ARC Review: Suddenly in Love by Julia London

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ARC Review: Suddenly in Love by Julia LondonSuddenly in Love (Lake Haven, #1)
by Julia London
Published by Montlake Romance on April 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 293
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Mia Lassiter is thrilled to finally put her artistic skills to use working for her aunt’s interior design shop in her hometown of East Beach. While renovating an old mansion overlooking stunning Lake Haven, she encounters a scruffy but attractive man named Brennan—the owner’s son. She doesn’t realize this sexy recluse is actually Everett Alden, the world-famous rock star in hiding who’s nursing his own artistic and personal crises.

As their personalities clash, tension simmers between the struggling artist and jaded musician, and their time spent alone together in the gorgeous old house only serves to turn up the heat. Soon, Mia and Brennan’s creative passions boil over to inspire passions of another kind…

But reality comes crashing in when Mia’s celeb-obsessed cousin discovers Brennan’s true identity—and reveals it to the world. As paparazzi swarm the mansion, Brennan is thrust back into his rock star lifestyle. Will Mia lose her soul mate just when she’s finally found him? Can their love survive the glaring spotlight?

I’ve enjoyed some of Julia London’s historicals in the past, particularly Devil’s Love. So when I saw that she has a new contemporary romance coming out, I wasted no time in requesting this book from NetGalley.

The good news, I liked the book. The rock star in hiding trope is one of my fave rock star trope and Suddenly In Love screams “rock star in hiding” to me.

Everett Alden is the lead singer of one of the biggest rock acts in the world, Tuesday’s End. They’re on top of their game. Selling out world arenas for their latest world tour. But Everett Alden is done. He’s tired and is seriously questioning whether or not his heart is still in the music or not. So he walked away after their tour to hide out in his mother’s summer house in East Beach.

Mia Lassiter is also done. Done with her dreams of working with one of the most famous artist in the world and her dreams of becoming an artist. She’s forced to go back to the home town that she hated because she had no money and no prospect whatsoever. So went back to work for her aunt who happens to own a decorating or designing business.

Mia and Everett’s path crossed when Mia’s aunt was tasked to restore Everett’s old  . And it wasn’t love at first sight. More like suspicion at first sight. Everett thinks she’s a groupie while Mia thinks he’s a grade A asshole. I got to admit that it was refreshing to read about a couple who wasn’t instantly attracted to each other.

The romance between Everett and Mia developed gradually. They both have issues to deal with. Everett with his band and Mia with her dwindling career choice and battered self-confidence. And like I said, I really enjoyed reading about them. The introduction of Mia’s extended family was a particular favorite of mine. I also liked the dynamics between Everett and his mother. His mom isn’t the perfect mom at all but she’s a voice of reason when Everett slips up. The only person that I really didn’t like was Skylar, Mia’s cousin, who I felt like was written into the story just to irritate readers. I absolutely hated her. And I wanted Mia to stand up to her. But alas, it took her quite a while to finally stood up and say no to her cousin.

Skylar and a few other issues are the reasons why I only gave this a 3.5 rating. There were some plot points that were introduced that went nowhere, especially regarding Mia’s past. I was a bit confused as to why it was fleshed out more since it really affected Mia’s life. To me, it wasn’t really resolved at all. No closure for Mia and for the readers.

Overall, this was quite enjoyable but not really the kind of epic I was hoping for. That said, I would definitely recommend this book for readers who like slow burning romances.

ARC provided by Montlake in exchange for an honest review.


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