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Published by Macmillan on May 26, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General, Contemporary
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Never fall for a rockstar...
Julian Wheaton views the world through a kaleidoscope of synesthesia, seeing the colors of every sound he hears. His life as an iconic rock guitarist was a stressful psychedelic trip that nearly destroyed him. Now he's abandoned the rock 'n' roll lifestyle for the peaceful sanctity of his recording studio, but when fiery Cleo Compton comes to work for him, she brings chaos with her.
Cleo Compton has had her flings with rockstars - and it's left her wary and bruised. Julian may have those sexy bedroom eyes and drool-worthy tattoos, but Cleo is determined to keep things strictly professional - until Julian turns out to be every dream she's ever chased. When he risks it all to hit the road with a band again, Cleo fears he'll return as the one thing she can no longer abide - a rockstar.
Cleo Compton just turned 30, got evicted from her apartment and lost her job all in the same week. The last thing she needs is a retired rockstar causing more chaos in her life. But Julian Wheaton has two important things going for him; he needs an office manager and he has a spare room. Julian likes his quiet life. Suffering from synethesia, he relies on quiet and predictability – neither of which describes Cleo.
- The characters were very well fleshed out and real in their world. The backstories were believable and made sense.
- The story dealt well with a sensory disorder and did not minimize it or make it outlandish.
- The pacing was spot on; no spots dragged.
- Julian’s sister comes across as uncaring regarding his sensory issues and basically tells him to get over it.
- Cleo’s best friend is consistently rude. Scenes with her in it were sometimes tedious.
- The proposed cover is rather tacky, in my opinion. I really do judge a book by its cover and would not have picked this book up based on it.
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. As I stated above I judge books on their covers and this one was not great. The synopsis was intriguing, however, so I looked past it. The story flowed well from cutesy to steamy to heart-wrenching. I finished it in about 4 hours and it had great pacing. Authors who can describe disorders without minimizing them or making them outlandish are rare and Carol Pavliska did it extremely well. Julian’s issues never seemed forced or comical and I even teared up with a description of one of his attacks. The relationship between Julian and Cleo was built very well, and even when you didn’t like one of them, you still rooted for them. All-in-all this was a winner that I highly enjoyed.