You know when you read a book that draws you in so completely that you forget the real world exists, and you live in that book and forget you’re reading fiction? And how, when you’ve finished the book, it stays with you for days after, and you keep thinking about the characters and wondering what happened to them after the last page? Yeah, that was me this weekend, and the book is A Million Miles Away by debut author Elizabeth Corva.
I have a confession. Though I love rock star romances, my background sometimes gets in the way when I read them. Since I was privy to more than just seeing the bands in concert, it’s hard for me to suspend my disbelief when situations arise in those books that I know would never, ever, ever happen. It yanks me out of the story, and I have a Pfft moment and I have to walk away until I can get myself back into the proper mindset to enjoy the underlying story. Yes, I know it’s fiction, but I can’t help it. It’s like an auto mechanic reading about a guy who rebuilds an engine in ten minutes, or a deep sea diver who reads a book where divers shoot back up to the surface without decompressing first. People not in those professions might have a Hm moment and keep reading, but those in the know will snort out a “Yeah, right,” and put the book down for a while.
There was not a single Pfft or “Yeah, right” when I read A Million Miles Away. Elizabeth Corva got it right – all of it – and she crafted a story on top of it that kept me glued to my Kindle from start to finish. In fact, near the end of the book I was turning pages so fast because I had to know what happened that I think my poor Kindle might have started smoking a little.
Not only are the details spot on, the characters are real, relatable and immediate. I think everyone I know has, at one time, been just like Jasmine Ashcroft. And even if you’ve never met a rock musician, I’ll bet you know someone like Jonathan Fox or his band mate Silver. Elizabeth Corva brings them to vivid life, taking you outside their life on the road and delving deep beyond the public persona.
And the writing? Stellar! I’m left in total and absolute awe of Elizabeth Corva’s talent, and cannot believe this is her debut book.
Plus, there’s a love story woven throughout that keeps you guessing. You get all the highs and experience every low of a burgeoning relationship, until …Well, I won’t spoil it, except to say we’re lucky that A Million Miles Away is the first book in Elizabeth Corva’s Angel Interceptors series. 😉 We’re not so lucky in that the second book, Give Into the Night, won’t be published until winter of 2014!
My finger is already poised over the Buy With 1-Click button.
If you’ve ever, in the immortal words of Sapphire from Almost Famous, “truly love[d] some silly little piece of music, or some band, so much that it hurts,” you’ll love this book. If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite musician is really like offstage, you’ll love this book. If you’ve ever experienced the joy of first love and the crushing heartbreak that can come with it, you’ll love this book. And if you appreciate outstanding writing from a truly talented author, you’ll love this book.
Buy it. Buy it right now. A Million Miles Away by Elizabeth Corva, available at Amazon.