Author Guest Post
In my book, Bring Me Back, Claire Abby is a music journalist who is plunged into a dream scenario when she lands a career-defining interview with Christopher Penman, the British rock star she was obsessed with in high school. As soon as I began to write the book, I knew that I wanted readers to feel as close to Claire as I did. This needed to feel real. That meant I needed to show all sides of Claire—mother, daughter, sister, career woman, aspiring sex goddess (hey, if you’re trying to keep up with a rock star, you’d better bring your A-game).
Just as I juggle my own roles--mother, wife, daughter, sister, and writer (I’ve got this sex goddess thing sewn up)—I juggled Claire’s. Love isn’t her only concern—she’s a single mom with a daughter a year away from college. She has a meddlesome dad who still hasn’t dealt with the loss of Claire’s mother. These are some of the reasons Bring Me Back doesn’t fit the classic definition of romance. The central arc may be a love story, but the story lines of Claire as mother, daughter, and career woman are integral. Why bother? The reason is simple. These roles make Claire a whole person. They help us see ourselves in her shoes.
That made things tricky at times. There were instances in which Claire’s role as mom interfered with her ability to be with Christopher. There were times when career and family squabbles got in the way. Christopher’s fame is yet another obstacle, one which is largely foreign to Claire. But like any strong woman, she deals with stuff as it happens, changing hats and gears when necessary—mom, girlfriend, daughter, writer. Sex goddess? Of course, sex goddess. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
About The Author
PUBLISHER - TURQUOISE MORNING PRESS
Karen Booth ~ Bring Me Back ~ Virtual Book Tour Page ~ Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Publication Date: January 20, 2013
Format: eBook - 284 pages / Kindle - 1136 KB / Nook - 2 MB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Music critic Claire Abby is a single mom dreading her daughter's departure for college and worried that turning forty will leave her career running on fumes. She's floored when she lands a Rolling Stone cover story on 80's British rock legend Christopher Penman. She spent her teenage years fantasizing he was her boyfriend.
In person, Christopher is everything Claire feared he'd be--charming, witty and unwilling to address the rumors he's dodged for a decade. Still, she contains her adolescent fantasies and manages to earn his trust, unearthing the truth and the devastating secret behind it. His blockbuster story is her first priority when she returns home, a nearly impossible task when Christopher starts calling and flirting. She knows she should maintain a professional distance. She knows she should focus on the story. She knows it would be best to simply walk away. But how can she say "no" to the man she could never forget?
My Book Review:
Back in 1986, seventeen year old Claire Abby had a teenage crush on Christopher Penmen, lead guitarist of the British rock band Banks Forest. Twenty-two years later, she is now a thirty-nine years old music critic / journalist and single mother of a college bound daughter. Claire is given the chance of a lifetime when she lands a Rolling Stone cover story interview assignment with the legendary British rock star of her teenage dreams. When they meet there is a mutual attraction between them, but Chris is notorious for dodging questions in regard to his past and makes her work to get the coveted story. As their friendship develops into a long-distance relationship, Claire is torn between resuming her normal ordinary life or engaging in Chris' high-profile rock star life. Can Claire and Chris' long-distance relationship survive the challenges and obstacles that come with dating someone famous?
Bring Me Back is a captivating story that takes the reader on a dramatic and emotional roller coaster ride as two very different people explore the possibilities of being in a romantic relationship. Author Karen Booth weaves an entertaining tale that took me back to my teenage years of the 1980's, I definitely could relate with the universal teenage crush and fantasies over favorite famous rock stars. I really enjoyed the depth of the mature romantic storyline between a middle-aged woman and an aging rock star, there was a nice mixture of romance, chemistry, heat, drama and real life reality. This is so much more than just your typical romance story, it is one that has many layers and delves into the dynamics of relationships: Claire's relationship with her father, daughter, and ex-husband; Chris' past history and secrets; and Claire and Chris' long-distance romantic relationship. I was drawn into Claire and Chris' ordinary person/celebrity relationship, the many challenges that affects its chances to survive, and how they could make it work.
With a well-developed cast of characters who are realistic, have flaws and issues, and who are easy to relate to; engaging dialogue and sassy interactions; and an evocative storyline full of steamy romance and dramatic twists and turns, Bring Me Back is a captivating story of the nuance and dynamics of love, friendships, relationships and celebrity.
Bring Me Back is a story that will make you laugh, cry, blush and sigh ... it is a story that will leave you wanting more.
RATING: 4 STARS ****