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Ali Whitman goes out to celebrate her promotion to field reporter and ends up with memory lapse and a hangover in bed with Tyler Young, the super sexy bassist for Devil's Garden. He is a dream come true, tall, tattooed, ripped with beautiful blue eyes, but also a wild soul. He takes her out for breakfast and tells her he will call. Ok, no call from Tyler but Ali ends up with an assignment to interview their band. The interview and subsequent article causes a ripple with the band. Despite that Tyler and Ali start to date.
"I've never met a girl like you. You tell me exactly how it is. You're not afraid to try something you never thought you'd do. You're smokin' hot with a brain like Einstein. Hell, you even wrote smut about my band in a national magazine and I still can't get you off my mind."
There are some great characters in here, some to love, some to hate. I really fell in love with Tyler, he was such a free soul. Ali had a tragedy in her past and had assured herself she wouldn't love again. She doubts herself all the time, and I felt bad that she did that. Still she was funny, quirky and determined to get ahead with her career. She's also pretty klutzy and has more than one instance proving this.
"I have the moves of an off balance sloth."
Tyler stirs up some trouble for Ali at a formal dinner and things take a turn for the worse with them, but internally I was cheering him on.
I highly recommend this story. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!
Tyler seemed to have it all: good looks, he was a rock star, surfer, adventurer. He brought Ali back to life with all their little adventures. I just don’t know how much was him and how much was Ali stereotyping him. He acted one way, yet she thought of him in an opposite direction.
There was a lot of drama with the secondary characters. It seemed like everyone was out to tear Ali and Tyler apart before they even started. You had snooty bosses, evil co-workers, evil mama bears. Everyone had an attitude toward Ali, except her best friend. But, in the end, even that woman told her friend she was an idiot.
I feel like I was missing some things while reading this. Like, in the beginning, Ali doesn’t want a relationship because of her career and the fact that Tyler is a rock star, who she stereotypes right away as a playboy. Then, 30% in, she has a new reason for not wanting a relationship. That new reason seemed to be thrown in there last minute. Also, she stereotyped Tyler as a playboy so much that his character portrayed that all of a sudden. I don’t remember him ever saying he was a male slut, except in her head, but suddenly he was admitting to it. Yet, throughout the entire book, he was a one-man woman when it came to her, which was 100% of the book. Lots of back and forth on that.
The formatting was horrible. A paragraph would have 3 subjects going on at once—should have been broken down to 3 paragraphs. There were two dialogues in one paragraph sometimes, making me reread the paragraph to understand who was saying what. One paragraph would be broken into multiple, so that the
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There were a few times that things weren’t included, like people getting dressed. There was one scene when Tyler told Ali to put on a bathing suit, and instead of actually getting dressed, she threw stuff in a bag and appeared to leave her apartment naked. Little things like that bug me to no end.
Oh, and the damsel in distress. Ali needing to be carried everywhere because she couldn’t walk without tripping over herself got old pretty fast. Once or twice, okay. Every time she walked, though? Yeah, how has she not broken anything?
Nevertheless, the author has a good start with this novel. Her characters have a voice (they don’t sound like Charlie Brown’s parents), and that is VERY important. Her movement, along with dialogue, was spot on. She had a story arc that had you turning the pages to find out what happens next. As an editor, I just wish someone had paid attention to all the idiosyncrasy when reading over this book.
I feel like I have more negative than positive things to say about this book, but despite the few things that irritated me, I did find myself wanting to know where the story would end. A few changes, and this book would have been perfect.
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