Thursday, April 3, 2014

* REVIEW * - Summer Sky (Blue Phoenix #1) by Lisa Swallow

Reviewer : Kaylene
Rating : 5 Stars

The most frustratingly good book I've read so far this year,
a five star plus read ...

Summer Sky by Lisa Swallow is a roller-coaster ride of frustratingly good romance.  The story follows Sky Davis and rock star God Dylan Morgan.  They meet unexpectedly during a holiday at a beach house in Broadbeach where both are booked in to rent at the same time.   They decide after a fair amount of banter to stay together and enjoy their holiday but of course romance ensues.  As far as Sky is concerned it’s a summer holiday romance and it ends as soon as she leaves the holiday house, but Dylan has other ideas.  He falls head over heels for Sky and wants to make her his.  The time they spend at the holiday house is full of sweet moments and the sexual tension is overwhelming at times.

I absolutely loved this book. It was frustrating in the fact that Sky was all over the place with regards to Dylan.  I wanted to reach in a slap her but I certainly understood where she was emotionally after just leaving a long term relationship .. she didn't want it to be just a rebound relationship.  There’s humour, there’s sadness and I just hoped that they would get this relationship on track at some point.  

As you would expect Dylan being the rock star God he is, has a very messy past and it catches up with him in a very bad way. I can't elaborate because you need to read it but you just know as the hints develop that it’s not going to end well for either of them.

What I did like .. the story moves along well and I found it hard to put down.  I liked the characters and their development. I liked Sky's independence and her sensible outlook.  I loved Dylan he was hot, sexy and romantic.

What I didn't like .. it’s a cliff-hanger, but I understand that there will be a second in the series Falling Sky.  I also don’t like the fact that I will now have to stalk the author so I can obtain the conclusion to this wonderful story.

Well done Lisa Swallow on a wonderful story with lots of twists and turns.  Your writing is outstanding and I give this wonderful book a five plus star rating.

Sky changed her life for a man once, and she has no intention of doing it again - even if he is a six foot, tattooed rock god who makes a mean bacon sandwich.

Sky Davis is fed up of boyfriend Grant taking her for granted and when she comes home to find him wearing a girl, Sky suspects the relationship is over. She takes an unscheduled holiday and leaves the life (and guy) she hates behind.

Rock star Dylan Morgan is struggling with fame and infamy, sick of his life being controlled by other people. Dylan cuts his hair and walks away from his role as lead singer of Blue Phoenix, leaving chaos and speculation behind.

Outside the English seaside town of Broadbeach their cars and worlds collide.

Sky decides Dylan is an arrogant guy with too many tattoos, and Dylan is amused by the smart-mouthed girl with no idea who he is. Dylan and Sky soon discover they’ve travelled to Broadbeach for the same reason - to escape from reality back to a place with happy childhood memories.

Losing themselves in a world where they know nothing about each other, Sky and Dylan begin a holiday romance that soon heats up their rainy English summer.

Fantasies can’t last forever and when reality crashes the party, Sky isn’t sure she wants to be more than his ‘summer Sky'.

Returning to the real world and public scrutiny isn’t their only problem. Blue Phoenix lead guitar player, Jem Jones, has a reason for wanting Sky out of Dylan’s life, and is determined to come between them. Some things won’t stay hidden, even when they’re paid to ‘go away’.

Summer Sky is a romance where occasionally more than the bacon sizzles. This is the first in the new ‘Blue Phoenix’ series of contemporary rock star romances.

*Please note this is not a standalone book - Sky's and Dylan's story continues in Falling Sky (Blue Phoenix #2).

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