On tour with Prism Book Tours…
Welcome to my stop for
The Rock Star Tour
for What Goes on Tour by Claire Boston
What goes on tour, stays on tour … or does it?
Few people know that socially awkward Adrian Hart is actually rock god Kent Downer, and that’s the way Adrian likes it. His privacy is essential, especially now that he has guardianship of his orphaned, ten-year-old niece, Kate. But when the nanny quits in the middle of his tour Adrian finds himself in a bind.
Until Libby Myles walks into his life.
Libby has only ever wanted to become a full-time author and prove to her parents that she can make it on her own. On the surface, the temporary job as the nanny for Kent Downer’s niece looks perfect—the pay is fabulous, the hours are short and Kate is a big fan—it’s the rock star that’s the issue.
Arrogant and way too attractive for anyone’s good, Kent Downer has enough swagger to power a small city. But when he’s out of costume he’s different—shy and uncertain. For Libby it’s a far harder combination to resist. She needs to find a balance between work, writing and ignoring her attraction to the rock star, because if she falls for him, it could mean the end of her dream.
But when a horrible scandal is unleashed—putting young Kate in danger—there’s more heat between Libby and Adrian than just sexual attraction. Libby must figure out if Adrian ever cared for her, or if it was all just part of the show …
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Claire Boston was a voracious reader as a child, devouring anything by Enid Blyton as well as series such as Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. Then one school holidays when she’d run out of books to read her mother handed her ‘Hot Ice’ by Nora Roberts and Claire instantly fell in love with romance novels.
The love of reading soon turned to a love of writing and she struggled to keep within the 1500 word limit set by her teachers for her creative writing assignments. When she finally decided to become serious about her stories she joined Romance Writers of Australia, found her wonderful critique group and hasn’t looked back.
When Claire’s not reading or writing she can be found in the garden attempting to grow vegetables, or racing around a vintage motocross track. If she can convince anyone to play with her, she also enjoys cards and board games.
Claire lives in Western Australia, just south of Perth with her husband, who loves even her most annoying quirks, and her two grubby, but adorable Australian bulldogs.
Tara’s Review of What Goes on Tour:
I have to admit, I typically don’t choose romance novels when selecting a book to read for pleasure. The last romance novel I read was one of Nicholas Sparks’ novels, and it had the same problems the steered me away from my mom’s Harlequins (despite the potential for “naughty parts”) and into the arms of Stephen King at a young age: clichéd characters, convenient plot mechanisms, contrived endings.
That being said, the synopsis of this book intrigued me enough to put in a request to review it. A rock star who’s arrogant on stage but shy and unassuming offstage? A female writer who takes on a nanny position for the orphaned niece of said rock star? A scandal that threatens the relationship blossoming between the writer/nanny and the awkward rock god and makes her wonder if he ever actually cared? Could be interesting! And I felt that I’m well-read enough that I could review it on a “romance novel” scale rather than a “general novel” scale. I mean, I love horror novels, but I wouldn’t complain that a book “wasn’t scary enough” unless it was in that genre; I wouldn’t rate a romance novel poorly because the central plot device was a love affair. And – another admission – I’ve always had just a little bit of a thing for singers and/or guitar players. My first serious crush back when I was a teenager was on the guitar-playing singer who sat next to me in band, so I blame it on him.
As it turns out, though, I really liked this book. In general, rather than as a genre-specific novel. In fact, I read it in less than 24 hours, because I just couldn’t put it down for long. The female protagonist, Libby, is a writer, which was the first thing that caught my attention. Libby has had several children’s books published, but the author of this novel is familiar with the writing world, and knows that several books and a publishing contract do not a wealthy person make. In fact, Libby is at the end of her finances – she works temp jobs to pay the bills while she works to establish herself as an author, but her car has died, her rental lease is up and she needs to find someplace else to live, and she’s between jobs. Then she meets rock star Kent Downer.
Kent is arrogant, aloof, haughty, cocky – a stereotypical rock star. But then something happens that reveals one of his weaknesses to Libby. And then she meets the man behind the façade, Adrian, and his ten-year-old niece Kate, she’s shocked at the difference. Adrian is the exact opposite of Kent – shy, quiet, socially awkward. But she’s not sure which persona is the “real” man.
Adrian’s niece, Kate, is an adorable character whom I fell in love with. Smart, precocious, and devoted to her uncle, she’s the reason Libby decides to take a temporary position as her nanny, despite Libby’s uncomfortable attraction to Adrian.
This novel was well-written – the plot was interesting and entertaining; the characters were by and large believable (with a couple of minor exceptions involving secondary characters – or maybe I’m just cynical about how most people would respond to being proven wrong). I kept turning the pages even when I should have gone to bed, because bedtime came around just as I was reaching the part where the scandal subplot was unfolding, and I had to keep reading to find out what would happen next. This being the author’s debut novel, I’m doubly impressed with it, and can’t wait to read her next book!
Even if you’re not a romance fan, the memorable characters will likely draw you in, and the fast-paced storyline will keep you flipping the pages right up until the very last one. (And then if you’re like me, you’ll wish this was a series so you could follow the characters into the next stage of their lives!)
Interview with author Claire Boston:
What inspired you to write What Goes on Tour?
I loved the idea of writing about a rock star. Who hasn’t had a crush on a rock star during some stage of their lives? I know I’ve had countless. But I wanted my rock star to be a little different, not to be a party-hard, groupie-loving, entourage type person who is high on his success. So when Marilyn Manson inspired the idea of Adrian and his alter-ego Kent, it was a perfect fit.
If you were to adapt this book for the big screen, who would be in your dream cast?
I’ve been asked this question a few times and every time I come up with a different answer! There are so many talented actors and actresses out there. For Adrian I’d probably go with Benedict Cumberbatch; for Libby, Rose Byrne; and for Kate, Annie Rose Buckley.
Do you agree with the adage “Write what you know”?
I think it’s easier to write about places you’ve been to and experiences you’ve had and make it sound authentic. When I write contemporary novels I find it more comfortable to set my stories in Australia which is where I’m from. However I also write fantasy and create whole new worlds so that’s when the “write what you know?” gets pushed out the window.
Do you write with an outline, or do you just “wing it”? Do you write from beginning-to-end, or do you skip around?
I generally wing it. I know what happens in the beginning and have a vague idea of the end and then I just need to come up with the middle. Most of the time I write beginning-to-end but occasionally a scene will come to me and I’ll write it down before I lose it. That doesn’t happen very often though.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading ‘How to Get Over Your Ex’ by Nikki Logan.
Who’s your favorite author (or authors, if you can’t pick just one – I know I can’t!), and why do you admire him/her/them?
Nora Roberts has been my must-buy since I was 11. I adore her stories and her characters. I love it when she does series because I get to spend a bit more time with the characters I love.
Which five characters from novels would you like to have dinner with?
That’s a really hard question. I’ve never thought about it before. Let me think. I’ve just finished reading The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and I’d like to meet the hero, Don Tillman. Then I’d invite Jon Snow from George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, Belgarath from David Eddings’ Belgariad Series, Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery and Carrick from The Irish Trilogy by Nora Roberts.
What was your favorite book as a child?
The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
What three books would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
A big, thick, blank notebook so I can write down my stories and ideas, Bear Grylls ‘Living Wild’ which is a survival guide and the latest Nora Roberts.
What’s an unusual quirk that you have or something unique/interesting about you?
I’ve recently started racing vintage motocross and I’m a passenger on a vintage motocross sidecar. That’s me hanging out the side in the photo and my husband is the rider.
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