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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Review #55: Love Evolution- Michelle Mankin

Title: Love Evolution
Author: Michelle Mankin
Pages: 278
Series: Black Cat Records
Rating: 4/5 Stars
I was loaned this book by a friend and decided to read it right away because I needed a break from paranormal and wanted a light and airy read. At first the premise reminded me of She's the Man with Amanda Bynes, so I figured that it must be cute.
Avery and Justin moved away from their motherless home and abusive dad when it became too much for them to handle. They wanted to make it big in New York as a band, which is probably what would have happened if Justin hadn't gotten into drugs and ended up dead. Avery is distraught when Justin dies and had to take on his debt that he owed to the mob for drugs. Luckily for Avery, she gets an opportunity to pay off the debt, when she auditions for the new lead guitarist in the famous band Brutal Strength and impresses everyone so much that she gets the gig. But one small roadblock, the lead singer hates women in his band, so what does Avery do? She dresses up like a guy and secures the job. 
Throughout the novel, we see a Avery and the lead singer Marcus learn and grow. Avery helps Marcus snap out of his depression and learn to love music again, while Marcus helps Avery get over the loss of her brother and mother. They build a very close relationship, enough to have Marcus question his sexuality. Then Avery comes clean and tells Marcus that she loves him. At first he is hurt from her lie and he hates her. Once he realizes that he loves her too they build a romantic relationship. 
The were a few things that I found highly unrealistic, such as no one noticing that Avery was a girl. Didn't anyone, fans in particular google her and see that she wasn't a dude? Really people? If I cut my hair off and wrapped my boobs you would still be able to tell that I was a girl.other then that it was a great read. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a cute, fast read or anyone who's into romance.

Michelle Mankin is a young adult romance writer as well as a self proclaimed giant... inside of her own mind! 

For many years she worked in the insurance industry as an underwriter. Somehow, the boredom didn't kill her but the hour and hours of looking at facts and figures provided ample time for her mind to wander.

Love Evolution is her debut novel. A rock 'n roll romance based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. It is the first in a planned trilogy using the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare combined with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock 'n roll industry.

When she is not putting her daydreams down on paper, you can find her traveling the world with her family, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back.

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