“Dax Thatcher?” I ask. “But isn’t he sorta. . .old?”
Ugh. Celebrities. I mean, I know I took a job as a reporter for the Celebrity and Pop Culture department of our magazine, but it was just supposed to be a stepping stone to the more real stuff.
Despite the fact that Dax Thatcher was the subject of many of my teen fantasies—and I may or may not have an entire playlist made up of his music—he’s still just another star.
Until his golden eyes pierce through me that day on his Malibu deck. I find myself having dinner with him, going backstage with him, lying on the beach with him. I find myself telling him my deepest secrets, and diving deep into his less-than-perfect past.
And then I remember my assignment: a four-issue feature on Dax Thatcher. . .and his supermodel fiancée. Yep, he’s getting hitched.
I have to focus. I’m a serious journalist, and he is mere months from walking down the aisle with someone else. But that doesn’t stop me from wondering what those tattooed arms might feel like wrapped around me, or how soft the sheets on his California king bed are.
Yikes. This celebrity stuff might be a little more real than I thought. (From: Goodreads)
***Actual rating: 4.5/5 Karma-Rock”Stars”***
”If I gave you all the answers at once, you wouldn’t come back,” he whispers in my ear.
Oh my, my, my! What an adorable book! Off the Record is my second read from Taylor Danae Colbert, with It Goes Without Saying being the first. Honestly, I didn’t enjoy It Goes without Saying very much because I had trouble connecting with the characters and the whole plot. Therefore, I’m completely blown away by how incredibly amazing this book is.
Off the Record features small town, rockstar-journalist kind of romance. Dax is a successful rockstar musician; he’s popular and charming, just like all the rockstars out there, and he’s engaged with an international supermodel. Enter Shayna. Shayna, a.k.a. “Shay,” is a high maintenance journalist for a famous entertainment magazine. She’s assigned to interview Dax for their exclusive report on his latest updates, from his rockstar career path to his personal life.
I definitely didn’t sense the chemistry between Dax and Shay at first because she was apparently so oblivious to his charisma and sexy personal traits. Interestingly, somewhere in between their interview schedule, Dax started subtly teasing her…in a rather harmless way. Nothing jeopardized his romantic life with that supermodel, yet. It’s not hard to imagine that Dax and Shay’s constant meeting and “interviewing” turned out to be some sort of dates, and much later, something much more intense and intimate. They both experienced the climate of their relationship and with everything so messed up (I mean, the gossips, the rumors, and the paparazzi), they fell in love uncontrollably eventually.
Despite there was an 11-year age gap between Dax and Shay, I could somehow look beyond it and fully focus on their slow-burn romantic development. What I liked most about their relationship was the fact that Shay’s boldness knew no boundaries. She was fearless, feisty, and was definitely the best representative of a strong female character. The juiciest part of this book was the twist by the end of the story. Dax’s supermodel fiancée’s jaw-dropping secret-reveal blew my mind and I seriously couldn’t stop gaping at the scene. The ending was literally one of the most satisfying endings I’ve ever read and I couldn’t be happier for both Dax and Shay. They totally got the happily ever after they deserved.
Besides, the small proportion of LGBTQ+ reference in the story also added spice to the whole story. This book showed depth in the contemporary romance genre and I was lucky to have read Taylor’s third novel earlier than the mass public. If I could make a change to the original story, I’d certainly create Dax’s playlist! I mean, the only thing missing from this book was a real soundtrack designed specifically for Dax the Karma-rockstar. The beautiful lyrics, CHECK! The concreate song structures/concepts, CHECK! The title, the profound meaning, the whole package for the songs, CHECK! CHECK! CHECK! Now we just needed some melody and music to go with the above elements and I could
die held my breath happily.
All in all, it was an absolute delight to read Off the Record and I would 100% HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book to everyone. What’s more, thanks to this amazing book, I couldn’t wait to read more of Taylor’s future works! Her writing style made the entire story easy to fall in love with and I was sure there’d be more fabulous books from her to come.
***Huge thanks to Taylor for generously providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.***