Review – You Spin Me by Karen Grey

Posted April 28, 2021 by Carole in Reviews / 25 Comments

I received this book for free from the Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – You Spin Me by Karen GreyYou Spin Me by Karen Grey
Series: Boston Classics #3
ISBN: 9781737038306
Published by Home Cooked Books on April 29, 2021
Genres: Romance
Pages: 302
Format: ARC, eBook
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four-stars

Some scars go further than skin deep…

1988 doesn’t end well for Jessica Abraham. In just one week she turns thirty, loses her day job, and loses the role of Ophelia to a younger actress. Rallying, she goes after a part at a theater outside of the city, but the director’s plan to hide her beauty behind hair, makeup and wardrobe from Cosmo’s “Don't'' column shakes her confidence to the core.

For the first time in her acting career, she won’t be able to rely on her carefully managed physical charms. Only her craft will count.

On a snowy night early in January 1989, a woman calls into DJ Callihan Alonso’s alt-rock radio show at the end of her commute. He asks her to call back the next night, and the next, just so he'll know she’s home safe. There's something about her voice that has him wanting more, but the longer they talk, the closer she gets. Compromising each and every wall he's built around his heart.

If two lonely people fall in love over late-night phone calls, will meeting face-to-face make them, or break them?

In this heartfelt, slow burn retro romcom, it may be the end of a decade, but it’s the beginning of a love story.

I had a great time with this book! This is the third book in the Boston Classics series but it would work perfectly well as a stand alone but readers of the series will enjoy checking in with the characters from earlier books. I have really enjoyed each installment in this series which is set in the 1980’s, a time period that holds a special place in my heart. Once I started reading this book, I was quickly drawn into the story and had a great time with it until the end.

Cal works as a late night DJ at a local radio station. When Jessica calls in with the answer to a trivia question, they form an instant and unusual connection. From that day on, Jessica and Cal talk every night when she calls the station during his shift. This brought back so many memories of being tethered to a wall by a phone cord for hours at a time during my younger years. It was really great the way that these two got to know each other so well just through those phone calls. But what would happen if they actually met face to face?

Cal and Jessica were both fantastic characters. They are each dealing with their own set of problems but I thought that they were really helped to lift each other up. I thought that the chemistry between these two was fantastic even before they met. I loved how much each of these characters grew over the course of the story and how each was willing to do whatever it was that the other person needed them to do. They both had some pretty big obstacles in their path and it was great to see them meet each one head-on.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. I found this to be a wonderful romance with great characters set in a fun period of time. I do wish that we had got to see just a little bit more of their future or how things worked out for them in the epilogue so I am going to cross my fingers that we get to see this pair again in future stories.

About Karen Grey

KAREN GREY is the pen name for Karen White (assumed not to hide her identity, but because her actual name is already connected with a well-known fiction author). A theatre actor in Boston in the eighties and early nineties, she started working as an audiobook narrator in 1999 after moving to Los Angeles. Having returned her home state of North Carolina, she shares a home with her family and probably too many pets, where she continues to record audiobooks as well as make up stories.

25 responses to “Review – You Spin Me by Karen Grey

  1. I love that the titles of these books get me singing some classics. I listened to the first book. It was fun being back in that time period

  2. Thank you so much for pointing out this book! I LOVE the period of time this is taking place. Sometimes I’d wish I was born in the 80’s so I would be able to remember more from the 90’s, because I think those were some fabulous years!

    I’ll put the first book from this series on my Goodreads Shelf 🙂

    • The 90’s were good but I had a lot more responsibilities in that decade. Things have changed in a lot of ways in today’s world.

  3. I forgot to come back and comment after I wrote my review I feel exactly the same about wanting just a bit more time together at the end. Until about 75% in the book when they split to progress on their own it was a 5 heart read for me. But even if they had to manage their issues on their own two feet, I wanted a bit more time together .