DOWN THE SHORE A rock-and-roll romantic comedy. Livia Chadwick is a photographer by day and a self-proclaimed rock slut by night. Her dating life is a lackluster parade of evasive jerks and her boss is an unrelenting nightmare of a human being. What else can a girl do but rent a beach house with her girlfriends And blow off a little steam every weekend? But hey, she’s from Jersey. Barhopping down the shore all season is sort of mandatory. All is going according to plan… until she meets Jack. Jack Tanner is a contractor-turned-musician in a small-town cover band suddenly thrust into the limelight. He’s already had enough of the rock-and-roll lifestyle, and groupies have never been his thing. Then again… there’s a gorgeous brunette in the audience tonight, checking him out with the most incredible green eyes he’s ever seen. She’s looking for a fling. He’s looking for forever. It’s gonna be one helluva summer. Set in the summer of 1995, DOWN THE SHORE takes the reader on a tour through some of the Jersey shore’s hottest hot spots over one, sleepless, flannel-clad summer. It’s a look back to a time when the music was groundbreaking, the rock clubs were king, and bar bands ruled the world. ***Not recommended for anyone under the age of 18, and/or any readers who are slut-shamers, guido sympathizers, beach haters or anti-music. Other people who should walk away from this book immediately: Readers who have sticks up their butts about offensive language, those who don’t like detailed sex scenes in their stories, idiots who think “Jersey Shore” has anything to do with actual New Jerseyans, and anyone who can’t appreciate the mother-effing nineties.
*** READ WHEN YOU’RE IN THE MOOD FOR: Light, sexy, funny, romantic, and nostalgic.
“But maybe everything in this world starts out rough around the edges and just needs someone to love it in order to make it truly beautiful. Maybe the most lasting things are so sturdy because they’ve been tested and restructured, tempered, and reinforced…”
Down The Shore is summed up in that quote. It’s a journey of two people who are imperfect and rough around the edges who have gone through relationships that don’t last, but when they finally come together, it’s a thing of beauty and sturdy because it’s been tested and restructured into something lasting. It’s the story of Livia, a talented photographer, who goes through men at warp speed, especially rock musicians. All that changes when she meets up and coming rock star, Jack. She’s looking for something temporary, and he’s looking for something lasting. She wants to get him to bed like yesterday, and he wants to wait. So, he proposes that they have 10 dates before having sex. He’s hoping in that time she will want to take a chance with him. It’s truly a journey filled with laughter, almost unbearable sexual chemistry, and tears! I was hooked from the very first page.
As usual, Torrest pulls you into a story by making her characters so likeable that you feel like you are their friend. No one can seem to tame Livia, and it’s a freakin’ treat to see Jack try. They bring out the best and worst in each other that you just can’t help but get caught up in them. I loved Livia’s transformation; she is in her early 20’s, not sure what she wants out of life and stuck in a job she hates. Because of her relationship with Jack, she grows up and decides what she wants. And Jack, oh my goodness…this man is HOT! And, I love the fact that he loves music, but he doesn’t need to be famous to make his life complete. In addition to falling in love with Livia and Jack, I fell in love with their friends and family. I am crossing my fingers that Torrest will write some books about them!
As usual, Torrest’s trademark humor keeps you flying through the pages. Her ability to transport you back in time never ceases to amaze me. It made me smile remembering my youth in the 1990’s which is the time that this book takes place. If you love a good romance with some naughtiness mixed in and unforgettable characters, then read this book and take a trip back in time to see what made the 1990’s such an awesome time!!!!