Book Review: Raincheck by Marlo Lanz

ASIN: B074B9N48L
Publisher: Black Rose Writing; 1 edition
Publication Date: July 26, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC


Ty Benson is tall, dark, delicious – and done with women. As the singer for the iconic rock band Raincheck, Ty is sick of women chasing after him. He’s sworn off relationships, enjoying the simplicity that celibacy brings. Until he meets Liv Madison. She’s completely – and maddeningly – uninterested in him. And it’s seriously turning him on. Stuck together on Raincheck’s Summer Tour, Ty is trying to stay away from her. But it’s getting harder every day.

Liv Madison just wants to work on her Master’s thesis and have some fun this summer. Which is the exact reason she’s tagging along as her best friend Gabe performs on Raincheck’s tour. Ty Benson, however, seems to have other plans for her. As annoying as he is gorgeous, Ty just won’t leave her alone. And it’s affecting her relationship with Gabe – in a completely unexpected way.

Can Ty convince Liv to give him a chance? Or will her friendship with Gabe turn into so much more?


Liv gets prepared for a fun summer with her best friend and brother from another mother, Gabe, who agrees to let her tag along on a road trip while his band opens for the famous rock band Raincheck. She’s working on her thesis, so she’s about to be busy studying, having fun, shopping, and falling in love…well, that last thing turns out not to be much fun, at least not the entire time.

Ty is all kinds of famous being the lead of Raincheck. He’s not just a rock star. He’s actually a college graduate preparing to work on his PhD. It’s been a couple of years since he broke his engagement to his conniving ex, who still tries to hang on. I guess you can guess she’s going to be trouble to some degree.

So we have Liv and Gabe and Ty and what’s-her-name. Hmmmm, as you guessed it, things get interesting.

I have to admit, I chuckled a few times while reading this. Liv is a royal mess in the beginning, and she did make me smile, or as I said, laugh out loud. I liked her and Gabe’s relationship (at the beginning), and I was anxious to see how everything would play out.

Ty did go after Liv while believing she was in a relationship with Gabe, which wasn’t really the case at the time; however, he did have a conscience and feel bad about it, although that didn’t deter him. He didn’t just come out and try to pick her up. He tried to play it cool, but his feelings got the best of him. Although some may frown on his behavior, it really touched my heart the way his feelings were portrayed. Basically, although he was wrong to go after another man’s woman – and not just any man, but Gabe was a member of the band opening for his on tour – it was realistic. I have to give credit for that.

The situation with Gabe surprised me and kinda threw me off. His feelings for Liv and her attempt to reciprocate was like an irregular piece of an already jumbled puzzle, but I rolled with it – for a minute.

The north winds really shifted south for me with the misunderstanding. It’s a big pet peeve of mine when a story is carried by a misunderstanding that could easily be settled if one person would just listen to the other. Liv had every right to be upset with Ty (I won’t tell you why since I don’t want throw in any spoilers), but she took it too far. For someone who was supposed to be in love, she wasn’t the least bit forgiving, and her refusal to listen made it even worse. I personally would confront my man if I found myself in the situation – a mature woman would -, but Liv wasn’t all that mature for the most part, so I guess the behavior fit the character.

At first I wanted Ty and Liv together, and then I felt like Ty was actually too good for Liv and I wished for him to move on, although I knew he wouldn’t because it’s a romance, which means a happily-ever-after. I thought what Liv did at the end was really creative, but the gesture wasn’t enough for her to recoup all her brownie points with me. I am a little stubborn myself, “little” being the operative word. Liv was beyond stubborn and it wasn’t the least bit cute. She totally frustrated me.

The meet-cute was funny and the story is really original.

Rating system: Cups of Coffee (the less the better)

0: You won’t need any coffee to stay up for this one. It’s intriguing enough all on its own.
1: You’ll stay up late, but not all night. Brew one cup.
2: You’ll read as long as you’re not tired. If you are, two cups should do the trick.
3: I hope you got plenty of rest; you’ll need it, or at least 3 cups.
4: If the cable goes out, read the book. It’s better than nothing, I guess. Oh, don’t forget your brew!
5: Find anything else to do- it doesn’t matter what it is. Don’t waste your coffee. Too much caffeine is bad for you.

My rating: 2 cups of coffee

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Marlo is a Canadian girl, fond of the rolling prairies and majestic mountains close to her city home. And, of course, hockey, maple syrup and saying ‘eh.’ Working in healthcare for over a decade, Marlo believes that laughter is the best medicine and tries to put it to good use in her writing and at work. (picture is attached)

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“I never would have figured you for a leopard print thong type of girl. You come off as more angelic – you know white lace panties, cotton undershirts,” I blurted out.

Oh shit! Where did that come from?

I was planning to open with a casual, ‘hey, how’s it going?’ Or a good ole, ‘fancy meeting you here.’

Liv’s hands stilled on the laptop keyboard and I could see her body tense up. Drawing in a huge breath, she looked up at me with those hazel eyes.

“What makes you think that I have leopard print underwear?” she asked, her voice filled with apprehension.

“Well that’s what was in your bag, so I just assumed they’re yours? Unless they belong to your boyfriend?” The words just fell out of my mouth. I was acting like a complete ass, but I couldn’t help it.

Past stopping and rational thought, I sat down at the tiny table as Liv gave me the once over. It was obvious that she wasn’t thrilled to see me. That she didn’t want me here. But right now I didn’t care. I just wanted, or maybe even needed, a few minutes alone with her. Just her. Just me. I needed her to say something stupid or giggle like a high school girl or fawn over me. That’s all it would take. Then I could leave and get back to business.

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