Editor – Kim Richards Gilchrist
Cover Artist – Dawné Dominique
1986 – Shoulder pads are big, hair is bigger, and American college student Kate Spenser is set to embark on the biggest adventure of her life. Having been accepted to a summer study-abroad program in Oxford, England, Kate travels to Europe for the first time.
The eighteen-year-old is psyched about a summer of exploring countries on her own, experiencing new cultures, and perhaps meeting a charming young man along the way. Armed with a French-English dictionary and her Walkman loaded with Duran Duran, Kate is ready to start her adventure in France. Little does she know what awaits her when she arrives, and how she must use her wits to escape peril in Paris. Fortune favors Kate when she meets her Punk Charming, and it’s love at first sight. Now, if she could only find him again!
James Barrington meets his soul mate while on the run from Paris. Mis-cues and sabotage prevent him from reuniting with Kate, but he can never forget her. If only he had told her the truth before it was too late. Or is it?
Can true love conquer all?
(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique)
Let me first start off this review stating that the 80’s totally rocked!! Music, movies, tv shows…..best decade ever!! Well, almost the best. I don’t miss the choking cloud of Aqua Net hairspray. 🙂
In this tale, Laura showed her love of this decade which made the conversations between Kate and James highly entertaining. However, when they parted ways, this is when the story seemed to grow stale. They met in 1986 and reunited in 2004 so most of the story was about their near misses and David’s conniving scheme to keep them apart.
For me, the story resembled watching a car race. You get a burst of adrenaline watching the cars take off, but after a few laps, you grow bored…. same thing over and over. It’s not until the final few laps that the adrenaline and excitement kicks back in.
The “final laps” in Punk Charming were when Claire and Kate took to matchmaking and also turning the tables on the wanker, David. That man needed to be taken down a notch. He was a douche with a capital D.
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)
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