Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review: Summer Sky by Lisa Swallows

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)

4 Wonderful Stars

Review by Allison East

Sky Davis would totally be my friend in real life. She is naturally down to earth, a sweet and spunky type of fierce female that I love in a novel. She is totally, heartbreakingly gorgeous which is why I couldn't see anyone cheating on her. But, her jerk ex did after five years of being together. Sky just needed a getaway. She goes to her childhood cottage- where her grandmother lives- and rents out the place- or so she thinks. After getting into a little fender bender, with an extremely attractive- but rude man, Sky arrives at the cottage. Apparently granny didn't understand what Sky was saying about wanting to stay in the cottage right away, so she double booked. The hottie from the car accident is the other guest and neither one of them is leaving. Sky then meets Dylan Morgan. Sky has no idea that Dylan Morgan is the front man for rock band Blue Phoenix, and that Dylan is also running and hiding in his childhood retreat too. And so their sweet and sexy love story begins.

 Sky has such a sarcastic sense of humor- which I totally love, but then again, so does Dylan. Dylan is the typical hot and brooding rock star in the beginning, but after spending time with Sky, he starts to come alive again after feeling nothing for so long.

The time spent at the cottage is sweet, but there are also some very real feelings happening between the two of them that they don't want to admit- or at least Sky doesn't want to admit  to herself.

Of course this bubble has to break open some time. Sky hasn't looked up to see who Dylan really is, but her curious mind gets ahead of her, and she can't turn back. Everything changes in a instant from sweet, bubbly vacation time, to the harsh cold world that is the life of a rock star. I feel bad for Sky in an instant- and awful for Dylan, who truly has feelings for Sky.

There is a huge change when they have to go back to the real world and you get to know the real Dylan and the people in his band and the groupies. Some of the band members aren't so nice- others are.

I am very excited to see what happens in the next installment, Falling Sky. I want their romance to continue, and I hope that Sky can deal with the pressure of being in the spotlight. She is strong, she just needs to give in to her desires, and I think she can do that with Dylan, who wouldn't want to?
I love this new story from Lisa Swallow and can't wait for more! 

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