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2013-11-13-SpinellaPerfectTimingcoverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Behind every rock star, there is a story that is never told; Perfect Timing by Laura Spinella is Aidan Royce’s. Before he took the stage name “Aidan Royce,” he was a talented yet troubled teenager who lived in the small town of Catswallow, Alabama. He was a romantic at heart but kept chasing after the wrong girls, even though the right one was there in front of him the entire time. Aidan would have given up his big dreams of stardom for true love, but the greed of others stood in his way and Aidan never got to truly have it all: fame and lasting love.

Isabel Lang has long since put her past behind her, though every now and then thoughts of Aidan Roycroft creep their way in. Now managing a radio station that is about to go under, Isabel finds herself reaching out to Aidan, the only one she believes can save the station and the jobs of the people she cares about. Is there still a bit of Aidan Roycroft buried somewhere in the brand of Aidan Royce?

Perfect Timing by Laura Spinella is one of the most romantic books I’ve read in a long time. Spinella gives the reader both Aidan’s and Isabel’s perspectives, though Isabel’s is the more dominant third-person narrative. She also shifts from past to present so we get the full story between Aidan and Isabel.

More than just a love story, Perfect Timing also gives the less-than-fairy-tale reality of how a rock star is born. So much of a person and who they are is sacrificed for wealth, popularity, and center stage. Aidan, in the beginning, is a naïve teenage boy who doesn’t even understand what he’s giving up when he signs his contracts. And a young Isabel is manipulated into making a heartbreaking decision based around keeping Aidan out of trouble with the law.

In every way, I saw just how perfect Aidan and Isabel were for each other, and I grew more and more anxious the longer they were kept apart. They both grow so much over the book: Isabel, as she heals from parental betrayal and repairs broken relationships with her father and his husband; Aidan, as he wizens up to just how little control he has over his own life. Isabel is blunt and honest, and has always been Aidan’s voice of reason. Aidan is emotional and passionate, and softens the walls Isabel builds up around her.

Perfect Timing was a truly fantastic read, and I’I’ve come to expect nothing less from Laura Spinella. Her sophomore novel resonated with me even more than her first. If you are in a reading slump as I was at the time I chose to read Perfect Timing, you may find yourself spending every free moment and sacrificing sleep just to find out how this beautiful story ends.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Laura Spinella. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.