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- Print Length: 288 pages
- Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (March 4, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 4, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TROZ2EO
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He discovers a group of town folks that are very welcoming, accepting, and just downhome friendly. He also feels his soul returning to his body. He is starting to get his mojo back and the music starts to flow. Not the music he has been singing for years but the songs of his soul. He is pretty happy. A 16 year old boy has taken to him and he knows who he is and is a huge fan. So, he becomes the hero's friend and student. The kid has talent.
The café owner, the boy's aunt, was a one time child star. She was a child star that turned into a druggie, alcoholic with parents that were anything but loving. Reminds you of some of the child stars of today. She finally went to court at 16, and gained her independence from them. They had already gone through her fortune and of course got away with that. But she is hiding out on this island and keeps her head down so that the public cannot find her. Frankly after 10 years or more I doubt that that many people would really even care where she lived. But, she is bitter, angry with the world, selfish, self-centered and seems to feel everyone owes her a living.
SPOILER---It is really hard to write a review and stay positive. I could not stand this heroine. She went from wanting to attack this guy, to treating him like dirt. Then back to wanting to get him in her bed and back to she can't stand him. Back and forth until I got tired of it. And then when he offers to help her nephew she jumps in and demands that he leave the kid alone because SHE doesn't want him to have a show business career. of course because she was a druggie she figures he will be too. She didn't make any of these decisions herself! Someone else decided to make them for her. Thank goodness this kid had a mother, her sister, that told her to back off and he would make his own mistakes, etc.
When everything blows up at the end, she blames the hero for things that he did not do. Blasted him all over the place. She was clearly out of line but got none of the facts before she started accusing him of all sorts of things from stealing, to being a partner to embezzlement and cheating, etc. And then she decides he couldn't have done any of that, he was much too good, etc. Then in the next breath she informs the lawyer that he is a crook. Only to discover that she is wrong again.
Now a few things bothered me. The hero let her off way too easy. And the hero let his manager off way too easy. He cheated a young man and his family for years out of money they were entitled to and could have made their lives easier. He supplied drugs and alcohol to the hero and the band members to keep them under control, he cheated the hero out of $5,000,000. And he gets off with going to counseling. REALLY? the guy was a slug and deserved to go to jail. Since he was a manager of more than these two, he was probably cheating them as well. Then he forges the signature of the hero and traps the nephew into a contract that would rob him of his money. And since he forged the signature of the hero, the contract was NULL AND VOLID and he could be up on charges for that, he didn't need the manager to AGREE to get rid of the contract. This guy was a professional criminal and he gets away with it all by paying back what he stole! OMG, my hair almost set on fire over that one. A threat to keep him out of the business is all the hero does? Seems like the lawyer knowing of all his criminal activities would have been duty bound to turn him in. This just did not set well with me. And then there is the mother. She used the child to get parts on her movies. She was always looking out for number one and pushed the kid to do things so she could get exposure. She and the father fought over the kid's money, etc. plus they spent it all before she even came of age. She was a typical stage mother with an added bonus of being a two bit actress so she used the kid. She apparently went after every young guy she could. Think of it and this woman was that. And then at the end she becomes the perfect mother and they are best of friends. I don't buy it. When you are that way for that long you don't change over night. So I call BS on that one.
Now, if these things won't bother you, as they didn't bother a lot of other reviewers, then maybe you will enjoy the book. I just didn't.
I was not paid for this review. I am not an author nor do I know one. I am not kin to this writer. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less.
Unfortunately there were things I didn't enjoy. Ben and Josh's relationship, for example. Ben seemed like a terrible manager, yet Josh kept him around. Even after finding out what Ben was doing, Josh still let him go with just a slap on the wrist. At this point I wanted to throw my Kindle. The man deserved much worse than what he got, and he caved to Josh's demands way too quickly, considering he hadn't listened to Josh at all before this point.
Then there's J.D. I thought she was a little too harsh when Tony expressed his desire to be in the music business. She acted more like a strict mother than his aunt, trying to tell him what he could and couldn't do, even though his own mother supported his dreams. She also ran hot and cold with Josh. J.D. grew on me towards the end, but for a good portion of the book I didn't care too much for her.
I felt the ending was a bit rushed. I don't want to give it away, but after not seeing each other for six months, I didn't find what happened realistic.
The writing was good. There was only one noticeable error that occurred on page 261: "Josh pulled up a chair next to Josh..." (the second Josh should have been Tony).
Overall I liked the story, but I just didn't love it.
**A free copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**
JD has had her share of the limelight as well. She was America's sweetheart turned rebel teen, like most child stars. Compound that with a very bad relationship with her parent/managers and you have a recipe for disaster. JD has found her family in the residents of Serenity Island. They took her under their wing, and have kept the media and paparazzi away. Josh is counting on the same from the community. Josh ends up buying JD's failing cafe, and turning it into a music venue, while allowing Tony to play there. Josh knows how JD feels about Tony being in the entertainment business, and she feels that he has gone behind her back encouraging Tony down his father's dreaded path. Can Josh make JD's heart Sing?
Mackenzie Lucas has written characters that you want to get to know. I would love to come face to face with Josh Nicodemus, he sounds amazing, sometimes amazingly dense, but amazing none the less. Lucas teases us with Jordan's backstory, but only let's out what is absolutely necessary. I wonder if that is because she has plans to reveal JD's youth in another book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a love story without much angst. While there is sex in the book, it is minimal, and mostly implied. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ms. Lucas' novel, and anticipate reading many more just as good from her in the future.
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