I received this book for free from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by RC Boldt Publishing LLC on October 29, 2019
Cover Design: Cover Me Darling
Cover Photographer: Rafa G Catala
Format: Digital, Paperback
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Source: Social Butterfly PR
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Too Good at Goodbyes, an all new standalone from RC Boldt takes us inside the life of Simone King, the "Ice Princess of Pop" and her new bodyguard, Kane Windham, who may be the only person to have the power to melt the ice around her heart.
First Top 40 hit at age seventeen? My first tabloid breakup scandal quickly followed.
Earned my first Grammy? Discovered Mommy Dearest was embezzling my money.
Landed a leading role in a movie? My fiancé called off our engagement the next day.
I might have a multi-million-dollar recording contract, a sold-out world tour, and more money in the bank than I ever imagined, but every time I hit a milestone in my career, my personal life suffers.
Then in steps my new bodyguard, rugged and with a past I connect with. The closer we get, the more powerful my feelings grow, complicating our professional relationship.
I thought Kane would be different. I hoped he’d be the one man to stand by my side, undaunted by the fame and attention that trails me.
The press calls me the “Ice Princess of Pop” because of my unyielding façade throughout heartbreak and betrayal. Perhaps it’s time to show them the real me.
With every syllable, I pour out my emotions and allow them to puddle, forming lyrics from my soul’s breath. And with each word, my broken heart cries out for Kane, begging him to help me break this pattern.
To help me stop being so damn good at goodbyes.
Adult, Contemporary Romance
First Person, dual-POV
This is a standalone book with HEA.
I’m reminded of something all too easily forgotten. That there are others who can relate to lyrics written from my soul’s breath.
Because in heartache, we’re never truly alone.
Cover: art 4.5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. This is a great cover and we can see it was made for this book. The couple looks a lot like how Simone and Kane are described on the book. I love the background of lights like of a stage and the little music notes as adding surrounding the title. The font and colors were also used well. I would buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!!!
Freshness: 4.5/5 The author was very smart here. She was able to write a contemporary romance of a singer and be different than all of the other books out there. The way Ms. Boldt wrote the book with text messages and magazines news in between chapters gave a unique feel to the story. As fresh as ice cream in a summer day!!!
Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 3.5/5, dialogue 4/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 3.5/5, opening 3/5, pace 3.5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 3/5, twists 3/5 Very slow opening for an amazing ending. Believable plot, with good dialogues and great setting . Slow paced with not many twists and subplots. The idea of the conflict was good, but I’m unsure about how it was explored. Ok level of enjoyment!
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 4/5, steam 4/5 This is a good love story. The couple’s chemistry was undeniable and the smut was really hot. I think their relationship grew accordingly from work related, to secret fling, to show their friends until it was open to the world. Passionate love!!!
Writing Style: 3.5/5 I’ve read several books from Ms. Boldt and I’ve loved them all. This was my least favorite, and that is ok. The author wrote complex characters, a plot that felt fresh and a great romance with hot smut. Good writing!!!
Addictiveness: 3.5/5 This wasn’t an easy read for me. I didn’t like the pace. It took a while for me to get into the story. From 40% on it became much better and I’ve truly enjoyed the last 20% of the book. As addictive as grilled cheese!!!
Character: hero 3.5/5, heroine 3.5/5, secondary characters 4/5, growth 4/5, real 5/5 Complex characters that were a bit too convoluted and it was difficult to connect with.
Kane was an ok hero. I don’t really know what made it so hard for me to connect with him. The reality was that he wasn’t the most interesting male of the book, I can think of a few secondary characters that I liked better than him. Kane was brokenhearted from a relationship that was hard to understand. I never really understood his feelings toward both women. He seemed all in, but then he wasn’t it.
