Monday, 27 November 2017

Book Review - A Rock'n'Roll Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #79

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Title: A Rock'n'Roll Lovestyle
Author: Kiltie Jackson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 26th September 2017
Rating: 4 Stars

So who exactly is Sukie McClaren?

A Christmas-loving Cat lover? A Sound of Music Fanatic? A Fiercely Independent Woman?

She is all of the above. And when she is sent to Salzburg for a business trip a few weeks before Christmas, she thinks all her dreams have come true. As she packs her suitcase, the only things on her mind are Christmas markets, lots of snow and finally seeing the Doh-Ray-Me steps. Becoming the new best friend of the world’s hottest rock-star doesn’t even get a look in.

Pete Wallace is a reclusive, reluctant, rock-star and the world’s Number One, best-selling, male solo artist. It’s been three years since his last tour and he’s now preparing to go back on the road again. A week in Salzburg, schmoozing with the music press, is one of his worst nightmares. 

He can’t wait for it to be over.

When Pete and Sukie meet, it is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Lonely for too long, he begins to remember how it feels to be happy and, for the first time in six years, Christmas feels special again. 

Eduardo di Santo however, whose kid sister suffered life-changing injuries at a Pete Wallace concert, is all set on getting revenge. When Pete’s new tour is announced, he begins to make his plans. Plans that will culminate in Pete's demise.

Will Pete and Sukie’s new friendship die before it has a chance to flourish?

A Christmas tale full of love, laughter, friendship and revenge.

I'm really not sure what I was expecting from this book, nor in fact how to describe it now that I have read it.  A Rock'n'Roll Lovestyle is not your typical Christmas romance,  nor is it your typical anything and for that I applaud it. 

It works so well as it is a bit different to other books that I have read in the genres, there is some absolutely fabulous banter between Sukie and Pete which was always amusing to read, there are some completely vivid descriptions of Austria and Salzburg in particular, and many characters. 

This is the first book I've read that features Austria so heavily, and it was the perfect setting for a wintery book and I really did feel as though I had a good taster of the country, and of Pete's Schloss (castle).   Austria isn't the only country featured and I enjoyed the section based somewhere else too. 

Pete and Sukie are fabulous, they are both quite fiery, and whenever they are in the same scene together its guaranteed to be quite fun.  Then there is Jordie, who it took me a while to like, Beth  who I couldn't work out why so much time was spent on initially, and a whole host of others. 

The character I would have loved to have seen more of is Eduardo, a man who is determined to protect his sister at all costs.  He is the wildcard as such in the story and had I seen more, well it probably would be a moving the story towards a different genre. Any time I had a chapter featuring him, I stood up and took notice though. 

Annoyingly I had read a review which featured a spoiler about the ending of this book which played in my mind as I was reading it so the finale lost some of the impact for me, although I was still left wondering at one point... lets just say as the book progresses you can see just how the myriad of characters will come together in incredibly gripping ways. 

There is so much I could say about this book but instead I would suggest you give it a try for yourself, you won't be disappointed.  An impressive debut novel that has clearly been written with a lot of love and I'm curious to see where the author goes on to write. 

Thank you to Kiltie  Jackson for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Thanks to everyone that voted for this book you were all right it was great. Can you produce another fab book for me this week?

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