Series: Lake Haven #1
Published by Montlake Romance on April 5th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Mia Lassiter is thrilled to finally put her artistic skills to use working for her aunt’s interior design shop in her hometown of East Beach. While renovating an old mansion overlooking stunning Lake Haven, she encounters a scruffy but attractive man named Brennan—the owner’s son. She doesn’t realize this sexy recluse is actually Everett Alden, the world-famous rock star in hiding who’s nursing his own artistic and personal crises.
As their personalities clash, tension simmers between the struggling artist and jaded musician, and their time spent alone together in the gorgeous old house only serves to turn up the heat. Soon, Mia and Brennan’s creative passions boil over to inspire passions of another kind…
But reality comes crashing in when Mia’s celeb-obsessed cousin discovers Brennan’s true identity—and reveals it to the world. As paparazzi swarm the mansion, Brennan is thrust back into his rock star lifestyle. Will Mia lose her soul mate just when she’s finally found him? Can their love survive the glaring spotlight?
There are just some plot devices in books, particularly romance, that I can never resist. One example is the “Hero or Heroine is famous and the other doesn’t realize it,” trope. I love that trope. I honestly have no idea why I love it so much, but when I come across a book that has that trope, I can never pass it up. Which is why I decided to listen to Suddenly in Love by Julia London, which turned out to be a decent, but not amazing, romance novel.
Suddenly in Love is about Mia Lassiter who is at a crossroads in her career. She wants to be an artist, but she has begun to doubt herself, and after being laid off, she returns to her hometown, Lake Haven, to lick her wounds, and decide what to do next. She’s working for her aunt, who is putting in a bid to update a big fancy house that’s run down, which is where she meets Brennan.
Brennan and Mia’s first few meetings are pretty great. And by that I mean that they really don’t like each other all that much. In fact, Mia even thinks that Brennan is a crazy person, and sends security after him. Of course, Brennan is really a super popular rock star, and Mia doesn’t realize that. He’s going through some very tough times. Which explains, partly, why Mia doesn’t recognize him, and thinks he’s a crazy person.
Obviously, romance happens, and they get together. But when Mia learns who Brennan really is, things get complicated, as you would expect. I will say that at times I felt like there wasn’t enough focus not the romance in Suddenly in Love. There is a lot of Mia trying to figure out what to do with her life, and she does go on a few casual dates with another man. That wasn’t my favorite of the story. I would have rather just focused on Mia and Brennan’s relationship.
I did like Suddenly in Love by Julia London, but it’s not a book that will stick with me. I felt like it was a tad too long, and I got a little impatient with the non-romance stuff. But I am interested in trying out some of Julia London’s other books. What do you all think about the “he’s famous, but she doesn’t know it” trope? Are you a sucker for it, too?
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