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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Blog Tour & Review - Summer of Irreverence - The Rock Star by Cathrine Goldstein

Title: Summer of Irreverence
(The Rock Star)
Author: Catherine Goldstein
Publication Date: July 6th, 2015
Category/Genre: Adult Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
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?

I am a bestselling author, and a NYC girl at heart. I write “gritty romance,” in the genres of YA, NA; women’s fiction; and romance. I’m also the author of The Letting and The Coupling, books 1 and 2 of The Letting series. I began my career as an award-winning playwright, and I am a proud member of RWA, PAN. I have my BA in English and my MA in Theatre. 

I am a fan of Luna Bars, decaf coffee, yoga, Hemingway, and Bukowski—and the loves of my life are my husband and my two young girls.

To find out more about me; Summer of Irreverence, the first book in The New York Artists Series—standalone novels about strong, artistic men, and the smart, unexpected women they fall for; The Letting series; and what’s coming soon, please visit:

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3.5 “Summer is the best season" Stars

I requested “Summer of Irreverence” expecting a steamy read about a rock star and a “normal” girl falling in love. I got a sweet romance book, instead, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t an enjoyable read.

Summer (the girl, not the season) is looking for a summer (the season, not the girl) adventure that will rock her world. After being in a relationship with a man who didn’t satisfy her needs, she’s ready to spend one night with someone who will make her forget her name. She doesn’t want commitment, she doesn’t even believe in love, but she wants great sex. Summer knows the perfect person for that: rock legend, Malcolm Angel. Her best friend is dating his manager, so it shouldn’t be too hard to meet Malcolm. All she’d have to do is make sure he notices her and likes what he sees enough to take her back to his hotel for one night. That’s why she pretends to be a model (like her best friend) instead of telling him the truth: she’s a veterinary surgeon.

Not that she needs to worry. Malcolm notices Summer the moment he spots her among the crowd; so I’m pretty sure he doesn’t care if she’s model, vet, doctor, lawyer or anything. He’s more than interested and more than willing to fulfill her wish: hot sex with no strings attached. Even though they’re both ready for it, a misunderstanding ends with Summer storming out of the hotel and Malcolm seeking her afterward. That’s when the almost one-night stand turns into weeks of flirting, bonding and friendship.

I personally appreciated how the author chose to have them become friends first, holding off the sex until the reader could believe there was more between them than just physical attraction. Since Malcolm had an adorable (aren’t they all?) dog and Summer loved animals, there were quite a few interesting and cute scenes with the three of them together.

I believed the sex happened exactly when it needed to. Not too early. Not too late. There was enough history between them to make it special and meaningful. I have to give them that – Malcolm and Summer definitely made a cute couple.

Another positive was the main character. Summer was a very likable MC, in my opinion. I loved how she took charge in tough situations and helped Malcolm when he needed most. There’s always a big chance I’ll like a character who loves animals, but Summer made it even easier to like her by acting like an independent woman.

Something I found myself thinking about when reading was that this book has a very “traditional” feel to it. Even though we’re talking about a romance between a woman who doesn’t believe in love, wants uncomplicated sex and falls for a rock star, the way the characters acted, talked and even felt screamed traditional values to me. If you’re into that, you’ll probably enjoy this book a whole lot.

The writing (show vs telling, voice and POV) still needed a lot of work. There’s a specific scene later on (won’t tell because of spoilers) that would normally make me cry, but I felt disconnected because of the excessive telling. Plus, there were more than a few times when I’d had to go back a few pages to remember whose POV it was. Writing dual POV is tough, so the voices need to be very clear in order for readers to be able to distinguish them.

Other than maybe another round of edits, I thought this was quite entertaining. If you like sweet romances, then there’s a good chance you’ll like this one, too.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your review of Summer of Irreverence--The Rock Star! And thank you for featuring SOI on your blog!