Review: Background Music – J. R. Rogue


“You’re more than background music for someone else’s life.”
It’s the message that will change everything.
The message Kat Roberts receives from a man she’s never met.
The message no one else is supposed to see but her.
The message that leads to the greatest violence
against her body she will ever know.


(**ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**)

Being a huge fan of J. R. Rogue’s words as I am, from both her poems and her first novel, Burning Muses (check our review here), I was anxiously waiting for her second novel, Background Music, which tells us the story of Kat Roberts, featured in Burning Muses as Sera’s bestfriend.

In this book, Jen has once again delivered a charming story of overcoming, discovering, learning, growing and freedom. Her novels are really special and bring that small town atmosphere, which can often be suffocating, but in which I still can find a special enchanting magic. They remind me of one of my favorite authors, Laura Miller, whom I call my Autumn. There is something special about the writing of these authors that warms my heart, like the beautiful shades of orange that we can only see at that time of year.

With a plot developed in chapters narrated in present and past by three characters – Kat, Reese and Andrew – and with a fluid and cadenced narrative, Jen was able to link maestrially all the loose ends in this story, addressing, once again, important and deep subjects with a respect and delicacy that makes me admire her even more.

I understand the alternates POVs may be a little overwhekming… Heck… Who am I kidding? I spent half an hour cursing the author when I hit Chapter 3, and was ranting another half an hour about it eith my blog companions, and it took me another half an hour to be able to pick up the book again. However, with a little bit more attention you’ll get the hang of it. I did.

In addition, although this book can be read as a standalone, I would advise readers to pick Burning Muses before this one, because there are so many details that can help you while reading Background Music. Plus the spoilers…you will get lots of spoilers if you read this one before the first book.

Finally, I would just like to point out that this year I am trying a new rating system for my readings, being TRYING the word to be highlighted here, since knowing myself I can come back here and change my rating at any moment. So, just to clarify, I’m leaving 5 stars for those readings that leave me breathless with their utterly perfection, and 4 stars for those readings I loved so much and made my heart beat inhumaly fast.

So, although I really liked this book, the narrative and its characters, I felt that something was missing, that something that would awaken my emotions. Don’t get me wrong. I really liked this book, but it lacked the personal factor for me, the factor that made me feel connected to the story on a deeper level, so I gave it 3 stars. Again – I feel I should stress this out – DON’T GET ME WRONG! By my new criteria, 3 stars is not a bad rating, as it may seem to some. It means that I enjoyed the book, but for my personal experience it lacked my personal factor who would trigger my most exacerbated emotions, which may not be your case! Background Music might awaken the most exacerbated and genuine emotions IN YOU!

Therefore, I definitely recommend this book, like all J. R. Rogue’s books, be the poetry books or the novels. A writing like J. R. Rogue’s can’t be left unacknowledged and unrecognized!


By Fernanda Aragão.


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