Author: Shannyn Schroeder
Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for letting me receive a digital copy of this book before its official release date.
Sydney Peters can't wait to finally drop the cymbals in marching band and devote time to her true love: drums. With the semester coming to a close, she's blocking out the cacophony during practice, especially sax serenades from Hunter Reed. But when Hunter offers her a paid gig as a drummer in his band, Sydney quickly changes her tune. The two favor different styles, but they make beautiful music together…in more ways than one.
Hunter is fascinated by Sydney's distant allure. He might be a ladies' man on campus, but the sarcastic cymbalist is impervious to his advances. When Hunter sees how passionate Sydney is behind the drums, he orchestrates a plan to find out if she kisses like she plays. What he doesn't anticipate, however, is falling so hard. But will the repercussions of his past crash down on his chance at something real?
I really like this series by Shannyn Schroeder. I requested His New Jam because I immediately fell in love with her book called His Work of Art. That book will probably always be my favourite in the series, but that's because Adam is one really great nerd, and Hunter, the main character in His New Jam isn't that much of a nerdy guy and those type of boys seem to be my latest obsession in books.
To be honest, I didn't fully understand the music relation. I have no idea about marching bands in college, so I also don't know how any of that works. However, I still liked reading about Hunter's and Sydney's love for music, which I absolutely share, even if I usually have a hard time liking music related books.
I happen to like the guys Shannyn creates more than the girls. The girls always seem a bit of a rebels and unfortunately, I don't enjoy that for whatever reason. Sydney was described as someone with a strange hair colour, and I had this picture of a typical punk girl in my head. That didn't really fit with the marching band part, I think, yet that could be me being totally clueless about marching bands again.
Hunter always seemed like such a tough guy and a former playboy, so I was surprised to find him playing the sax and wanting to become a teacher. He earned a million extra points for that. And another million extra points for always playing a song for Sydney, as a try of flirting with her. That was just about the sweetest thing ever.
I felt sorry for Sydney in a lot of scenes. It appeared as though she thought of everybody else first and never of her. That may have been linked with her past but it didn't seem fair. It was as if she denied herself so many things, although she shouldn't.
So how do these two people meet? Through marching band, yes, but marching band isn't Syndey's passion. Some day, Hunter hears her play the drums and so he asks her to teach him how to play. Turns out he knows how to play, but what he really needs to learn is how to teach his future students. Sydney's his solution to that and in exchange for her help, he offers her a spot in his band. That's also the only reason she agrees to this, but soon enough they both find themselves looking forward to their lessons.
I'm afraid that this review won't help readers pick up the book, simply because I offer too less information. If you feel that way, please look up my review for His Work of Art and decide whether to give this series a chance or not. I recommend you do, because I can't wait to read the next book in line, called His Dream Role, which already awaits for me on NetGalley. Hopefully, my review mind is working better again until I have to write about that one.
Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids. She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.
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