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Coming soon…New Adult Read-a-thon

NAReadathon1Before we get caught up in our Blog Birthday celebrations, Pruedence and Caroline wanted to remind you that they will be participating in the week long the New Adult Read-a-thon. Running from the 22nd until the 28th of July, it is a fantastic excuse to indulge their New Adult addiction for an entire week.

Caroline’s Read-a-thon Aims
My personal aims for the week are:
To participate in my first read-a-thon
To Make a (however small) dent in my New Adult TBR pile by reading least 3 books
To discover 3 new authors
Visit at least 3 other blogs participating in the read-a-thon
Participate in at least one of the other read-a-thon challenge and one twitter chat

Caroline’s TBR Shelf
As I’ve stated above my aim is to read at least three New Adult Titles during the week. However, rather than decide exactly what I’m going to read in advance, I have created a short list of titles from which I will pick and chose depending on my mood.
Click on the book title to learn more.

Breathe by Abbi Glines
For me this will be a kind of re-read. The original YA (clean) version of Breathe was the first Abbi Glines book I read. Despite being very different in content from the remainder of Abbi’s work, this uncomplicated and sweet page turner had me hooked. Abbi has been a must buy for me ever since.
I don’t know what I’m more excited about reading; the steamy scenes for which Abbi has become renowned or, Jax’s point of view of the romance.

Faking It by Cora Cormack
I absolutely loved Cora’s debut novel, Losing It. It was a light-hearted, palate cleansing read and just what I needed after indulging a few two many angst riddled new adult romances. I was lucky enough to pick up a signed copy of Faking It, the companion novel (along with two of the challenge prizes), at a recent event. During the event Cora read an except of Faking it. In addition to me laughing out loud, I found myself immediately liking and rooting for the main characters.

Uncharted by Tracey Garvis
Uncharted is the companion novella to Tracy Garvis’ On the Island. I adored the unconventional relationship between TJ and Anna. Not to mention the fantastically exotic setting and the page turning fight for survival.
I’m looking forward to popping back in to TJ and Anna’s lives and finally unravelling the mystery behind “Bones”.

Rock My World by Michelle Valentine
The first two books in the Black Falcon series were seriously steamy. Rock My World focuses on the relationship between, previously secondary characters, Aubrey and, bad-boy lead guitarist, Riff.

Killing Sarai by J. A. Redmerski
J. A. Redmerski cemented her place on my automatic preorder list with The Edge Of Never, one of my favourite New Adult reads. While Killing Sarai looks like a very different book, I am excited to see where J. A’s writing goes next.

One week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy
This is a recent addition to my TBR pile. I downloaded this after discovering the book via NA Alley’s Crush Tourney (Learn more about it here).

Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines
I wasn’t sure what to think about Wood’s when I first met him in Fallen Too Far. However, by the end of Never Too Far he had earned his place among my book crushes. I am excited for Wood’s to finally meet his love and I am intrigued to read the book Abbi has declared as very different from her previous works.

Preudence’s Personal aims for the read-a-thon and TBR Shelf

Like Caroline I aim to successfully participate in my first ever readathlon
and very similarly I am going to try and keep my book-feet on earth and not set unrealistic expectations of reading 10 NAs :p So I too will aim for at least 3
To read a book that I have recommended myself in one of my TPT features but not yet read
To read a book recommended by our fearless book-leader and very good friend Caz
And last but not least I aim to be extraordinarily cheeky and read one of the NA books off of Caz’s list so we can book gossip even more (not like we already don’t)!!!

Faking It by Cora Cormack
Losing It was something me and Caz stumbled across together. And both promptly fell in love with. So when the sequel came out and then this readathlon was due…. well it seemed like the perfect time to catch up!

In The Band by Jean Hausand Fitzwilliam Darcy:Rock Star by Heather Lynn Rigaud.
These two have been recommendations of mine in my TPT feature, which is where Caz picked them up and decided to harp on and on about them so….. I figured it was high time I actually cracked on!

Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase and No Attachments by Tiffany King.
These two on the other hand I must give credit of discovery to Caz. They both sound great, sweet and fun. I can’t wait to start turning my digital pages!

HDU by India Lee
Well I just had to have a movie star related NA in my TBR list somewhere! And HDU sounded like just the perfect one!

Impossible by Komal Kant
A popular girl, a low profile boy and a social pickle of a situation…. Sounds like a great NA recipe to me!

