No big deal except that the bad-boy rock star gets a kick out of Rachel's refusal to worship at his feet. And that seems to have provoked his undivided attention.
Devin, the guy who gave new meaning to the phrase 'sex, drugs and rock 'n roll'.
Devin, the guy who somehow becomes wedged between her and the past she's kept hidden for years.
It's up to this librarian to find out first-hand just how 'bad' he really is. Because her secret - and her growing feelings for a man who claims he's bent on redemption - depend on his turning out to be as good as he seems.
Which is really, really good.
I first saw this book reviewed at Dear Author, and thought it sounded like something I'd want to read. (Obviously so much so that I actually ended up buying 2 copies).
- Rachel's quick and intelligent responses to Devin. She was smart and not afraid to show it. Most of her comments amused and impressed Devin, who was so used to having people fall over all themselves complimenting him that to have someone less than impressed with his reputation was incredibly freeing.
- Devin's new-found sobriety and relationship with his mother. He can't deny he enjoyed being a rockstar and lived the lifestyle to the fullest. But his partying days are over, and he's finally come to terms with that. Now when his mother needs him, he comes home and rebuilds their relationship.
- Rachel's own individuality in how she dressed and presented herself. She didn't need a makeover to get Devin to notice her, and she had her own sense of style that worked for her. She didn't need tight-fitting revealing clothes to get a sexy man to notice her. After all, she had a brain.
- Devin's friendship with fellow student Mark. Even though he'd left the music world behind him, Devin still could have lived off the adoration of his fans and taken full advantage of Mark's hero worship, but he doesn't. Instead he develops a true friendship with the young man, and is there for him during a very difficult time.
What I didn't like:
- the numerous misunderstandings between Rachel and Devin. After awhile it made them both seem like immature children. One minute they're friends, the next they are hurling accusations at each other. The back and forth was making me dizzy.
- Rachel's overly emotional behavior. Granted, she has a huge secret she's kept from everyone, especially the one person that matters most, but the way she goes about it had me wincing. I guess I could see where she was coming from and why she acted the way she did, but her refusal to take Devin's advice and tried to do things her own way only made things worse, and I wanted to shake her for ruining her chance to make things right.
I still liked this book, I just wouldn't put it in the same category as Dear Author has. It's fun, emotional, snappy, but it has its flaws that kept it from being an outstanding read. And I do happen to have an extra copy, so maybe I'll have a contest for it one day....
Rating: *** 1/2 out of *****