Audio Review: Suddenly in Love by Julia London

Audio Review: Suddenly in Love by Julia LondonSuddenly in Love by Julia London
Series: Lake Haven #1
Published by Montlake Romance on April 5th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible
Goodreads
three-stars

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?

three-stars

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14 Responses to “Audio Review: Suddenly in Love by Julia London”

  1. Sabrina @ About Happy Books

    I like this kind of plot as well, but have no idea why. 🙂 The trope can be a bit ridiculous if it doesn’t make any sense that she doesn’t know about him, but in general it works for me.

    Happy Reading!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I love that trope. I’m not sure why, and sometimes, especially these days, it can be a little hard to believe, but I’m usually willing to suspend my disbelief because I think it’s so fun. I just wish the rest of the book was totally amazing. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either.

  2. Nick

    Ah funny how you love the famous person trope, but I don’t! 🙂 I’ve wanted to try something by Julia London, but I don’t think this will be it. It does seem like there’s quite a bit going on. I’ve been reading a couple of romance novels that feel really long and it’s been bugging me so much!
    I’m glad this was an enjoyable read, Quinn.

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’ve read some Julia London and while I always enjoy her books most don’t end up being books that would really stick with me either. I do love the famous but the other one doesn’t know it trope. It’s so much fun! And of course updating a big fancy house is always going to call me. I do like her books but I don’t feel like I’d go out of my way to pick this one up.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      You know, even though they are updating an old house, it doesn’t really add a lot to the story, atmospherically. not like The House on Blackberry Hill or The Calhoun Sisters series by Nora Roberts.

  4. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    I like this type of story too. I haven’t read any of Julia London’s contemporaries, but some of her historicals have been fun.

  5. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    I do love the celebrity romance plot! Maybe it’s a bit of wish fulfillment. 😀 This one definitely sounds like it could have been better if it didn’t focus on the romance as much – I want to read about their connection! I hope you’ll enjoy Julia London’s other books more!

  6. kimbacaffeinate

    I love this trope too, since I could totally see myself not knowing. Too bad there wasn’t enough balance. I haven’t yet tried this author. Grest review Quinn.

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