Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"Random Acts Of Crazy" had me laughing at the craziness

"Random Acts of Crazy" by Julia Kent

Published: May 21, 2013

“In Summation”:
     Darla Jo(sephine) Jennings, the 22-year-old niece of Josie Mendham from Julia Kent’s the Her Two Billionaires series, never intended to pick up a naked hitchhiker wearing nothing but a guitar. A guitar. Really.
     However, when she spotted a blonde, tanned, sculpted man with a gorgeous smile and his thumb poking up and practically begging her to stop - she stopped.
     Much to her surprise, she was staring into the bright blue eyes of Trevor Connor, the lead singer for Random Acts of Crazy, an indie rock star she followed like a fanatical fileshare fangirl. How he came to be nude and lost six hundred miles from home is quite the tale, but how they fell in love is even more unreal.
     Darla is a rural Ohio chick majoring in Boredom at Convenience Store University who is all curves and frizzy blonde hair and manners so unpolished they have sharp edges that make you bleed. She has cultivated a mouth that would make a sailor blush. Nevertheless, she has made the best of her life inside the trailer park where she lives with her mother. Momma is not too shocked her daughter has brought home another naked man.
     Eventually Trevor’s best friend, Joe Ross, the bass player for Random Acts of Crazy and a man who makes Calvin Klein models look like Shrek, drives eleven hours through the night to rescue him, then it gets real complicated. It's one thing to like two different guys and be torn. But what does a girl do when maybe - just maybe - she doesn't have to choose?
    As Aunt Josie says, "It's always complicated."

“Impressions & Thoughts”:
     From the moment, I started reading the book I laughed until I cried. The humor was well timed and appropriate to the story.
     I could easily identify with some aspect of each character. I think I may have met a few of them along my life’s journey. One thing is for sure, I will never look at a hitchhiker the same way again or a chicken (never been happier to be a vegetarian)!
     Ms. Kent did a wonderful job of setting up the scenes. Her descriptions made me feel like I was actually there. I could swear at times that I could smell the tobacco infused walls of the trailer or the musty/moldy earthly smell of Darla’s purple passion palace. It was a treat to read such an artists word tapestries being woven for her characters.
     The characters no matter what their social status or background had to deal with their own issues. It was nice to see hope and inspiration in some very unlikely places. Learning valuable life lessons along their journey, don’t take life so seriously, you control your own life and destiny, you love who you love, your heart sees the person inside not just outside…Trevor, Joe and Darla took me on a wild adventure in “O-Fucking-Hi-O” and I loved every minute of it.
     I can’t wait to see if they appear in any of Ms. Kent’s future novels. I believe they will…“Aunt Josie” has some plans that should be getting set into motion very soon with the help of her billionaire friends, Darla will fit into them very nicely.
The Ratings*:
Heros: Both men get a big 5
Heroine: She’s a 5
Story/Plot/HEA: 4.75
*The rating system is based on 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 the worst.
Hero-The main male character of the story.
Heroine-The main female character of the story. Story/Plot/HEA (Happy Ever After)-The over all story line and culmination of the main plot or theme.

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