Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Buxton Peak -- Book One: Who Is Ian Taylor? by Julie L. Spencer {Review}

Buxton Peak -- Book One: Who Is Ian Taylor?
by Julie L. Spencer
Kindle Edition, 109 pages
Published June 17th 2016
Ian just wanted to be loved for who he was on the inside…

When he meets Megan, a small town college girl at church in a remote part of Michigan, he figures out pretty quickly that she knows nothing about him. So he makes the decision to hide his fame from her.

His plan backfires when Megan finds out who he really is and decides she doesn’t want to live her life in his spotlight, with all the baggage that comes with it. She just wants to live a quiet life in rural Michigan with a normal husband and family.

Can she forgive Ian for his deception (and embarrassing her on live television)? Is she willing to give up her dreams in order to follow his? Or will Ian throw away everything he’s achieved to stay in her life?
My Review: 3.5 Stars
There's something intriguing about a story involving an normal, every-day girl and a world famous rock star--especially when both are LDS (Mormons). It's easy to root for their relationship to thrive and to cheer them on.
Megan is a college student who is so involved in her studies that she has no idea who the famous boy band (Buxton Peak) from England is. Ian may be a famous rocker, but he's religious and wants to be loved for himself and not for his image. Who doesn't want that?
I felt such great potential for this book and found it delivered what I was expecting at times. However, there were other moments when I wanted just a few more believable details in this unbelievable tale. Personally, I roll my eyes when a character declares to be in love with someone, just as she openly admits that she hardly knows a thing about him and what she does know, doesn't impress her. When I tossed that out the window and just focused on the fun and fantasy of the story, I did enjoy it. This story took me back to my teen years and how I used to daydream about something like this happening to me.
It's nice to know that the author isn't afraid of confronting issues that face young adults today--standing up for your religion, making choices about waiting for intimate relations until after marriage, and being who you are. 
Content: moderate religious elements, specific to the LDS (Mormon) church and a few parts are a little preachy, but mostly just explaining why the characters choose the marry where they do and what they believe in; mild romance (very mild kissing with fade to black way in advance). Clean!
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
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