Back-Up (Book 1 of The Back-Up Series)

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Leila is hired as a new back-up singer for Devil's Lair. Jack is the lead singer and his dreams are becoming reality as his band climbs the ladder of success. Both Leila and Jack had a clear plan of their futures in the rock band world. Falling in love was not part of it. As they begin their tour together professionally and personally, life was perfect, until a mistake surfaces from Jack's past. More

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About A.M. Madden

A.M. Madden is a USA Today bestselling author, as well as 2016 eLit Gold Medalist for Best Romance Ebook, and 2016 Ippy Award Silver Medalist for Best Romance Ebook.

A.M. is a wife, a mother, an avid reader of romance novels, and now an author.
"It's all about the HEA."

A.M. Madden is the author of the popular Back-Up Series, as well as several other contemporary romances. She also writes the True Heroes Series for Random House.

Her debut novel was Back-up, the first in The Back-Up Series. In Back-Up, A.M.'s main character Jack Lair caused readers to swoon. They call themselves #LairLovers, and have been faithful supporters to Jack, as well to the rest of his band, Devil's Lair.

A.M. truly believes that true love knows no bounds. In her books, she aspires to create fun, sexy, realistic romances that will stay with you after the last page has been turned. She strives to create characters that the reader can relate to and feel as if they know personally.

A self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, she loves getting lost in a good book. She also uses every free moment of her time writing, while spending quality time with her three handsome men. A.M. is a Gemini and an Italian Jersey girl, but despite her Zodiac sign, nationality, or home state, she is very easy going.
She loves the beach, loves to laugh, and loves the idea of love.

A.M. Madden, Independent Romance Author.
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Review by: C. M. Johnson on June 29, 2014 :
Back-Up by A.M. Madden is a sweet story of young love developing gently over time – NOT.
Back-Up is the story of love at nearly first sight. Telling how love can come unexpected, run over you like a freight train, and become an all-consuming fire until the object of your love is all you think of and your reason for being – True Soul Mates. A love that burns bright and, hopefully lays the foundation born of strength that will carry the main characters through the turmoil that is looming and we know it’s coming because we meet Jack and Leila on the cusp of stardom born of a talent that seems to be innate. However, it is the exact same fame that can breed contempt in those the newly famous meet along the way to stardom creating hurdles that may be too large for them to overcome when a love burns so brightly. While the reader is left wondering if their love will continue to shine or implode like a supernova they will also be crying out for Jack and Leila to Back-Up and slow down while reaching for Front & Center.
I do not usually read rocker romances but Back-Up is a roller coaster 5-star read worthy of your time and you may as well click on the rest of the series while you are there because you will not want to miss a moment of Jack, Leila, and Devil’s Lair.
(reviewed 85 days after purchase)
Review by: gwennystover on March 25, 2014 :
I've wanted to read this book for some time. I'm sorry I waited so long.
The way the characters were introduced was great. We got to know them, to know what they wanted, and what they were thinking. I really liked that.
Jack and Leila, know what they want, just not what they need. Although time after time it is thrown in their faces, they "think" their way out.
This was a great book, that I had trouble putting down. The author was great, and I look forward to more books from her.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Review by: Michelle Cole on Jan. 23, 2014 :
3.5 stars/Sizzling Heat

Back Up by A.M Madden wasn't the typical rocker story I was expecting, instead of jumping into a band on tour the reader gets to peak behind the workings of Devil's Lair and follow the guys as they prepare for the tour and rehearse with a new back ground vocalist. This was interesting, you never get to see how a band comes together with a new addition before a tour and I like that different "take" on a rocker romance.

Leila and Jack were two very talented singers and their chemistry was off the charts! A.M. Madden did a wonderful job letting us get to know these characters and letting the characters get to know each other. Back Up is a story that has a great cast of characters, you get to know about Leila's bandmates and friends and then the boys of Devil's Lair. I will admit it took a bit for me to understand who was who and keep all these characters straight, but once I had it sorted it was nice to see how all the characters interacted and related to each other.

Back Up was a good start to a new series even though it tended to drag in pacing at points (I think there might have been too many life changing things happening to the characters all at once). I knew this was a series going in so I wasn't surprised that we didn't get a complete/finished story, but I was surprised that the series is going to follow just Jack and Leila, with all the characters I was hoping for a series that focused on a different bandmate in each book (like The Black Falcon series). Regardless, A.M. Madden definitely gave Jack and Leila a lot to handle in their upcoming tour!

If you are a fan of rocker romances without all the mind numbing, angst/fighting/crazy drama then Back Up would be a great series to pick up!

Front & Center (book 2 in the series) will be released on February 18, 2014!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
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