I reviewed a book! The author is one of the nicest people and I jumped at the chance for an ARC. You should thank me for doing so because now I bring you my review of the book. COLOR ME CRAZY.
I received an advanced reader copy of Color Me Crazy for review. This book made me laugh out loud several times. I think we can all relate to the woman who doesn’t quite have it together, who is just shy of graceful and occasionally an outright disaster. I love that about Cleo. Julian is the rock star every girl has dreamed of at least once in her life but he’s so much more. He’s a synesthete. Imagine the benefit and hardship of actually seeing the music while being a rockstar. There were certainly times when I found Julian witty, strong, and unbelievably frustrating. This story has sex, drugs, rock and roll, yes. But it’s full of heart, struggle, and beautiful descriptions so that you too will be seeing the world in different colors. Author Carol Pavliska manages to be laugh out loud funny, real (writing you and your friends right into a novel as Cleo and her besties), heartbreaking, and sexy. I highly recommend this book.
(A side note: One of the most original book covers I’ve ever seen. Look closely. That’s Julian on the cover of his rock magazine, his tattoos accurately portrayed, right down to the line of music at his waist. I love it.)
That’s my Goodreads review but you came all the way to the blog – so you get a bit more. 😉
I started messaging Carol almost as soon as I started reading the book, telling her I was literally laughing out loud. Just as soon as I told her about my favorite part, I had new one. And I find synesthesia fascinating. I didn’t before, because I knew nothing about it before, but Carol pulls you into Julian’s world so well. She makes it fascinating, she makes it scary. Julian’s reality sucks you in and the author does an amazing job of describing it beautifully.
So if you’re all about books that keep you turning pages, here’s your next read. You’re welcome.
P.S. There’s a blurb below!
COLOR ME CRAZY
About the Author:
Carol Pavliska began her writing career as a family humor columnist and blogger, a pursuit she abandoned when her children became old enough to realize they were being exploited. To save them from further embarrassment, she turned to writing fiction.
Her debut novel is a steamy contemporary romance, so unfortunately, the kids are still embarrassed.
When she’s not creating unrealistic expectations as a romance writer (ripped abs, dramatic temperaments, and eyes like bottomless pools of Hey Girl), she functions quite nicely in her real world, which consists of a delightfully stable husband and five children.
Carol and her husband, both die hard Red Hot Chili Peppers fans, raise their vegan brood of mortified offspring on a cattle ranch in South Texas. No lie.
To learn more about Carol, visit her website at www.carolpavliskabooks.com, or connect with her on social media:
Everyone Loves The Back Jacket Blurb:
Title: Color Me Crazy
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Imprint: Entangled Select
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.
Gorgeous book covers? Yes, please. St Bende has brought her special brand of Scandinavian hunk to life for our reading pleasure. Her books are NA and feature a love story worthy of the Gods. I’m talking about the Gods in Asgard. Think Odin. I love St Bende and these books just hit my TBR list – hard. The release is May 29th so we don’t have long to wait and they’ll be out just in time for us to drag them poolside or out on the patio on warm summer nights.
St Bende is also one of the nicest authors around so feel free to check out the links below and chat her up on facebook or twitter. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
And now for the covers.
The Elsker Saga #0.5
by ST Bende
Inga Andersson is the envy of every girl in Asgard. On the surface she has it all — great friends, a job as Odin’s personal fight choreographer, and a happy ever after with her realm’s hottest assassin. But when evil invades Asgard, her perfect world comes crashing down. Someone is planning to kill off the gods, and Inga’s best friend Ull is first on their list. With the Norse apocalypse a nanosecond away, Inga has to decide how she’ll spend her final moments of freedom. Because from the moment this battle begins, Inga’s happily ever after will be nothing more than a memory.
Some things are worth fighting for.
The Elsker Saga #1
by ST Bende
You don’t win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way.
Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting. He’s an honest to goodness Norse God – an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. Kristia’s crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms. Her orderly life just got very messy.
Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of the musical Cats. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the ELSKER series. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day pastries will be considered a health food.
You can follow ST Bende on Twitter @stbende, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This giveaway has copies of both of these books and several others! Woo hoo! Love all the books!