Series & Title: Ad Agency Series, Book 2: Head-Tripped
Author: Nicole Archer
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Publisher: Twist Idea Lab, LLC
Release Date: April 10, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Comedy, Romance
ARC Received From: Nicole Archer via InstaFreebie
Reviewed For: Nicole Archer
Violinist Effie Murphy moves to New York to pick up the pieces of her life. After six months though, she's still broken, not to mention flat broke. But everything changes one weird night, when she meets Elias Lovaro, a.k.a. El Love, lead singer of one of the hottest bands in the world. Except she doesn’t know that. She also doesn’t know he’s leaving the country that week.
Elias hates life in the celebrity spotlight. So when he meets Effie at a random party, he masquerades as an unemployed deadbeat musician. Why not? He’ll never see her again. Except he can’t stop thinking about the wild woman who helped him write new songs that night.
Next thing you know, they’re touring Europe together, along with a needling Anime character, a weepy Hulk Hogan lookalike, a closeted bassist, the evil Queen of Hearts, Ralph Macchio, Bob Ross, a couple of Spanish gypsies, a turtle, and a banana-hammock wearing French Discobus driver named LeStrange. The trip turns out to be a crazy dream-come-true for both of them.
But once their conflicting pasts surface, will the music fade out at end of the summer?
Effie was very, very briefly introduced in Road-Tripped. It was like a hit-and-run introduction so this story is a wonderful presentation of her. First off, she's a musical prodigy. She plays a mean violin but it's her ability to hear music differently than others that really made her intriguing to me. A note is a note is a note is a note, right? Not to her, and I love that this is what makes her more than just another violinist or musician. She lives the chords, the flats, the sharps because of how she hears music.
But she's also a recovering drug addict. Her younger years weren't all the kind to her. Being who she is and having the mother that she did, drugs were her shield. They numbed her to the live she had to live until they controlled her. I can't say life went to hell in a hand basket though. Her addiction is a part of her. Recovering is half the battle. The other is learning to live life how she wants, on her own terms, remembering what made her happy, and being willing to see if it still can.
Enter Elias. Lead singer and musician for the hottest band these days, he seems to have it all, especially writer's block. Touring's great and all, just not when you're singing the same songs at every venue. Time for something new. His muse did not get that memo.
Meeting Effie really was fate. Not only did she inspire him to write, she unknowingly became his muse, his obsession so much so that he finds her again and invites her to go with him. The music she wrote with him breathes new life into his dry soul and, in turn, the band. Having her with him, writing and crafting music with her, is light and life.
However, for all the fun they're having, there's still two hurdles to face: her past, his lies. The lightheartedness of this story isn't forgotten when it's time. They're remembered because what Elias and Effie shared before the truth came forth was worth remembering. Their lives were forever changed the moment they met. Facing and owning up to what they've tried to hide is difficult, yes, but not impossible. And love, real, true, unconditional love, is forgiving. It's strong enough to mend the rifts between them. It's strong enough to let them see each other for who they really are: Elias and Effie.
This story made me cry more than Road-Tripped. I laughed, please believe me I laughed, but I had a lot of other emotional moments while I read. This story also exhausted me. Not because of what both were hiding but because of what both were experiencing. There is plenty to laugh at in this story, but there is also plenty to contemplate on. Wildness and brokenness find a place of rest in the arms of one who truly loves you, darkness and all.
I'm not really sure how Ms. Archer managed to one-up Road-Tripped, really I don't because that book was awesome, but she did it. And she did it crazy well.
Nicole Archer’s lengthy career as an advertising copywriter not only polished her writing skills—it provided a lifetime of book material. Many months her book purchases are as high as her mortgage. As a full-time, working single mom of a beautiful boy, she has little time to do much else, but work, write, read, drink wine, and breathe. In real life, she lives in Dallas, Texas, but she’d rather live in Switzerland. Maybe if the book takes off.