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Bring Me Back

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  147 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Music critic Claire Abby is a single mom dreading her daughter’s departure for college and worried that turning forty will leave her career running on fumes. She’s floored when she lands a Rolling Stone cover story on 80s British rock legend Christopher Penman. She spent her teenage years fantasizing he was her boyfriend.

In person, Christopher is everything Claire feared h
ebook, 284 pages
Published January 20th 2013 by Turquoise Morning Press (first published January 19th 2013)
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Tammy Walton Grant
The latest "thing" in contemporary romance seems to be the rock star romance. Most of the time I leave these alone - as fairytale-ish as the story would seem, I think they are pretty hard to pull off without being cartoonish.

What drew me to this story was that the rock star in question was one the heroine had had a super-duper teenage crush on. She interviews him for Rolling Stone magazine 22 years later and they fall in love. Cool! That's a double-whammy fairytale if ever I heard one. So I dow
The Book Tart
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Bring Me Back is brilliant! It’s heart wrenching, funny, sexy and a dream come true for it’s heroine Claire and for the readers who get swept up into the romance and drama of this book. I loved it! And it’s hero Chris….*sigh* I fell in love with him too.

I loved the opening scene. Claire is writing in her journal in 1986 about her crush on Chris Penmen, the guitarist of the British rock band Banks Forest and how much she
Anya Breton
Bring Me Back is the ultimate contemporary fairy tale.

Music writer Claire gets an once-in-a-lifetime chance to do a cover story with the rock-star prince she obsessed over as a teenage. Chris is the quintessential rocker complete with a past steeped in sex, drugs and a flopped solo album. Who knew he was a sweetheart on top of being hot, famous and rich? And that these two are perfectly suited?

This is well written. I found the pacing fine (someone mentioned it was slow in places), the descripti
I LOVED this book. I really loved that the characters were older, more mature. I loved the storyline. Aged rocker falls for Rolling Stone writer. Loved it. It was fantastic. The fact that he was British was even fantastic. Really enjoyed this book. Will definitely read more from this author!
Louise Bay
No spoilers

Overall a great beach read.

This is a grown up romance with a more realistic plot line than some other romances. The heroine is older than many in this genre. So all in all less escapist. Having said that the love interest is an international rock star (in my head he was John Taylor but the author's tweeting may have influenced that picture in my head)so not that realistic... but it is a change from the billionaire businessman/19 year old virgin characters we've seen before. I found th
Guilty Pleasures
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4 Stars

Bring Me Back is a romantic modern day fairy tale with an added layer of sexy. This book pulls at your heart strings and plays on your emotions in a way that makes it impossible to quit reading until you get to the conclusion.

Claire is a very independent, strong willed character that is trying to better her career so she can provide a promising future to her daughter. When the opportunity arises to be able to conduct an exclusive inte
I'm wishing for half stars here, this is a 4.5 star review for me because of the ending. It wasn't a bad ending, it just left me feeling unsettled.

I was pretty excited when the author notified me this week I had won this book for visiting a stop on her blog tour. I love winning stuff and to win a book is doubly good but when you read a book that knocks your socks off, it's like the icing on the cake. First off let me tell you what Bring Me Back is and isn't. This is a complicated love story; it'
Jamie White
NOTE: I got a free copy of this book for review purposes.

As a total music geek and former journalism student, I couldn't resist the opportunity to review this story about a music journalist who gets to interview one of her old favorites. I loved the tone and pace of the story and there were quite a few parts that made me smile.

