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BLAKE Never make a bet with Jordan Brooks. That’s how I’ve ended up here, doing a movie that risks my entire acting career. Taking on a gay role when I’m straight is problematic in its own right, but when production gets put on hold, and a fabricated story breaks out in the media, Jordan and I have to go into hiding. Our livelihoods are put on the line all because of an il BLAKE Never make a bet with Jordan Brooks. That’s how I’ve ended up here, doing a movie that risks my entire acting career. Taking on a gay role when I’m straight is problematic in its own right, but when production gets put on hold, and a fabricated story breaks out in the media, Jordan and I have to go into hiding. Our livelihoods are put on the line all because of an ill-timed photo and Jordan’s bitter ex-boyfriend. Scandals, lies, and PR nightmares. Welcome to Hollywood. JORDAN Why am I always drawn to the straight ones? You’d think I’d learn my lesson, but when our movie is delayed, I repeat old patterns. My plan to bury my hurt and anger toward my ex by “method acting” with Blake Monroe is foolish. But Blake is as irresistible as he is good-looking, and he settles into his role easier than I thought he would. In fact, he likes it a little too much. There are too many PR problems hooking up with Blake for real would bring, especially when the media thinks he’s the reason my relationship fell apart. Yet, I can’t walk away from him, and it seems, he can’t walk away from me either.


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BLAKE Never make a bet with Jordan Brooks. That’s how I’ve ended up here, doing a movie that risks my entire acting career. Taking on a gay role when I’m straight is problematic in its own right, but when production gets put on hold, and a fabricated story breaks out in the media, Jordan and I have to go into hiding. Our livelihoods are put on the line all because of an il BLAKE Never make a bet with Jordan Brooks. That’s how I’ve ended up here, doing a movie that risks my entire acting career. Taking on a gay role when I’m straight is problematic in its own right, but when production gets put on hold, and a fabricated story breaks out in the media, Jordan and I have to go into hiding. Our livelihoods are put on the line all because of an ill-timed photo and Jordan’s bitter ex-boyfriend. Scandals, lies, and PR nightmares. Welcome to Hollywood. JORDAN Why am I always drawn to the straight ones? You’d think I’d learn my lesson, but when our movie is delayed, I repeat old patterns. My plan to bury my hurt and anger toward my ex by “method acting” with Blake Monroe is foolish. But Blake is as irresistible as he is good-looking, and he settles into his role easier than I thought he would. In fact, he likes it a little too much. There are too many PR problems hooking up with Blake for real would bring, especially when the media thinks he’s the reason my relationship fell apart. Yet, I can’t walk away from him, and it seems, he can’t walk away from me either.

30 review for Encore

  1. 5 out of 5

    ☆ Todd

    GAH! I'm really liking this one so far! : ) My interpretation of Blake, all ripped and ready to film one of his "Half of my Coby Godspeed movies don’t even make sense" action movies... And my take on Jordan, while filming the swimming pool scene. GAH! I'm really liking this one so far! : ) My interpretation of Blake, all ripped and ready to film one of his "Half of my Coby Godspeed movies don’t even make sense" action movies... And my take on Jordan, while filming the swimming pool scene.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ellie

    dnf @ 27% the fact i have low-key been obsessed with these two since they met in the previous book, so i expected this to be an easy four or five stars. look at us. hey, look at us. who would have thought?? not me. i couldn’t precisely pinpoint what wasn’t working for me here— i just couldn’t connect with Jordan, there was something about him i didn’t like and made me kinda cringe. there wasn’t anything endearing about him at all :/// while Blake was just... there. he felt pretty flat and mediocre. dnf @ 27% the fact i have low-key been obsessed with these two since they met in the previous book, so i expected this to be an easy four or five stars. look at us. hey, look at us. who would have thought?? not me. i couldn’t precisely pinpoint what wasn’t working for me here— i just couldn’t connect with Jordan, there was something about him i didn’t like and made me kinda cringe. there wasn’t anything endearing about him at all :/// while Blake was just... there. he felt pretty flat and mediocre. nothing about him grabbed my attention. they were just both so boring. even as friends they were bland with no chemistry whatsoever so trying to root for them as a romantic couple was gonna be a struggle. it just felt like i was slogging through this. can you tell how unenthusasitc i am about this... but my Max and Ash cameo was 🥺🥺 my babies are so cute, eurgh. they deserved a full length novel, not these two. wish the conclusion of the series hadnt gone like this lol.

