FLIP THE BEAT is a standalone contemporary romance by
Roxanne D. Howard. Molly Ivers is an intelligent young
woman but when it comes to romance, she's torn between
what she thinks she should want and what she craves.
Professor Sullivan is the kind of well-mannered
intellectual she's always wanted, and musician Evan
Castle is the kind of guy Molly finds so dangerous
because he's such a wildcard for her. After some advice
from her best friend, and a life coach, Molly eventually
allows herself to have want she wants most.
I think this is the first book I've read in which the
impossibly sexy rock star is the underdog. Throughout
FLIP THE BEAT Evan keeps trying to prove his worth as
boyfriend material to Molly. This story is told strictly
from Molly's perspective, so the reader is left to wonder
along with Molly if Evan is worth the risk. Evan seduces
Molly with his sexual prowess, as well as his many
thoughtful gestures. You can't help but root for Evan as
he woos and tries to persuade Molly without coming on too
aggressive. Evan is often underestimated by Molly, but
his sweet persistence is endearing.
Molly is an introspective and sympathetic character. She
tries not to send mixed signals to the men in her life
but is aware that she needs the life coach's advice as an
impartial third party. As the story progresses, Molly
gains confidence which helps her make some of the big
decisions in her life. Molly's friend Nell is a great
sounding board for her, and their friendship gives FLIP
THE BEAT a little comic relief. I enjoyed the secondary
romance involving Nell and her sizzling salsa teacher.
FLIP THE BEAT is a perfect combination of chick lit and
red-hot romance. Roxanne D. Howard creates some fabulous
and realistic characters to fall in love with. This book
has made me desperate to read Roxanne D. Howard's next
Molly Ivers thought she found Prince Charming, but without a
devilishly sexy accent, and six months ago she gave into
their undeniable attraction. But the swarm of ever-present
groupies was so not part of the fairy tale. As much as it
hurt her heart, she shut out rocker Evan Castle.
Now, on the verge of finishing her graduate degree and
moving to Paris—she even hires a French life coach—Molly
begins to realize Evan, who hasn't given up on her, might be
the man of her dreams after all.