Okay, I’m just going to dive right in. I loved Beautiful Disaster. Like, loved it. However, Beautiful O...moreOh boy, what to say about Beautiful Oblivion ….
Okay, I’m just going to dive right in. I loved Beautiful Disaster. Like, loved it. However, Beautiful Oblivion just didn’t have the same lure for me. And this makes me sad. I was sad when I read Walking Disaster and found myself not drawn in enough to reach the end. At the time I put it down to the story simply being told by totally the wrong character, but now that I’ve read Beautiful Oblivion and feeling that this, too, greatly lacks the glitter and sparkles of the first in the series, I wonder if maybe this one should have stopped with Pidge.
Now, before I get the hate mail telling me to ‘go die’, I will say that it wasn’t a total loss. Not all doom and gloom. I mean, I finished the book, and didn’t coming away feeling as though I’d wasted those hours of my life. I mostly just came away sad and a little deflated.
Because I did like Trent. He was a nice dude. Believable. Even if he was very reflective of Travis. In fact, imagine Travis’s stalker-like nature, and then tone it down a little, and you pretty much have Trent—so, maybe it was feeling as though it was a repeat of his behaviour that took some of my interest away.
I also kind of liked Cami—even though she too often seemed to lack independent thought, or was too easily swayed. I mean, going from being un-inked to a walking advertisement for the parlour and pierced to boot, just because she was nagged into it (who lets others nag them into permanently marking their body)???? Well, I dunno, but it just seemed like an extreme development to me.
And all the secrecy concerning her boyfriend? Yeah, I kind of expected something horrendous to be hidden in those closets, and the reveal at the end (which a lot of folk are figuring out early) was just … uninteresting? I mean, we spend the entire book waiting for something big and exciting to be exposed and then … it isn’t. Not really.
On top of this, I didn’t ‘feel’ the relationship. Something just seemed to be lacking there, and no matter how much I tried to submerge myself in the story, I just didn’t connect with it—I didn’t believe it.
So, yeah, I’m sad. I’m sad because I wanted to love this one as much as I loved Beautiful Disaster—and I’m sad because I just … didn’t. (less)
Facing the Music by Andrea Laurence is a fun little romance. MC Ivy Hudson hasn’t been back to her hometown since making it big in the music industry—...moreFacing the Music by Andrea Laurence is a fun little romance. MC Ivy Hudson hasn’t been back to her hometown since making it big in the music industry—with a song she wrote about her ex after he cheated on her. After a career built on songs written about exes, Ivy heads back to Rosewood to help support a local charity event. The only problem with that is, her ex, aka Blake Chamberlain, is there, too.
The fun begins fairly early on when Blake and Ivy see each other again for the first time under fairly unfortunate—for Ivy—circumstances, and the fun, chuckles, and craziness pretty much ensues from there.
As one might expect from this kind of romance, yes, it is fairly predictable, but the situations the characters are thrown into bring interest to the story, and certain add a layer of entertainment value into the mix. Plus, the scenes between Ivy and Blake most certainly hold chemistry despite those, too, being pretty predictable.
Also, as one might expect from this type of story, there is a ‘baddie’—that ill-doer waiting at every turn to throw a spanner into the works for their own personal gain. This is possibly the least entertaining element of the story, because the one causing all of the problems was so blatantly easy to spot, and whilst I suspected their reasoning, I really wanted the motivation behind their moves to be built on something a little more substantial.
That being said, this was still fun. Still humorous. And I still enjoyed it. So if you’re looking for a light-hearted, slightly comical, easy romance of a read, you might want to try this one. (less)