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Perfect Imperfections: A Rock Star Contemporary Gay Romance Kindle Edition
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A story of a rock star born into a family of famous rockers and actresses (Jeremy) and a hunky, smart and sincere bartender (Reg) he meets while trying to get a taste of "real life", incognito.
On a whim, Jeremy asks Reg to go with him, on tour, and pose as his gay boyfriend. Jeremy has had only a series of relationships with models and stars "engineered" to promote both of their careers, but lacking in intimacy and affection. He wants to use Reg as a buffer - once he's "spoken for", he won't need to partake in any more staged relationships, which are beginning to drive him mad, and leave him utterly alone and lonely. Reggie agrees and, well, it's no spoiler to say that the relationship works out really, really well.
The couple, together, are just lovely. And their fumbling attempts to become lovers charming to watch. Reg not only shows Jeremy how to love (and boy does he learn well!), but helps to smooth out his entire life, ensuring that Jeremy is free to concentrate fully on music - and him.
They are wonderful together. In fact, the cuddling and affection are actually better than the sex. But, then again, Cardeno C. is such a talented writer, it's like watching a master paint a landscape.
The only reason I didn't give it the full five stars is that the ending didn't work for me. Cardeno C. normally writes powerful and moving endings. This one just seemed to peter out after a rather mild threat to the boys' future, with the HEA definitely in the cards. It wasn't particularly moving, nor was it powerful. It was rather a rather abrupt and rather soft landing. That's my only disappointment.
This book has a lovely "feel" to it. It has a lightness and good-natured texture that made my day. No twisted angst, painful suffering or recriminations. Just a lonely boy (despite being the top-selling music act in America) learning how to love.
It is, above all else, a really good read.
Reg had a calming effect on Jeremy that no one else, not even his manager could duplicate. When a person leads a public life, the lines of celebrity and privacy can be blurred. This happens to Jeremy in the book, and I had a hard time accepting that criminal charges weren't filed against the manager's assistant for some of the crap he pulled--especially the last stunt.
I enjoyed this book, the romance, and the story. Look forward to seeing more from this author.
The characters are very well developed, the action sizzling, and the intrigue makes a great tale. Some very interesting surprises make this a page-turner not to be missed!
The whole set up was "perfect", as the name suggests. The only imperfection was Jeremy's temper with his PR staff and with PR stuff in general.
It was pretty implausible, as storylines go, but don't get me wrong - I really loved this book!
It's the kind of book that I would re-read when I just needed a feel-good book with no major drama. In fact, I did re-read it again a few days later, when I had finished a few other books and was looking for something to read. I would love to find someone as caring and patient and wonderful as Reg!
I enjoyed this book so much, that I have already bought another by Cardeno C and I am really looking forward to starting it when I get home tonight. If the other books are along these lines, I will be buying more books in the future :-)