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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Disappointmentville: Color Me Crazy by Carol Pavliska

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Paperback - Pages: 307; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1590 KB | Expected Release Date: May 26, 2015 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Select Contemporary | Obtained: NetGalley

"Color Me Crazy" by Carol Pavliska

Author's Book Description : 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.

    “The characters are so beautifully atypical, the relationships are so breathtakingly flawed, and the journey is so brutally honest that I was caught between never wanting it to end and needing it to just so I could pry the Kindle out of my hand.”- Elizabeth Hayley

    “Author Carol Pavliska’s rock star romance debut stimulates your senses with vibrant characters, witty humor, and sizzling sexual chemistry. Warning: Color Me Crazy is a highly addictive must-read!”- Alison Bliss

My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. Cleo’s life is in a rut. She is about to be evicted from her apartment. She’s trying to turn her personal wants into something more mature, like instead of lusting after hot bad boy rock star guitarists (as she’s been doing since she was a teen) she decides to date a starchy young lawyer who works with her father. And she’s hoping to land a job soon. However, by a slight twist of fate she gets a job and a new place to live with a best friend hers brother. A brother who just so happens to be a music studio-owning, guitar playing, ex-rock star, will Cleo be able to keep course on reforming her life or will old ways cause her trouble?

I LOVED its beginning, HATED its middle, and ENJOYED the wrap-up of this novel. Cleo is so hopeful & determined in everything that she did in the beginning that it was easy to want good things to happen for her. I was fascinated reading about Julian’s synesthesia condition (defined: a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway) from his POV. As it really gave the reader an idea about the obstacles someone who deals with that condition has to deal with on a daily (if not hourly) basis. Together, I found Cleo & Julian very companionable and loved reading about their growing romance. They were just so sweet and I thought Julian being calmed by her was just SOO sweet!

However, the major flaw in this novel and between Julian & Cleo was THEY NEVER REALLY TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANT THINGS!! This (as you can tell) annoyed me to know end! I mean, yes, Julian does tell Cleo about his condition and she handles everything quite well while their relationship gets closer because of it. Yet, neither of them talked about their feelings with each other all that much but Julian more so then Cleo was to trapped in his past that he never believes his feelings for her or the feelings she admits to for him. Then to top it off Julian becomes obsessed with the idea that he needs to turn into the rock star again so Cleo will stay with him for good, which turns out to be a complete disaster and the rest of the novel has them resisting their feelings for or trying to make amends with one another. Because of how they both handle the “rock star situation” made me want to give up on them and this book (it was about 74% of the way through). I didn’t give up on it though; and because I stuck with this novel, I got to see how they worked their way back together. The only problem I had with how they got back together is after they both pushed so hard to stay apart I felt like the ending was quite rushed.

Nevertheless, I WOULD STILL RECOMMEND this novel to those looking for a unique rock star romance!

Purchase This Book Here : Kobo (e-Book) : Color Me Crazy

Author's Novel Extras : Color Me Crazy - Overview & Excerpt | It’s Just Me…Naked in the Middle of the Room

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Book Teaser(s) :
"So," Julian said as he grabbed Addie's arm to steer her clear of a wino. "Tell me about these friends of yours and why I won't be interested in shagging them."
"Real breasts," she replied.
"Come again?"
"Real breasts. They've got them."
"Hey, I've got nothing against natural breasts. They're just usually not attached to women I'm attracted to, is all." That wasn't true, but getting Addie worked up was a habit. ~ within Chapter 1
"Hello, love," Julian said. "Are you enjoying yourself?"
"I'm exploring the hotel."
"Lovely, isn't it? You should see the room. Wait, you can't. You don't know where it is."
"You're a hoot."
"We're in 512. Don't be intimidated by the king-size bed. They're bringing up a rollaway for you."
"I'm sleeping in the bed. You can have the rollaway if you're that scared of me."
"I'm fucking terrified of you, but since the room is in my name, I get the bed. You're technically my guest."
"I received my own invitation to this affair, so if I'm anybody's guest, it's Cory Maxwell's. Maybe I should see what kind of bed he has in his room."
Julian stuttered a little before saying, "Fine. You get the bed. And stay away from Maxwell."
"Maybe I will, and maybe I won't." ~ within Chapter 10

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