Striking Out (Sharon Jackson, #1)
written by Scarlet Bennett
published by Firefield Press, 2015
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: Once I got to about the halfway mark, I was invested in the story and I wanted to see how it ended. So, yes, I did enjoy Striking Out.
As I said, it took about half the book to get into the story. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it during the first half. However, Sharon (Shazza) really grew on me, and I was rooting for her as the book progressed. Sharon hasn’t had it easy, and she fights for what she needs. She has a chip on her shoulder but for good reason. She is full of surprises, spunk, and drive. I really liked her by the middle of the story, and I wanted her to have a happy ending.
The other characters were secondary. I can’t say any of them held a spotlight. They each brought something different to the story and to Sharon. My favorites were Todd, Roderick, and Kevin. Des, Jillian, and Simon added to the story as well.
Keep in mind that this book is written by an Australian author and set in Australia. There are quite a few Australian sayings that may not be familiar to American readers. Personally, I loved reading it and being immersed in Australian dialect.
Would I recommend it: Sure. It was a fairly quick read that will leave you happy. And I will read the next book in the Sharon Jackson series.
About the book – from Goodreads: Forced out of her home in regional Australia with her singing career in ruins, Sharon Jackson hits the city in search of stardom. But the macho world of rock-n’-roll is hard to crack, and Shazza finds herself in trouble. Her career is going nowhere, her past won’t stay buried, and everything she’s worked for is on the line.
With a sleazy agent who wants more than his fair share , how is she ever going to make it to the top? Shazza has a decision to make, and with her past following her at every turn, time is running out.
When she finds herself torn between the brooding guitarist with the dragon tattoo and the whip-smart fighter with demons of his own, Shazza’s life is about to get even more complicated…
About the author: Scarlet Bennett spent her formative years in regional Western Australia, and it shows. Years of city living have softened her broad accent, but the slang she’s stuck with. After earning a Masters degree in Psychology, the colourful characters of her childhood – and that irrepressible Aussie spirit – found their way onto the page. She is a graduate of Allaboutwriting’s mentoring program, and lives in Canberra with her husband, kids, and far more animals than can reasonably fit on a suburban plot.