This was one of those stories that would make for a great beach read; it’s quick and cute, but doesn’t really dig into the serious, contemporary topic...moreThis was one of those stories that would make for a great beach read; it’s quick and cute, but doesn’t really dig into the serious, contemporary topics like most books in the same genre.
Carter Moon has worked at her parents’ café ever since her dance career took a nosedive. The town of Little, California, is the perfect small town, where everyone knows each other, and where nothing ever happens.
Until Hollywood comes knocking.
The latest Adam Jakes flick will be filmed in Little, and after all the bad publicity Adam’s received in the past few months, his team decides he needs a small-town girl to divert the media’s attention. That’s when Carter gets the deal of a lifetime. In exchange for pretending to be Adam Jakes’ girlfriend, she’ll be paid handsomely—enough that she can help bail her brother out of trouble. But when the lines blur between what’s pretend and what’s real, Carter realizes she’s in over her head. How can a girl who wants to stay in her small town forever fall for a guy who travels the world for a living?
This was a charming read. I really enjoyed the friendship Carter had with her best friend, Chloe, and Chloe’s boyfriend, Alien Drake. The three of them would climb onto Alien Drake’s roof every night and stargaze. I also enjoyed Alien Drake’s blog posts. I loved how they were analogies for Carter and Adam, even though they were talking about the stars/cosmos/universe. And, of course, The Hobbit references. Can’t go wrong there. Overall, if you enjoy contemporary romance, then I’d recommend picking up this book.
Everyone’s raving about this book. Typically when that happens, I’m leery. I know how overhyped a lot of books are, and they turn out to be mediocre....moreEveryone’s raving about this book. Typically when that happens, I’m leery. I know how overhyped a lot of books are, and they turn out to be mediocre. Open Road Summer would’ve been a perfect beach read, if it wasn’t for the fact that Reagan was a raging, insecure bitch. I’ve never read a story where the protagonist was so hateful towards everyone, then uses her past as an excuse. Get over it, darlin’. We all have pasts, but that doesn’t mean you have to be rude to everyone (her stepmom, Dee’s publicist, Matt’s best friend), or call girls “sluts,” “whores,” or “trashy,” just because they flirt with a guy you like. Did she ever stop and think that these girls are just having a good time and excited to meet a famous guy? Nope. They were all just trying to get in his pants.
Apart from listening to Reagan whine about, and relive, her past throughout the entire book, it was definitely fun about being on tour with a couple of famous people. In my opinion, it was intriguing to see what happens on the bus, backstage, in the dressing rooms, etc., during a tour. I feel like those are gray areas in the real world. We know they exist, but we don’t often get full access to see how musicians live while on the road.
I also enjoyed Lilah (Dee) and Matt Finch. Dee wasn’t afraid to stand up to Reagan, when needed, but she was also a sweetheart. She had real issues going on with an ex-boyfriend, and she was a multidimensional character. And Matt Finch… What girl wouldn’t want their own Matt Finch? He’s charming, sarcastic and witty, and a romantic at heart. He’s also been through a lot, but he doesn’t let that hold him back or bring him down. If anything, his past fuels his future. I liked and respected him. Even though he was a fictional character, he felt real to me.
Overall, if you’re looking for a summer read, you want to travel vicariously with famous people, and can handle a snarky main character who gripes about everything, then I recommend picking this up. Or you could just read it because of Matt Finch. Seriously.
Sometimes authors suffer from Sucktastic Sequel Syndrome, where the second book doesn’t quite live up to the first. But in Marilyn’s case, I think, Fi...moreSometimes authors suffer from Sucktastic Sequel Syndrome, where the second book doesn’t quite live up to the first. But in Marilyn’s case, I think, Fissure is even better than Interred.
Baxter is still reeling over some pretty traumatic events that happened in the first book, but she’s doing her best to cope. Torn between the English Council, who takes care of her, and the New York Council, where her uncle wants her to reside, Baxter doesn’t have time (no pun intended) to weigh her options, as she’s pulled into a fissure. What awaits her on the other side—or who, I should say—is pretty shocking, in my opinion. Will Baxter find a way to return to the present, or will she be stuck in the past?
Overall, I enjoyed this book much more than the first. It starts out a bit slow, but once the action starts, readers are in for an exciting ride. I also like the relationship between Baxter and Jack. Those two are adorable together, and their connection is not over-the-top. Marilyn’s done a great job creating this world, so if you’re looking for the next paranormal adventure with just a hint of romance, be sure to pick up the first book in this series, Interred, as well as a copy of its sequel, Fissure.
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I wish this had been longer. There seemed to be a really awesome novella/novel just waiting to happen, but the story was too short for me to become at...moreI wish this had been longer. There seemed to be a really awesome novella/novel just waiting to happen, but the story was too short for me to become attached to Michelle or Officer Drake; however, it was an entertaining read. I mean, who doesn't have a fantasy about a sexy man in uniform? ;)(less)