  3. 5 out of 5

    *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

    4.25 Stars! Probably one of my favorites of the series. I liked Blake and Jordan's characters a lot. It was a bit repetitive at times. Noting too outlandish with regards to drama. Some good steam. Overall a great way to end the series. 4.25 Stars! Probably one of my favorites of the series. I liked Blake and Jordan's characters a lot. It was a bit repetitive at times. Noting too outlandish with regards to drama. Some good steam. Overall a great way to end the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cadiva

    Absolutely brilliant ending to this fab boy band romance series from Eden. I adored Blake and Jordan, they were just not only on fire but also had such a wonderfully developed friendship. The chemistry sparked between them from the start and it only grew stronger as Blake came to the conclusion that his sexuality was more fluid than he'd originally thought. The experimentation, the exploration of not only the physical side, but the emotional one too, was so beautifully done throughout the narrativ Absolutely brilliant ending to this fab boy band romance series from Eden. I adored Blake and Jordan, they were just not only on fire but also had such a wonderfully developed friendship. The chemistry sparked between them from the start and it only grew stronger as Blake came to the conclusion that his sexuality was more fluid than he'd originally thought. The experimentation, the exploration of not only the physical side, but the emotional one too, was so beautifully done throughout the narrative that it was utterly believable that what started off as a bet could develop into very real feelings. I liked that there wasn't much in the way of relationship drama, most of the tension comes via external reasons and it was fab to see the rest of the Eleven gang on hand with their usual snark and helpful advice :D Don't miss out on the free bonus download either which really does wrap things up with some sneak peeks from the Eleven world tour. #ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

  5. 4 out of 5

    ~✿ Maria ✿~

    3.5 stars ish It was a pretty decent story but similar to the other books in the series it didn't quite meet my expectations like her Fake Boyfriend series. I think I wanted to love this one more than I did? I liked Jordan in the Fake Boyfriend Breakaways but his character didn't feel quite the same or was as interesting this time around. Jordan and Blake's personalities were kind of flat? I liked the cameos from Ash and Max though! There was some cute moments between Blake and Jordan so it was 3.5 stars ish It was a pretty decent story but similar to the other books in the series it didn't quite meet my expectations like her Fake Boyfriend series. I think I wanted to love this one more than I did? I liked Jordan in the Fake Boyfriend Breakaways but his character didn't feel quite the same or was as interesting this time around. Jordan and Blake's personalities were kind of flat? I liked the cameos from Ash and Max though! There was some cute moments between Blake and Jordan so it was pretty enjoyable until the last quarter where the big reunion started happening. I wish all the Eleven stuff was it's own story instead of taking over this one, since it kind of felt like Blake and Jordan took a backseat (ex: the epilogue was the whole band not focused on the MCs). I like Eden Finley's writing so I will definitely check out her next stuff and hopefully it's more my jam than this one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vanna

    3 Just ok stars.. 😐 I don't know why but I have not really loved this series as much as I loved the Fake Boyfriend series . The plot for this was one felt very disjointed and despite the chemistry between Jordan and Blake, I just didn't get the whole will they, won't they vibe here. There was a jealous boyfriend trope, fake boyfriend trope, a pretend-we're-a-real-couple-for-a-movie trope and there was GFY trope.. it was just too much. 😳 I liked Blake, but Jordan seemed a little cocky, his vuln 3 Just ok stars.. 😐 I don't know why but I have not really loved this series as much as I loved the Fake Boyfriend series . The plot for this was one felt very disjointed and despite the chemistry between Jordan and Blake, I just didn't get the whole will they, won't they vibe here. There was a jealous boyfriend trope, fake boyfriend trope, a pretend-we're-a-real-couple-for-a-movie trope and there was GFY trope.. it was just too much. 😳 I liked Blake, but Jordan seemed a little cocky, his vulnerabilities felt disingenuous and therefore non empathetic to me. It's not too long, and yet it took me forever to finish this because I was bored🙄. I like light, fluffy, low-angst books but this was too light unfortunately. I think I may have outgrown EF, so I will put a pause on reading any more of her books. I was planning on reading the Hockey series, but I'll pass for now. I'm glad this series is over though; only Spotlight is worth remembering, the rest are meh .

