An engaging, vivid, and emotionally torrid journey – Larry Batts
The best stories don’t tell a story, they bring you into the story. When reading this book, there was never a moment that I didn’t feel as though I was actually in the scene and watching these characters come to grips with their various choices.
The center of this story is Rick and Shelby and as we follow them over the course of the novel, we find much to love and hate in each. We hope that they are meant to be together, but the beauty of the writing is that we are never sure what Ms. Parks has in store for them. We do however come to understand each of them, and those around them in dramatic layers that unfold throughout their journey to reconcile, re-invent and define themselves.
In the end this is a less a story about love and more a tale about connections, both the healthy and the dangerous, that help shape our lives. TFC Parks was able to lay out the complexity of these relationships on the page without overplaying the dramatic elements for effect.
Overall, I enjoyed following these characters and I found the writing smart, sensual but also very rhythmic. The mood of the writing stays with you long after you’ve finished the last page.
Very well done debut for Ms. Parks and I look forward to her next project.
A very quick and addictive read! – Lori Parker (Parajunkee review)
This book follows the life of Rick Rowland a rock star. He lives the rock star life to it’s fullest. Girls, drugs, booze and music. He thinks he’s got it made until one day, while in Greece for his sister’s wedding, he realizes he is lonely. The only true companion he’s had in years outside of his band is 15 year old Shelby. Shelby is a free spirit who finds a kindred spirit in Rick.
Rick is a very, very complicated character. He was abused horribly by his father from a young age. He became a teenage runaway, and then a rock star. I don’t think he ever really had anytime to discover who he was between each new chapter in his life. He meets Shelby and for the first time I think he finally sees that he needs and wants much more in his life than a good party. Shelby completely changes his life. The fact that she is only 15 and he is 24-25, complicates things a lot.
Complicated is exactly how he leaves Greece, and his relationship with Shelby. I realize that a lot of people could find that relationship a little, um, creepy? It was at first. For both myself and for Rick. He isn’t a saint, but he does show mountains of responsibility while dealing with Shelby. He truly does care for her. That shows in the writing and care that the author took with the relationship.
I’m going to be completely honest. This is a very, very hard review for me to write. I was way too emotionally involved in the story for so many reasons. I’ve had my own life fall apart at the hands of other people’s drug addictions. So seeing it played out for me in black and white took me back to some scary places. Needless to say this part of the book was….well it was hard to read. I’ve read books about drug abuse and it didn’t affect me. Not like this story did. That is a testament to the author’s writing. The fact that I couldn’t just breeze through it. It felt real. I felt like I was there watching Rick go through this.
The author gave these scenes justice. She didn’t overplay it and make Rick into a demon because of his, well, demons. But she didn’t sugar coat it and seem like it was “no big deal” either.
How Rick got to that point is almost a heart killing as it is watching him live through it.
The world that Rick, the band, and Shelby all live in is beautiful and real. The backdrop of Greece is perfect. I couldn’t think of a more beautiful place to fall in love. The author painted a very vivid physical and emotional picture. Her writing is definitely on point in this book. Rick and Shelby’s relationship have moments of physical passion, especially as they bump into each other through the years, but the real passion comes from their emotional relationship.
I just can’t say enough about how amazing this book is. It’s one of those books that you white knuckle through in one day and then feel completely empty and emotionally spent after reading. It’s not for a light reading day. It will be too hard to put down. You have to see Rick get happiness. It’s too hard to think that he might not get it. Even right now, my heart is pounding and hurting thinking about what this character went through. Did I cry? Oh yes, yes I did.
Powerful! – Heather Gunter (Into the Night Reviews)
Reading this book I felt so many different emotions! Tfc Parks has a way of setting a scene and making you think you are actually there in that moment with them living it. That to me is a true test of an Author. If you can take me there and to that time you completely have me!
The complexity of Rick and Shelby was off the charts! This is not your normal love story, it was better! Tfc keeps us guessing and never once did I guess right. It was everything and more I thought it would be. Romance and Rock’n roll what more could you ever need in a great book? This book needs allot more recognition than it is getting and I plan on pushing it to the hilt! More Tfc Parks!!
Simply Amazing – Priest Brumley
I don’t know where to start with this. I thought about writing a critique piece, but shortly realized that I had no critiques to give. I think, if I may, that I’m just going to hip-shot this one. Here we go.
It’s extremely rare that I come across a book that engrosses me as completely Rhythm In Blue did. I don’t know why. I couldn’t explain it to save my life. It may be the relatable characters; being a former musician myself, I knew these men the moment they opened their mouths. I knew Shelby, precocious and wise beyond her years. I knew them all. I knew the setting, though I’ve never been to Greece, but the scenery jumped in my head without a second thought. I just, well, knew it.
The twists and turns in Rick’s life are believable, well-thought-out, and surprising. The tragic turbulence of his times are presented in a way that leaves you constantly wanting more. And then more. And then a bit more for afters. And then, you realize with a dawning awareness, that it’s over. It’s THAT good. You devour the whole of the story, anxious for more, until you reach the end, waiting for the next page that isn’t there.
To Ms. Parks, I say this: Thank you for this story, and I await your further writings with a near Rowling-esque fervor, ma’am.