By: Cait Marie
*I received a free advanced copy of this book from the author for my honest review.*
This is the third book in the High School Billionaire series. It can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading the other two so you’ll have a better understanding of the characters, and because they’re good!
Growing up, Tieg didn’t have a stable home or childhood. The one constant was his place in Daisy Lou Whittaker’s life. Her family cared for him like one of their own. But when he gets the chance of a lifetime by winning a contest to join a boy band, he never looks back at his small country life.
Three years later, he’s a world-famous “rock god,” who’s making his way on his own. He’s living the high life, traveling the world and performing in front of thousands. His only regret is how he left Daisy behind without ever reaching out. As a child troublemaker, he thought pushing her away was best for her. He had no idea his life would become something incredible or that he’d have the means to take care of her the way she deserves. When his best friend, Jamie, begs him to perform at a charity event put together by none other than Daisy herself, he goes in hopes that there’s a chance she’ll forgive him.
Daisy has always been one to help others. When Tieg left, she was heartbroken. When her mother died a year later, the rest of her world crumbled. Now, she’s taking care of her five younger siblings while finishing high school. With their dad working nonstop to provide for the six of them, there’s no one else to make sure the younger Whittakers are doing their homework, eating, and going to bed on time. She’s willing to put her dreams of going to New York for college aside for her family, as hard as that is.
Their tiny town of Jordan Springs, Montana has suffered greatly after the closing of their mine over a decade earlier. People have moved to bigger cities, and not much is left. That includes funding for the schools and community. Daisy submitted a request to Jamie’s nonprofit to host a fundraising concert, but when their booked country star comes down with the flu, Jamie asks Tieg to do it. She doesn’t know their history, and now Daisy has to confront the pain of her past and decide whether he’s changed and deserves a second chance.
I have really enjoyed this series and am so grateful that Maggie let me read early copies of the books!
Ever since Jamie first mentioned Tieg earlier in the series, I’ve been curious about his story. And boy was it an emotional one! These books are all heartfelt, cute love stories, but this book brought that to a whole new level. There was a stronger connection with the characters, in my opinion, that really makes the reader feel their pain. It actually made me cry at one point.
Though the story isn’t very long, there is a lot of character development. Both characters show how much they’ve changed since Tieg left, and it’s written in such a way that the reader can see it without having known the characters long.
This book was a quick easy read not only because of the writing style but because I couldn’t put it down. I read the entire thing in two sittings, and it only took that long because of school and work. I love a good rockstar romance. Plus, childhood friends-to-enemies-to-lovers is my favorite trope, so I loved Tieg and Daisy Lou!
One of my favorite aspects of the book, however, was Daisy’s family. Strong sibling relationships are always important to me, probably because of how close I am to my own four siblings, so to see her brothers and sisters as a significant part of the story was great. I’m glad they weren’t just background characters or that it told how much she cared for them without showing it. I loved seeing them interact and help each other out. The only thing I wished was different was the complete absence of their father. It makes sense in the story, but I wish he had at least made a small appearance at the concert or something. This didn’t affect the story in anyway, but I would’ve liked to see a reunion with him and Tieg.
The Man, the Myth, the Nerd is now available, and I highly recommend it. Especially if you’re looking for a sweet YA contemporary!