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Review: Blood and Bone by Paula Dombrowiak

Book Details

Format: Paperback, 326 pages

Publication: Independently published on October 7, 2020

Series: Blood and Bone, Book One

Synopsis: Jack O’Donnell is a middle-aged rock star with a long history of bad decisions. When unimaginable circumstances bring Jack and journalist Erin Langford, together, the two embark on a journey through Jack’s past where he recounts the rise and fall of his band and the profound bond he shared with his former bandmate and collaborator.

Erin Langford is a seasoned journalist tasked with writing a piece on Jack O’Donnell for a popular music website. While she had preconceived notions about Jack’s rock star image and evasive nature, she learns there is far more to his story than just the headlines. As Jack reveals the heart-wrenching details of his past, the feature she thought she was going to write, turns into so much more.

Blood and Bone is an evocative story spanning from the early ‘90s to the present day which dives into the deep bonds between flawed people whose only outlet of self-expression was through their music.

One Interview

Two days.

Twenty-five years of Rock ‘n Roll.

Telling his story might just repair past relationships and ignite new ones.

My Thoughts

Rating: ★★★★★

I’ve been thinking about this book since I finished it four days ago, and I’m still blown away. I think it’s safe to say that, as of now, my search for the best Rockstar Romance is over; Blood and Bone is absolutely the best I’ve read.

This was the first book I’ve actually forced myself to stretch out. At the pace I was going when I picked it up, I could have easily finished it in a couple days, but I didn’t want it to end. It was such a captivating, emotional book that I fell in love with immediately. This was also one of the best debut novels I’ve read. There were a few – very few – grammatical errors, but otherwise it felt like reading a book by an author who has been writing for years.

It’s been a while since I’ve been so invested in a group of characters. They were written amazingly; I absolutely loved them. There were times I couldn’t stand them, but the development for each of them was great. They broke my heart and made me laugh. Paula did a wonderful job of showing how someone’s past can impact their lives and simultaneiously those around them.

I loved that the book was split between the present and past. It helped give you the feel of how the things that happened before completely changed everyone’s lives and how each character grew.

This was different from any other romance I’ve read, and actually included my least favorite romance trope, but I really did love this book. If drug and alcohol use and addiction doesn’t bother you, I highly recommend reading this one!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book via the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Meet the Author

Paula grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, right on beautiful Lake Michigan. The Chicago lakeshore is her favorite place in the whole world. She currently lives in Arizona.

Paula is a ’90s girl but loves discovering new bands, just as much as she loves writing. So why not combine the two? That was how Blood and Bone, her debut novel, was born. 

Paula is a sucker for a redeemable villain, bad boys and the tragically flawed.

Her wardrobe consists of band T-shirts and leggings that are perpetually covered in pet hair. Animals are her homies and she doesn’t eat her homies.

Connect with Paula: Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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