Thursday, 25 April 2013

Crimson & Clover - Juli Page Morgan

Katie, a young free spirit, lands in swinging sixties London to start over. Apparently her ideals of having a white picket fence home and a family (which she didn't have growing up) is not appreciated in the flower-power headiness of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury. It turns out it's not as radical a place as she thought. Katie feels that perhaps Ladbrook Grove is the place to re-group.

There she meets Adam; and in the essence of 'free love', they get together. Unfortunately, Adam now thinks Katie is the one. And when she asks about a rock group's lead guitarist, Jay Carey (whom Adam is friends with), the enamored man is more than reluctant to make introductions.

Eventually, Jay and Katie happen. But their relationship - passionate, loving and consuming - is threatened by both their past histories. The lifestyle of a rock star takes some getting used to - it really is sex, drugs and rock and roll. And, although Katie is the only one for Jay, his adrenaline sees him carrying out acts that betray his commitment and their relationship.

Despite looking the other way, can Katie accept Jay and his ways? More importantly will he want to be with her once he learns the truth of her past?

An inviting romance, Morgan's novel of the heady sixties in vibrant London is packed with emotion, intense love and passion. Katie and Jay are almost the perfect couple but throw in past lives and things are bound to go a bit askew...and then some. The glamour of being in love with a member of the band is not all i'ts cracked up to be. The characters met along the way have a wonderful depth and are believable. There are touches of humor and the author has used British colloquial language to reinforce the "difference" in American and English speak - a nice touch.  If you're looking for a romance that has all consuming love with lots of drama, this is the story for you. A recommended read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from the author. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique.


  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book, Shalini! Thanks so much for the review. I really appreciate it! :)