Thursday 8 August 2013

Love Exactly - Cassandra Giovanni

© Bianca  + Janeane


Sticks & Stones  #1

320 Pages

release date -  20 June - 2013 

4 Stars

Emma Walker was a writer who'd lost herself to someone else's anger--who had given up on ever feeling like herself again.
Evan Levesque was a rock-god--the one all the woman wanted, but he'd never gotten used to the loneliness between the stage and real life.
With just one cup of coffee they'll begin a journey of self-discovery at each others sides, but can Emma handle Evan's fame while dealing with her own demons? Emma's checkered personal past, a bad relationship that haunts the edges of her memories, threatens to make everything implode on them when Evan takes matters into his own hands.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your words...they'll destroy my soul-
Can Emma handle being put back together and facing who she's become because of it?

Emma lives in her Connecticut hometown, she's writing for the local paper - but only unimportant stuff. She wants to write a New Adult Novel - but she doesn't have the words anymore - after what happened to her in HighSchool.
One morning she and her cup of coffee run into RockStar Evan.

Both are instantly attracted to each other and he invites her for a cup of coffee

 She in turn invites him - well - he invites himself - to accompany her to the basketball game that night.

They start dating - but it's complicated - with him being a rock star touring the country - and her not having much confidence in everything she does and everything she is and wants to be.

But it seems to work - he helps her to start writing again - or at least he doesn't pressure her to write again. He knows that she's standing in the way of her own happiness - but he lets her move at her own pace.

Ok - that's it....

I don't want to spoil anything .... only a few not-too-spoiling-points:

- we're visiting a few HighSchool Basketball games
- Emma joins Evan in Boston to see him perform
-We'll be hearing the following song:


- someone might get a tattoo
- some older person might see a younger person half-naked
- there will be long periods of time when Emma & Evan are not together
- Emma's Ex appears a few times
-  will the band win a Grammy? or not ☺

well - nobody is literally hanging off a cliff - but it's a bit of an open end ;)

What Bianca says:

I really liked the story - could've been a bit longer - with a bit more 'stuff' happening - but it was a cute little romance! 

  BUT - I don't really know what to say - it's not really my kind of book - there's no SEX in it at all!!! Only a few kisses and they're not even described all that much.  I get that she wants to go slow because she's been hurt before - but jeeez woman! He's a ROCK-STAR!!! Go for it!

The way they meet? They meet - bam - and they're together - nobody cares why there's a RockGod in that store and in that town - just like that they're a couple! Felt a bit weird to me. Way too fast - but considering that the rest of the book is only about the 2 of them taking their time about everything - they needed to go fast at the beginning ☺

Maybe Emma should've been 19 and Evan 20 and then call the book NEW or YOUNG ADULT for readers 15+ - that would have been perfect! It felt way too young to me - and Evan is 30! - but he acts like a 16-year old girl ☺

Many sentences didn't make any sense to me - someone says something and another person answers, but the answer doesn't have anything to do with what the first person said. At least I didn't understand some things.

But - all in all - I liked the story - I love Rock-Star-Books - and Evan is really the greatest guy!

For so long my music has been my heart. But now it's're my heart.

Emma is cute too - the way she wants to learn to play the guitar and the way she doesn't freak out too much about any of those rock-star-related things.

I hope I don't sound too unkind - because that's not what I'm trying to say - it's a really cute book - lots of feelings and romance and this whole coming-of-age and overcoming your fears thing! But it just wasn't my kind of book - even though it had a rock star in it ☺☺☺

So - if you like your romances sweet and you don't need them to be sexually explicit 


What Janeane says:

I love rock star books - put a rock star on the cover or in the blurb, and I am there.

But if you are looking for a smoking hot read like Olivia Cunning's Sinners on Tour series - this is not the book for you!

Evan and Emma run into each other - literally - next thing they are on a date, then they are a couple.  That quick.  Not that there is anything wrong with that, but the rest of the book, they do...... nothing!  It just felt a bit forced that world wide superstar rock god who has groupies always after him goes from that to... nothing.  Oh there is kisses and the like but that is it :-/

I agree with Bianca's comment that maybe if Evan was younger, this would be a perfect YA or NA book.

Evan is sweet though, and I loved when he played something special for Emma on stage.  And I loved Emma teaches herself to play guitar as a surprise for him.

Love Exactly is a sweet book, probably better for the younger readers than the older ones who like their rockers down and dirty. 

But if you are looking for a sweet coming-of-age kind of romance, this is the book for you. 

And I will read the next book, I won't be able to help myself!


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                                                       CASSANDRA GIOVANNI - stolen from goodreads ☺
Cassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children's novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra will also release her first New Adult novel, Love Exactly, in the Spring of 2013.

Cassandra is a freelance professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios, a photography and publication marketing company that designs covers and marketing materials for authors utilizing the company's photography. She is currently studying to receive a degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.