It's Not You It's Me by Allison Rushby
By Red Dress Ink
Charlotte (Charlie) is a metal sculptor who is trying to pass her final class at her university and is looking for a quiet roommate to be able to afford to keep moving forward. Jasper Ash (Jas) is looking for somewhere he can finish his degree and write his songs. They hit it off when Jas comes to look at the apartment and moves in. One of the last nights when they are rooming together Charlie (a bit drunk) ends up in Jas's bed but things take a turn for the worse and Charlie is so embarrassed she is gone when Jas moves out. She also avoids his calls in the following months.
The next time she sees Jas he is “Zamiel” the lead singer of “Spawn” and an international rock star. He is also portrayed to be gay (which might explain things) and a little on the bizarre side.
Move time forward and Charlie is given a trip to Oktoberfest by her sister and brother-in-law so that she can get on with her life after her mother dies. While on the plane she is clobbered on the head with the safety video and moved to 1st class. She ends up sitting next to Jas and they catch up quickly. Charlie decides to invite Jas to join her on her vacation. But, why is he not answering the 114 messages on his pager or phone? Also will he be able to keep incognito and away from fans?
This report prepared by Tanya
Red Dress, May 2004, 12.95, 352 pp.
Three years ago, waitress slash sculptor Charlie Notting advertised for a roommate and rock musician Jasper “Jas” Ash responded and moved in. Over the next few months as Jas goes through a different woman every week, Charlie falls in love with him. The day before Jas is to leave her to fulfill a music contract, they begin to make love. However, Jas stops, insisting it has nothing to do with Charlie. She is hurt and tells him she never wants to see him again.
Charlie's friends and family gift her with a trip to London feeling she deserves it. On the plane, she encounters Jas who is a rising superstar. They agree to tour Europe together though Charlie fears she will be hurt. However, this Jas will do whatever it takes to prove to Charlie that it was not her and that he loves her as he did three years ago. First he must re-earn her trust.
Readers will be very surprised why Jas failed to make love to Charlie, but though difficult to accept, the reason is reasonable in this gender bending contemporary romance. The fun story line uses flashbacks to show the first ill-fated relationship between the lead couple, which can prove a bit confusing, but worth the trip back to compare how far the twosome have come in three years. Chick lit readers will appreciate Charlie and her feeling of inadequacy while at first hissing at Jas, but as the audience becomes acquainted with him will like him and when they learn the truth cherish him. Allison Rushby writes a pleasant tale of love.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner