October 17, 2012

Book Review: Private Love In A Public Place by Toni Kenyon

Title: Private Love in a Public Place (Private Love, #1)
Author: Toni Kenyon
Release Date: August 2012
Publisher: Apeople Publishing
Source: Received from the author for an honest review

Mags O'Brien lives on the alcohol-soaked, drug-enhanced concert circuit, managing out-of-control rocker Julian MacAvoy. She helps him spread his musical gospel to his adoring followers, despite the fast-spinning turnstile on his bedroom door, and the broken hearts he leaves in his wake. 
Mags believes she’s immune to Julian’s magnetic personality but when controversy hits the tour, she finds herself in danger of falling at his feet, slave to his appetites and her own desire and need. 
Julian refuses to be tamed, but the pressure of the ravenous crowds clamps tighter and tighter around him. His chaotic world starts to crumble when he realizes his motivation to continue touring comes from an unobtainable woman.
Can he force her to make the agonizing choice between himself and her estranged husband?
An erotic and candid look at life on the road.

My Thoughts

At some point or another, most people have lusted after someone they know, perhaps a co-worker, or even the boss; and Mags is no different.
The trials and stresses of being on tour, have stretched her marriage to breaking point. Her husband has become more of an annoying friend than lover, and her annoyingly charming boss is getting her hotter by the day.

Toni Kenyon has written a really great story around a life we usually only hear about through trashy magazine articles using mysterious sources and telescopic photo lenses. But instead of just your typical hype, the author has brought to life the real story behind the scenes; she has made her celebrities human, fallible, and extremely likeable - warts and all.

I loved Mags. All things considered, she is an incredibly normal woman in an unreal world fuelled by booze, drugs, and overinflated ego's. She's struggling to keep herself sane, while pandering to the every need of her crew and her 'star' boss Jules.
Jules is a great leading man. He's cheeky and funny with just the right amount of sarcastic flair - although he does have a tendency to sulk, but he's sexy and alluring, and knows that Mags has the hots for him.

memorable line...
"He whispered pacifying words to me through my hair; they ran like warm treacle down the long strands, ta
king eventual residence in the small caves of my ears."

A great cast of characters to both love and hate, Private Love in a Public Place has been expertly written, drawing the reader in right from the start.
The life of this on-tour band was both descriptive and entertaining, perhaps a little predictable in parts, but it was definitely shaken up with some really unexpected twists and turns - and lets not forget the hot sex!
While there are some really tender and heartfelt moments of aww, there is a decent amount of hot blooded, I-want-you-right-now sex :)
Right out of left field, the author spun this story on its head and had me gasping with shock and excitement. I was not expecting that at all, a great turn of unexpected events :)

A thoroughly entertaining and pleasurable 4 star read ;]

*Be sure to check out my blog tomorrow for a guest post and GIVEAWAY with author Toni Kenyon*


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Author Website: http://www.tonikenyon.com
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  1. I'm looking forward to visiting with you tomorrow, Cath. I'm bringing tea and biscuits (or something stronger, if you prefer...) so spread the word.

  2. Wow
    What a fabulous review Toni.
    I'm so thrlled for you.

  3. Hey Toni,
    bring coffee, lots of coffee!!

    I'm running so far behind this morning :(

    Hi Shirley...be sure to check out Toni's great guest post

  4. Thanks, Shirley. I'm pleased Cath enjoyed Private Love. Pop in later in the week and tell us what impact a musician and/or music has had on your life.
    I'll have herbal tea and coffee :)


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