Rocked by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott #Review

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I received this book for free from Free Book in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Rocked by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott #Review
Rocked

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Series: Lost in Oblivion #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rock Band Romance
Published by Rainbow Rage Publishing
Released on April 8, 2014
Pages: 513
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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I was lucky to get this book free when ARe was having their Earth Day sales. Clocking in at 512 pages, this really was a great freebie – more bang for your buck and I mean there is a lot of banging in this one. If you didn’t get it free and you like this review, it’s only $2.99 at Amazon or $3.99 at ARe. I liked this one enough to grab the second book which was only 99¢. I also included a sample below if you want to get a hint of it before you buy it. Let’s get to the book!

We meet up with the heroine, Harper, as she is working a lunch shift on a rock band tour. Growing up in a family of roadies she can’t seem to stay in one place for long. Taking a break long enough to go to culinary school, Harper’s back on tour in a probationary role as a chef feeding all the bands and roadies. It’s a hard job, long hours, and fending off rockers who think they are God’s gift to music and women, but she loves everything about the life style.

Deacon McCoy and his band Oblivion are getting their big break. With a few songs blazing through the charts and now touring as the opening act for Rebel Rage, they are high on life and hoping to get a record contract with Trident. Music saved Deacon and now he is in a place to do what he loves. The dynamics of the band are coming together and sometimes it isn’t easy. Deacon’s the quiet one who loves his fans, but isn’t the social media guru.

To understand the band let’s introduce them:

Simon – lead singer and man whore, Simon loves the women and they love him. He is an original member that started it all. Wild and crazy, he lets it all out.

Nick – guitarist who has a bad case of stage fright. He has to have a blow job before each show or he can’t go on stage. I can’t wait to see him fall and I am guess who it will be based on this story. He also is an original band member who started it all.

Jazz – drummer and resident pixie of the group. Her hair color changes daily and often is seen video taping the goings on of the group from their scavenger hunts to impromptu tattoo sessions. You can often see her cuddling with the guys or riding on Deacon’s shoulders.

Gray – guitarist who is the quiet, quiet one. He just wants to play and make a record. You don’t see much of him as he stays to himself. I suspect he is on drugs, but the book never really comes out and says he is doing them. Gray and Jazz seem to have a thing, but not a romance (at least not now). He is protective of her and she clings to him a lot.

Deacon – bassist who plays the “mom” of the group. He works hard to make them a band while also looking out for their interests. While he wasn’t originally part of the Nick, Simon and Snake (former member), he was the one instrumental for making them a band and getting them gigs. Also, Deacon is extremely fit, running miles and mile or rowing when he needs to think or is stressed out. He also it 6′ 5″….I mean tall, big guy!

So these are the major players in the book. Oblivion has just joined the tour as the opening act at the beginning of the book and Deacon is starving. So you get how Harper met him and how she slammed down his interest right away.

Deacon is so into Harper, he keeps wearing her down to get her to “date” him. Right away he knows she is something special and he wants to hold onto her. Harper for her part has had dealings with a rock star and she isn’t ready to go there any more. She has goals for her career and shacking up with a rocker isn’t one of them.

The two dance around each other through the last leg of the tour. The story is long, the sex hard and fast. Emotions are high and we watch how these two slowly fall in love and deal with all their internal drama. At times it seems to meander along and the 512 pages just seemed to take up time. After a while, I started skimming the sex scenes. Yes there were incredible, but I wanted to know more of what was going to happen when the tour ended. Was Harper going to give up her dreams to stay with Deacon? Was Oblivion going to get a record contract? Would all of this destroy what they had built?

You get all the answers to those questions, it just takes a while to get to them. At times the story had fluff moments I felt could have been cut, but then again that is just me. In the end, I enjoyed the story despite some of my issues. Deacon is a real guy who loves music and his band. He fights a good battle on that front and on keeping Harper. Harper supports Deacon, but also realizes she has to pursue her own dreams. The two have some talking to do!

