Archive | May 31, 2015

Sweet Agony, Charlotte Stein

Sweet Agony, Charlotte Stein
Genre: Erotic Romance, Women’s Fiction
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I’ve read some cracking novels by Charlotte but to prove what I’m always saying – not all books suit all readers – this one was a fail for me…

Its hot, some very spicy and erotic scenes, almost crude at times but within the setting it worked. Sadly though I just couldn’t warm to the characters or the story. Its really just Cyrian and Molly in the whole book, and though we get their backstory released in snippets through the novel, for me it doesn’t add up to the people they’ve become. Their interactions seemed false and forced to me. Molly has some very funny snark remarks, but her actions – nope, I just couldn’t see any of that happening. Likewise Cyrian, I couldn’t add the person he was with the actions he did, and neither seemed to fit with what I knew of him from his  past. Usually I can make the connection, see why people act as they do, why they’ve become a certain way but here I just felt I was lost in a disconnection. I found I just couldn’t involve or interest myself in their story.
Sorry – I’m sure this read with be loved by many, as I’ve loved some of Charlotte’s past books but this one just doesn’t work for me.
Stars: two, one that didn’t work for me
ARC provided by Netgalley and publisher

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How to Catch a (Rock) Star, A Story of Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Gabrielle Aquilina


How to Catch a (Rock) Star, A Story of Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Gabrielle Aquilina
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre:  Romance,
I found this a little improbable to be honest….things seem to happen very slickly and the record company are far too accommodating….first they take on Lillie, an unknown, into a band already on tour, and then when things go wrong they just go with the flow, so to speak. In real life contracts are all and no matter what personal problems the companies what their pound of flesh, death or rehab clinics seem to be the only things that let one escape a contract…
So Lillie and Jed are having fun, touring, romancing, doing all the things new lovers do, but Lillie suspects he’s hiding something. It’s not obvious but sometimes he’s subtlety evasive about things, turning away from questions over his past, getting texts that he’s quiet about, and the explanations he gives don’t really ring true…Lillie’s had problems with that before when a lover turned out to be married, and she’s not going that route again. She can’t see Jed doing that though – he knows how she feels, she’s told him about her ex and how she felt.
The band members are fun too but we didn’t really see that much of them and how they interacted, or the mechanics of the rock star band on tour stuff, a few snippets of concerts, a brief hotel stay – I like the day to day detail to add flavour and drama. TBH it was all very light and fluffy, very surface based story, and nothing really happens  until the big reveal. That was perfect, and the way the drama played out from then on raised this to a four for me from a good but not great three. I like the way the sadness was drawn out, covered months and a decent portion of the book. It gave a depth to the drama. So often its a two page flick, but not here, its several chapters and has some great moments.
It wasn’t the kind of Rock Star book I was expecting and I found the first half at least to be pleasant enough but a little dull and predictable, but the drama part when it came was perfect for me. I could really feel the heartbreak from both of them. Jessica was a great “bad” character – I do love one that’s frankly just selfish, amoral and cruel! I’d have liked to have seen more of her, that type of character deserves a major role IMO and can make or break a book.
Its a fun read, but not one I’d read again.

Stars: Four, a one off bit of fun.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

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