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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In L.A. Dreams, A.M. Morrell describes how Cory dreamed of being in a famous band with his best friend Eddy, living it up in Los Angeles, but he was stuck in a dismal life back in Texas. When Eddy passes away unexpectedly, Cory blames himself and the girlfriend that he has outgrown. When Cory meets Eddy’s bandmate Jesse, the two hit it off. When he finds out that his demanding girlfriend was lying about having a baby and cheating on him, he decides nothing is keeping him in Texas anymore. He heads to LA with Jesse to lead the Suicide Kings to success and fame. He immediately becomes infatuated with the famous singer Alexandra Blake, who is producing their album. Alexandra sees something in Cory and the two begin a strange romance that is quickly seen as one-sided by his bandmates and the outside world. Cory easily falls in love but part of him wonders whether she feels the same way or if everyone else is right. As the face of the group his deceased friend created, his bandmates begin to question whether or not he’s getting special treatment for being the new ‘boy toy’. Cory has to prove to the others that his promotion to bandleader is warranted.
L.A. Dreams has quickly become one of my favorites that I have read so far this year. The characters have that gritty feel of bands like Motley Crue and Aerosmith but with a modern-day Maroon 5 feel. Each character has its unique personality that you grow either to love or hate. The story begins with Cory moving to California to live out his dreams, but it has a larger-than-life feel about it which makes it easy to enjoy. It’s everything that you want to come true. We meet Cory stuck in Texas at a dismal job with a girlfriend who he doesn’t truly love but feels obligated to stay with her. This represents the plight of so many people. With his sudden decision to move to Los Angeles and take Eddie’s spot and quickly rise to fame, you can’t help but root for him throughout his journey to the unexpected ending. A.M. Morrell has done a great job with this book and I can’t wait to read more by this amazing author.