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ky

    * 4 stars * Final book in the series! One thing you need to know about "Famous" is that, while every book features a different couple, the main arc about their lives after the band broke up and their possible reunion continues through the whole series. So, yes, you can read out of order, but if you want to really get the whole story, I'd recommend starting from the first book and then making your way to this one. Blake is the fifth member of the band and the only straight one, so far. He's taken h * 4 stars * Final book in the series! One thing you need to know about "Famous" is that, while every book features a different couple, the main arc about their lives after the band broke up and their possible reunion continues through the whole series. So, yes, you can read out of order, but if you want to really get the whole story, I'd recommend starting from the first book and then making your way to this one. Blake is the fifth member of the band and the only straight one, so far. He's taken his career in a different direction by becoming an actor and he's happy with his decision. Jordan is gay and out, his career is just taking off and he's starting to establish himself in some circles. After the two make a bet (in the previous book) Blake has to pay up and that means accepting a role in Jordan's new movie. At first, they are friends and Jordan is trying to help Blake loosen up a little so he'll be able to comfortably portray his character, who is gay. When the book starts, Jordan has a boyfriend and, specifically, the movie's director, but it turns out that he's not such a great guy after all. Blake is there to support him through some difficult times and that results to them getting even closer. I was looking forward to Blake and Jordan's story and I wasn't disappointed. I liked how they started out as friends before they moved on to more and I liked how they were always there for the other. The arc with the director and how everything got blown out of proportion was frustrating, but thankfully there was a resolution, so that fixed some of it. The rest of the band members made appearances, of course, and I liked seeing them again. "Encore" is the perfect conclusion to the series and a solid HEA for all of them, but I wouldn't mind reading a couple of extra scenes with Eleven and their partners at some point in the future. ~ I read an ARC of this book. ~

  8. 4 out of 5

    kauany

    I LOVE jordan. I already miss eleven it's like a flashback to when one direction broke up I LOVE jordan. I already miss eleven it's like a flashback to when one direction broke up

  9. 5 out of 5

    iam

    I liked this romance, which features a variety of tropes, namely bisexual-discovery, workplace romance and Hollywood/popstar/actor setting. There was also the usual snark typical for the author's work, and I was laughing plenty of times. The rest of the cast from the Famous series has ample cameos, which I adored. I love series like these, with established friend groups that are conntected, and even though each book is about another persom, you never lose sight of the group as a whole. As the las I liked this romance, which features a variety of tropes, namely bisexual-discovery, workplace romance and Hollywood/popstar/actor setting. There was also the usual snark typical for the author's work, and I was laughing plenty of times. The rest of the cast from the Famous series has ample cameos, which I adored. I love series like these, with established friend groups that are conntected, and even though each book is about another persom, you never lose sight of the group as a whole. As the last book in this series (I think), Encore tied things up neatly and had a lovely x years later epilogue. I also really liked that despite this being a story where a character discovers his queernesss for the first time, there was no tension around coming out or internalized queerphobia. (Not that such stories can't also be great, but it's lovely to see the core conflict of a bisexual discovery story for once not being centered around that.) Instead there is drama around Hollywood connections and ex-partners. This had the potential to become clichée, but was handled nicely. I greatly enjoyed the part that is equivalent to the "third act breakup". Overall, this was a lovely read, with an m/m romance featuring an openly gay actor and an (ex-)ex-boyband member and also actor who discovers his bisexuality. Content warnings: include: sex on-page, blackmail, cheating (not main relationship), outing. I received an ARC and reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emily T

    Blake and Jordan...swoon! I absolutely loved these two! I loved being able to peel back the layers to these two men. There is so much more than what meets the eye. Sweet Jordan just broke my heart, but Blake helped put it back together again! These two are perfect for one another and I loved seeing them figure it out and grow together. There's so much love and laughter in this book that it just leaves you with the biggest smile on your face while reading! I loved getting to see all the Eleven bo Blake and Jordan...swoon! I absolutely loved these two! I loved being able to peel back the layers to these two men. There is so much more than what meets the eye. Sweet Jordan just broke my heart, but Blake helped put it back together again! These two are perfect for one another and I loved seeing them figure it out and grow together. There's so much love and laughter in this book that it just leaves you with the biggest smile on your face while reading! I loved getting to see all the Eleven boys all together one last time, and I'm so sad this series is over!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Quirks

    We have arrived at the last book, and despite not liking books with famous people, I've really enjoyed this series. Spotlight is still my favourite of the four because it's more low-key, but I quite liked the others as well. This one is about Blake, the last member of Eleven standing. He lost a bet with movie star Jordon and now has to be in his movie. Well, he didn't sign a binding contract or anything, and he did want to do the movie, he was just uncertain about being another straight actor We have arrived at the last book, and despite not liking books with famous people, I've really enjoyed this series. Spotlight is still my favourite of the four because it's more low-key, but I quite liked the others as well. This one is about Blake, the last member of Eleven standing. He lost a bet with movie star Jordon and now has to be in his movie. Well, he didn't sign a binding contract or anything, and he did want to do the movie, he was just uncertain about being another straight actor playing a gay character. Anyway, during the filming of the movie, friendship happens, and then realizations happen. And it's a great read. I'd been really excited about this book because a) it's Eden Finely, and b) I was curious about Jordan. We met him in the third book, but it was very briefly. At the time, I didn't get a lock on his personality, but he was intriguing. And I'm happy to report that I really liked him as a character. He was a good guy who'd been burned before, but it hadn't turned him into a dick. And I loved that his and Blake's relationship developed from genuine friendship. Speaking of, I liked Blake too. He's nice, supportive, open-minded... And the camaraderie between the members of Eleven is so fun. I'm glad we got plenty of that before the series ended. Finally, this book was entertaining, sweet, and a bit more sappy/dramatic than I'm used to with Finley. There were long-ish declarations of love (which I'm not a fan of), and an actual villain (that was okay). And overall, I enjoyed the book. I'm still glad the series is over because I want Finley to write about tropes that I like, but it was a good series, and it ended on a great note. P.S. I forgot to mention, but the movie Blake and Jordan are shooting is a reference to Fake Out —another Finley book, one that I love. I won't spoil it, but the characters are named Eamon and Madden! I loved it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Reflections of a Swede

