This is going to be a little different for today's review - mostly because it's for:
1. Amazon books
2. which were previously published on Fictionpress where I first read them
3. the second and third in a series since I consider the first to be more of a prequel and these two are one and a sequel with the same characters
4. they're self-pubbed from an indie author
I have started reviewing the amazing Amazon books that I've read in order to get them out there more in the world. This includes the freebies and the paid ones, so be warned! And, of course, most of this is being done on my YouTube channel before being posted here - which is why there's a delay between post dates.
But I'm getting away from today's review. Here it is!
Written by: JL Paul
Released: June 28, 2013 for Kindle
Summary: What would you do if you were sitting in a drive-thru late one night and a rock star jumps in your car? Would you scream? Call the police?
You could do what Isabella Ames did – become his friend.
After meeting Jake Johnson, lead singer for the band, Controlled Environment, hops in her car, Isabella is instantly plunged into a friendship that takes her through some rocky times. But when that friendship turns into something more, things couldn’t look better.
Enter the tabloids and the rumors and the crazy fans. Isabella’s blissful life is suddenly turned upside-down.
Being the girlfriend of a popular rock star isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.
Written by: JL Paul
Released: October 9, 2013 for Kindle
Summary: So much has changed since graduation.
For Isabella Ames, life was supposed to start after high school; college, career, and living the rest of her life with Jake Johnson.
But life always seems to throw a curve...
Isabella’s new life is not what she expected, but she’s adjusting well. She has a job that she loves and is engaged to a wonderful man.
But she finds herself face-to-face with Jake again, after three years and several heartaches. Although they have both moved forward, the connection that binds them hasn’t weakened in the least. Now Isabella is struggling to fight her attraction for the only man she’s ever really loved while trying to do what she thinks is best.
Enter more paparazzi, family issues, and a new generation and things get crazier.
Will Isabella find her way back to Jake or is she fated to this new life?
And now the video review!
So in short, while both books need some TLC from someone who isn't attached to them (i.e. a professional editor), they have an amazing story to tell and characters to love.
You're immediately sucked into the story and the romance between the main characters. However, what's refreshing about this is the fact that you're not dealing with any form or insta-love like you seen in so many comparable novels in the YA and NA genre.
While you have to pay a few dollars for each book on Amazon (sorry, no free first book here), it's well worth the money if you are interested in seeing where the story goes. If anything it's a great few hours in someone else's drama - which really does suck you in.