Monday, December 5, 2016

Review & Tour: Sound Effects by L.J. Greene

Title: Sound Effects
Author: L.J. Greene
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/Adult
Series: Ripple Effects Series (Book Two)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Goddess Fish Promotions
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisWhat is YOUR passion?

When an uncharacteristically rash decision lands law school graduate Melody Grayson in San Francisco’s dicey Tenderloin District, she comes face to face with a dangerously tempting man who embodies every mistake she swore she would never repeat. Passionate, sexy, and far more insightful than she’d care to admit, he causes her to question everything she thought she knew about her future. Now she’ll have to decide where the bigger risk lies: in the prudent path she has been working tirelessly to pursue, or in the intriguing but uncertain one he’s offering.

Up-and-coming, Irish-born musician Jamie Callahan is no stranger to chaos; he’s lived a lifetime of it. But in the fall of 2004, when the music industry is on the verge of massive upheaval, the life he aspires to could come at a heavier price than he’s prepared to pay. And while Melody may be the ideal person to help him navigate the gambles he must take, a relationship with her might be his biggest gamble yet.

SOUND EFFECTS is a standalone dual POV adult contemporary romance that captures the gloriously unpredictable nature of life, in which the path from who you are, to who you’re meant to become may not be a straight one. It may also have a few bumps. Sexy, humor-filled, and relatable, Sound Effects is a story about living passionately, staying true to yourself, and finding that one magic person who makes the journey of self-discovery an adventure worth taking.

It wasn’t just one thing about him–his beautiful eyes fringed with thick lashes, the richness of his dark, auburn hair, the curved mouth, or the solid frame–it was how it all came together so devastatingly. This man had a magnetism that was absolutely undeniable, like a secret so big it just oozed out of him, despite any effort he may take to keep it in check. And I knew right then and there, if he ever turned it loose on me for real, I’d be finished.

“Abort! Abort!” my head shouted, but to no avail; my body was not listening.

Because to top it all off, like catnip to a kitten, he was carrying a guitar.  

It was beautiful Gibson dreadnought, slung behind his back and positioned in such an organic way that it looked a part of him. The way he cradled it gently with his elbow told me it was a part of him. And everything I loved and hated about musicians came rushing back to me in a surfeit of hormones and horror stories. He was my siren song.

“I’m Jamie Callahan.” The siren had a name. Jamie, I said in my head. I think I may have sniffed him a little, too. Subtly, of course.

LJ Greene is a self-professed obsessive multi-tasker who writes really boring stuff by day and lets her inner romantic fly by night. This California native is married to the most amazing man and has two beautiful children, not old enough to read her books. (They probably wouldn’t want to anyway on account of the “Ew, gross” factor.) She’s an avid reader of all genres with an embarrassingly large ebook collection, and a weird penchant for reading the acknowledgements at the end of a novel. She's also a music lover with no apparent musical talent, a travel enthusiast, and a cheese connoisseur. 


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

Confession time: I may have squealed like a schoolgirl at the end of this book...

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I like rock star romances just as much as anyone and went into this one expecting it to be more of the same but this story surprised me in several ways.

Melody knows what she is supposed to do with her life. Or at least, she thinks so. Maybe not. She is about to become a lawyer and finally put her years of hard work to good use. It's just too bad that she doesn't feel passionate about her career. In fact, she doesn't feel passionate about much of anything.

The pinnacle of Mel's confusion occurs when she meets Jamie, who has passion for many things but mostly his music. Melody admires his dedication and wants to be part of his world. However, his aspiring musical career is only one of Jamie's troubles. And though he wants desperately to be with Melody, he also struggles to convince himself that he deserves her.

The characters were complex and real. Melody immediately entertained me with her inner dialogue and I felt for her as she tried to navigate her struggles while maintaining her positive and hopeful attitude. It was a pleasure to follow her. 

At the same time, Jamie was a breath of fresh rock star air. He was probably the first rocker I've read about that I never considered to be a possible "cheater", taking advantage of his limelight. He was conflicted, in several ways, and while he didn't always handle those in the best manner, I didn't worry about him running into the arms of other women. My respect for him only continued to grow throughout the book.

The plot was fairly predictable but the story was told in a way that made it believable and enjoyable. There was humor and plenty of steamy romance. When I got to the end, I squealed to myself (and anyone else in earshot) because it was just so adorable. This truly was a great read!  

In closing... 
I think I would read near anything this author handed to me. The storytelling was just that good. Five suns!

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