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Published by Crimson Romance
Released on September 2, 2013
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“An estimated 1.3 million people in the United States have RA—that’s almost 1 percent of the nation’s adult population. There are nearly three times as many women as men with the disease. In women, RA most commonly begins between the ages of 30 and 60. It often occurs later in life for men.”
Coming off of Rock Her, I had high hopes for Rock Him, but was left a little disappointed by the flow of the story and how it seemed to move slowly into the romance. The hero and heroine felt off and not true to what I expected from their characters.
Asher Lowe is supposed to be a hard rock superstar, living the lifestyle with women and alcohol. Suddenly he is hit with the tragedy in the death of his younger sister. Estranged from his father, and now the guardian of his five year old niece, Ella, Asher is racked with grief and guilt. With Ella in tow, he heads from Las Vegas to LA only to get his first lesson in dealing with a five year old and her grief.
Maddy Anderson is one tough cookie. Dealing with rheumatoid arthritis, every day is a battle. When she encounters Ella crying on the plane, Maddy intervenes and helps Asher bring Ella back down. Moving on, she doesn’t give them much thought until she gets a call they want to hire her as Ella’s nanny. Because of her condition, she doesn’t want to take the job due to having full insurance with her barista job. But Asher wins her over.
The story moves on slowly from there. At around the halfway point, there still wasn’t much in the way of romance. It was mostly in dealing with Ella’s grief, Asher’s inattention to the change in his life and Maddy fighting off blackmail from Asher’s father. The romance moves fast after the halfway point, but I never felt there was sexual tension building until it was there.
Maddy’s condition took up a lot of story with treatments, medication, side-affects and just how hard it is to do some of the simplest things. While I liked learning more of her condition, the story was too short of just how much time this took up and away from the romance between the main characters. On the flip side, you never get to see the rock star Ahser. Never get to see him perform or sing and that’s part of the fun of having a rock star romance.
The story also jumped in time a lot, leaving me to wonder what happened in between scenes. In reality, the story spans over six months, but to get there, there were jumps that left me confused. And when Asher gets angry, he hurts Maddy and won’t listen too her. So many times she accepted his apology and I think he needed some tough love and some groveling.
The one thing I loved was just how sweet their love was. It was based on the heart, not the looks of a person. Asher saw Maddy for the beautiful person she truly was even if she was too thin and had knotty knuckles. He went out of his way to find the best doctors and treatments for her while also desiring her for the woman she is.