Adam Reynolds is an impoverished teen raised by neglectful parents in one of London's most dangerous boroughs. He turns to his love of music and countless girls to escape his sad reality.
Beautiful and naïve Ellie Palmer comes from a well-off family that suddenly finds themselves living in one of the poorest neighborhoods in London. Alone in a frightening new place, Ellie is afraid to leave the safety of her home, only going out to walk to school and back.
When Adam prevents Ellie from becoming the victim of a horrific sexual assault, they discover something that two teenagers never thought they would find in such a depressing place. Each other.
After tragedy, lies, and distance tear their future away from them; they each wander through life empty and hopeless no matter who or what they use to replace the feelings of loss.
From the crime-ridden streets of London's East End to the over-the-top display of wealth in LA, can two broken souls conquer their demons in order to find true happiness?
©2014 Heather L. Carman (P)2015 Heather L. Carman
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Incite is book one of the four-part Sphere of Irony series, a spin-off of Heather C. Leigh's Famous series. I hadn't read any of the previous books by this author, but Incite worked well as a stand alone. It is a rock star romance, which follows the story of Adam and Ellie over a period of ten to fifteen years. They meet in their last year at school when classy, posh Ellie has to move to the East End of London after her father becomes unemployed. Adam is a street-smart kid who grew up in this drug and crime ridden area with a violent father, an addict mother and a drug dealing brother. Together with his mate Dax, he plays guitar and writes songs hoping to escape his deprived surroundings. Adam and Dax save Ellie from being assaulted and over time, a sweet romance builds up between Ellie and Adam. But every time when you think there is finally something positive coming their way, another obstacle is thrown in their way. They end up spending a lot of time apart with Adam pursuing his music career in the US and Ellie trying to cope with problems in the UK.
The plot started out really strong, and I was loving it. But then a few things started to irritate me a bit. The main thing being the overly long timeline, which started to jump around with several flashbacks. Following an "incident", the story would suddenly jump forward a few months/years, but then flashback to include additional information. It felt disjointed and could have been done more smoothly. The other thing that I couldn't quite buy into was the premise that in this day and age it was so difficult for two people to keep in touch or keep track of each other. However, if you can forget about those things, then you have an emotional love story with all the usual ingredients, some interesting side characters and sharp dialogue.
What made this book more special for me though was the narration. Henrietta Meire with her clear voice and very proper English accent was absolutely perfect for the character of Ellie and really brought her to life in the way the author portrayed her in the book. Adam Croasdell, probably better known for his TV appearances, did a great job impersonating Adam's and Dax's East London accents and switching back and forth to do the two American accents of the other two band mates. Both narrators had great pacing, intonation and expressed emotions believably and appropriately. Great listening.
A very good listen for fans of New Adult contemporary romances, especially if you like some troubled musicians. Includes some sex and a few swear words.
Audiobook provided for review by the author.
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