Saturday, 15 February 2014

Review: What Goes On Tour by Claire Boston

Title: What Goes On Tour
Author: Claire Boston
Genre: Romance
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Momentum Books
Publication Date: 11th February 2014

Tell Me About It
What goes on tour, stays on tour … or does it?

Few people know that socially awkward Adrian Hart is actually rock god Kent Downer, and that's the way Adrian likes it. His privacy is essential, especially now that he has guardianship of his orphaned, ten-year-old niece, Kate. But when the nanny quits in the middle of his tour Adrian finds himself in a bind.

Until Libby Myles walks into his life.

Libby has only ever wanted to become a full-time author and prove to her parents that she can make it on her own. On the surface, the temporary job as the nanny for Kent Downer's niece looks perfect—the pay is fabulous, the hours are short and Kate is a big fan—it's the rock star that's the issue.

Arrogant and way too attractive for anyone's good, Kent Downer has enough swagger to power a small city. But when he's out of costume he's different—shy and uncertain. For Libby it's a far harder combination to resist. She needs to find a balance between work, writing and ignoring her attraction to the rock star, because if she falls for him, it could mean the end of her dream.

But when a horrible scandal is unleashed—putting young Kate in danger—there's more heat between Libby and Adrian than just sexual attraction. Libby must figure out if Adrian ever cared for her, or if it was all just part of the show …
My Thoughts
When I saw What Goes On Tour on netgalley the synopsis drew me in and the book sounded like it was going to be a great read. When I began reading I was a bit disheartened with the slow start, I was expecting it to dive straight into the rock and roll part of the book and then lead us into the romance part itself.

Libby, a writer, is featuring on a chat show, alongside Kent, a god among rock stars, she helps him in his moment of need and thinks that is the last she will see of this arrogant man. Until she sees him at a book signing, where she signs book for his niece Kate. Kate and Libby strike up a friendship quickly, and Libby finds herself spending a lot of time with Kate, and also with Adrian, the person who he is when not on stage.

What Goes On Tour focuses a lot on the relationship between Adrian and Libby, and between Libby and Katie, and less on the rock and roll aspect, which judging by the synopsis and the cover I would have expected this to be a big focus of the story. Don't get me wrong I liked the story enough to stay up till 1.30am reading it to see how it all unfolds, it just didn't wow me like I expected it to.

Points that I id like about What Goes On Tour were the easy friendship between Libby and Kate, I liked how Libby was towards her, offering her writing advice but also presenting options and truth about the reality of the situation. She is caring and considerate towards Kate, and taking on what she says but also making the better decision to accommodate everyone's choices. I also liked how the relationship between Adrian and Libby wasn't rushed along,  but it also felt real with the hurdles they have to jump and problems thrown at them.
About Claire
Claire Boston was a voracious reader as a child, devouring anything by Enid Blyton as well as series such as Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. Then one school holidays when she'd run out of books to read her mother handed her 'Hot Ice' by Nora Roberts and Claire instantly fell in love with romance novels.
The love of reading soon turned to a love of writing and she struggled to keep within the 1500 word limit set by her teachers for her creative writing assignments. When she finally decided to become serious about her stories she joined Romance Writers of Australia, found her wonderful critique group and hasn't looked back.
When Claire's not reading or writing she can be found in the garden attempting to grow vegetables, or racing around a vintage motocross track. If she can convince anyone to play with her, she also enjoys cards and board games.
Claire lives in Western Australia, just south of Perth with her husband, who loves even her most annoying quirks, and her two grubby, but adorable Australian bulldogs.

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