Sunday, September 4, 2016

Review: Summer of Irreverence by Cathrine Goldstein

Title: Summer of Irreverence, The Rock Star
Author: Cathrine Goldstein
Genre/Age: Romance/NA
Series: The New York Artists Series
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Format: ebook via NetGalley
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisSummer of Irreverence -- THE ROCK STAR
(The New York Artists Series) 

Straight-laced, veterinary surgeon, Summer Wynters is ready to break the rules. And who better to break them with than the most irreverent of all men, mega rock star Malcolm Angel? With one last summer free from work obligations, Summer moves to New York City, and at the coaxing of her friend, pretends to be a model so she can spend one wild night with Malcolm. 

Rock star, Malcolm Angel, tortured by a dark past, may be the poet laureate of romance, but he, like science-minded Summer, has never believed in romantic love. How could he? With his history, he doesn’t deserve to be loved.

When Summer’s honesty, kindness, and exuberance for life changes his perspective, the two discover they are in deeper than either dreamed possible. But when Malcolm discovers Summer’s been perpetuating a lie, will he forgive her? Even if forgiveness is possible, can a man immune to love teach someone else to believe in it?

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.** 

I've wanted to read this one for a while and was finally able to fit it in this weekend. To be honest, it didn't start off very well. Dialogue in the first chapter is choppy and confusing, bouncing around between thoughts in the conversation. The second chapter flows better and from then on, it's a much smoother read.

Summer is a woman in the middle of an personal crisis. Her boyfriend is less-than-stellar in the love-making department and Summer desperately wants to find a bit of danger and excitement that her life is lacking. Yet, as a highly intelligent woman, she doesn't believe in the existence of love.

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The answer to her problem? Catch the eye of a mega-rock star who will undoubtedly give her the night of her life!

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Malcolm lives a lonely life. Between touring across the globe, being surrounded by loose women who throw themselves at him, and having to wear a disguise just to go in public, Malcolm has found that he no longer believes a word of the love ballads that he sings. His only sense of normalcy is the canine friendship of a Golden Labrador who is starting to age, just like his owner.

Summer's plan to get the rock star alone in his hotel room works like a charm, naturally. But it's what happens after that is a surprise. And the surprises keep coming as the story progresses. Soon, the two realize that what may be missing from their lives is not what they thought and love just might really exist, after all.

I do have one major gripe. I don't agree with the way the farmer character was portrayed to look, as if he didn't know how to care for a birthing cow. No farmer breeds an animal without knowing how to deliver. I think the author could have still told the story of the cow becoming distressed during delivery and Summer stopping to help. But to make the farmer seem incompetent really bothers me. I'm a country girl and simply know better.

Other than that, this was a great read!

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In closing...
Summer and Malcolm's story was a sweet one. The romance and trust were slow building and the love scenes were up to par with other rock star romances I've read. I would definitely read more books in this series. Four suns!

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