Today I would like to give you a Lilac book review. Lilac is a why choose rock star romance written by B.B. Reid. I saw this book months ago on TikTok and knew I wanted to give it a read and I finally got around to it.
As usual, I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum however, as with any review I write, there may still be a few small spoilers.
“Pain isn’t singular. We’re not alone, no matter how much it seems that way. Someone out there feels it too, and if we ever meet, we could bring our broken pieces together. We could bind them and form one heart.” He looked into her brown eyes. “We could be Bound.”B.B. Reid, Lilac
Lilac is a why choose rock star romance that touches on very sensitive topics. Religious trauma, sexual assault, mental health, drug abuse, alcoholism, and violence are all potential triggers in this book. I have a more comprehensive trigger list below.
Since we don’t always get trigger warnings on books I like to give trigger warnings in my reviews. This can help people avoid certain triggers that could hurt their mental well being.
Possible Triggers in this book are:
- Abortion (Mention)
- Bullying (Not Super Intense)
- Gun Violence
- Rape (Mention)
- Sexual Assault (Mention)
- Sexually Explicit Scenes
- Slut Shaming
For a list of the triggers I look for you can check out this link here. This may or may not be a complete list of triggers for this book, I do my best to make sure I mark anything that could be a potential trigger but I may accidentally miss triggers.
After the death of their guitarist their label finds Braxton Fawn as their new guitarist and back up singer. The members of Bound aren’t happy and are determined to make her life hell. They see her as a threat but she has her own agenda. Though all three members start showing interest in her for more than just the threat they believe she is and her talent.
I knew that Lilac was a why choose rock star romance going in but I didn’t know that it was going to be an absolutely beautiful story. There are twists, turns, heat, trauma, and healing that takes place with these characters. I could not put this book down and read right through.
Lilac Reading Experience
I laughed, I cheered, and I cried reading this book. Our main character is a badass with a unique style who I identify with a lot. She’s strong and refuses to let others see any weakness in her so when the band decides to make her life hell she always manages to come out on top.
B.B. Reid was amazing at describing the scenes and tour life in a way that you actually feel like you are touring with the band. We get multiple points of views from our main characters and I loved seeing their growth throughout the year or so that this book takes place.
Discovering the problems that these characters have with each other, how they will solve those problems, and the history with each of them is incredibly enjoyable. I couldn’t put this book down and just wanted to read through the entire thing in one sitting.
Lilac is 556 pages so it took me about 9-10 hours to read. I started this book at night and managed to put it down long enough to get some sleep before I picked it back up in the morning and read through most of the day with a few small breaks.
Lilac Book Review
Lilac was a fantastic read with super interesting and flawed characters. I went in for the smut and fell in love with the story. The writing style is fantastic and draws you in quickly as you try to find out more about each of the characters.
Braxton is a badass who I can relate to on many levels. Her family is cult-like religious and there are major troubles within the community she was raised in. Her past is one that leaves her often feeling guilty for living her life how she wants to. She is incredibly strong and harnesses that strength throughout the book.
Houston is the lead singer of the band and at first the worst of the three band members. He’s a perfectionist and demands nothing but perfection from those around him. Loren is a man whore who doesn’t know how to deal with his emotions. Finally, Jericho has a past that will come back to haunt him throughout the book leaving him appearing to be closed off.
The dialogue and dynamic between the characters is beautiful and I love seeing them heal from their pasts. I loved reading the personal growth of all four main characters through the book. Especially, the way they find a way to forgive others and themselves and come out even stronger in the end.
Before I rate this book I want to give you a bit of background about what my rankings mean. I typically read books that I check out through the Libby app with my local library or through Kindle Unlimited.
I rarely buy ebooks unless they are cheaply priced or on sale. I also very rarely buy physical copies of books. I’m a bit of a minimalist so I have to absolutely adore a book to buy a physical copy that will be proudly displayed in my home.
So my ranking system is as follows:
- 5 Stars equals I am buying a physical copy of this book. I will read this book at least 10 more times, it is the best ever.
- 4 stars equals a great book. I might buy an ebook version when it’s on sale so that I can re-read it at least one more time.
- 3 stars equals a good book. I likely won’t read again but I appreciate the story.
- 2 stars equals “Meh.” I will not read this book again, it had a lot of problems and I did not care for it.
- 1 star equals a bad book. I barely finished this book and I will never recommend anyone waste valuable book reading time on this book.
- 0 stars is a did not finish book. I will never finish that book and it is banished.
Lilac gets 5 stars, 4 peppers, and 1 tissue. I didn’t cry a lot during this book but there were a few scenes that had me wiping tears away. The story is perfect, the characters are memorable, and I can’t wait to put a copy of this book on my bookshelf.
Final Thoughts on Lilac
If you like why choose romance or rock star romance that isn’t afraid to dive into hard topics you will love this book. I highly recommend reading it and adding it to your bookshelf. Be ready to read right through though because this book is extremely hard to put down.
Check out my The Words Book Review if you like this book.