Review: To The Beat Of Their Own Drum by Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue

New Adult Fiction

How Jems and Jamz started…the love, the music, and the drama.


A road trip from New York to Texas so that Spike’s bandmate can meet some girl he met on the internet? Ummm…okay. It will be a complete waste of time because the music and the band comes first not love.

Jemma is getting distracted from studying for her Engineering degree by a guitar playing songstress named Buck. Jemma has always wanted to be a musician and has been playing the drums since she was a kid. She decided to play it safe though and get her education.

Spike and Jemma are on a collision course – literally in her dorm room – as they decipher the notes in their lives and decide if the paths they are on are the right one.

Who knew Jemma has such fire in her? Woohoo one would think she really was from Texas. 

Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue gives us a prequel to her series “Jems and Jamz” with To the Beat of Their Own Drum” . If you have read the previous two books in the series, it seems kind of funny to see everyone so young at first. It is like looking at high school graduation photos that they never wanted you to see. Very cool.

Then there is the whole fiery Jemma – who knew? I always thought of her as all “peace hippy”, but Higginbotham-Hogue gives us a Jemma we have not seen before and I love it. Spike and Jemma’s relationship is fun, hot, and drama-filled. 

Higginbotham-Hogue gives us a real treat with this look back and you need to read this really cute and funny romance. 

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.



TBR on Goodreads

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Books in the “Jems and Jamz” series:

#1 Don’t Tell Me Twice (See my review on 17 January 2020)

#2 A Second Chance (See my review on 2 February 2020)

#4 Finding a Voice

Further Details:
Publisher: Higgbotham Pub, 2019
Pages: 114
Series: Jems and Jamz #3
Settings: New York and Texas
Sex: Rated R

***Book is available on Kindle Unlimited at time of posting
4Bio and/or Synopsis are from Goodreads.
Photo credit: Book cover is from Goodreads.
Photo credit for below background images: Google search through Google Presentations.

Editor’s Note: previously published on PRW on 26 February 2020. Edited with updated content & PR standard formatting on 23 March 2020.


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