Author: Lauren Sattersby
Cover Artist: L. C. Chase
Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/17/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
I’m Tyler Lindsey, and until recently, I had an okay apartment, an okay girlfriend, and an okay job as a bellboy at a respectable Boston hotel. Then rock star Chris Raiden died right before I brought his room service—stiffing me on the tip, by the way—and my life went to hell. My fifteen minutes of fame was more like five seconds, and my girlfriend left me in disgust.
But even worse—Chris is haunting me. Not the room where he died, like a normal ghost. No, somehow he’s stuck to me and is insisting on taking care of a bunch of unfinished business in California. So now I have to traipse across the country with the world’s most narcissistic ghost.
But . . . I keep having these weird thoughts. Thoughts about how much I like the way he makes me laugh. Thoughts where I kind of want to kiss the emo-narcissist, even though he’s a ghost and an asshole and I can’t touch him anyway. And even if I could, what will happen when he finishes his business and nothing’s keeping him here anymore?
Rock-N-Soul by Lauren Sattersby is a beautiful debut novel. It’s long at over 115,000 words, but it didn’t feel long, each chapter flowing smoothly onwards, the story moving towards its inevitable conclusion. Throughout it I laughed, smiled and I cried. I went through so many emotions reading this amazing and wonderful story that it took me a few days to compile this review. I found it was quite thought provoking and it left me pondering what ifs and maybes for a while afterwards.
I loved Chris and Tyler so much. The relationship had a very bromance style to it, certainly at the beginning. Chris isn’t corporeal, so it’s all they have for a long time, their friendship building as they spend time together, getting to know one another, Chris mainlining Supernatural and bad TV and Tyler just trying to get his head around seeing Chris and what they were going to do. The book was full of emotions, sorrow and despondency mixed with bouts of happiness. I felt such sadness for both Tyler and Chris, Tyler for falling in love with a dead man and Chris for dying so young and in such a stupid way. I loved all the banter between them, especially once they realized they were both falling for each other and neither wanted to actually voice it, and the desperation seeping in as they got closer to the end of their journey with Chris’s unfinished business, his need to say goodbye to certain people.
Given the nature of saying goodbye to people you will never ever see again Chris’s goodbyes didn’t come across as maudlin or depressing, they were honest and truthful. How many of us would give anything for one more conversation with a passed love one. I certainly would. The only time I did get tears in my eyes was during Chris and Tyler’s goodbye, that did affect me a lot, but the warning on Riptide said Happily Ever After so I trusted in that and carried on reading. I just couldn’t figure out how they could have a happy ending, and while I’m not touching the ending in this review it is safe for readers who don’t like Bittersweet Dreams, although at certain points of the story it certainly didn’t feel like that.
The secondary characters were also well written. There was Eric, Chris’s friend and band member, whose grief was tangible and raw. Alison, Chris’s sister, left alone to deal with their mother, hating her brother for the way he lived his life. And Tyler’s cousin Chad, force feed psychotic drugs for most of his life because he too can see ghosts but everyone thinks he’s crazy. What if that was true? The truth is we just don’t know and my mind is open to believe. Maybe that’s why I loved Rock-N-Soul so much; it’s as good as you want it to be depending on your own beliefs, for me it’s a beautiful story of second chances and of laying a past to rest. Highly Recommended
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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