    This was an awesome read! And hot as all get out. However, just to be clear. I didn’t adore this book from the start. I even disliked Jordan in the beginning. He appeared so shallow that I couldn’t believe he was supposed to be Blake’s love-interest. But I should have known better than to doubt Finley. Because of course she peeled back all of Jordan’s defensive layers to get to the sweet and insecure underneath. Blake on the other hand was a insta-lovable. And the way they were together! Hot hot hot This was an awesome read! And hot as all get out. However, just to be clear. I didn’t adore this book from the start. I even disliked Jordan in the beginning. He appeared so shallow that I couldn’t believe he was supposed to be Blake’s love-interest. But I should have known better than to doubt Finley. Because of course she peeled back all of Jordan’s defensive layers to get to the sweet and insecure underneath. Blake on the other hand was a insta-lovable. And the way they were together! Hot hot hot! As always, there’s also lots of humour and snark. I mean, that’s practically Finley’s trademark. The humour was perfectly balanced in relation to the angstier parts. And the sexytimes was the spice that made Encore so altogether delicious. I also loved that the other Eleven guys had such a prominent part in the story. Getting to see more of them was amazing, and also seeing them all together. I hadn’t realized I wasn’t ready to let them go, so this was the perfect ending of the series. This might even be my favourite Famous book. Highly recommend! 5 stars! * A free copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher * https://reflectionsofaswedishgirl.blo...

  13. 5 out of 5

    haletostilinski

    Miss Finley was back to form for this one. Where the last installment was lacking in areas, this made up for it. I was wondering what Blake and Jordan's romance was gonna be like, and was excited for it. Overall, it didn't disappoint. Blake and Jordan had great chemistry from the get go. I was hoping we'd get more of when they were filming together and how attracted they were to each other while having to 'pretend' to have sex and kiss and all that. But the book focused more on what is real betw Miss Finley was back to form for this one. Where the last installment was lacking in areas, this made up for it. I was wondering what Blake and Jordan's romance was gonna be like, and was excited for it. Overall, it didn't disappoint. Blake and Jordan had great chemistry from the get go. I was hoping we'd get more of when they were filming together and how attracted they were to each other while having to 'pretend' to have sex and kiss and all that. But the book focused more on what is real between them. Which I get, because I'm sure in reality filming kissing and sex is actually not all that sexy or romantic, but still....it's fun to imagine that they have to act like they're not as into each other as they actually are.... Anyway, this mainly focused on outside the scripted drama for their real life drama. Because at the start of this, Jordan is dating the director of the movie they're working on, Ben, but then when Ben cheats on him, and it's found out in a fairly public way, Ben does all he can to make it seem like Jordan is the bad guy, and like he and Blake were cheating on him. All this happens while they're in the middle of filming the movie, and when a few weeks are taken to halt the production because of just how Ben was found out and all the resulting drama, Jordan and Blake head up to Mason's big cabin in Montana to get away and hide from the media. And also the other guys from the band are there, because of course Harley uses it as an opportunity to work on their upcoming album. While there, Blake, who had thought he was straight, is starting to discover maybe he's not so straight, but Jordan has been burned too many times by "straight" guys "experimenting" with him, and he feels that after that they've found the one for them, and it's never him. So Jordan himself has some insecurities, and with Blake just coming to terms with actually being bisexual, there's some complications there. But Blake takes his new discovered sexuality in stride fairly quickly, and the main drama is getting Jordan to believe that they could be more than just sex, and that Blake isn't just using him to find his soulmate or what have you. Because as time goes on it's clearer and clearer that Jordan is the one for him. I quite enjoy this. I enjoyed this two together and the story kept me entertained. I do feel that the ending was a tad rushed - it skipped over so much - for something that is supposed to be what wraps up the entire series, but I did appreciate that we got a look into their future to see how all the couples have settled into their lives together. This was definitely, overall, a win for me. It could have been a little longer, in my opinion, to round out the ending a little better, but overall it was a good last installment, and I loved Blake and Jordan together, they worked so well together. So a definite thumbs up from me. I definitely recommend this, the last installment in a fun series. I'm excited for the spin-off too about the bodyguards. Can't wait for that!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    Honestly, I enjoyed this one way more than I thought I would! I tend to not enjoy the "everybody is gay" trope when taken out of the context of queer community, so all five members of this boy band ending up in same-sex partnerships (regardless of sexual identity/orientation) strains credulity for me, but I liked this story and these characters enough that I was mostly able to ignore that. I did enjoy the cameos of other characters, but my biggest gripe would probably be all of the betting on ot Honestly, I enjoyed this one way more than I thought I would! I tend to not enjoy the "everybody is gay" trope when taken out of the context of queer community, so all five members of this boy band ending up in same-sex partnerships (regardless of sexual identity/orientation) strains credulity for me, but I liked this story and these characters enough that I was mostly able to ignore that. I did enjoy the cameos of other characters, but my biggest gripe would probably be all of the betting on other people's sex lives and romantic relationships--it felt quite callous and insensitive, particularly given one of the characters had just been publicly cheated on and was struggling with that, and the other had previously identified as straight and though they didn't struggle with their newfound attraction to men, it seems like maybe it'd be a good idea to not make bets/pull pranks on these two characters while they're going through shit. It's played as quite light and nobody seems to mind, but I found the idea of it all quite distasteful. But other than that, I was very much into Blake and Jordan, and their dynamic was suuuuper hot. It was pretty much exactly what I wanted (and honestly what I was expecting not to get) and I thought their relationship was lovely and the development worked well. Jordan's evil ex was a bit OTT, but eh, it's Hollywood. I also thought it felt quite satisfying as a series conclusion as well, and the balance between ending the story for everybody and not overwhelming *this* story was well done.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Havoc

