Hi all my Bookworms!
My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.
How are you all?
At the moment I seem to be reading A LOT of romance. And this week’s book is no exception.
I’ve told you before that I am a mood reader and my mood seems to be beach read books at the moment even though I am NOT the type to sit and lounge at the beach and just read the day away. When I go on holiday I don’t stop from morning to night.
But I should probably tell you a bit about the book we are reviewing today.
Darling by Gabrielle G.
Publisher: Librairies et Archives Canada
Date published: 4th November 2019
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Dan Darling comes to Montreal to perform. It’s Anna’s birthday and her friends have treated her to tickets to the Darling’s Devils concert. When the pair meet in the bar before the concert sparks fly. Instalove (or rather instalust) and Dan proposes a one night stand with him. The last thing Anna needs is a one night stand with a rockstar … on a birthday. She declines but accepts a photo with him and his phone number. A lot of texting and another concert later sees them in bed together but Dan has to leave for the tour in Europe.
I want to start by saying that I don’t love ‘instalove’ stories. It’s like love at first sight, but with a lot more lust thrown in there. If I had known that it would be an instalove story I may have steered away from it and I would have missed out. The instalove aspect is the main reason that it is four and not five stars.
From reading the blurb and from the beginning chapters of the book I wasn’t expecting anything much more than a simple romance. That old tried and tested formula that we all know and love. The predictable love story. Boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, one of them does something to mess up, they have some time apart and then try to win each other back. The story follows that structure up until the point that they split.
When Dan leave for Europe he promises fidelity. The Rockstar doesn’t have a stellar record with women and it doesn’t last long but in many way it isn’t his own fault. This couple, despite their days together still have a lot to learn about each other and themselves. I don’t want to give too much away but I promise you that you would never expect what happens next.
On my part there were a few shad tears and I felt not quite myself afterwards. If I’m honest it left me with a bit of a book-hangover and I struggled to read anything at all for a week or so. I was shocked with how the story turned out and it took me little while to process it.
I liked how the story ended, full of possibilities, but I didn’t like the epilogue. It felt weird to sum the book up like it did, especially since I know there is a second book. For me the epilogue wasn’t needed.
Overall it was a really good read. I read it in one sitting it is for the most part light and carefree and a great summer read. The heavier parts are perfect to be chased away by the summer sun.
I hope you read this book. Let me know if you do. I want to hear your opinions. Did you agree or disagree with what I wrote?
I can’t wait to see what Gabrielle does with the second book. I’ll get to reading it soon.
Until next time, happy reading!