Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.
Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .
“A captivating road trip of the heart.” Susane Colasanti, Bestselling Author of When It Happens
“This engaging read steeped in music, romance and mystery opens a promising trilogy.” -Kirkus Reviews
“Emerson’s seasoned music references and deep knowledge of the business (including its slimy side) will draw readers in, but it’s the emerging conspiracy theories that give the book its edge-and provide the perfect setup for the sequel.” -Publishers Weekly
"Emerson's talents for creating cool characters, writing effortless dialogue and maintaining a quick pace continue to shine. A solid follow-up to Exile that will leave readers clamoring for the final installment." -Kirkus (about Encore to an Empty Room)
"A standing ovation for EXILE! Kevin Emerson rocks out a story filled with twists and turns, harmony and heart, mystery and emotional mayhem. I can't wait for his encore." -Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality
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