"A woman travels back in time to prevent aself-destructive rock star from committing suicide in Nutt's (Stake andDust, 2015, etc.) romance.
Emerson Violet "Evie" Reid is the president of the fan club forthe band Civilized Heathens--a club that's still going strong 10 yearsafter its lead singer, heartthrob Bellamy Lovel, checked out of drugrehab and killed himself in a hotel room. (In his story, appearance, and persona, Lovel resembles the late singer/lyricist Michael Hutchence ofthe Australian band INXS.) Shortly before Lovel's death, Evie, a nurse,had a chance to become his personal assistant, but she refused theoffer. Now she wonders whether she could have saved him. It turns outthat Evie's friend Kelsey Parish knows a magical spell that could makeanother chance possible, so Evie travels back in time to her originaldecision point. After she agrees to work for Lovel, she has just threeweeks to convince him that life is worth living--but she can't revealwhat she knows about the future. As thrilling as it is to see her idolalive again, Evie's job won't be easy; he's moody, calls her "BookMarm," and makes remarks such as "You must have some nice tits underthat oversized blouse." Evie resists his attempts at seduction, whichonly serves to intrigue him, and as he responds to her care, he beginsto bare his soul. But is she in time to rescue him fromself-destruction? Nutt brings out some very creaky tropes here,including the glamorous, desirable hero whose bad-boy behavior disguises his vulnerabilities; and the girl-next-door type whose nurturance, good listening skills, and patience get through to him when leggysupermodels can't. It's all patent wish-fulfillment fantasy, and theprose style doesn't avoid cliché either, using terms such as "sweeturgency" and "slice of heaven" during passionate moments. That said,Nutt shows skill in making her characters' emotions feel plausible,romantic, and erotic--and they will strike home for readers who relate to the novel's fangirl scenario.
Time travel and late-1990s rock add a twist to a standard good-woman/bad-boy romance."
From the Author
A.My daughter and I were listening to INXS songs, videos, and the live concerts available. We were sad to think the lead singer had died so tragically and there would never be another song written and performed by him. The fictional story of Bellamy Lovel took root, but I wanted a happier ending for my rock star. So I sent Evie back in time to try and save him.