The thing with me is, I love characters. I love reading how they relate to each other and see them overcome emotional obstacles that stand in the way of getting what the
This is a romance you can see yourself in. Remember the poster in your room when you were a teenager? The one you stared at a million times imagining you were Mrs. ....... then 20+ yrs later you get the chance.
I found myself liking the normalcy of this book. This could happen type of thing.
I don't normally read normal, when I read I go for books that I don't see myself in. This was a nice, sweet book with great characters. I truly enjoyed :) And it brought me back to remembering the posters on
This book made me cry! I read the last part of the book in tears.... I guess because this story is so real???? Even for a fictional romance, this story was something that could so happen! Loved it!
Blackravens Reviews
Karen Booth has crafted a compelling story about life, love, and second chances. The thing I loved most about Bring Me Back is that Ms. Booth wasn’t afraid to show the imperfections of every day living and the fact that life and relationships are often complicated and messy. However, it’s how you handle those complications that make all the difference in the world. The sex was smoking hot, yet sensual and will make you tingle in all of the right places. The drama is as good as any Lifetime movie ...more
Cocktails and Books
Claire Abby was a single mom who has finally gotten her big break with Rolling Stone magazine. She was getting a feature interview with none other than Christopher Penman, guitarist for her favorite British rock band Banks Forest. Claire was stuck between jumping up and down as the teenage girl she was getting to meet her crush or celebrating that this could be just what she needs to ensure she can send her teenage daughter to college. When she meets Chris, she finds he's not at all what she had ...more
Valerie Skorup
Be ready to pull an all-nighter as you won’t be able to put this down!

Claire Abby is presented with her inner 17 year old self’s dream, meeting her rock star crush Christopher Penman. She’s given the chance to bolster her music critic career with a cover story for Chris who is notorious for avoiding any personal questions. What she didn’t expect was to end up in a relationship with Chris and all the triumphs and pitfalls that come with his fame. Bring Me Back takes you from Claire and Chris’s in
It is rare for me to read books in this genre. The author herself unknowingly persuaded me to do so. She has a love for Duran Duran, her Twitter posts are delightful, hysterical, and articulate. I was sold. I am very glad I was. This is a gem.

I identified with Claire Abby on multiple levels. Karen Booth artfully conveys the teenage mind in the beginning and the struggles of single parenthood, family dynamics, and romantic relationships of adulthood. I laughed- a lot. I cried- a lot.

The characte
Sassy Moms Say Read Romance
In this story we are introduced Claire and Chris. We find out that Claire had a thing for Chris and his band when she was a teenage girl. Now many years later she is getting the chance to interview him and his attempt at going at it alone. Neither of them expected that the time spent together during the interview would change their lives the way that it does.

One of the things that I enjoy most about this book is that I can find myself relating to Claire and her interactions with her teenage daug
Carey Sabala
Bring Me Back and Back Forever by Karen Booth, are the story of two characters struggle to find their HEA with each other, Claire Abby and Christopher Penman. The first book, Bring Me Back, is told from Claire's POV, whereas the second book, Back Forever, switches between the two characters.

In Bring Me Back, we meet our heroine, Claire Abby, who is a struggling freelance writer, mainly for major magazines and the single mother of a teenage girl named Sam, short for Samantha. Claire and Sam have
Feb 19, 2014 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Claire is a 39 year old music writer who gets a chance to do a cover story for Rolling Stone, and the person she gets to interview is the British rock legend she has had an enormous crush on since she was a teenager. He is just as charming and attractive as she fears he will be. After the interview, they continue talking and texting, and their friendship quickly begins to turn into something more. Claire is concerned about spending time with her daughter during her last year of school before she ...more
My poor husband has to put up with me staying up late to finish books more often than I’m willing to admit. This book is another such stay-up-until-all-hours-of-the-night-to-finish book.

Clare Abby is a music writer who gets the opportunity to write a cover story about her teenage crush, Christopher Penman, a musician who is recreating himself with a second shot at a solo career. They meet, fall in love, there’s some drama (which is what made me stay awake all night – I needed to know how it was
Anasheh Satoorian
Every girl has that celebrity that they were in love with as a child or a teenager. I'm sure you all remember yours, because I definitely remember mine. I'm not ashamed to admit that it was Justin Timberlake ! But for our main character Claire, hers was Christopher Penman. She dreamed of him, lusted after him and even imagined marrying him as teenage. Fast forward about 2o years and Claire still can't help but recall those feelings. As a single mom of a teenage girl, Claire receives the job of a ...more
Ooooh this had me gripped from the very first pages!