    It was good. The whole series had..an unrealness, I guess is the word? about it that I was not a huge fan of and the I think the stories itself really need some creativity. And most of all there wasn't even one serious fight between the couple which I found very, well unreal. It was good. The whole series had..an unrealness, I guess is the word? about it that I was not a huge fan of and the I think the stories itself really need some creativity. And most of all there wasn't even one serious fight between the couple which I found very, well unreal.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Cavanillas

    I don't want this to be the end, I dooooooooon't. I loved the couple, I love all the time Eleven has on page, I love to see the boys together, their dynamics, their love stories, their relationship developments, and I love Max and Ash (from it's complicated Fake Boyfriend Breakaways) cameo... everything. I enjoyed it so much. I can't wait to read Eden Finley's next series (featuring the Mike Bravo guys), I love this author with my whole reader heart. Highly recommend series! I don't want this to be the end, I dooooooooon't. I loved the couple, I love all the time Eleven has on page, I love to see the boys together, their dynamics, their love stories, their relationship developments, and I love Max and Ash (from it's complicated Fake Boyfriend Breakaways) cameo... everything. I enjoyed it so much. I can't wait to read Eden Finley's next series (featuring the Mike Bravo guys), I love this author with my whole reader heart. Highly recommend series!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sindu

    RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Encore was a wonderful finale to the Famous series! Blake Monroe, the fifth member in the band, Eleven, went on to become an action-movie star after the band broke up. But recently, he wants to branch out of the genre, and really test out his skills. When a fellow actor, Jordan Brooks ends up betting him a movie role, he doesn't expect to lose. But when he does, he has no choice but to take on the role that might just change his entire career and his life. Jordan Brooks has a problem RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Encore was a wonderful finale to the Famous series! Blake Monroe, the fifth member in the band, Eleven, went on to become an action-movie star after the band broke up. But recently, he wants to branch out of the genre, and really test out his skills. When a fellow actor, Jordan Brooks ends up betting him a movie role, he doesn't expect to lose. But when he does, he has no choice but to take on the role that might just change his entire career and his life. Jordan Brooks has a problem. Even though he's been out forever, he's constantly drawn to the straight guys, and eventually ends up heartbroken when they leave him. He's given up on ever having a forever kind of love. When his latest relationship explodes in a spectacular fashion, he escapes with his co-star and his band to recover. But he ends up falling into old habits and the closer he gets to Blake the more he falls for him. This book was so good! I've loved Eden Finley's writing and her books since I first read Fake Out, and her books keep delivering on everything I want: the snark, the banter, the chemistry, the deep conversations and the happily-ever-afters! This one had it all, and it also had the long awaited reunion of my favorite fictional boy band! This book delivered so much Eleven content, that it was a little bittersweet knowing that this is the last time we're going to see all of them together. But I'm so happy for all of them, because their journeys were rough and long, but they finally got the HEA's they all deserve. While Fandom is still my favorite in this series, this is a close second! Blake and Jordan were so good together. They understood each other, and they gave each other the space to be themselves. They had a lot of obstacles in their way, but they stuck together and they made it through together. And the fact that they had a strong friendship before their actual relationship, just gave them a stronger foundation. To me, this book was not just Blake and Jordan's but this was Eleven's book. This was the book in which they truly came together and got to have fun and make music the way they've always wanted to. Their scenes were some of my favorites in the whole book. Especially when they started to tease Jordan and Blake, and kept trying to "set the mood" so they'd get together! Overall, I loved this book, but it makes me sad to think about the fact that this is the last Eleven book. But this was a lovely ending and wrapped up all their storylines perfectly! You do not want to miss the finale to this wonderful series! Thank you to Foreword PR for sending me an advanced copy of this book! Full review at https://echoesoutloud.wordpress.com/2...

