When Sydney finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her with her best friend/roommate, she finds herself friendless and homeless, on her birthday no less! Ridge, her mysterious neighbor and talented guitar player, lets her move in with him and his roommates. Ridge plays guitar on his balcony every night and Sydney sits out on her balcony, listening to him, and coming up with lyrics to his songs before they officially meet.
Sydney and Ridge end up working together on songs for his band. He comes up with the music, while she comes up with lyrics. Working so frequently together causes an attraction to form, which would be great if Ridge didn’t have a girlfriend.
This book didn’t mess with my emotions as much as Hoover’s other novels have. Since Ridge has a girlfriend, I felt there was more romance and interaction between the two of them than the main characters. Plus, cheating…. cheating definitely happens in this book. I don’t like it in real life (obvs) but in fiction it’s not a deal breaker for me, except the relationships just didn’t seem to go anywhere. It wasn’t sexy or swoon-worthy. This was definitely my least favorite of all her novels, although I really liked what Ridge does at the end, that he ends up only doing for Sydney. (If you’ve read it, you’ll understand. It was beautiful.)