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Never fall for a rockstar…
Julian Wheaton views the world through a kaleidoscope of synesthesia, seeing the colors of every sound he hears. His life as an iconic rock guitarist was a stressful psychedelic trip that nearly destroyed him. Now he’s abandoned the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle for the peaceful sanctity of his recording studio, but when fiery Cleo Compton comes to work for him, she brings chaos with her.
Cleo Compton has had her flings with rockstars—and it’s left her wary and bruised. Julian may have those sexy bedroom eyes and drool-worthy tattoos, but Cleo is determined to keep things strictly professional—until Julian turns out to be every dream she’s ever chased. When he risks it all to hit the road with a band again, Cleo fears he’ll return as the one thing she can no longer abide—a rockstar.
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Cleo was killing him. It was time to power through the outer edges of lust and get to the eye of the storm. In other words, to where reality set in and her endless faults irritated him instead of turning him on.
She had moved in under the guise of working until she could get back on her feet. Nobody had come out and said that, but it was the unspoken understanding. Instead, she was working her sweet little ass off and doing a bang-up job. And if that weren’t bad enough, he fucking liked her. And he didn’t want to like her.
He sat on the bed and reached for his faithful Fender. Predictably, it was already plugged into an amp. He liked predictable. He ordered his life around it. And now Cleo had muddied it all up by barging into his life—and his heart— uninvited.
That had only happened once before, and it had been disastrous.
He ran his fingers over the tattoos on his forearm, feeling the small scars beneath the ink. If only everything in his past was as easy to hide.
He leaned back against the headboard, letting the weight of the guitar settle into his lap. If he was patient, a song would come.
At first, it was a single turquoise note, but he quickly teased a rainbow out of it. A few sexy thoughts of Cleo were teased up as well, and he settled the guitar lower on his hips. His head sank back as a melodic strain poured through him. The instrument moaned in ecstasy as he bent a note up, coaxing, enticing, and sweet-talking a candy-apple wail out of it before bringing it down with a shudder.
With Cleo in mind, he tickled the strings and stroked the neck, caressing a deep, mellow tone from somewhere inside the guitar’s polished wood. He raised his hips and built a crescendo, bringing the guitar to a fucking scream. He’d like to make Cleo scream…
“Knock, knock. Julian?”
With a pathetic flat wail, he tossed the guitar aside and hastily sat up.
“Excuse me,” Cleo said, exploding into a scarlet blush. “I’m sorry…”
“I was just playing guitar,” he stammered. Not wanking off.
*****5 Fantastic Stars*****
Color Me Crazy by Carol Pavliska was vibrant, bursting with good laughs and some serious heat, and had a story that enraptured me within its phenomenally musically and colorfully laced pages.
Basically, I loved every single word of this fantastic book.
One of my favorite aspects of this book was how unique it was. It had so many exceptional aspects that I’d never read before, and that’s just part of what made me love this book so much. One of the most unique aspects of this book was Julian’s synesthesia, causing him to see colors with every sound he heard. That added such a unique quality to this book, and the way this author weaves that into the story is phenomenal.
I could not get enough of seeing the effects of Julian’s synesthesia in Color Me Crazy, and how it not only affected him, but those closest to him as well. That aspect brought out so many interesting things from these characters and especially Julian and Cleo, and it just made me so enraptured in everything that I was reading because I wanted to know more. I had to know more. It was a pull I simply couldn’t resist.
I will admit that I have a soft spot for a book about a rock star. I loved that aspect to Color Me Crazy, and how music weaved its way so superbly into the story and into just who these characters are. This book though, was so much more than a book about a rock star. It was a book about choices, and figuring out what you want and what you want to fight for. It’s about taking risks and giving it your all, and trying to piece together what it is you need.
Color Me Crazy is bursting with passion and color and life. It’s also filled with some hard choices and decisions, realness and flaws. The way that this author puts all of that together creates a story that is superbly balanced and just highly enjoyable to read.