  18. 4 out of 5

    christyheartsbooks

    **4.5** I have to say that I had to warm up to Jordan. He rubbed me not so nicely at first. But I got over it pretty quickly and I kinda love both Jordan and Blake. I think these two might be my favorite boys in this series but Harley and Brix still kinda own me so . . . . This book had all the things that I have grown to love and expect from Finley. All the snark, banter and heat; but also all the feels. Just as all the other boys from Eleven did, these two have to endure so much to find their h **4.5** I have to say that I had to warm up to Jordan. He rubbed me not so nicely at first. But I got over it pretty quickly and I kinda love both Jordan and Blake. I think these two might be my favorite boys in this series but Harley and Brix still kinda own me so . . . . This book had all the things that I have grown to love and expect from Finley. All the snark, banter and heat; but also all the feels. Just as all the other boys from Eleven did, these two have to endure so much to find their happy in the world of Hollyweird and it makes me sad that they just can't be. But they did it with their heads held high and their hearts on their sleeves. I adored them so much. I am sad that this series was over. I found Finley with Harley's book so this is bittersweet for me. Read this series you won't regret it for one second.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    This final book in the Famous series had me laughing, cheering, swooning, and fuming (I'm looking at you, Ben.) I loved how Blake and Jordan's flirty, competitive friendship blossomed into something so much deeper and trusting over time. With scorching hot chemistry, they were the cherry on top of a fantastic series. You get a little bit of everything in this book and it was definitely worth the wait. Along with Jordan and Blake's relationship and their unique Hollywood POVs as its central plot, This final book in the Famous series had me laughing, cheering, swooning, and fuming (I'm looking at you, Ben.) I loved how Blake and Jordan's flirty, competitive friendship blossomed into something so much deeper and trusting over time. With scorching hot chemistry, they were the cherry on top of a fantastic series. You get a little bit of everything in this book and it was definitely worth the wait. Along with Jordan and Blake's relationship and their unique Hollywood POVs as its central plot, you also get substantial subplots from all the Eleven guys (Mason, Denver, Ryder, and Harley,) you get to see the Eleven reunion tour happen from its song writing inception to their tour performances, and you even get to see some cameos of characters from the Fake Boyfriend series! How Eden managed to seamlessly weave all these storylines, while never missing a beat, just shows how talented she is.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews

    Encore is the fourth book in the Famous series by Eden Finley. And, damn, it's a great continuation of the series. Definitely read these books in order to get the most enjoyment out of this series. Blake and Jordan's story is wonderful. I love the way everything develops for them. Their friendship is well done, with plenty of feels and ultimately plenty of chemistry. The real fun begins as Blake realizes that he's having feelings for Jordan. I adore his journey of understanding his sexuality. It Encore is the fourth book in the Famous series by Eden Finley. And, damn, it's a great continuation of the series. Definitely read these books in order to get the most enjoyment out of this series. Blake and Jordan's story is wonderful. I love the way everything develops for them. Their friendship is well done, with plenty of feels and ultimately plenty of chemistry. The real fun begins as Blake realizes that he's having feelings for Jordan. I adore his journey of understanding his sexuality. It's all well done, including all the feels as he comes to terms with himself. The writing is great, with compelling characters and a storyline that keeps you intrigued throughout. The band continues to be present and add immensely to the story. And oh how I love seeing them all again. Encore is a great way to end this riveting series. Eden Finley does a fabulous job bringing these former boy band members and their issues to life.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase

    If I had to sum up this book n one word it would be acceptance. With the boy band getting back together for one more concert series - their last encore - the bandmates are settling into their futures. But no matter if it is music, production, PR or movies, the love and support that they all provide for each other shines through. Coming to terms with your sexuality is always easiest when you have the acceptance and understanding of the entire group. Secrets are revealed and new beginnings are acq If I had to sum up this book n one word it would be acceptance. With the boy band getting back together for one more concert series - their last encore - the bandmates are settling into their futures. But no matter if it is music, production, PR or movies, the love and support that they all provide for each other shines through. Coming to terms with your sexuality is always easiest when you have the acceptance and understanding of the entire group. Secrets are revealed and new beginnings are acquired - a perfect combination.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Athira

    What a fantastic end to a stunning boyband romance series!!! Encore is the final book in the Famous series and while each book is a different couple and can be read as a standalone, I think it's better to read in order if you can. I loved Jordan and Blake together and the development of their relationship from friends to lovers was incredible. It was great to see them grow, as a person and as a couple. I love there isn't much drama either and I really enjoyed it. We finally have Eleven together What a fantastic end to a stunning boyband romance series!!! Encore is the final book in the Famous series and while each book is a different couple and can be read as a standalone, I think it's better to read in order if you can. I loved Jordan and Blake together and the development of their relationship from friends to lovers was incredible. It was great to see them grow, as a person and as a couple. I love there isn't much drama either and I really enjoyed it. We finally have Eleven together after 4 books and it was amazing to see the cameos of all the previous couples and them as a band together. Their friendship and banter is one of my favourite things in the series and I love how the whole band makes an appearance in each book. The epilogue was perfect and the bonus with the band tour was the icing on the cake. Highly recommend this series as a whole!!! *ARC provided by the author via Foreword PR in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

  23. 4 out of 5

    Miriah

    In the first 60% ish if this book I was ready to declare it my most favourite of a mediocre series. It had me laughing, and I was very invested in Blake and Jordan’s relationship. I can’t even pinpoint what happened after that, but it lost its steam and I feel like their chemistry fizzled out or something. Some parts you’d expect to be included weren’t, such as Blake’s parents, and a bit more interaction with at least one of the band members. Jordan had no friends or anything, which I don’t love In the first 60% ish if this book I was ready to declare it my most favourite of a mediocre series. It had me laughing, and I was very invested in Blake and Jordan’s relationship. I can’t even pinpoint what happened after that, but it lost its steam and I feel like their chemistry fizzled out or something. Some parts you’d expect to be included weren’t, such as Blake’s parents, and a bit more interaction with at least one of the band members. Jordan had no friends or anything, which I don’t love. It makes me feel like he existed only for Blake. Overall it was one of the better books of the series, but this series wasn’t for me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    kathleen

    Encore is a wonderful finale to the Famous series! Being a huge fan of both Eden Finley and the Famous series I was eager to read Encore. I was not disappointed! I loved the chemistry and dynamics between Blake and Jordan. What started out as friendship quickly morphs into so much more and I loved going along for the ride. The friendship they have established gives such a solid base to the romantic relationship that grows between these two guys. The supporting characters add such depth to the overa Encore is a wonderful finale to the Famous series! Being a huge fan of both Eden Finley and the Famous series I was eager to read Encore. I was not disappointed! I loved the chemistry and dynamics between Blake and Jordan. What started out as friendship quickly morphs into so much more and I loved going along for the ride. The friendship they have established gives such a solid base to the romantic relationship that grows between these two guys. The supporting characters add such depth to the overall story. What a way to end a series!!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Blake and Jordan are perfect for each other and you're thrown into the story as Blake signs up for a movie roll after he loses a bet with Jordan. Blake seems like a laid back guy; he doesn't let fame get to him at all and with his band, he thinks his job is to be in the background. Jordan, who starts off in a relationship with the director of the film both of them will be starring in, doesn't believe in love or that relationships work out for him. But as Blake is there for Jordan when he goes th Blake and Jordan are perfect for each other and you're thrown into the story as Blake signs up for a movie roll after he loses a bet with Jordan. Blake seems like a laid back guy; he doesn't let fame get to him at all and with his band, he thinks his job is to be in the background. Jordan, who starts off in a relationship with the director of the film both of them will be starring in, doesn't believe in love or that relationships work out for him. But as Blake is there for Jordan when he goes through a rough time and both men see the other in a different light. The supporting characters are wonderful but the development of their relationship takes center stage and I loved how it worked out in the end. A wonderful read!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura Maurix

    I'm not crying, you're crying. It's over. It's really over. I don't want to let these boys go, but I have to. I have enjoyed every hour, minute, second spent reading this book and I know I will return to this world a lot. This was an epic finale to an amazing series and to finally see more of Blake was like a relief. Every band member has their story, each one has found their soulmate and to be able to read this was pretty special to me. The book was filled with action, feelings, hilarious conve I'm not crying, you're crying. It's over. It's really over. I don't want to let these boys go, but I have to. I have enjoyed every hour, minute, second spent reading this book and I know I will return to this world a lot. This was an epic finale to an amazing series and to finally see more of Blake was like a relief. Every band member has their story, each one has found their soulmate and to be able to read this was pretty special to me. The book was filled with action, feelings, hilarious conversation and the love between the band members, I can't even begin to describe how good and special it was altogether. I have nothing but love for this book and will recommend it to everyone. 5/5 stars.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Cox