A great addition to the rock band genre of romance. I even went out and bought book 2….but a warning, there are a lot of stories in between…like there was a novella before this one (Seduced #.5). Then there is a follow up story on Harper and Deacon (Rocked, Rattled and Roll #1.5). As I look at the series, there are a lot of books in between the main ones. I don’t know if you have to read those or not, but just wanted to warn you.

Challenge Info:

Literary Pickers: Ingrediants (heroine is a chef)
New To Me: Author (Taryn Elliott) and Series
Books ‘N Tunes: Faithfully by Journey

About Cari Quinn

USA TODAY bestselling author Cari Quinn wrote her first story–a bible parable–in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. She attempted her first romance in junior high, long before she’d ever read one. Writing what she knew always took a backseat to what she wanted to know, and that still holds true today.

Though she also fires up her computer as a graphic designer, proofreader and editor, she can’t resist the lure of disappearing into a world of her own creation. Now she gets to pen sexy romances for a living and routinely counts her lucky stars.

The only thing she loves more than writing is hearing from readers! Please visit her at her website at http://www.cariquinn.com

About Taryn Elliott

I’m USA Today Bestselling author Taryn Elliott. I’m a music freak who loves everything about telling stories. I have way too many ideas rattling around in my head, but music almost always ends up in the story somehow. I’m very lucky to have a job that allows me to slip into the shoes of musicians, actors, business women, tycoons, bodyguards, chefs, bakers, carpenters, inventors, bartenders, wine makers, artists, and so many more characters to come. Talk about living the dream.

Oh, and I write 85% of this with my bestie and writing partner, Cari Quinn. We also write super sexy paranormal romance and erotic romance under Taryn Quinn.

Enough about me…go read about one of my hot guys. They’re far more interesting. 😉

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
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Journey!!!! Oh sorry, love that song and the group. 🙂

Yes, this does sound like a fantastic find. Looking forward to your thoughts on book two now.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

I love Journey! I could sing their songs all the time. It helped that this was a band that did cover songs and the hero always wore old band t-shirts. I just finished books two with a some of the same complaints that there is tons of sex that had me skipping. I mean I can only read so much of a woman getting oral and not get bored. I am debating getting book 3 or if I want to read the in between ones.

Sophia Rose
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Sometimes when I’m on the fence with liking parts, but not the whole, I spread it out with other reads in between. Maybe you could do that. Yeah, it’s funny to admit, but sometimes a book just has too much sex. 🙂

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I went ahead and started book 2.5 since the ending felt a little abrupt to me on book #2. It deals with the couple again so I felt like I was continuing the same book just for longer. I need to find time to write some reviews again. May is packed full of events like dancing at Holiday World, 50th Anniversary Party, 4 birthday parties, 1 graduation and maybe a partridge in a pear tree?

Sophia Rose
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Holy Smoley! Partridge in a pear tree indeed. I have two birthday events, but other than that it should be same ol’.

Blodeuedd
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I do want to read more rock star books…well ok I want to read it all but ya know

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Shari Delighted Read

I love rock start books, but sometimes they just don’t do a thing for me. I enjoyed this one, but again the sex got out of hand at points.

kimbacaffeinate
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Despite the skimming this does sound quite good. Thanks for introducing all the members of the band!

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Shari Delighted Read

I loved the story when I wasn’t skimming the sex scenes. I mean I love sex scenes as much as the next gal, but at times I just got bored when I felt it was repetitive.

Lola
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Oh that’s definitely nice to snatch such a long book as a freebie. I am not really into rock star romances, or at least I haven’t read a lot of books in that genre so far. This does sound like a great book with a fun group of characters. I am glad to hear you got all the answers in the end, even though it took awhile to get there. If the novella’s add something to the story, I am usually happy to have some extra pieces of story. Great review!

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Shari Delighted Read

Well, I have read book 2 and 2.5 now, but I guess I don’t need 1.5 since I am this far. There are several more to go! I love rockers, but sometimes their lives are the best to get involved with.