Thursday, February 28, 2013

CRIMSON AND CLOVER @Tastybooktours

Under Katie Scott’s flower child exterior beats the heart of June Cleaver. Though she digs her bellbottoms and love beads, she longs for the idyllic family life she was denied as a child.

Laughed out of San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury after the Summer of Love for believing rock ’n roll and white picket fences can coexist she decides to try her luck in the bohemian neighborhood of Ladbroke Grove in London.

When she discovers her new friend Adam is starting a band with Jay Carey, she’s ecstatic. She’d admired the British guitar god from afar for years, and when she and Jay finally meet the attraction between them is instantaneous.

But life with a rock ’n roll star doesn’t lend itself well to white picket fences. And when Katie tells Jay the secret she’s carried for two years it may end the dream before it begins.
 She weaved through the crowd, trying to remember names, when she spied a familiar face. What with the sheer number of people who had been in and out of the flat all night, Katie hadn’t even known Stuart was present, and she greeted him with pleasure. His unaffected Texas drawl was balm to her ears, much as she loved British accents.
“Hey, you!” She gave Stuart a warm hug. “When did you get here?”
“Been here a while, hon.” Stuart kissed her forehead and released her. “’Course, it’s a little tight in here, if you know what I mean.”
“No kiddin’.” Just two sentences of Stuart’s accent and she was already dropping her "g"s. Katie grinned. “Talk some more. I wanna hear some lingo.”
“Right on,” Stuart laughed. “Lemme see…how’s this?” He cleared his throat and turned the Texas up to full throttle. “Y’all…hot damn…cornbread.”
Katie burst into giggles, her amusement aided by the half of a joint she’d just smoked.
“What’s funny?” Maureen appeared at her side, cheeks flushed and an unnatural sparkle in her eye.
“Just Stuart,” Katie replied, her giggles tapering off.
“I should’ve known.” Maureen tossed Stuart a grin before turning halfway to speak to someone behind her. “Jay, have you met Katie?”
The name made Katie look up and her breath stopped. She’d seen lots of photos of Jay in fan magazines and on album covers over the past couple of years, but none of them did the least bit of justice to the flesh and blood man standing before her. His head was turned in profile as he said something to Nicky Majors, and Katie took the opportunity to gaze at him unimpeded.
Jay Carey had the face of an angel—a very naughty angel. The rounded cheeks, the chin with the slightest suggestion of a cleft and the long black hair that curled past his shoulders all gave him a look of innocence. Combined with his rather full lips, black brows and lashes, and the schoolboy smile he directed at Nicky, Katie would have sworn he had come right out of a Botticelli work of art. But when he focused those intense hazel eyes on her, she knew she’d been wrong. Nothing Botticelli ever did looked like that. Jay Carey didn’t have the eyes of an angel—he had the eyes of a god.

Crimson and Clover
Juli Page Morgan
Released Feb 18th, 2013
Crimson Romance
Source: Tasty Book Tours
Reviewer: Lisa

First, I would like to say, THANK GOD I AM NOT MARRIED TO A ROCK STAR...Ok, they aren't ALL that bad, but boy would I not have the balls to deal with their shit...excuse my language, but it's the truth! that I have said my piece, I will go on with my review of CRIMSON AND CLOVER, the new release from Juli Page Morgan.  What a GREAT story!  Juli not only takes you on a wild ride of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, but shares the truth behind the curtains.  To say that I am highly impressed with her knowledge doesn't even cut it.  She builds a world within CRIMSON AND CLOVER that was so clear that I swear I smelled the stench of weed pass by my nose a time or two.

For anyone that was a teen in the 70's, as my parents were, this book is not only like taking a walk into the past, but getting to know the real people behind the "band", the wives, the girlfriends, the groupies.  And for anyone who just wants to read a great romance about a girl who falls in love with a rock star...well...the story hasn't changed too much in forty years!! 

Katie was a girl with self-confidence, and that was what I liked about her, but she was also naive when it came to certain aspects of the life she was living with Jay, her guitar playing rock-star boyfriend.  I truly felt for her, especially when she would try to convince herself that certain aspects of her relationship were "ok", when really you knew that deep down, she knew better.  It was sad at times, but that's what helped to make the story so real.

The sex was HOT! Juli does an amazing job at showing the pure chemistry that sparked whenever Katie and Jay so much as touched...I loved it!!  Jay...yeah I liked Jay...I didn't always like what he was doing, and my poor heart hurt for Katie, but in the end...true love stood the test...and that is all that matters.

Reading CRIMSON AND CLOVER was like watching a great movie about the seventies and what happens when everything falls apart...who is there to pick up the pieces.  Great Job Juli and I recommend this to All my Tasty Readers!!  Grab it, jump in and ROCK!

About Juli

After an exciting (and sometimes surreal!) career in radio broadcasting, Juli Page Morgan was left with a passion for rock ‘n roll and memories of the outrageous antics she'd seen and stories told to her by musicians and bands she’d interviewed over the years. Inspired by these tales, Juli wrote her first novel, CRIMSON AND CLOVER, a rocking romance set in London in 1968.

Juli lives in Arkansas with her husband and youngest daughter. When she’s not writing she's attempting to force updates on her sixty-year-old house (it fights back!) and trying to convince her husband the world won’t come to an end if the television is turned off.  She also listens to a lot of music at maximum volume and exceeds the speed limit when she drives. She’s currently at work on her second romance novel, and yes -- it rocks, too!



Juli Page Morgan said...

Oh, wow! I am so thrilled you like the book! :) Thank you for such a great review, Lisa. It's really made my day!

S.A. Hussey said...

Great review of a positively smashing new book written by a fabulously groovy author. Crimson and Clover ROCKS!

Lisa I was honored to read a few pages that didn't end up in final cut and phew...sizzling hot!

Juli Page Morgan said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, Steph! <3 (Maybe those cut scenes might make it into an "extra scenes" thingie one day!)

Jen Shields said...

Great review!

Juli Page Morgan said...

Hi, Jen! It is, isn't it? :) So glad you stopped by!