By Carol Pavliska
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.
Judging a Book by it’s Cover —
Catches the eye. Clever concept. Synopsis sounds interesting. I’m normally not an avid fan of Rockstar romances, but as a favor to a friend, I agreed to read this one. The fact that he sees sound as colors is what mostly intrigued me.
Looking Deeper —
Third-person POV. Imagine going through life hearing the world’s sounds in 3D HD living color. From the effervescent bubbly laughs to the annoying buzz of a fluorescent tube light, everything coming at you in color… now imagine the crippling effects it would have on a musical prodigy. That’s Julian’s lot in life.
Cleo’s hopelessly attracted to musicians. She left a great job to follow one. Took a dead-end job to be near one. When she finds herself unemployed and evicted, Julian’s sister steps in and announces her to be Julian’s new studio manager and loft-mate. She’s already drawn blood on Julian a few times, and worse, so HOW can this possibly be a GOOD thing?
I caught myself laughing out loud, literally, in several places in this book. Julian and Cleo’s conversations and interactions were priceless entertainment. He’s not your stereotypical rocker bad boy. She’s not the stereotypical country club snob.
“If you can get your big toe in front of the camera in that bunk, then we seriously have some new positions to try when you get home.” — Cleo, in Color Me Crazy by Carol Pavliska
Both are wonderful characters. The secondary characters are enjoyable add-ins as well, each adding another dimension to the story to create a lush and rich world. At about 75%, my opinions were drastically altered and I felt an overwhelming need to kick some teeth in, but… when it was all said and done, they managed to get their heads on straight and find their path to a wonderfully concluded HEA. Yes, the conflicts grew to epic proportions, but they forged their way through it all to find eventual resolutions, albeit not always in the best manner. There was little to no predictability. Overall, I am thrilled to have taken a chance on this novel. Congratulation, Ms. Pavliska, on a Debut Novel very well done.
Carol Pavliska began her writing career as a family humor columnist and blogger, a pursuit she abandoned when her children grew old enough to realize they were being exploited. To save them from further embarrassment, she turned to writing fiction. Her debut novel is a steamy contemporary romance so, unfortunately, the children are still embarrassed.
Carol and her husband, both diehard Red Hot Chili Peppers fans, raise their vegan brood of mortified offspring on a cattle ranch in south Texas. No lie.