THE ALBUM (Cruise Control, #1)

THE ALBUM                                        SIAN CEINWEN

Ariana isn't a fan of celebrities, but she is a fan of Cruise Control. The night she attends a charity event with her aunt and meets rock star, Gabriel Knight, sets in motion a rollercoaster ride that is out of her command.

Risking it all on the man who plucks at her heartstrings, and hiding her struggling self-esteem behind a wall of privacy, Ariana joins the group on tour as the lead singer’s new sweetheart. But when she’s suddenly thrust into the wild world of a rock star, the sour taste of the limelight could cut desire’s setlist short.

Will life in the fast lane ruin Ariana’s chance at true love?

The Album is the first book in the electric Cruise Control romance series. If you like sudden, steamy relationships, taking big risks, and the lives of the rich and famous, then you’ll adore Sian Ceinwen’s page-turning jam.
 

MY REVIEW:

Just out of college and full of sassy, pissy, and jaded when it comes to the rich and famous.  This is bad news for her since her uncle is a world-famous actor and the root of all this crassness.  You see he had a wandering eye causing his family to live with rag stories and paparazzi around every corner.

Leaving her favorite aunt and cousins in tears and embarrassment.  So, at nine she swore never to put herself ever in a position to ever live in a situation where she could be hurt like that.  Leaving her helpless on this night to tell her aunt who had a fundraiser to attend with such company in toe, no.

Since her uncle was on location and her children knew better than to ask that left her fair game.  Being that she stayed out of the limelight she could scoot by unnoticed for the gauntlet.  She could say no, not to mention her aunt bought a designer dress and shoes to go with it.  Horrible at that too!

As she thought “Yadda, yadda, all about me. All A-listers, movie stars, millionaires, and billionaires.  The only ones that perked her up were the group that came down off the stage after their performance, Cruise Control whom she had followed since their start.  Although her aunt and ladies group now had them surrounded.  The lead singer, Gabriel Knight, and guitarist, Sebastian Fox.  She knew because they were tight.

Her worst nightmare, her aunt calls her over for introductions.  She does, the meet and greets.  Sebastian says, “What a gorgeous piece of ass,”  he slurs. To which she is not happy.  Gabe retorts, “She certainly isn’t bad to look at.” Now, highly disappointed not only seeing and smelling how much alcohol that has taken in. Also, not to mention feeling that their music was so good then to see them this way is regrettable. Feeling disillusioned knowing now not ever well to meet a hero.

Going out to the gardens for air and to take off her heels she sees a pool. Lifting her dress, she sits and dips her feet.  Pondering what she’ll do with her business degree.  About a half-hour later a male sexy voice speaks behind her, yup Gabe’s.  Her life is about to change forever.

This is a whirlwind love story that you can just feel oozing off the page from both Ari and Gabe from the start.  You come to realize quickly that this is the band's first tour and something about Ari calms and soothes Gabe’s fear feeds his emotions and boosts his ego and confidence. I also believe he likes feeling the one needed and the one to protect Ari from paparazzi.
    
For Ari, she fell hard. She’s young, just out of college and unsure of employment, and a phobia of this guy she fell for being gone and not remembering her.  She tries to set him free at the very beginning so he can enjoy his tour with no strings attached, especially with her phobia.

But he can’t hear of it.  So, I have problems at times throughout the story where yes when she is having a meltdown, he helps her through it. Yet, at other times he guilts her, makes her jealous on purpose, and doesn’t sometimes allow her to talk things through but uses sex to not hear the bad things.

At the end at the concert when she resurfaces.  Then, he goes to her at work.  I really disliked him.  He is four years older than she is.  The way he shows up, he leads in as if missing her and wanting her back and then the blow her away.  To me he was being very passive-aggressive, as a way of spite for her a girl with an illness a real phobia for her, hurting him. So, this is a WTF ending, to me.

I liked that she triumphs her fears her final decisions, NOPE! He showed his true colors.  She left because of love and illness.  His spite and doing something behind someone’s back…

Because it did keep me interested, pissed for the indecisions, the funny parts, and even the darn WTF ending.  I give this: 4 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.
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