Breathe by Abbi Glines
Breathe isn’t how I met Abbi Glines’s awesome writing style, but it is one of my all time favourites of hers. So when an NA version got published I just had to get my hands on it!

photo-34Hosting the Create Your Own Cover mini challenge.
In addition to spotlighting many of the fantastic New Adult titles available, the read-a-thon will include fifteen mini challenges, complete with prizes.
On Saturday the 27th of July we will be hosting the Create Your Own Cover Mini Challenge.
We will being inviting INTERNATIONAL participants to Re-imagine, Redesign or Recreate their favourite New Adult covers for the chance to win Three signed New Adult books.
To take part in our mini challenge simply:
1. Sign up for the New Adult Read-A-Thon (here).
2. Re-create, Reimagine or redesign a New Adult cover of your choice. Using your chosen medium ie, graphics packages, photography, arts and crafts.
3. Post a picture of your artwork on to your Blog/ Twitter/ Facebook page etc, making a note of the URL
4. On Saturday the 27th of July complete the Big Book Little Book’s NA Mini Challenge rafflecopter form ensuring you provide both the links for your read-a-thon sign up post/status and posted artwork.
5. Like/Follow/Tweet the challenge for extra entries.

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Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star

Heather Lynn Rigaud

fitzwilliam Darcy“Darcy’s as hot as he is talented…”
Fast music, powerful beats, and wild reputations-on and off stage-have made virtuoso guitarist Fitzwilliam Darcy’s band into rock’s newest bad boys. But they’ve lost their latest opening act, and their red-hot summer tour is on the fast track to disaster. Now Darcy and bandmates Charles Bingley and Richard Fitzwilliam are about to meet their match…
“But she’s about to rock his world…”
Enter Elizabeth Bennet, fiercely independent star of girl-band Long Borne Suffering. Elizabeth, her sister Jane, and friend Charlotte Lucas have talent to spare and jump at the opening band slot. Elizabeth is sure she’s seen the worst the music industry has to offer. But as the days and nights heat up, it becomes clear that everyone is in for a summer to remember,

If I had to write a list* titled “Caroline’s Perfect romantic read” it would probably look something like:
1) Pride and Prejudice (my favourite book, I re-read it about once a year and re watch the BBC/Firth adaptation just as frequently)
2) Tattooed bad boy musician
3) Feisty independent heroine
4) Contemporary New Adult (and all the steaminess the genre allows *winks*).

So imagine my delight when I came across the blurb for Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star, in the bargain book feature Two Pound Tuesday created by fellow UK bloggers Kerrie (read her blog here) and Prudence (click here to view her blog) .

In the authors note, Heather Lynn Rigaud, shares that she first wrote Fitzwilliam Darcy, not with the purpose of publication, but as an Austin fan loving recreating a beloved book, just for fun. It is this sense of fun, which informs the tone of the book and my experience of reading it.

Everything from the girl’s band name, Long Borne Suffering, to a tongue-in-cheek nod to the 1995 BBC adaptation (*pictures a swimming Darcy*) had me grinning like an idiot.

As a P&P fan I loved comparing the characters and situations Rigaud created , to my memory of the original text, however knowledge of the original love story is not necessary to enjoy, Rigaud’s steamy romance.

If you are looking for “adult content”, then you won’t be disappointed with Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star. While very much the “vanilla” variety of sexual content, when it comes to our protagonists indulging the physical side of their relationships, Rigaud certainly doesn’t lack imagination. Those Slurry boys certainly work hard to maintain their rock star reputations.

Aside from the obvious contemporary setting and steamy additions, the most obvious differences between this and the original, which was told predominately from Elizabeth’s perspective, is the inclusion of multiple points of view, allowing us a greater insight, in to Darcy’s behavior and the other developing relationships. This resulted in the expanded role of Charlotte Lucas and Richard Fitzwilliam. While their essential characteristics remain intact, I really enjoyed getting to know these characters in greater depth, and I loved the original storylines Rigaud created for them.

All of the major players from the original book were imaginatively brought to life in the contemporary setting. I would have never considered casting Darcy as a brooding rock star, but now that I’ve experienced him portrayed as such the choice appears obvious. Mr Collins was cast perfectly as a slimy, brown nosed record executive pandering to MD Lady Catherine de Bourgh

My only criticism of the book is that towards the end of the book Darcy becomes very attached to the endearment “Love” and the pattern of his voice suddenly felt very proper. After “hearing” his voice in an American accent for the majority of the book, I suddenly started imagining (Colin Firth) a very British one.

Verdict: Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star was a fun and sexy tribute to my favourite book.

Reviewed by Caroline
*I’m not sure in which circumstances I would be required to write such a list, but given that making and crossing off of list is one of my nerdy little pleasures I don’t think it would require much arm twisting.

Publisher: Sourcebook Landmark
Publication Date: September 2011
Format: eBook
Pages: 432
Genre: Contemporary romance, Retelling
Age: New Adult
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: None
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