The start of a new series from Julia London is based in a rural spot: Lake Haven is the perfect getaway destination, or so it seems. Please read on for my review and an excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where Five (5) winners will get a Kindle© copy of Suddenly In Love. But first
Suddenly In Love
A rock star in the midst of a creative crisis and a creative misfit struggling to find her way are thrown together in this new story from Julia London, with a premise that could feel rather ‘been there done that’. Fortunately, this story carried such wonderful characters both at points in their lives where a new direction is not only wanted but possible.
Mia is back in East Beach living with her parents and working for her aunt’s home design firm. Supremely creative with an eye for color and the ability to pair items in new and different ways, she’s not had an easy time chasing her dreams of artistic glory, and this is her time to sort out her next direction.
Brennan is a rock star, used to accolades and yes men, but has reached his own creative crossroads. Staying in his mother’s mansion on Lake Haven, he’s wandering around without the trappings of stardom as he tries to formulate his new plan. He’s not made a wonderful impression on Mia – his manners were brusque and he’s used to being the approached, not the one who needs to make an effort.
Together these two are suffering through their own crisis of direction, but to see them use the small town as an escape to hide from the issues that are waiting worked nicely – there are sparks and an attraction, but just how long will Brennan be able to not share a very large part of his life with Mia. And she’s wonderful: kind but honest, she’s not afraid to tell Brennan when he is being an idiot – and those moments give him plenty of food for thought – it’s been years since anyone confronted him or his behavior honestly.
But – when the cover is blown thanks to Mia’s friend who is far more tuned into the celebrated and famous than Mia, things could go horribly pear shaped. While the close to idyllic summer romance is suddenly far more complicated and involved than Mia expected or desired… well – you’ll just have to read the story to find out.
These two are well-built and completely believable, with issues that are relevant to them and readers alike. London’s ability to present how both Mia and Brennan see the world with their own unique perspectives is wonderfully descriptive and easy to visualize, bringing the reader a fuller understanding. A wonderful start to a new contemporary series.
Title: Suddenly in Love
Author: Julia London
Series: Lake Haven #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Montlake Romance
Published on: 5 April 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 34 minutes
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Mia Lassiter is thrilled to finally put her artistic skills to use working for her aunt’s interior design shop in her hometown of East Beach. While renovating an old mansion overlooking stunning Lake Haven, she encounters a scruffy but attractive man named Brennan—the owner’s son. She doesn’t realize this sexy recluse is actually Everett Alden, the world-famous rock star in hiding who’s nursing his own artistic and personal crises.
As their personalities clash, tension simmers between the struggling artist and jaded musician, and their time spent alone together in the gorgeous old house only serves to turn up the heat. Soon, Mia and Brennan’s creative passions boil over to inspire passions of another kind…
But reality comes crashing in when Mia’s celeb-obsessed cousin discovers Brennan’s true identity—and reveals it to the world. As paparazzi swarm the mansion, Brennan is thrust back into his rock star lifestyle. Will Mia lose her soul mate just when she’s finally found him? Can their love survive the glaring spotlight?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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