It’s been months. I blame the deadline. For those of you who don’t know…it generally takes me 4-6 months to write a book. This last go around – with ENRAPTURED – things did not go as I planned. A family death, a minor surgery, a relative staying with us…it all messed with my writing schedule. I didn’t start ENRAPTURED until March and then spent the last three months writing day and night. I’m happy I finished the book and turned it in on time (and I LOVE the way it turned out) but writing a 100K+ word book in 3 months is not easy.
BUT…that’s not what this blog is about. This blog is about a book I read for the RITAs that I fell in love with. A book I swore I’d blab about. Since my writing schedule for ENRAPTURED (outlined above) prevented me from blogging much the last few months, I’m thrilled to tell you about this awesome book NOW.
I have to admit I wasn’t jazzed by the cover or title. In fact, when I got my box of RITA books, I looked at this one, frowned and stuck it on the bottom of the stack. Sooooo not my kind of book. However, this is a great lesson in “never judge a book by its cover”.
Is Rachel Robinson the only one on campus who doesn’t know who Devin Freedman is? 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 firsthand 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.
A rock star? A librarian? Ugh. I opened this book with zero expectations. Settled back to be bored out of my head. But instead…I flipped to page one and was…BLOWN AWAY. The prologue hooked me. The writing was snappy and fresh. I had to see where the story went from there. I ended up reading this book in one night. Absolutely LOVED it. Rachel is head strong, independent and smart. Devin is sexy, talented and sarcastic as all get out. Their interactions are not only charming and witty, they’re charged with sexual chemistry that all but vibrates off the page. I laughed. I nearly cried. Neither likes the other at first (love relationships that start out that way), but before long they can’t stay away from each other and I, as the reader, couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.
I’ve never been one for rock star books. Considering this was a Superromance, I expected the author to pull punches and make Devin a “good boy” rock star. But he wasn’t. He’d been around the block – several really. Had done just about everything there is to do. But at his core he was a good guy. And he didn’t need Rachel to “save him”. He was already on that path. Conversely, Rachel wasn’t your typical “librarian”. Sure, she looked the part, but there was much more to Rachel than met the eye. And Devin recognized it, right off the bat. I think that’s part of the reason I liked him so quickly. It’s a very rare book where the main characters are already tough, independent, confident people who don’t need to be “changed”. In this case, both characters just needed to realize life can be so much better if you open yourself to another person and take a chance on love.
I loved this book so much, I’m giving away a copy to one commenter today. I’ll have it shipped directly to the winner. Just tell me the name of the last book that surprised you – really surprised you.