Author: Kim Holden

Princess Emma Reviews: Franco by Kim Holden

Princess Emma Reviews: Franco by Kim HoldenFranco (Bright Side, #3) by Kim Holden, Amy Donnelly
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4.5 Stars

Franco Genovese is the drummer for world renowned American rock band, Rook. He’s got it all. A killer smile. Tattoos. Talent. Razor sharp wit and humor. And a heart as big, and generous, as they come. Life is good. Steady. Uncomplicated. Just the way he likes things. Until one night at an unassuming L.A. bar changes everything. Enter Gemma Hendricks. She’s a successful young architect from Northern England with an adorable smile, sarcasm for days, and an unparalleled trusting heart. The attraction is instant. So is their friendship. It’s also temporary because they’ll both be heading home, thousands of miles apart from each other, in a few days. Or is it? There’s something Gemma wants more than anything else. And when Franco propositions her to provide what she’s looking for, everything changes. Will it transform friendship into love, or will it be their ruin?

Series: Brightside #3

4.5 Crowns

Book 3 in the brilliant Brightside series, this book could be read as a standalone. Having said that, this is one series that shouldn’t be missed. So do yourself a favour and read both Brightside and Gus before starting Franco.

Franco Genovese is the fun-loving, tattoo covered and very hot drummer for the ever popular rock band Rook. Alongside his best friend and bandmate Gus, he is finally starting to enjoy life again following the tragic loss of a friend. Back in the recording studio in L.A, he has suddenly become a little pickier when it comes to his women. So when he unexpectedly bumps into a British girl called Gemma, he is surprised at how quickly she ticks all the boxes. But with recording coming to an end and Gemma due to fly back home, alas it looks like it’s a dead end… or is it?

I am such a huge fan of this series and the author Kim Holden. If you have read the previous books in this series, then you like I will have been through the proverbial ringer. So although I LOVE this series, this book has sat on my kindle for a few weeks whilst I put on my big girl knickers ready for the emotions I might have to deal with. Before I go any further, do not make that mistake. This book has a completely different vibe. It is about a man who is sweet to the core and a friendship that is funny, honest and quite beautiful.

I am not going to go into the storyline too much as I don’t want to spoil it. But I am seriously crushing on Franco (My god, that cover model has my mind full of <3 <3) He is without doubt one of the most fun, kind and selfless characters I have ever read about. The banter between him and Gus is perfect and had me roaring, but it’s the relationship that builds between him and Gemma that melted my heart. Gemma, well she was a girl after my own sarcastic heart. As a Brit, I am always going to be super critical. So many American authors try and write British characters, but if the quintessential British humour goes awry or if just 1 word is used that isn’t one I would use, it turns me right off. So it makes me super happy to say that Kim has done her homework BIGTIME. Her character is one that I recognised. I loved her humour, her wit, her dryness and hell her Britishness. She was just perfect for me the reader across this side of the pond, but more importantly she was perfection for Franco.


A lighter hearted addition to an already brilliant series. You may not need the tissues you needed in the previous books, but that doesn’t make it any less epic. I now hope that we get to see where Keller is in life. If anyone deserves a happy ending then it that man. Another MUST READ.