For today, I have a review and a giveaway for my tour stop in the Random Acts of Crazy tour. So let’s get the cray on!
Title: Random Acts of Crazy
Author: Julia Kent
Date of Publication: May 21, 2013
Author: contemporary NA romance
I never intended to pick up a naked hitchhiker wearing nothing but a guitar. A guitar. Really. I don’t collect guys like that (don’t ask what kind of guys I do collect), but when you spot a blonde, tanned, sculpted man with a gorgeous smile and his thumb poking up and practically begging you to stop – you stop.And I definitely never thought I’d be staring into the bright blue eyes of Trevor Connor, the lead singer for Random Acts of Crazy, an indie rock star I followed like the slobbering fileshare fangirl I am. How he came to be nude and lost six hundred miles from home is quite the tale, but how we fell in love is even more unreal.Because someone like Trevor Connor, headed to Harvard Law next year, isn’t supposed to want someone like me, 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.But he did.When his best friend, Joe Ross, the bass player for Random Acts of Crazy and a man who makes Calvin Klein models look like Shrek, drove eleven hours through the night to rescue him, though, it got real complicated. It’s one thing to like two different guys and be torn.What do you do, though, when maybe – just maybe – you don’t have to choose?As my Aunt Josie says sometimes, “It’s always complicated.”* * * * * *Random Acts of Crazy is a standalone, full-length novel (300+ pages, 85,000 words) featuring Darla Jo(sephine) Jennings, the 22-year-old niece of Josie Mendham from the Her Two Billionaires series. It has, like many New Adult novels, an exploration of sexuality for the three main characters, doesn’t shy away from mature content, and Darla has a sailor’s mouth.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Thank you to Shane of Itching for Books Blog Tours and Julia Kent for the review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel and all you’ll ever read here are my own honest opinions.
For the life of you, don’t ever go to this book’s Goodreads page if you don’t want to be spoiled. Specifically, don’t check out the shelves it belongs to. Or if you want to know what you’re getting into, do check it. As for me, I signed up for this tour when I read it has rock stars for characters and I can’t pass that up. It’s a weakness. Plus, it features a curvy heroine and I can’t pass that up too because heroines leaning on the plus side are just uncommon. And as I am also on that side, of course I’d want to read this! Add in a sailor’s mouth on said girl and I know I’ll have fun reading it.
And fun I had! I was seriously laughing at how much crass goes out of Darla’s mouth and how she just has no filter, with her words and her thoughts. Imagine finding someone naked on the interstate except for a straw hat, a spiked collar and a guitar? I mean, with a premise like that, I can only imagine how much hijinks will ensue. And ensue they did.
Trevor and Joe were so far off Darla’s life and personality that their interactions truly ingrained that in us. While Trevor and Joe are going to law school, Darla is stuck in middle-of-nowhere Ohio with her mom. However, even though their socio-economic statuses were so different, their universal plights were still the same. They’re all stuck in where they are (both geographically and in life) because they’re afraid to go out of their comfort zone. That is actually the main theme of this novel, going out of your comfort zone and doing random acts of crazy to celebrate life, to live and to love.
Adding to my enjoyment of this novel was that it was written in Darla and Trevor’s perspective. And when Joe came into the picture, he had his own POV too. Which was just great because seeing the story unfold from each of their perspectives and showing us what they actually feel added dimensions we couldn’t have gotten with a single perspective.
All of the characters had depth and I appreciated how Julia Kent developed each relationship in the novel. Surely, a lot of it was mostly attraction and lust but there was surely love too. And Darla and Cathy’s mother-daughter relationship, while certainly dysfunctional, tugged at my heart a bit. Of all people, Darla deserves to be happy and to have a better life. She’s smart and she’s courageous and she doesn’t take shit from others while being pragmatic herself. She still has dreams but lets herself think that she’ll forever be in Ohio. Trevor and Joe made massive changes from their snobby rich perspectives, doing everything their parents told them to, to actually realizing that they have it good and people do live in trailer parks. It was nice for them to get a real look at the real world. Trevor’s back story was kind of sad too, as well as Darla’s, and I just really think they should be together. Hee.
There wasn’t really much of a big plot or conflict in this novel as it was the snowballing type of conflict. And like many new adult novels, it explores sexuality and some boundaries in here will be crossed. I think most of the negative reviews were miffed or even icked by what actually went down in this novel. Surely, there were hints and clues hinting here and there but I didn’t expect it to actually deal us this plot point. When I figured it was certainly going there, I have to admit that I enjoyed it less. Of course I was wondering what’s the whole point of this novel, even though I highly enjoyed Trevor being high as a kite and Joe freaking out and angry at just about everything.
Still, I laughed really hard with this novel and loved the song Trevor composed and how sweet he was at some points but I just didn’t expect what the novel dealt me with, is all. Do read it if you want to do a random act of crazy!
About Julia Kent
Julia Kent turned to writing romance novels after learning that she could not work as a fighter pilot because her fear of flying disqualified her. Turning to her second love, she became a dog groomer, but had to abandon that job after adopting too many strays. Writing about very real, very flawed people is a natural extension of her life and, well, her. She lives on the east coast with her partner, two small children, seventeen dogs that weigh less than fifteen pounds each, and a monthly consumption of Nutella, brie and french bread that makes cardiologists cringe.
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