Title: From the First Verse(Life of Debauchery #1)
Author: M. Robinson
My Rating: ****
Type:Duet Series. Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rock star Romance
Narration: Dual POV
Primary Characters: Cash & Journey (Junie)
Source: Courtesy of Author/ Publisher – ARC
I voluntarily read an ARC of this book in exchange for honest review.
This is my first book by M. Robinson, definitely it won’t be the last. After I started this book, I got curious and checked, I got to know we have separate book for Dylan and Adien and Pierces. Honestly, I didn’t know there was actually a singer existed with name “Johnny Cash and his wife’s name was June”. I have never heard of his songs till date, but this book definitely made me intrigued enough to listen to his songs.
“Music is what feelings sound like”
Most of this book is told from Cash’s POV. The first half of this story is past scenes of his life. Its about his parents, friendship and a baby girl whom he will babysit. We see from the very beginning how music was running through him and was begging to get out in the world. He is determined to make a name of his own. He will be clear from the beginning that he wants to make a name of his own in music industry and doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps. Cash proved his point and succeeded to be someone in the music industry, but he made so many mistakes throughout the way and self-destructed his life.
“Everything I was afraid of growing up, I’ve become.” -Mairilyn Manson
Journey – One day I’m gonna be grown just like you, and you are gonna be all mine
Cash – One day when you’re grown just like me, Journey, I’m gonna be old
Journey – Then you’ll be old and all mine
Now Cash is popular in music Industry as Rock God and leading almost a lonely life for himself. As the name of his band suggests he is living a life of debauchery. Now his bandmates are his new family. If you are curious where Journey fits in all this, she is the baby girl from his hometown whom he used to baby sit. It’s an age gap romance. I don’t know how to tell about Journey because even though she is essential part of story, her play in this as a woman is not highlighted much. Her role as child, how she was an integral part of Cash makes sense, but as women, I wanted more. He needs to make amends with the people that meant something great in his life and he needs Junie in his life to help him on that.
“Wanting to be some one else is waste of your time – Kurt Cobain”
“The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself”
Plot moved fast. It was well written in terms of Cash. I m definitely intrigued by several secondary characters especially Harley and Jackson. I m rating it low because I had more expectations from Journey. Hopefully we will see more of her in next book and hope Cash redeems himself. Totally loved Beck, Jude and Stinxx and their banter. I’m hoping to see them more in next book. Till the “Last Lyric” is released i m planning to listen to Johnny Cash for the first time. Go ahead pick it and enjoy for yourself.