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Franco (Bright Side) (Volume 3) Paperback – December 27, 2016
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I (Kim Holden) live in the greatest city in the world: Denver, Colorado. Some of my favorite things: reading, writing, the two coolest guys on the planet (my husband and son), my bicycle, Facebook, iced coffee, and music. I also love dreaming. And speaking of dreaming, I have a bit of advice for anyone reading this ... follow your dreams. It's never too late. Get started today ... heck get started RIGHT NOW! Make your dreams reality. I love to hear from fellow readers. Love. It. Please come find me. We'll hang out. It'll be fun: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KimHoldenAuthor Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7445352.Kim_Holden My Website https://kimholdenbooks.com
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The dialogue between the guys was juvenile with too much ribbing. It was hard to take Gus and Franco seriously when they spoke like idiots.
The chapters were labeled by dates. Personally the dates were not that significant to me. The dates were used to keep track of the time they interacted with each other.
I appreciated the memory of Kate because this brought the much needed emotional connection, however that was the only time I felt that connection. Kate's story was finally put to rest and a new chapter was opened for both Gus and Franco.
"I'd have to be mental to run after being presented that kind of teaser." Favorite quote.
I felt like Kim tried to replicate Kate's character with Gemma's because they shared similar personality traits. Kim's depiction of Franco's character was to squash rockstar stereotypes by stating that guys with tattoos could have manners, emotions, and empathy.
I do love Kim's perception of people. All Kim's characters are genuine with great characteristics. The characters are selfless, empathetic, sympathetic, and nonjudgmental.
I loved the concept of the story but the delivery was a struggle. I desperately wanted to find that emotional connection. The concept was about an unconventional relationship between Gemma and Franco who met ten days before she needed to return back to England.
Gemma offered Franco her British accent while he offered her his American music.
Gemma and Franco built a solid friendship from afar. They proved distance could not stand in the way of their friendship. They would hook up when their schedules lined up.
The story did not focus solely on Franco being in a band. The story balanced between the concept of Gemma wanting to accomplish her dreams before it was too late and Franco touring and recording music. But overall this was not a rockstar story. Basically, Franco being in a band was irrelevant to his character role.
This book this author I swear I know every time it will be good. Kim Holden pours her soul into her books. Her sweet disposition shows in every word. I hang onto to those words like they are my lifeline. They help me breathe.
We first catch a glimpse of Franco in Bright Side. He's the drummer for Rook. He has such a free spirited soul. He believes life is what you make of it. You grab destiny by the horns and make it your...well you know. One night he's out at a bar and spots a beautiful girl in leopard print flats sitting across from a guy who seems very uninterested in sitting across from this beauty. Doing what all humans do Franco watches them. He finally captures the girls attention and learns her name is Gemma. Gemma is a British girl with a pure soul. Shes a people pleaser yet lays her soul out for all to see without any apologies. She's on a timeline and won't be deterred. When Franco learns her secrets he sets out to make Gemmas dreams a reality. Hearts get involved.
This book made me smile and made me laugh. So much so that those around me looked at me funny. Mainly my kids. I kept wanting everyone to leave me in silence so I could live in this world and amazingly I devoured it in a day! I refuse to give anything away other than please read Bright Side and Gus beforehand. Bright Side alone is a life changer. Kudos to you Kim Holden for hitting another ball out the park and yes assumptions are the antichrist.
Shel: I enjoyed everything about the character of Franco--his general outlook on life, his care and humor, and how attuned he was to his friends. I also loved how he was with Gemma and how respectful he was of her feelings and her career and the circumstances they found themselves in. Court: He is an ultimate book boyfriend because of how awesome he was with her wasn't he! I absolutely enjoyed their "one night to friends to maybe more"journey, and was nervous every time they were apart. I mean...California to England is a BIG long distance relationship, so I never really knew how the book would turn out. And I liked that. I liked how much a role Gus played in the book, because sometimes when we have best friends the books block them out a little bit for the story development between the lovers, and I loved how much he was there with Franco and they truly were best friends. That was almost as great for me as Franco and Gemma getting to know each other! (What can I say...I'm a lead singer girl, and Gus is ah-mazing)
Shel: All in all, a really great "feel good" novel that just made me fall even more in love with this series and the members of the band. Court: YES! I am excited to see if the other two get their books, because they really could go in just about ANY direction because tbh, we don't really know a whole lot about what these two get up to in the books. A whole new world awaits us if we get them though, and I can't wait!
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