“Summer of Irreverence: The Rock Star” (The New York Artists Series),
by Cathrine Goldstein
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc, July 6, 2016
Synopsis: Straight-laced, veterinary surgeon, Summer Wynters is ready to break the rules. And who better to break them with than the most irreverent of all men, mega rock star Malcolm Angel? With one last summer free from work obligations, Summer moves to New York City, and at the coaxing of her friend, pretends to be a model so she can spend one wild night with Malcolm.
Rock star, Malcolm Angel, tortured by a dark past, may be the poet laureate of romance, but he, like science-minded Summer, has never believed in romantic love. How could he? With his history, he doesn’t deserve to be loved.
When Summer’s honesty, kindness, and exuberance for life changes his perspective, the two discover they are in deeper than either dreamed possible. But when Malcolm discovers Summer’s been perpetuating a lie, will he forgive her? Even if forgiveness is possible, can a man immune to love teach someone else to believe in it?
Ahhhh, this was such a good book! “Summer of Irreverence” by Cathrine Goldstein is her recent romance novel about Summer and Malcolm, and it’s a definite page-turner. Summer is a veterinary surgeon who has time off over the summer before starting her new job. She visits her fashion model friend Jeanette in New York City and decides that she wants and needs something different and exciting in her life. That something different is rock superstar, Malcolm Angel, whose band is managed by Jeanette’s boyfriend, Elijah. Jeanette agrees to get them into one of Malcolm’s concerts to meet him, but warns Summer that he only does one-night stands and that Summer needs to tweak her good-girl image and pretend to be a model rather than a veterinary surgeon. With new clothes, hair and make-up they head to Malcolm’s concert and he absolutely notices her.
Malcolm has had great pain in his life but has become one of the biggest rock stars around. Besides his 18-year-old dog, Winston, Malcolm doesn’t get close to anyone and looks at women as one-night-stands only. Meeting Summer is different, however, and he finds himself mesmerized by her natural beauty and innocence. Malcolm questions whether Summer is really a model, but finds himself asking her on dates and spending all of his free time getting to know and falling for this different girl. The combination of Malcolm’s past experiences, his reputation as a bad boy, and Summer’s omissions about who she really is puts their relationship to the test and leaves you wondering if they will make it.
“Summer of Irreverence” was such an easy novel to read and fall in love with. I mentioned in a review a few days ago how I love romances with down-to-earth and relatable characters, and you definitely get that with Summer Wynters. She has been in a safe relationship with another veterinary surgeon, realized he’s not what she wants, and she decides to do something different and crazy. Summer has worked hard to get where she is but feels like she needs to do something different, and who hasn’t been there at some point? Malcolm is very relatable too, despite being a famous rock star. The way he runs with his dog, the way he slowly “courts” Summer, and the way he breaks down exposing his pain to her. Yes, there are some hot and steamy moments between them, but this novel is much more about building a relationship and emotions than it is about the physical aspect. There were times I was frustrated with her for not being open and honest and there were also times I was frustrated with him for being so closed off and stubborn. In the end, you realize that Goldstein has created characters that you become invested in and attached too.
The plots, subplots, and pace of this novel all had that “just right” feeling where things weren’t overly complicated but definitely not boring. “Summer of Irreverence” is almost a higher level romance because of the eloquent writing style and flow of the novel, while still maintaining a sweet and light-hearted tone. Without giving spoilers, my favorite part of the novel was the end. This is not a cliffhanger novel that leaves you frustrated but instead provides closure, as well as, a glimpse of hope for the future of the characters. I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for something new and fresh in romance novels.
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*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.