Book Review: Perfect Timing by Laura Spinella

17165610Perfect Timing by Laura Spinella

Release Date: November 5th, 2013
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 384
Price: $15.00

“That’s what happens when you wear the triple crown of fame-talent, looks, and filthy rich. With this, you can add the fantasy element of wickedly untamed.”

Isabel Lang buried her past long ago, leaving behind the blissful and painful memories of Catswallow, Alabama for a sweet life in Providence working at a radio station. Her life has been set up wonderfully, a great boyfriend who wants her to succeed and a job that brings her joy. But everything changes when Isabel requires help from an unlikely source to keep her job and potentially her sanity.

Aiden Roycroft and Isabel Lang were best friends in the small town of Catswallow, Alabama during their childhoods and teen years. Aiden was the golden boy, handsome and musically gifted. All the boys wanted to be him, and all the girls wanted to be with him. He was trouble, but to Isabel, he was a best friend and someone she could trust.  They shared in the secrets that their families tried to keep in the past and reveled in the memories they had with one another. But when Aiden is accused of a vicious crime, the two flee to Las Vegas where Isabel’s future unravels and crumbles before her.

Seven years later, their friendship is just a long drifting memory. Isabel is content with her life with Nate Porter, a handsome and perfect doctor who plans on giving her the ideal life she has longed for and working hard on running a radio station. Plans change and life becomes jumbled when the new station management demands more ratings putting everyone’s jobs in jeopardy. Everything seems hopeless until Isabel decides to call on a lifeline from the past and contact the only rock star she has ever known.

I love Spinella’s way of weaving the past and the present. Her characters are always so wonderful and quirky; they jump off the page. There were some uncomfortable moments in the story and it may *TRIGGER WARNING* some things for people, so be careful. I feel like Spinella’s love stories are honest in the fact that things are messy. Life is chaotic, and everything doesn’t work out the way you planned, but eventually good things happen. I know that consistently having a happy ending bothers some people, but honestly, I feel like it gives me hope for my own life. I loved this book, and I will be looking for more of Spinella’s writing.

Book Review: Beautiful Disaster by Laura Spinella

8701074Beautiful Disaster by Laura Spinella

Release Date: November 23, 2010
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages: 370
Price: $15.00

“I have more faith in you than you do. You see a single disaster when you look into that mirror. I see the whole beautiful man.”

Mia Well’s career is about to take off. Her eco-friendly office building designs are about to become a long awaited reality when a shocking piece of Mia’s past comes hurtling into her present. The man who was always in Mia’s dreams, the one who never disappeared from her mind, has suddenly resurfaced. With his arrival come memories and emotions that Mia has kept at bay for twelve years.

Mia was a college student in Athens, Georgia studying interior design when Flynn asked to buy her a beer. His mysterious background leaves a lot to be desired, half a name, and no ties to anything or anyone, except for Mia. His edgy and mysterious exterior calls to Mia and her love for a man as enigmatic as Flynn grows with each passing day. When she learns his secrets, Mia remains faithful, holding onto the mystery until he resurfaces.

After all those years of questions Flynn is back in Mia’s life and unconscious in a hospital bed after a nasty accident left him almost dead. Mia remains by his side at the hospital, afraid that she will never get to say goodbye and afraid that a twelve year old mystery will never be solved. Ever since he left, Mia had an empty place in her heart that not even her husband could fill. Mia’s what-ifs build and build until the answers are revealed and a twelve year old ache is diminished.

This book did a lot of things to me. I was in an emotional place and it brought up a lot my own fears. With that being said, it was a really terrific book. There was romance and passion and a sizzle between Flynn and Mia that made me rather jealous. I wanted to know about Flynn’s past and when it was revealed, everything made sense. It killed me how things disintegrated between Mia and Flynn, but she held strong for twelve years—their love was that strong. It’s one of those things that I hope for my own future. And sure, it could have ended differently because life is always uncertain, but I’m glad it ended the way it did. Definitely looking for her other books.