I’m not the biggest fan of rock bands but the story was so much more than the life of a music star. It was Claire and her down-to-earth personality who had me immediately reading on. She’s just a mother who’s worried about her daughter, and who had a perfectly normal teenage obsession with a band!

Once Claire and Chris meet, it’s obvious there’s a spark. What follows is a good old-fashioned wooing that melted my heart. There are issues a-plenty
Shona Reid
ARC received by author in exchange for an honest review.

Sweet, fast paced, rock star romance.

Claire is a single mum and writer for the Rolling Stone magazine. She gets offered to write an article on her teenage crush, Christopher Penman. A once in a lifetime opportunity, she takes the job. Her life changes the day she sets eyes on him, instant attraction and lust. She's such a lovely normal person and you can't help connect with her.

Christopher Penman is every girls dream, rock star, rich and
I adored this story, and not just because it's about a rock star. The story has real depth, and I love that the characters have been well-developed. It is a book that is easy to read, Yet I found myself thinking about the more subtle aspects of the novel, such as Claire's relationship with her parents...Christopher's past...etc. loved it!!
loved this one kinda' hard...especially since we get to visit on of my favorite places on the planet, Chapel Hill, North Carolina!!

Follow the link to my complete review plus a guest post and a giveaway from Karen Booth! Enjoy friends...

There was some good quality angst of the last 20% of the story, and of course the more H acts like a jerk, the more I enjoyed it. I really felt heartbroken for Claire when things went south. 3.75 stars.
3.5 stars
This is a rollercoaster fairytale! What happens when you meet the rocker you’ve crushed on since you were a teen? *cue intense blushing/awkward moment! *

The attraction is strong, but friendship develops first. So fun to watch their relationship deepen and grow.

Love Sam

Claire made me a little crazy. She second guessed EVERYTHING! But was thrilled that when it really she fought for what she wanted.

Liked seeing Chris as a real person. Trying so hard to do what he thought was right, all the
This book took all my teenage fantasies and dunked them in the soup of adult reality. Loved it!
I love when I read a book by an author I have never heard of and I end up really loving the book. I have never heard of Karen Booth and was surprised how much I enjoyed this book.
I wanted to read this book because the couple is in their late-30/early 40s.
The whole concept that Claire gets to meet her dream idol from when she was 17 years old 22 years later, I loved that. I remember being 17 year old and having posters hung in my room with a rock star that I fantasized about meeting.

I liked Chris
Twin Opinions
Oh the 80s... This was a fun read. I really enjoyed this book. Its the perfect womans fiction book. I loved the characters and was completely caught up in the story line.

I found my self laughing so much through out this story. That surprised me a little. I love witty humor and it really brought the characters to life. Chris is great. I love Claire's character. Everything about this read is fun and captivating. I really couldn't put it down. Page after Page and I couldn't wait to jump into the n
Claire and Chris' story was an exciting adventure for me and I think what I appreciated most is their of a different age group than most of the books I've read. Claire being 39 and Chris five years older. They have paved their way in life with their careers but are both lacking in their love lives. The sexual tension and passion was exciting to experience and beautiful to witness, although I found myself hoping for more fiery, heated moments. Sam, Claire's 17 year old daughter, caught my eye as ...more
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Karen Booth is a Midwestern girl transplanted in the South, raised on 80s music, Judy Blume, and the films of John Hughes. She writes steamy contemporaries--big city love stories and rock star romances. When she isn't creating fictional hunky men, she's listening to music with her kids, honing her Southern cooking skills or sweet-talking her astoundingly supportive husband into whipping up a batch ...more
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