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Ryla lives in a high-rise apartment in Seattle, just steps from Pike Place Market. She spends her mornings wandering the Market for new treasures and the afternoons writing on her terrace. In the winter, she writes in the office and is constantly inspired by the view. Ryla is the mother of two teenagers and a first-grader, and has been married to the same man for more than 20 years. Three cats graciously allow the St. John family to reside with them.
on May 31, 2011 :
I thought it was a fantastic read.
Azure is an orphan girl growing up with her grandmother, Bridgid, and her housekeeper, Ruth.
Bridgid always told Azure she was an illegitimate child of her mother and never failed to make her feel unwanted, unloved and undeserving of everything.
She is stern, strict and austere and doesn't allow Azure do anything other than study for school and be like a puppet or a zombie.
She does manage to have two good friends, Brandy and Janessa, who trick her into getting the first part in their school play, showing her big talent, singing.
When her teacher listens to her sing, he immediately calls his brother, Matthias to let him know that Azure could replace their soon-to-leave lead singer.
Of course, both Matthias and Dante, the core of the band "Burning Starr", are blown away from her voice and ask her to join the band, but she is only 17 and she can't do anything without Bidgid's permission.
This leads into a huge clash between them, eventually leading to Azure being thrown out with only the clothes she had on.
No having anything holding her back, tying her to Colorado, she agrees to join the band and thus a new life, one she could never imagine begins.
Her innocence and vulnerability, as well as her talent and beauty, doesn't leave the two brothers, Mat and Dante, untouched and gradually both brothers begin to fight for her affection.
I don't want to give too much of the plot away and what happens next, because you have to read it. Not reading it would take its magic away from you, and believe me you don't want that to happen.
Azure was a great lead character, believable and sympathetic and one of the few heroines that actually don;t make you want to roll your eyes at their stupidity or whatever. She is a real person, acting in a real way and the whole thing is completely plausible.
Mat, is a really sweet person. Encouraging, accepting, polite. A really warm guy that you'd love to meet and hug. I loved how he appreciated and helped Azure right from the start and really tried to keep his sanity and his calm, through his growing feelings for her.
Dante, on the other hand, was a rock too, supporting Azure even during her difficult times and even after she hurt him.
His bad-boy looks weren't exactly misleading but he was a better guy than you'd expect. He was honest, giving and passionate and who doesn't want that? XD
All the other characters, like Azure's friends, Chase, Ava, Ruth, even Bridgid, they all offered something to their story and weren't like a "filler" character.
This is something I truly liked about the book.
However, there were some formatting issues with the book, a few typos etc, but the most disturbing one was that the size of the letters changed like three times throughout the book which at points made it a bit difficult to read.
If that were fixed, reading the book would be a true delight.
Totally worth your time.
Azure was a lovely heroine, shy and vulnerable, only because circumstances had driven her to, but she was strong and
(reviewed the day of purchase)