AUTHOR:  S.M. West

GENRE:  Contemporary Romance

RELEASE DATE:  November 3, 2017

Available @ AMAZON

REVIEWER:  Pistol Annie

RATING:   ****  4 Stars  ****


Clutch – verb: to grasp and hold tightly; to seize; snatch.

Flighty. Stupid. That’s what my sisters think of me. I’m tired of being misunderstood. With a suitcase in hand and the ocean as my beacon, I’m charting my own path.

Yet, barely a day on the road, I almost crash and burn. Running into Silas Palmer, a sexy-as-sin rock star, changes my life.

Silas makes me feel … Exceptional. Aimless.

He’s always known his course. And even now, when he’s abandoning fame and fortune, he knows what he wants. Me.

But life is never that simple.

====================  MY REVIEW  ====================

From a new-to-me author, S.M. West gives readers the kind of book that strikes close to the heart.  The cover on this new release captured my attention immediately — I love it!  And as  you’ll note in the book blurb, it’s a rock star romance which just happens to be one of my favorite themes.  I’m not going to give many details for fear of spoiling the full enjoyment for other readers.

The quality of writing is great. The story is well-balanced and flows evenly, and all-around fun and enjoyable to read. This was such a sweet and sexy love story between two characters that had such an intense attraction and connection to each other.  The romance strikes the heartstrings.  There were times I wanted to reach through the pages and give both of them a big hug.  I really enjoyed following Pansy and Silas on their journey to finding their way individually and inevitably as a couple.  This author delivers a quality read with beautiful character development and so much emotion you feel every high and every low.  A little family angst thrown into the mix for another level or two of depth.  West’s storytelling pulls you in from the very beginning.  The wit and sassy banter provides lots of laugh out loud moments, along with swoon-tastic romance.  With the exception of a few not-so-nice “bad guys” that you’ll love to hate, the rest of the cast including the remaining band members, is very likable in a riveting storyline that kept me up long into the night.  

“Why didn’t you say something or go all fangirl?”

She grimaces before glancing back at the road.  “Well . . . I’m not a fan.”

After being thrown off the tour bus by his bandmates, and then nearly killed by an out-of-control vehicle, Silas Palmer meets Pansy Dobson literally by accident.  And what a superb combination these two opposites make.  

Both are searching for something different in life — feeling the need for big changes.  The word “stupid” is the trigger for many feelings inside Pansy’s head.  She’s the youngest of three sisters.  The older two have found their place in the world — one a doctor and the other a world-famous model.  Pansy hasn’t found anything that sticks.  But she’s determined.  At thirty, Silas, the lead singer in the world famous Trojan rock band, is tired of the travel and wild life, but walking away from the concert stage has caused some problematic issues between him and his fellow band members.  He also writes the songs that have propelled Trojan to the top of the charts — and that’s all he wants to do.  No more touring – no more one-night stands – no more drunken parties and groupies.  A home and family is looking better to him all the time.

“He’s not perfect, and neither am I, but together we’re magnificent.”

Technically billed as a rock star romance, the music never outweighed the slow burning love story between this couple.  I found the chemistry between Pansy and Silas off the charts, and their sizzling magnetism scorched the pages.  The rock band portion was basically a backseat participant.  Characters you will melt for…characters you will cheer for…characters you will fall hard for, and a definite must read!  

The ending held a slight disappointment with a couple of loose ends dangling.  Nothing severe enough to deduct from my overall enjoyment.  A fantastic story layered with heart, music and wit all rolled into a terrific happily-ever-after that includes an adorable Epilogue!  

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