by Cardeno C.
Expected publication: May 5th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press (ebook & Paperback)
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Hollywood royalty Jeremy Jameson has lived a sheltered life with music as his sole focus and only friend. Before embarking on yet another international concert tour, he wanders into a bar in what he considers the middle of nowhere and meets a man who wins him over with his friendly smile and easy-going nature. Accountant slash bartender slash adventure-seeker Reg Moore has fun talking and drinking with The Jeremy Jameson and can’t say no when the supposedly straight rock star makes him a once in a lifetime offer: keep him company on his tour by playing the part of his boyfriend.
Listening to music, traveling the world, and jumping off cliffs is fun. Falling in love is even better. But to stay with Jeremy after the stage lights dim, Reg will need to help him realize there’s nothing pretend about their relationship.
These two words are what came to mind while reading Perfect Imperfections. The story of how two men hit it off as strangers in a bar talking, communicating and just plain accepting. Drunk and a little goofy, Jeremy Jameson, rock star, superstar, offers a dream of a lifetime to bartender/accountant Reg Moore as his paid companion for a full year inclusive of all the perks and joys of travelling and being in his company.
Now, the last book I read about paid companions was Rebecca, although come to think of it, a lot of Victorian novelettes by B. Cartland comes to mind..... I digress. Let's just say, the last time I met this scenario was way back when and I used to just gobble those up as a young reader. Now, though, it sparked the sceptic in me. Add in the element of a rock star: not my favorite people. So let us just say that once again, Cardeno C. managed to surprise me with this Slow-Burning-Romantic-Comedy-With-A-Touch-Of-Erotica-That-Made-Me-Blush!
Okay, so here we have, a rock star who only wanted to extend his feeling-free-for-the-first-time experience after his one night of conversation with a bartender who did not seem to care he is up front and personal with a superstar. What Jeremy or JJ really loved was Reg's ability to make him feel real. He had been living the public life since he was a zygote and, really, it was getting old, it was getting trashy, and it was just plain getting frustrating. JJ loves his career but the two-timers are a dime a dozen and he was beginning to feel burned out.
Reg's one imperfection is his inability to settle within an unchanging environment. He likes to travel, he loves the good life, he likes to go on an adventure, so being with JJ was not only a means to an end, but a gift. From Jeremy Jameson no less. Being with him for one night having goofy fun, he liked the man. Being with him day in and day out, he saw the imperfections but it made him like the man even more. Never forgetting JJ's superstar status. So basically, the constant and ever changing challenges in JJ's world are very interesting to him. But really, the best thing is that Reg loves taking care of JJ. He loves to make him feel calm, less stressed out, and human, for once.
At first, this may seem like a questionable motive on Reg's part, but really, as the plot progressed, it was soon apparent that the two men just complimented each other. Reg was the calm and JJ was the storm and this storm was raging, clingy, whiny, whingy, and bitchy too. With Reg around, JJ became a better man, a better boss, a better musician and even if already a superstar, a better son for some reason. Now, that is saying a lot since his mother is the equivalent to La Streep herself and his father, the late Kurt Cobain.
All is not blissy at the tour, however, as there seems to be someone leaking and peaking over JJ's and Reg's personal and private life. Someone who seems to have all the details down pat. These intrusions are slowly corroding JJ's happiness and Reg is driven to do whatever he needs to do to address the problems himself.
As the two men's lives, developing friendship and dependence on each other unfold through the read, the more I saw that they were just two men who wanted to live a little. When they started falling in love with each other in the course of several months, then things got a little sexier but more tense in the PR department.
At first glance, yes, this sounds like a cheesy, fluffy romance with the bit of erotica, but really it is not. This is more like a story I would liken to the author's Family Series and in fact made sure this was not one of them. This is a standalone. Then again, this book Positively. Screams! of a sequel. Well at least to me, for I do so want more of JJ and Reg. I never thought that these two imperfect men could be so Perfect together and with each other. It was easy to fall in love with them.....so very, very easy.
I can't seem to let these two go....
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