Review: Smitten (Lauren Rowe)

Author: Lauren Rowe
Publication Date: July 25, 2020
Publisher: SoCoRo Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


From USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe comes an all new, Standalone Friends to Lovers Romance.

I met Alessandra at a party. Tried to impress her. Was almost positive I was going to fail.

I think I said something along the lines of, “I’m a Goat called Fish who’s hung like a bull—but not really. I’m actually pretty average.” Smooth. I know. Try not to be jealous.

When she laughed—and I mean, really laughed—I knew she wasn’t like the other girls I’d been meeting on tour. Hell, she wasn’t even in the same stratosphere as those fangirls and gold-diggers.

At one point during the party, Alessandra said, “There’s nothing like a girl’s first love.” I knew she was talking about the first smash hit by my band, 22 Goats. Alessandra said it was the first song she’d heard by us and it “hit her like a ton of bricks.” Ironic, seeing as how I was having the same reaction from being in her presence.

I made it my mission to impress her. Give her the kiss of a lifetime that night. But since I’ve always been the dude with zero game, nothing went according to plan.

I’m not giving up, though. I’m going to win this girl over. I’m done sitting on the sidelines, watching the bad boy getting the girl. This time, the nice guy will finish first. Even if it’s the last thing he’ll do.

I’m not really sure where I saw Smitten first. It might have been a Facebook add. I was in this mood where I didn’t know what I was in the mood to read and the blurb called to me, so I downloaded it through KU. It was a good choice because I quickly became smitten with this book.

My favorite thing about this book was how Lauren Rowe captured the feelings of meeting and instantly connecting with someone perfectly. The feelings she invoked reminded me of meeting my own husband and getting to know him. It was so fun to experience those moments of connection between Alessandra and Fish.

There were a lot of other great things about Smitten. I enjoyed how Alessandra and Fish were looking for the same things in life and love. There was a natural progression of their relationship that made it feel real. I also loved the care with which Fish took to make sure Alessandra was comfortable with the direction their relationship with taking. Add in the fact that there was little drama and no angst, and it was a very fun take on a romance between musicians. It was unlike any rock star romance I’ve read yet.

So, yeah. If you couldn’t tell, I loved Smitten. It was my first book by Lauren Rowe, but it won’t be my last. I’m so excited to read her backlist and get to know some of the other famous characters better.

20 thoughts on “Review: Smitten (Lauren Rowe)”

  1. Great review! I love Lauren Rowe and read all her books. If you are looking for new reads, I would definitely recommend her books

    1. LOL. How we met was NOTHING like this book. It was more just that initial feeling of finding someone who really sees you and gets you. Neither of us are rock stars, that’s for sure. 😉 I hope you enjoy it!

    1. Thanks! I’m happy to hear that! It makes me even more excited to read more of her books.

  2. Oh, glad to hear that you were smitten by this one. It does sound like a great read with great portrayal of the MC. Fab review.

  3. I’ve never heard of this but seeing that it’s on KU I’m definitely downloading it! I was already having a giggle reading that blurb! Haha great review 😀

  4. I have to admit the cover really drew me in at first, but then the blurb and your review made me add it to my TBR. Love that it’s a friends-to-lovers without a lot of angst.

  5. No angst and little drama. I’m sold!! Love that this took you back to the feelings of your own relationship. That always makes a book extra special for me.

    1. Yes, it was that connecting with someone who just gets you. I was so impressed. I can’t wait to read more from her.

  6. I remember when Kindle Unlimited first launched, there weren’t very many books I’d want to read. Now, there are tons of books of various genres. I’m way more willing to take a chance on an unfamiliar author now. Glad this worked out for you.

    1. I know, right? It’s like hitting the jackpot when you find one to love and binge. That’s definitely been happening to me more and more lately.

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