Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#Review: Good Girl's Don't Date Rock Stars

Book Title: Good Girl's Don't Date Rock Stars
Author:  Codi Gray|WebsiteTwitterFacebook| Pinterest
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series/Standalone: Series Book 2
Format: ebook
Cost: $1.99
Pages: 300
How I got it: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: 4/22/2014
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Gemma Carlson didn’t plan on waking up married. She also didn’t count on running into her old flame—and her son’s father-turned-country-rock star—Travis Bowers, followed by a night of drunken dares. Apparently one of those involved a ring on her finger and a vow…neither of which she intends to keep. Now with a hangover from hell, this good-girl-gone-bad knows there’s just one thing to do: run. Travis has been all over the world, but Gemma has never been far from his thoughts. So when he had the chance to catch up over a few drinks, he didn’t hesitate. Of course he didn’t expect it would lead to marriage, or a runaway bride! Travis finally has a second chance and doesn’t plan on losing Gemma again—or the son he didn’t know he had. He proposes—albeit belatedly—a date. Or rather, a few. If they can make this marriage work by starting over, he stays. If not… Gemma’s not interested; she’s got a son to protect and a heart to heal. But having Travis around could make both a little easier. Still, good girls don’t date rock stars…right?
I liked it, I didn't love it. It started off good, the character of Gemma seemed like my kind of woman, she was a lover of books, she was a bookstore owner who went to Vegas for a romance convention (sounds legit!!).  Then we meet Travis and it all goes to shyt.  Gem lets us know why he was awesome but she's got a major secret.  One I'm not a fan of, NOPE!! I don't do those nor do I agree with this secret.  By page 48 I called her issue because she wouldn't shut the f**k up about it.  And it wasn't the BS she was trying to sell herself either.

She & Travis clicked well and they are well written characters.  Travis always wanted roots and thought he may have found it with Gemma until that night in Phoenix.  It's ten years later and as if by fate they meet again with a chance encounter in Vegas.  They begin to reminisce and after a big night of fun in the City of Sin,  they wake up well...married.  It's a night neither can remember properly.  I do love the pop culture references throughout the book ( "you had a Britney Spears wedding").

Travis was a good character to read. I kept thinking of Blake Shelton (IDK it just happened but I liked it LOL).  Never having a family has affected him and he wants Gemma more than he did before.  But will her secret break them apart??!!

Personally I loved the heat from the characters. When we got it. I'm a little disappointed because the cover sells "erotica". No?? But it's really more of a feel good romance not that there is anything wrong with that.  I was just expecting a bit more full on sexy times. there are a few in there, but there are also a lot of talking about it happening off 'screen' as it were. The story is well written and comes together well, the conversations flow and Gemma *even though she's not my favorite character* is still well written, and well rounded, she's relateable due to her issues, but I still can't get behind her lame excuses as to why she did what she did.  I mean it all worked out in the end, but no madam, that's not kosher at all.  In fact I kept wanting to scream at her my favorite quote from Practical Magic  " My darling girl, when are you going to realize being normal isn't necessarily a virtue?? It rather denotes a lack of courage"   I have never read a quote more perfect for her than this one.

I didn't like Gemma's secret, I don't like the lengths she was willing to go to keep said secret, I believe she took the cowards way out, instead of growing a pair and standing her ground.  I didn't like her childish reaction when things got out of control and seemed like they were going to take more work.    I was so here for the dressing down she got ( or talking to , whatever you want to call it, but she definitely had a few come to Jesus talks in this book)  from Gracie (her BFF), Michael (second BFF) and her Mama all gave her because she need to hear it.  She did grow as the book progressed, and she was forced to pay the piper, but I was still mad at her for her secret.  That's not a way to live woman, it's one thing if the guy isn't worth the salt off a camels' ass it's a whole other thing when it's your damage that made you make the decision you did.  I don't know why she never thought it wouldn't eventually out.  And yes I'm well aware that Travis could have picked up the phone or returned home at any point in time, however considering the events in Phoenix?? Yeah, I wouldn't have ever gone back there either.

The author did a good job laying the groundwork for future books, but when I looked them up they weren't the ones coming out right away, I want to know more about Gracie and her bartender, & Michael and the vet.  In the end it was a cute story, engaging, kept me glued because I just had to know how she was going to handle this new dynamic in her life.  It's not one of my favorites, but still sweet.  I will freely admit to talking   yelling at characters as I read along.

An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.

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