The dream job? Check. The best friends? Check. The only problem? Her first love is in town, and he doesn’t seem to remember her. Maya got the role of a lifetime. She's the lead in the next Lucas Warner movie, her two best friends have found love, everything is going better than they ever imagined. Yet, she isn’t as happy as she knows she should be. It might have something to do with the intolerable rock star on set who seems to be making it his personal mission to irritate her. He's the cliché bad boy, and normally, she'd be all over that, but not when it's Xander Lewis. Not when it's the boy she went to summer camp with for years, who doesn't seem to remember her. He was her first crush, her first kiss. He will not be the next one.
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As I said above, Maya wasn’t my favorite. It’s probably because out of the three, she is the most unlike me in personality. Kylie and Eliza were so easy to connect because they has characteristics that reminded me of myself. I didn’t really see anything in me in Maya. Once I realized that her personality was different, I learned to love her. She is a strong character who knows exactly what she wants and will do anything for those she cares about. In the other two books, she was a very strong woman but this book showed her vulnerabilities and I loved that about her. Xander was interesting as well. I know it’s all cliché but I love the fact that Cait didn’t make any of her famous characters bad. They were all down to earth and very respectful, including Xander.
Overall, Missing the Beat by Cait Marie was amazing. If there was going to be one in the series I didn’t enjoy as much, I assumed it to be this book. However, I loved it. The rise and fall of the plot was good and the pacing fantastic. Being the shortest book of the trio, I definitely flew through this book. If you enjoyed the other two, then please make sure you read Maya and Xander’s story.
Xander is a rock star who wants to leave the past in the past. All that matters to him is moving forward. He also doesn't do relationships so is perfectly fine sleeping with Maya because that's all it'll ever be. With the hate brewing between them, how could it ever be anything more? But it's hard to avoid her since she's Eliza's best friend and they're both always with Lucas.
After finishing Lucas and Eliza's story, I was so looking forward to Maya's and Cait Marie doesn't disappoint. Once this book was in my hands, I couldn't put it down and finished it in one sitting. The tension between Maya and Xander is palpable on every page yet they can't stay away from each other. The twist about their past is an added bonus. I love all of the characters in this series and enjoy seeing the cameos and how everything comes together as it's meant to. MISSING THE BEAT does touch on some sensitive issues, but Cait Marie does it in the perfect way.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of contemporary romance who want all the feels. I look forward to more from Cait Marie who hasn't disappointed me yet.