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No Pink Caddy by Layne Harper

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No Pink Caddy by Layne Harper

How fast can a pink ’57 Cadillac whisk me away from my dead-end life? Because my twenties have been less than what was promised in the college brochure.

Then one day, it happens. Instead of falling in love with my best friend like I was supposed to, I meet a rock star who happens to be a fan of my site, NoPinkCaddy.com. You’d think that would be where the story ended, but it’s actually just the beginning.

How does a southern girl from New Orleans, who just wants to make her own way in the world, merge her life with that of one of the hottest rock stars on the planet? Well, let me tell you, it’s not easy.

This book is recommended for anyone who refuses to take the easy road in life, and those girls who dream of falling in love with a rock star. It’s not all tight jeans and guitar serenades, but hot damn, there are some fun times along the way.

This book…wow. I think it honestly blew my mind. I read it in about 4 hours, give or take. I could not put it down. Be warned: the word “love” will get used a lot in this review. #SorryNotSorry

MK Landry runs her blog, called No Pink Caddy, as a play on her name. Its cooking, mixed with vintage finds, restoration, and her musings on life. I don’t think “love” is a strong enough word for how I felt about MK. I thought the author made so many smart decisions with her characters in this book, but especially MK.

One of the major things I really adored about the characters in this story was that their ages made sense. I know that sounds a little silly, but hear me out. MK is 30 and when she meets rockstar, Johnny Knite, real name Aaron Emerson; he is 38 years old. I think this decision was crucial to the story because we see MK and Aaron go through a lot together. Now yes, some of it is past baggage, but its also about having the life experience of past failures, and the courage to make the right decision for yourself.

Aaron is an addict. There is no way around it. He was addicted to whiskey and cocaine in the past, and he has a bit of an addict’s personality. I thought the author captured that really well in her writing, and I also thought she captured MK’s response to it. MK isn’t used to being around a former addict.

MK’s reaction to Aaron reminded me a bit of that episode in “Sex and the City” where Carrie dates the former alcohol addict. At first, everything seems normal but then when she steps back, Carrie realized that she was just his addiction now. MK doesn’t experience that, but the thought crosses her mind. We also see MK meet Aaron’s daughter, sister, and bandmates. His sister, Grace, basically tells MK that she is just another one of Aaron’s messes and is pretty cruel to MK.

It was hard to see the characters experience that, but at the same time, I felt it made sense and I think that MK needed to see these things. She has her own successful blog, but she hasn’t ever been in love. She doesn’t know what real love is. She knows she wants someone that she feels chemistry with, but until Aaron, she’s never felt that before.

Unfortunately with love, sometimes you have to do what is best for the other person, even if its not the best thing for you. This book is only the first in the ACE series, but it does not end on a cliffhanger at all. So the happy news is that MK and Aaron’s story isn’t anywhere close to being over (thank goodness!). I would recommend this book to anyone, everyone, whoever. It was fantastic. I am beyond happy that I one-clicked this!

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