I simply could not get enough of Cleo and Julian’s characters. Let me tell you, those two are two engaging and fiercely spunky characters that you’re just going to love. They cast a lively effervescent spell over the entire story, and it just pulls you in like a moth to a flame. They’re both bursting with wonderfully distinctive personalities, and there is also such a real level of authenticity to them that you experience as you get to know them over the course of this book. Color Me Crazy allows you to see them, flaws and all, and that just makes you love their dynamic characters more because you’re given the outstanding opportunity to see the real them. And the real them is nothing short of amazing to read.
Cleo was such an outstandingly fierce female character. I immediately loved and connected to her character the moment I met her in this book. She was fun and spunky and she gave Julian a run for his money with her fiery personality. She was also extremely relatable, and I loved getting to know her over the course of the story because I felt like I really understood her character and why she felt the way that she did. I also just loved that Cleo was such a fighter. She never wavered and never gave in, and in her own vibrant way she gave it all she had, which just invigorated me as I read this book. It also made me love her to pieces.
Now Julian was pretty much to die for. He was charming, and stubborn, and he could be a butt when he wanted to be, but underneath all of that was a man who was reeling from one heck of a past. As that past thoughtfully comes across in this book, you really get a full picture of the real Julian. Of his flaws, of his vulnerabilities, of his worries. Getting to experience that just made my heart go to him repeatedly over the course of this book. It also helped that that man practically charmed my pants off with what was coming out of his mouth.
The way that Julian and Cleo’s relationship develops over the course of this story makes a world of sense and it just fits the story that is being told. There are definitely some very big ups and downs, and some twists I did not see coming, all of which just pulled me in more to what I was reading. This author does such a fantastic job of showing the connection and feelings that these characters share and that just bursts from the pages of this book. The passion, care, and desire these two share for one another emanates from the story, and it just makes you want to those two to figure out what in the world it is that they’re sharing.
In Color Me Crazy you also get some very engaging and distinctive supporting characters that just add to the overall fantasticness that is this story. Each of those remarkable characters adds their own little piece to the story, and I loved reading their interaction with each other and with Julia and Cleo. Those interactions ranged from hysterical to serious to extremely meaningful, and I loved every moment I got to spend with all of those phenomenal characters.
This story was so fantastically written, and the way Carol Pavliska writes and creates is just magnificent and so enthralling. I loved her writing style and how it just allowed me right into the story with these characters. She also created a story that had me laughing myself silly. I could not stop smiling while reading Color Me Crazy, and I adored how that humor burst from this book and these characters.
While this book gives you plenty of humor, it also gives you more emotion and feeling than you can shake a stick at. The way that this author wrote and created those feelings and emotions allows you to experience them all right along with the characters. That puts you right in the story with them, feeling what they are, fighting the same demons they fight, breaking with them, elating with them, and everything else in between. You feel their fire, every varied and thoughtfully crafted feeling they have, and that just makes reading this story extraordinary because you get to experience it fully.
Color Me Crazy is an outstanding book that will give you so much. It will give you two vibrantly passionate and extremely authentic characters that you’ll love whole heartedly. It will give you a story that will pull at your heart, make you laugh and smile again and again, and allow you to experience everything these characters do. It will also make you fall more and more under the spell that these characters create with every word you read.
This book, this author’s writing, and these characters are utterly phenomenal. They’re truly extraordinary and I couldn’t recommend them all to you more.
Carol Pavliska began her writing career as a family humor columnist and blogger, a pursuit she abandoned when her children became old enough to realize they were being exploited. To save them from further embarrassment, she turned to writing fiction.
Her debut novel is a steamy contemporary romance, so unfortunately, the kids are still embarrassed.
When she’s not creating unrealistic expectations as a romance writer (ripped abs, dramatic temperaments, and eyes like bottomless pools of Hey Girl), she functions quite nicely in her real world, which consists of a delightfully stable husband and five children.
Carol and her husband, both die hard Red Hot Chili Peppers fans, raise their vegan brood of mortified offspring on a cattle ranch in South Texas. No lie.
To learn more about Carol, visit her website at www.carolpavliskabooks.com, or connect with her on social media: