Cardeno C – Perfect Imperfections Review, tour and giveaway

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Hollywood royalty Jeremy Jameson has lived a sheltered life with music as his sole focus and only friend. Before embarking on yet another international concert tour, he wanders into a bar in what he considers the middle of nowhere and meets a man who wins him over with his friendly smile and easy-going nature. Accountant slash bartender slash adventure-seeker Reg Moore has fun talking and drinking with The Jeremy Jameson and can’t say no when the supposedly straight rock star makes him a once in a lifetime offer: keep him company on his tour by playing the part of his boyfriend.

Listening to music, traveling the world, and jumping off cliffs is fun. Falling in love is even better. But to stay with Jeremy after the stage lights dim, Reg will need to help him realize there’s nothing pretend about their relationship.

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Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever- after sunset.

Cardeno’s Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, “You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day.”

Review: Right off the bat I have to say I am very partial to the theme music that sets the tone for this audiobook  – Hearts On Fire by Kev Loy and Richard Kimmings.  To be honest, I was ridiculously happy to have that in there!  I not only loved the song (and of course the name) but it was an awesome set up to the tone of the book.

Narrated by Charlie David, this is the story of Jeremy, a world famous musician, with an impeccable Hollywood pedigree ranging from his Oscar winning director grandfather to his (deceased) rock god father and his Hollywood royalty actress mother.  He is the leading musician in the world and is incredibly talented and incredibly lonely.  He comes across throughout the book as very young and/or very innocent.  He has been groomed for fame since he was a small child and so really that’s all he’s ever known.  “Regular” activities or experiences have never happened for him, let alone adventures.  He’s about to start on yet another international tour where he will be making the music that makes him happy, staying at plush hotels with amazing foods and seeing what he can of a new place all by himself while dealing with paparazzi and a manager who doesn’t really let him rest.  Lonely.

His choice of bar in a road trip before the tour is a small place in a little no-where town called Munds Park.  It is here he meets (and pretty much immediately offends) the bartender, Reg.  He is having a great time for the first time in ages, talking and laughing with Reg for six hours, in the interim getting too drunk to drive.  Reg is sweet and invites Jeremy to chill out on his couch.  Of course, this is when Jeremy offends, noting that he’s in “Whatever Park…Why would I know anybody here?”  Snobby diva. Luckily he realizes it and Reg is an easygoing guy and forgives him, after some teasing.

Turns out even though Jeremy has been playing incognito, Reg has recognized him. As they discuss through the night, Reg’s dream of travel and adventure combines with Jeremy’s aching wish to have someone to talk to and Jeremy comes up with the idea of hiring Reg to be his “pretend boyfriend”, some on the road with him and spend time.  Awesome for Reg and comforting for Jeremy.   After waiting to make sure Jeremy is serious and it wasn’t the alcohol talking, (and requiring a very funny walk the line) Reg agrees and here really is the first time Jeremy’s innocence (or sheltered life) is apparent, when he “widened his eyes and parted his lips.  “An adventure?” he gasped.”  Poor Jeremy.

And so begins the adventure of Jeremy and Reg and it is absolutely lovely.  Suspend disbelief for a little bit because Reg may seem too good to be true but about time Jeremy had that.  He does things that make you think he’s much younger than 31, such as chewing on his collar when he’s nervous.  He is surrounded by people but doesn’t have real interactions with them, even those considered “close”.  I thought it was sad that Bill had been Jeremy’s manager for eight years and Jeremy knew nothing about him. Of course, Bill comes across as a major jerk at times, though he seems to have Jeremy’s interests at heart.  His initial meeting with Reg, well, it just highlights how being THE Jeremy Jameson might just be a pretty tough way to live.

What Reg does, through the glamour and otherwise that is the life of a rock star, is treat Jeremy like a “buddy, an equal, a regular guy.”  And this pampered, lonely rock star loves it.  And if he starts questioning himself and who he is, well, even better.

Have to say – Jeremy is an adorable drunk.  “Raising his hand to rub his eye, Jeremy punched himself in the nose instead.”  I laughed at that out loud, even more when Reg helpfully points out, “You hit yourself.”  They are just cute together, bickering and teasing.  “Is that supposed to be an impression of me?” Jeremy asked incredulously.  “Because I so don’t sound like a dying, constipated, one-nutted squirrel.”

Let’s put it out there – Jeremy of the purple hair is a wonderful thing.  Purple hair gets me every time. But Reg?  I loved him. He’s patient, kind and adventurous but he is also loyal and sweet and is never a doormat despite his chill exterior.  He absolutely refuses to let anyone bully Jeremy and he calls Jeremy on his diva behavior.  Win-win with Reg, Jeremy.  I saw this not as a gay for you on Jeremy’s part but rather as an awakening of the real person, not just the stage persona everyone expected.   Jeremy himself questions, “I’m thirty-two years old.  How did I not know this about myself?”  Maybe because you’ve never had the chance to actually be with someone who wanted you for yourself.

I did want to know – why did Jeremy’s mom support him like she did?  That wasn’t addressed and since Mama is clearly a selfish Hollywood diva, I really wondered.  I’m glad she did, even if there was trouble later, but still wondered what prompted that decision.  Since later in the story she shows the selfish when her use of Harold causes trouble for Jeremy and Reg.

I loved Reg’s declaration, Jeremy’s innocence in contrast with him being such a rock god, adored Becky and was even on board with Bill’s voyeuristic streak even if it was sort of ewww.  But mostly, I just loved the maybe too perfect coming together of Jeremy and Reg.

The book is marshmallow fluff at its finest.  I thought Charlie David did a wonderful job narrating. Yes, I’d have appreciated a bit more differentiation between Jeremy and Reg’s voices but then again, Charlie David has a sultry voice so when sexy bits came up, it was perfect.  I liked this book a lot when I read it.  I loved it more when I listened to it.  Recommended for a sweet, feel good time.

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  1. Cardeno’s books are always worth the read.

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