Simone had everything to be a wonderful character. The author really was spot on the loneliness and difficulties that a huge star goes through with the press all over them. But the fact that her story was too similar to Taylor Swift gave me pause. Even a major fact of the book was almost exactly like a Taylor Swift’s major press/career moment. I still don’t know how I really feel about all the Taylor Swift similarities. I really respect Taylor and really liked Simone, I just don’t know what to think of them being so alike.
You know, the secondary characters were my favorites. I’ve loved Kane’s friends and I was completely in love with Matthias. I also liked Jed and David.
Villains.. antagonists… that is not real villain or antagonist in this story, I guess Simone’s insecurities was the biggest antagonist and Kane’s uncertainties the real villain of the book.
The characters were hard to love, connect and understand!!!
I have read several books from the author and I’ve loved them all. This was the first one that I have ended really uncertain about it.
I really enjoyed the last 30% of the story, but problem lies in the first 70%.
27/35 STARS – 3.5 STARS (between 24.5 stars and 27.5 stars)
I also don’t know what to think about who was suppose to be my favorite character, Simone, have a trajectory that felt too similar with Taylor Swift.
Addictiveness: 3.5 Character: 3 Cover: 4.5 Freshness: 4.5 Plot: 3.5 Romance: 4.5 Writing Style: 3.5
Action 1/5 Angst 3/5 Darkness 0/5 Humor 3/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 0/5
Would I recommend? I don’t know, the fact that I don’t like it doesn’t mean that others won’t like. I guess for those that enjoy pop singer contemporary romance.
Would I re-read this book/series? No.
Would I read more from the author? Yes, I really like the author and one book that I didn’t enjoy that much doesn’t mean anything.
The Super Bowl Halftime Performance
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
Facing what’s estimated to be over sixty-seven thousand people with my favorite guitar strapped snug against me, I prepare to sing my final song.
Standing up here in front of thousands of fans is second nature. I performed in countless dive bars before breaking onto the scene and securing my first record deal, then moving on to sold-out world tours. Which means I shouldn’t have sweaty palms like a preteen working up the nerve to talk to her crush.
My heart shouldn’t be racing like a horse competing in the Kentucky Derby.
My stomach shouldn’t churn as though I’ve eaten ceviche from a questionable food truck.
Tremors shouldn’t affect my hands like a virgin embarking on their deflowering.
None of this should be afflicting me. But it is.
Because of him.
Because of the current state of my heart.
But this is how I deal with heartache. With tragedy. With…life.
“This is a little different, and I hope you like it,” I rasp into the mic. Noise from the cheering fans is deafening, and like every time I perform, the surreal quality never quite fades.
Tonight marks the first time I’ll share a song I wrote about someone who eviscerated my heart entirely. My other relationships—and subsequent failures—pale in comparison.
It’s no secret that love and broken hearts inspire great songwriting. With regard to the latter, it’s never hard to find someone mourning an unrequited love, suffering heartache, or wishing they’d find their own glorified everlasting love.
But have you noticed when male musicians write about it, they’re never on the receiving end of the snide, sarcastic comments of, “Oh, poor thing. He’s rich and famous and can’t find love. Boo-freaking-hoo.”?
Yet when I write lyrics that are the closest thing to ripping out my heart and putting it on display for the world, I receive the “She’s probably selfish and put her career first” or “She probably cheated, and now she’s regretting it” or “Mm. So sad. The Ice Princess of Pop is heartbroken.”
My response? Fuck that noise. I’m writing from my heart and soul, regardless of how damaged they might be at any given time. And as long as my fans continue to support me, I’m going to keep on keepin’ on.
“I’d like to dedicate this song to a special person.” I duck my chin, willing myself to maintain composure. “It’s called ‘Embers.’”
Once I strum the first note on my guitar, everything around me fades. My voice emerges from the shards scattered within my chest where my working heart once was.
When I play that final chord, I see tears streaming down the faces of the fans in the front rows. And yet again, I’m reminded of something all too easily forgotten. That there are others who can relate to lyrics written from my soul’s breath.
Because in heartache, we’re never truly alone.