On The Floor (Second Story #1) by Jennifer LaCrossOn The Floor by Jennifer LaCross
Published April 2014
Series: Second Story #1
Genres: New Adult
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.

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Who knew that working together and living on the same floor with the guy of her dreams would be so hard?

Well, everyone.

When Juilliard hopeful, Rachel Harris, loses her mother in her senior year of high school, everything changes. Taking care of her family becomes her top priority, her own happiness falling to the wayside.

The way she knows it has to be…

Jake Price has had family issues of his own, leaving him incapable of having anything more than a physical relationship.
When Rachel meets Jake on the dance floor, sparks fly, and fires burn, but he walks away with no more than a simple thank you.

The way he knows it has to be…

But fate can twist the best of intentions.

When Jake shows up the next day as Rachel’s new co-worker, they reluctantly decide to put aside their attraction for each other so they can work as friends.

Just friends … right?

Will Rachel and Jake be able to figure out how to work together, be together, and open up to each other?

Or will the past destroy everything they have built together?

Rachel is a skilled music student and RA at San Diego College of Arts, and she is seriously tired of her assigned MA’s antics, who never shows up or does his work. That is until he gets fired and replaced by Jake, a handsome student and player in local band “Second Story”, and none other than the guy she shared an insanely hot dance with at a nightclub the week before. And now he lives right across the hallway on her floor.

Jake had felt the same connection that Rachel felt during that dance, and to avoid making things more awkward than they are, he sits down with Rachel to tell her that they should not act on their attraction for the sake of remaining professional, and that anyway, Jake is not the kind of guy Rachel should be looking for since he doesn’t do permanent.

Crushed, Rachel has to move on remaining “just friends” with Jake, and her friend Jenna doesn’t fail to set her up on double-dates so she forgets her temporary fling. But Jake is watching things from across the floor and quickly loses his “devil may care” attitude around Rachel, and some of his actions speak louder than his cold words to her…

On The Floor is told from Rachel’s POV, in first person perspective. Rachel has been through a though family tragedy that heavily influenced her life and career path, and even though the author wants Rachel affected and damaged, Rachel doesn’t turn out to be too messed-up. Jake also has a tragic story of his own, and is probably more messed-up that Rachel is, which leads him to act stupidly and immature at times, which will cause the story to turn here and there.

I very much enjoyed the theme of the book, revolving around music and musicians. A theme I would have labelled as “cheesy” a few years ago now comes back as one of my favourite book themes thanks to the likes of Maybe Someday, Slammed and the Edge of Never. And On The Floor is not an exception in demonstrating that music can express some emotions better than words. The author even suggests a quite contemporary soundtrack to On The Floor, which I find quite good – but I discovered that the perfect soundtrack to this book is actually any acoustic cover from Boyce Avenue. I don’t generally listen to music when I read, but here it was just 100% fitting.

All in all, I really liked On The Floor as a nice and light new adult read, and I will definitely read the follow-ups hoping to find out more about Jenna and Nate – Rachel and Jake’s respective best friends. However, the reason why I gave On The Floor only 3 stars is that it was not exactly a book that wow-ed me to the point of giving it an extra high rating. It was more like a good old-fashioned rom-com were you knew what to expect, but still more often than not that’s what you are looking for: a romantic plot with a burgeoning (at first misunderstood) relationship with minor twists.