Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rock Band Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on October 8, 2018
I am in love with Ian. Not as much on Zoe, but I didn’t dislike her. A hero that really isn’t a hero. Secrets is the name of the game and he’s keeping them from you, me and everybody! Can he save the day, his dreams and get the girl he wants and the brother he has idolized. ?
Rock Redemption starts up after Ian has talked to Donovan, the owner of Ripper Records. He now has a chance to achieve his dreams of being a star and paying off his debts, but we still don’t know the extent of those debts and what they are going to do if he doesn’t pay his debts.
Zoe has been hired by her cousin, Lila, to photograph a concert that Ian is a part. Polaroids are her work of art and she has several vintage cameras. This makes me want to find one and relive some of my childhood. Ian liberates her favorite camera and starts a campaign to show the camera in his life to entice her. He heard her voice in book one, now he has seen her and tracks her Instagram account. When they meet up totally by accident, the two start to com-bust. And no, he isn’t giving her camera back.
The drama starts to build as Ian starts to fall in love with Zoe. He is sending all his money back to someone we mostly know by name. Without the money, he isn’t eating much and losing weight. Also, he self harms himself when things start to build up and the emotion is too much. This was a tough part of me to read because I have a family member who does the same thing even though their reasons are different. Ian was abused by his mother and doesn’t have a very high opinion of himself. He takes cigarettes to his wrist where his mom used to press hers. It was so painful for me to read and just how much my heart bled for him.
Zoe shouldn’t be left out. She is an artist trying to figure out her path. When she gets deep into her artistry space, she doesn’t eat, sleep or take care of herself. Time slips by fast. She’s in California at an art hostel with her own apartment, but also a timeline to show a project that expresses her and it isn’t going to so well.
Ian can’t stay away. Zoe can’t resist. The two light up the pages, but they aren’t without problems both real and made up. Ian just wants to be loved and to love. To not feel this weight on his shoulders. He wants to be a good man, but he’s a man doing something bad, which is killing him.
As the story unfolds we learn more about Ian as he starts to build a band. A band he alienates at every turn until they leave and a new member is added. Also, Lila cooks up a scheme to find out what is going on by having Ian collaborate with members of Simon’s band and even singing together.
The end of this part of the story bubbles up into something that affects him, his brother, sister-in-law and even Zoe. It affects almost everyone at Ripper Records and the whole plot starts to become clearer with the unthinkable happening in a cliffhanger. Luckily I already had book 3 on my Kindle, so the cliffhanger wasn’t far from being over for me. Onto the last book in this trilogy!
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