Title : Perfect Imperfections
Author : Cardeno C
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 210 pages (e-book)
Published : May 5 , 2014
Rating : ★★★★1/2
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.
When I am in the mood for a fun, entertaining romance one of my favorite authors to go to is Cardeno C. The characters are witty, vibrant, sweet and sexy. When I had the opportunity to review Perfect Imperfections, I was thrilled.
I read the description of the book and was a little skeptical of there being such a creature as a sheltered rock star, but “The Jeremy Jameson” has led a sheltered life. Growing up with famous parents, his entire life has been controlled by either his parents or managers or publicists. His music is what he truly loves, everything else is just the baggage that goes along with being one of the most popular musicians of his time. At thirty-one, Jeremy (the man, not the rock star) is tired of all the fame and fake friends, the running from the paparazzi and always having to be aware of everything he says or does. The man needs a break.
Escaping into a local bar, he hopes to find a few moments of peace, just a regular guy having a beer. When the bartender, Reggie Moore, strikes up a conversation with him, Jeremy is hesitant at first then decides the guy seems sincere and the conversation begins to flow easily between them. Jeremy thinks it’s great connecting with someone, especially when they treat you like an average guy, not a rock star. At the end of the night when Reg tells Jeremy he has to leave because the bar is closed, Jeremy’s less than pleasant rock star attitude comes through until he realizes that Reg isn’t brushing him off, but offering him a place to stay until he sobers up. When Jeremy finds out that Reg knows who he is but doesn’t make a big deal about it, he decides to take him up on the offer.
After talking a while longer and hearing about Reggie’s plans for travel and adventure, Jeremy comes up with a crazy idea, why not take Reggie on tour with him? He can hang out with someone he actually likes and wants to be there, that isn’t looking to be around him just for the publicity, and have fun! He can tell everyone that Reg is his boyfriend – well – pretend boyfriend. Crazy, right? Reggie tells Jeremy that if he makes the offer again when he is sober, it’s a deal. When Jeremy asks him again the next morning, Reggie says yes. Who could pass this up? Hang out with the handsome rock star, listen to awesome music, travel and, on their days off, get to do some of those adventures he has always wanted to do. Win-win.
I loved Reggie. He is an awesome character. He is calm, friendly, self-assured and easy going. He truly has no idea what the world that “The Jeremy Jameson” lives in is like. Jeremy’s manager, Bill, doesn’t believe for a minute that Jeremy and Reggie are in a relationship. He has been Jeremy’s manager for years, seen the people that he has dated and is himself gay, no way is “The Jeremy Jameson” gay. After a heated discussion with Jeremy, Bill decides he will work with it as long as Jeremy keeps to his schedule. Jeremy is a high maintenance guy, under pressure from all sides and has been alone in a sea of people for a long time. Spending time with Reg is just what he needs and Reg is perfect at handling Jeremy. After months on the road, Jeremy starts to question his feelings for Reg and Reg is hoping he figures it out soon, because he is more than ready to move beyond just friends.
I really enjoyed Perfect Imperfections. I almost thought Jeremy was too naive for a rock star, but he really did lead a sheltered and controlled life. The story is angst free, with very likeable characters. The camaraderie between Jeremy and Reg is immediate but their friendship really develops when they go on tour together. The more they are together, the more Jeremy looks to Reg for comfort and support and Reg is wonderful in that role. The friendship to romance is slow to develop but evolves at a nice pace, and once they make the decision to take it to a more intimate level – it is hot. Reggie IS the Bomb (you have to read the book to know why). I thought the way the author handles a character not realizing he is gay until age thirty-one is well done. The way Jeremy’s manager viewed Jeremy and his relationship with Reg was annoying at times but also felt realistic for the circumstances.
If you are looking for a light, sweet, romantic story this would be one I would recommend.
Rated 4.5 stars by Deb