Title: Color Me Crazy
Author: Carol Pavliska
Series: Rock and Spin #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Never fall for a rockstar…
Julian Wheaton views the world through a kaleidoscope of synesthesia, seeing the colors of every sound he hears. His life as an iconic rock guitarist was a stressful psychedelic trip that nearly destroyed him. Now he’s abandoned the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle for the peaceful sanctity of his recording studio, but when fiery Cleo Compton comes to work for him, she brings chaos with her.
Cleo Compton has had her flings with rockstars—and it’s left her wary and bruised. Julian may have those sexy bedroom eyes and drool-worthy tattoos, but Cleo is determined to keep things strictly professional—until Julian turns out to be every dream she’s ever chased. When he risks it all to hit the road with a band again, Cleo fears he’ll return as the one thing she can no longer abide—a rockstar.
Source: Review copy from Entangled: Select Contemporary via NetGalley
I wasn’t sure about this one at first. There wasn’t really anything about either Cleo or Julian that made me want to care for them, and despite both being in their early thirties, they both acted a lot younger. In fact, the overall feel of this book leans towards the drama and angst I’m more likely to expect from a New Adult book.
However, stick with it, because once you get past Cleo’s constant klutziness and lack of drive in her life, somehow it settles down. Once the pair of them were both living above the studio I began to really like both of them and care how things turn out. Sure, Julian is a completely cynical and has a barrel load of issues, but I liked how Cleo wriggles her way into his life and heart. I also liked that Cleo found her niche while working with him and the pair of them make a great team.
They’re not the best at communicating, though, which is where most of the issues arise. A half-finished comment gets taken the wrong way, hearts are guarded, feelings are hurt, dreams are twisted and, well, there is drama and angst and more drama. It still feels distinctly New Adult throughout, but I didn’t mind, even if I wanted to tell both of them to grow up a time or too.
Because somehow it works. Julian’s synesthesia is not something I’ve ever read in a hero before (although I have a friend who has it – she is also a musician), and the way it shapes the person Julian is makes for a fascinating read. The colours of his life and the way it sometimes overwhelmed him explained so much about him and his choices. I loved how Cleo so easily accepted this part of him. My view of his family is rock bottom, though, and his sister… wow, just wow. I would have loved to have known about how he picked himself after he pretty much lost everything when he was younger and ended up with his studio, just as I would have liked to have known more about Cleo’s time in New York, rather than having just bits and pieces here and there.
That was probably the only thing I didn’t like so much about this book. Their pasts are bare sketches with a few cardboard cutouts for family members (apart from his sister) and exes. The rest, however, was great. It’s a book to wallow in, to sink into the drama and let it wash over you in a bundle of mistakes, twisted humour and smoking hot chemistry, with colour and music and passion and love. I really enjoyed it and will definitely look out for more from this author.
Color Me Crazy is Out Now.
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