BOOK REVIEW: ‘DOWN THE SHORE’ BY T. TORREST

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release date: April 21, 2015

pre-order link: Amazon

BLURB:

DOWN THE SHORE
A rock-and-roll romantic comedy.

Livia Chadwick is a photographer by day and a self-proclaimed rock slut by night.
Her dating life is a lackluster parade of evasive jerks and
her boss is an unrelenting nightmare of a human being.
What else can a girl do but rent a beach house with her girlfriends
And blow off a little steam every weekend?
But hey, she’s from Jersey. Barhopping down the shore all season is sort of mandatory.
All is going according to plan… until she meets Jack.

Jack Tanner is a contractor-turned-musician in a small-town cover band
suddenly thrust into the limelight.
He’s already had enough of the rock-and-roll lifestyle, and groupies have never been his thing.
Then again… there’s a gorgeous brunette in the audience tonight, checking him out with the most incredible green eyes he’s ever seen.

She’s looking for a fling.
He’s looking for forever.

It’s gonna be one helluva summer.

Set in the summer of 1995, DOWN THE SHORE takes the reader on a tour through some of the Jersey shore’s hottest hot spots over one, sleepless, flannel-clad summer.
It’s a look back to a time when the music was groundbreaking, the rock clubs were king,
and bar bands ruled the world.

***Not recommended for anyone under the age of 18, and/or any readers who are slut-shamers, guido sympathizers, beach haters or anti-music. Other people who should walk away from this book immediately: Readers who have sticks up their butts about offensive language, those who don’t like detailed sex scenes in their stories, idiots who think “Jersey Shore” has anything to do with actual New Jerseyans, and anyone who can’t appreciate the mother-effing nineties.***

READ WHEN YOU’RE IN THE MOOD FOR:
Light, sexy, funny, romantic, and nostalgic.

3.5- 4 stars.
ARC RECEIVED VIA PUBLISHER ON NETGALLEY IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.

This is the perfect day at the beach read. It takes place during the mid 90’s in New Jersey during the summer. We have Livia who loves rock stars and loves to pretty much bang them once and move on. Until she meets Jack. He’s in a local band that are in the process of making a name for themselves. She meets him at one of his gigs. They really hit it off. Jack is trying to show her he doesn’t want to be just a fling for her. He proposes they have 10 dates before they even think about sleeping together. Livia hates that idea and pretty much ignores him for a while after that but Jack doesn’t give up. He finally wears her down and they start dating. Music is very much a part of this book and there is even a playlist via a spotify link the author has provided the reader to listen to as you read.

I enjoyed this book. I liked Jack a lot. He was goofy, laidback and only had eyes for Livia. I had trouble connecting to Livia at times. Jack was in the process of making it fairly big in the music business and she just assumed he would ask her to go on tour with them. I didn’t understand that. She was willing to leave everything behind at home for a guy she had only been with a short time. And with all her trust issues she had with guys, I didn’t think it went with her character.

There is a huge misunderstanding towards the end that made me stabby. Anyone that knows me, knows I can’t stand miscommunication in my books. It’s just my personal preference. I know not all couples have great communication but this one could have saved lots of time with a simple conversation.

I liked the musical aspect in this book. I listened to the playlist while reading and I must say, I had forgotten a ton of great songs from the 90’s. This has a great summer vibe to it. I thought it was perfect as it’s currently warming up where I live and made me feel like I was on the beach with the characters.

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