer on tour with FireNine, it all changes. Eliza really gets to meet Gage Grendel - her former crush from high school and the lead singer of FireNine - and witness sides to him to which she’ll begin to truly despise. She’ll ignore him, she’ll dislike his ways, she’ll do anything to try and stay away from him until Gage finally gets her to slip up and give in. She agrees on a casual fling with Gage, but soon they’ll both see how the fling will blur into something they can’t control and when it’s finally time for Eliza to go and accomplish her own dreams, she’ll know there’s more she took from Gage than she ever thought possible.
Our Review:Let me start by saying I have read books before by Shanora and I love her as an author. So needless to say, I was a tiny bit (or a shit-ton!) excited when we got the ARC for her new book Who He Is. I had no idea what the book was about before I started reading but figured, "what the hell? I liked her other books". Ladies, I was once again NOT disappointed. I'd like to say this book is an emotional roller coaster, but its not. Mainly, I wanted to strangle Eliza and slap the shit out of Gage. And at the end I was saying to myself, (because it is not appropriate to cuss in front of young children), WHAT THE FUCK?!?!
Eliza, Eliza, Eliza! She kinda falls into the, what we at WZbookends would call, a "weak woman" category. Yes, she has deep dark secrets that are slowly revealed through the book. Yes, she "tries" to resist the sexiness that is Gage Grendel and prove to herself that she is not a cheap floozy. However, she's whiny and even though she tries not to be, she's emotionally clingy. She hasn't over come her "demons" and she lets them drag her down and rule her emotions. She is also a 21 year old college virgin!!! I feel like in more and more of the books I am reading these days the girls are virgins. I'm not sure what is so great about having the main female character be a virgin. One chapter she's like "I will not let him take this gift from me", and in the next, poof! they've fucked and it was AMAZING!!!! Ok I digress.....
Eliza is a troubled soul with a shitty past. She goes to live with her dad, Ben, who is the manager for the hot rock/alternative group Fire Nine. Spending her time mostly drawing and painting, Eliza lives a simple, uncomplicated life. Then her dad asks her to come on tour with him and the band for two months in the summer and, as he puts it, "live a little". She agrees after much hesitation and her decision will forever change her life.
Enter Gage. What more can I say about Gage but, HOT DAMN! He is a smooth talking, cocky son of a bitch that has skeletons in his closet. Gage is the lead singer for Fire Nine and along with Montana, Deed and Roy, make up the sexy rock group. Gage is used to getting his way and having the ladies fall at his feet. But when he finds out that Ben has a daughter and not only is she hot, but will be touring with them for two months, it sets his world spinning.
Add a bunch of other kick ass people into the mix and the end product is one hell of a book, even though I found myself wanting to punch something more than anything else. The banter between the characters was great and I enjoyed how the relationships formed over time. However, the time it took to get from point A to point B sometimes felt slow as molasses. This book is going to be a trilogy from what the cover states and as a reader, this makes me both happy and sad. Happy, because there will be more story since so many questions were left unanswered. Sad, because we need more...like now! I look forward to reading the next book in the Fire Nine trilogy and seeing what happens with Eliza and Gage.
Shanora Williams, you have a faithful reader in this WZBookends blogger!!! I give Who He Is by Shanora Williams 4 glasses of White Zin! Cheers!!!
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