Review – Documentary by A.J. Sand

Documentary

By A.J. Sand <– to stalk click HERE

Self-Published on January 26, 2013

Read May 3, 2013

Rated: 4 reeling stars

Synopsis (via Goodreads)

  Dylan Carroll, an ambitious college student filmmaker still reeling from the death of her brother, may have just stumbled onto the opportunity of a lifetime.   Musician Kai White is in the middle of a public relations nightmare, and he may be keeping a secret that could turn things around. His manager/publicist wants to create a web series aimed at cleaning up his image. The…more Dylan Carroll, an ambitious college student filmmaker still reeling from the death of her brother, may have just stumbled onto the opportunity of a lifetime. Musician Kai White is in the middle of a public relations nightmare, and he may be keeping a secret that could turn things around. His manager/publicist wants to create a web series aimed at cleaning up his image. There’s also a promising offer at stake if Dylan can abide by the rule of staying strictly professional, and if she can figure out what Kai is hiding.  But Kai and Dylan already have an undeniable connection, and when they are together, they discover that rules are pretty easy to break. It’s battling your own demons that’s much, much harder.   As Dylan gets deeper into Kai’s world, capturing his life on film, she’ll learn that some secrets are so big, they are kept even at the expense of a career.    And that a person’s story is often nothing like it appears from the outside.   440 PAGES.”

 

-WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BOOK-

TEAM DICK ALL THE WAY!!! (ok, so you are going to have to read the book to get that)

I have been hesitant to read this book.  I’ve been told it was great, but I’ve been putting it off.. why?  Because the name is Documentary and documentaries tend to bore me.  Fortunately, this book did just the opposite!

I will first say that the Prologue started off with a bang that immediately had me intrigued.  This book centers around a swoon worthy romance, but there is also a mystery to solve in regards to the event that occurred in the prologue.

Dylan is a film student who is trying to readjust to a new world following the death of her brother.  She was previously outgoing and into everything, but now is trying to find her place in this world as she struggles with the guilt of getting to live when her perfect brother wasn’t given the chance.  She is a very likeable female lead.  She had great friends, wasn’t too annoying although she had her moments, she didn’t start the book as a virgin (OMG, is that even allowed in YA/NA?), and she was pretty witty and sarcastic.  Overall, she was pretty typical (crazy rationalizations about guys included) girl and I found her relatable.

Kai is a former member of a boy band, I mean band that consisted of boys, turned solo artist,  Kai has everything we look for in a book boyfriend.. he’s an aggressive hot head,  a bad boy rocker (only without the tattoos) rich, and he has those hip indentations going toward his lower regions (technically called iliac furrows, but I prefer the books term “panty droppers” lol), and he’s had a tragic past that will in turn make him fiercely love only one girl should he ever meet her.  Kai’s history of fighting has left him in need of an image booster in the eyes of the public.  Kai’s publicist feels that a documentary styled web series would be perfect to show a softer side of him and repair his image.  Fortunately, Dylan’s film professor is an old friend of Kai’s publicist and she has just the student for the job.

The writing style was definitely unique and I liked it.  It was told in third person POV, yet it also had the addition of Dylan’s thoughts to add to the story.  The story moved forward a a good pace, not too fast, not too slow.  There was great chemistry with insta-lust that we were able to watch grow into love between the characters.  The duo’s friends added a lot of fun and humor to the story.  Although this book was funny, it did discuss some serious issues in a realistic manner.  And for all those who hate sappy, swoon worthy couples… no worries this story also offers plenty of sexual tension and angst to go around!

And finally, a thanks to the author for putting a warning that this is the first in a series and that she has no idea when she will release the next book.  Everyone knows that I hate a cliffhanger, but I will say although this book ends with a “to be continued” feel, the story between Kai and Dylan is told in completion (at least their story for now) and you will NOT throw your kindle against the wall when you read the last page.

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