Title: The Legend of Arturo King
Series: Legendary Rock Stars #1
Author: L.B. Dunbar
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 27, 2015
My name is Arturo King, and I’m told I’m a legend in music. My band is called the Nights and we got our start at the underground Round Table in New York City. Raised by a foster father, I didn’t know the extent of my inheritance until I was twenty-one, and it was all more than I bargained for. I wanted to play the guitar and rule the world with song, but I learned I have a mother from old money, a dead father who was once a real estate mogul, and a record company that needed some rebuilding. Mure Linn, my friend and mentor, has been by my side through it all, teaching me to play, strengthening my lyrics, and guiding me in the music industry. There was one area he couldn’t guide me, though, and that was love. Guinevere DeGrance changed everything for me, I suppose, including the reason I’m here learning the legend of my life without remembering any of it.
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Arturo King has lots of secrets. Secrets that make him who he is. Some things that he regrets, some thing that he wishes were not true, and some things he just doesn't care about. His life has been an adventure of sorts, always finding out little pieces about himself at a time, rather than having all the answers up front. At the start of the book he's just sort of functioning as a man, putting forth most of his effort to his music. Until he spots a girl like none he's ever known.
Guinevere DeGrance, daughter of a man famous in his own right, has had an easy life. If she wanted it, her father secured it for her, or did his best to. But she wants to grow up and she wants to prove to the world, she's more than just Leo DeGrance's daughter. When things don't go the way she had planned she's a little lost at how she's going to proceed in life. And then Arturo King takes an interest in her and that leaves her even more confused because she knows all about Arturo. She knows how he works. Or does she really?
The Legend of Arturo King is not like any other Rockstar Romance book I've read. It definitely sucks you in from page one and leaves you on the edge of your seat wondering what is coming next. Arturo is an interesting character, one who keeps having skeletons pulled from the closet and just when you think you've figured him out, here's another secret. Guinevere is a sweet and shy character at first, sort of lost in herself, but she really grew on me.
I loved that this story was full of surprises, some sort of expected, while others were not. It was defintely not your typical romance tale either, but as a whole, the story fit together and brought the characters to life and I enjoyed each aspect.
I’d like to say I was always a writer. I’d also like to say that I wrote every day of my life since a child. That I took the teaching advice I give my former students because writing every day improves your writing. I’d like to say I have my ten-thousand hours that makes me a proficient writer. But I can’t say any of those things. I did dream of writing the “Great American Novel” until one day a friend said: Why does it have to be great? Why can’t it just be good and tell a story?
As a teenager, I wrote your typical love-angst poetry that did occasionally win me an award and honor me with addressing my senior high school class at our Baccalaureate Mass. I didn’t keep a journal because I was too afraid my mom would find it in the mattress where I kept my copy of Judy Blume’s Forever that I wasn’t allowed to read as a twelve year old.
I can say that books have been my life. I’m a reader. I loved to read the day I discovered “The Three Bears” as a first grader, and ever since then, the written word has been my friend. Books were an escape for me. An adventure to the unknown. A love affair I’d never know. I could be lost for hours in a book.
So why writing now? I had a story to tell. It haunted me from the moment I decided if I just wrote it down it would go away. But it didn’t. Three years after writing the first draft, a sign (yes, I believe in them) told me to fix up that draft and work the process to have it published. That’s what I did. But one story let to another, and another, and another. Then a new idea came into my head and a new storyline was created.
I was accused (that’s the correct word) of having an overactive imagination as a child, as if that was a bad thing. I’ve also been accused of having the personality of a Jack Russell terrier, full of energy, unable to relax, and always one step ahead. What can I say other than I have stories to tell and I think you’ll like them. If you don’t, that’s okay. We all have our book boyfriends. We all have our favorites. Whatever you do, though, take time for yourself and read a book.