    Loved it!! With this final book in the Famous series all the band members get their HEA. I loved these two and their constant banter throughout the story. It was also great to get to see all the boys from Eleven show up in this story. The whole series is a must read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    the kevin

    It’s hard to review these sort of middle-of-the-road books. It’s possible I’m just cranky and that’s why I struggled with it. It had some decent moments, especially in the first emotional breakup phase, but kind of stalled for me on the endless sex. Which usually I don’t mind, but it had me skimming this time. The second round breakup was just a repetition of the first, so I didn’t vibe with it as much. I didn't feel much emotional connection between Jordan and Blake in general. In summary, it w It’s hard to review these sort of middle-of-the-road books. It’s possible I’m just cranky and that’s why I struggled with it. It had some decent moments, especially in the first emotional breakup phase, but kind of stalled for me on the endless sex. Which usually I don’t mind, but it had me skimming this time. The second round breakup was just a repetition of the first, so I didn’t vibe with it as much. I didn't feel much emotional connection between Jordan and Blake in general. In summary, it was a book. Overall for the series - I did skip the second because no plot goblins for me - the first book with Harley and Brix was the strongest. Harley had the most character to him in my opinion, possibly because he started existing in the Fake Boyfriends series first. I still don’t like Jet but whatever, he’s not in this one. Not a bad finish to the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Resch Reads

    I truly enjoyed this final installment in the Famous Series. Blake and Jordan were polar opposites and I think that's what made their romance so delightful to read. We also finally see the members of Eleven comfortable with themselves and the band back together. The brotherhood and bonds these men shared brought a smile to my face as I read the last pages. So lets start off with Blake and Jordan, these two were adorable. I loved how Jordan endlessly pursued Blake for the movie role. Yet as the fl I truly enjoyed this final installment in the Famous Series. Blake and Jordan were polar opposites and I think that's what made their romance so delightful to read. We also finally see the members of Eleven comfortable with themselves and the band back together. The brotherhood and bonds these men shared brought a smile to my face as I read the last pages. So lets start off with Blake and Jordan, these two were adorable. I loved how Jordan endlessly pursued Blake for the movie role. Yet as the flirting and chemistry between them intensifies, along with the betting, you can't help but feel the kinship blooming. Blake sees past Jordan's b*llsh*t and Jordan provides Blake with a deeper, judgement-free connection. I loved the depth these characters had, from the heart-felt confessions to the endless sexual tension and chemistry, these two just gelled.  In terms of the plot, it was the perfect balance of drama and Eleven reunion. The members of Eleven provided the perfect amount of comradery, humor, and support. While Jordan's ex and Jordan's own insecurities constantly interrupted the budding romance. But Blake and Jordan worked through everything and I enjoyed their transparency and honesty. The ending was absolutely the best part, we get closure on all the couples and a little glimpse into the future which left me smiling. (And just a tiny bit sad that it's all over for this series.)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cat the bookworm

    Still a good book, but probably my least favorite of the Famous-series (Spotlight was my absolute favourite). It could be due to the fact that with the other books, I listened to the brilliant narration by Iggy Toma and I „only“ read this one, because the audiobook isn’t out yet. Iggy‘s voice adds more layers to the characters and their dialogues that I might have missed while reading. So it’s entirely possible I’ll change the rating once the audio version is out. But back to the book - it’s the Still a good book, but probably my least favorite of the Famous-series (Spotlight was my absolute favourite). It could be due to the fact that with the other books, I listened to the brilliant narration by Iggy Toma and I „only“ read this one, because the audiobook isn’t out yet. Iggy‘s voice adds more layers to the characters and their dialogues that I might have missed while reading. So it’s entirely possible I’ll change the rating once the audio version is out. But back to the book - it’s the story of Blake, the last single-Eleven-member, who’s started acting now. And Jordan, an openly gay actor and former model. While I admire Eden for her ability to come up with new stories and plots for her books, and they never seem to follow the same pattern, I admittedly like the „cheating/ex“ one the least, even though ofc it’s a common thing to happen. While the cheating wasn’t on Blake‘s or Jordan‘s part, the hurt and resentment it leaves behind, esp when said ex if someone they meet on a daily basis while filming, put a damper on the otherwise fluffy tone. I loved seeing all the other couples again, esp - who would have thought - Harley and Brix, the former the usual whirlwind we all came to love. All in all a good final book for the series - 3 stars for now.

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