Todd O’Malley has been called many things, from filthy mouthed jerk to legendary Rock God. With his outlandish cocky demeanor – tatted up and pierced, to his constant use of the F-bomb, and the seductive gyrations he performs for the ladies on stage, he is a man every woman craves. But there is only one woman who is able to capture his heart, Kyra Edwards.
That chance meeting at a little coffee shop in Evanston began their journey of compromise, pain, dedication and love.
From the night he took her virginity to Todd’s past sex-capades and consequences threatening their relationship, will Kyra be able to deal with it? With Todd and his band Avenue touring on the road, can he prove to Kyra that he is a changed man? Can he be faithful and avoid temptation?
Jennifer Theriot brings us yet another love story that will capture our hearts. This is truly a story of Beauty and the Beast, where we admire the beauty that is Kyra and adore the beast known as Todd.
Toccata Obbligato ~ Serenading Kyra is a rock star novella that I suspect many readers will absolutely love. I, however, am not one of them. Toccata Obbligato lives up to the definition in the front of the book in that it most certainly is fast moving and lightly fingered, but not having read the other books in the Out of the Box series, I cannot attest to whether it is indispensable or not. What I can say is that events within to book move at an almost manic pace that left my head spinning at times because before I had time to digest a scene, we were on to the next one.
While the rock star lifestyle usually lends itself well to fast pacing, it really didn’t work for me in this time. Why? Because within 3-4 outings, Todd meets Kyra, takes her out, beds her (she’s a virgin by the way), sneaks out on her, makes up with her, and is ready to spend the rest of his life with her. The book is told in the first person, from Todd’s point of view – which I usually love. But not getting Kyra’s point of view made it difficult to believe that a college student who is a self-professed nerd and had never heard of Todd or his band, would give someone her virginity after only a few dates, especially when she had a negative opinion of musicians in general. On top of that, most of the time Todd presents with the emotional maturity of a 16 year-old girl and he is such a drama queen that I found myself rolling my eyes more than once. I will say that Theriot wrote one of the funniest Prince Albert scenes I have ever read in a book – I don’t think I’ve ever actually laughed at a male piercing scene before. The sex scenes seemed to focus more on the foreplay than the actual act, which made them steamy without being erotic and I quite enjoyed the effect.
Ultimately I think that while Toccata Obbligato ~ Serenading Kyra is well written, the author just tried to put too much into the novella format which resulted in scenes that would have enabled me to connect with the character being skipped over or alluded to (i.e., we talked for hours). Because of this, I found the book to be a “just okay” read for me. This is one of those books that I strongly suggest you download the sample or check out for yourself because I suspect my opinion will be in the minority because it’s not a bad book, it just didn’t appeal to me.