Book Review – A Rock ’N’ Roll Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson
Title: A Rock ’N’ Roll Lovestyle
Author: Kiltie Jackson
Publisher: WickedKilt Publishing
Publication Date: 23rd September 2017
Genre: Contempory Romance / Chick Lit
So who exactly is Sukie McClaren?
A Christmas-loving Cat lover? A Sound of Music Fanatic? A Fiercely Independent Woman?
She is all of the above. And when she is sent to Salzburg for a business trip a few weeks before Christmas, she thinks all her dreams have come true. As she packs her suitcase, the only things on her mind are Christmas markets, lots of snow and finally seeing the Doh-Ray-Me steps. Becoming the new best friend of the world’s hottest rock-star doesn’t even get a look in.
Pete Wallace is a reclusive, reluctant, rock-star and the world’s Number One, best-selling, male solo artist. It’s been three years since his last tour and he’s now preparing to go back on the road again. A week in Salzburg, schmoozing with the music press, is one of his worst nightmares.
He can’t wait for it to be over.
When Pete and Sukie meet, it is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Lonely for too long, he begins to remember how it feels to be happy and, for the first time in six years, Christmas feels special again.
Eduardo di Santo however, whose kid sister suffered life-changing injuries at a Pete Wallace concert, is all set on getting revenge. When Pete’s new tour is announced, he begins to make his plans. Plans that will culminate in Pete’s demise.
Will Pete and Sukie’s new friendship die before it has a chance to flourish?
It was a pleasure to be asked to participate in the blog tour for Kiltie Jacksons debut novel.
I first met Kiltie via my Facebook group, The Fiction Cafe Book Club. The timing for my slot was perfect, being the day after Kiltie had her Author Live Chat within the group.
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of A Rock ’N’ Roll Lovestyle for review from Kiltie. With her debut being a contemporary romance, I was unsure if I could do her book justice, with it not being a genre I would not normally choose. Having now read it, I am delighted she asked me. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have had the pleasure to read her well planned novel, with the perfectly executed portrayal, of the characters Susie and Pete.
The story follows Sukie McClaren, a thirty-six year old, independent business woman. Having grown up listening to her best friends undying love of her rock star crush, she embarks on a business trip to Saltzburg that sees her haphazardly becoming, his best friend. Sight seeing the local tourist attractions from her favourite film, The Sound of Music, Susie extends her trip to take in the sights and shop in the local Christmas markets. The story continues, to show their unique friendship and Pete gradually falling in love with Suzie, but, the question is, does she feel the same?
The thing that struck me from the beginning, was how Kiltie manages to pull you in to the world of Sukie, making you feel so much warmth toward her. The characters are so well described, that you feel pulled into the story with them. With their very different personalities, Sukie, with her strong mind and feisty personality, and Pete, who is a misunderstood star with a wrongly assumed reputation, who just wants to be taken seriously for the talented musician that he is. They are not the likely of matches.
The theme of the book certainly made for a very seasonal story. I would strongly advise everyone to read this fabulous debut novel. Kiltie’s love for The Sound of Music and Salzburg certainly shines through in A Rock ’N’ Roll Lovestyle. A wonderful tale, full of friendship, love and a touch of disaster that makes me hope for a sequel. Just so I can transport myself, back into the scenes of their lives and learn more of the characters stories.
About the Author, Kiltie Jackson
Kiltie grew up in Scotland, Glasgow to be precise. A very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life. When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.
She currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one husband. The cats kindly allow her and her husband to share their house on the condition they keeps paying the mortgage!
Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers!
She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym!
Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living.
Kiltie first began writing ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ over ten years ago. The project was shelved on Chapter Seventeen as she felt the story wasn’t flowing as she would like it to.
In her own words “The images in my head would not come out of my fingers!” Fast forward to November 2016 when, having finished reading Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow, she read more about the author and was inspired with how Christie herself came to be a best-selling author.
In that thunderbolt moment, Kiltie knew – with a deep certainty- that she needed to reacquaint herself with ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ and begin writing again. She did this in January 2017 and found the words flowed faster than she could type them. Finally, the time was right for her to write her novel.
Her determination to finish what she had started all those years ago was absolute and the first draft was completed on Sunday 16th April 2017.
Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing. She has begun typing up her second book, ‘Of All the Unlikely Places’, and book three (not yet titled) has been worked out and is waiting in the wings for its turn in the spotlight.
She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming.
She now lives her life around the following three quotes:
“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”
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