This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: New Adult Romance
Published by Malachite Publishing
Released on September 23, 2014
A girl who has come so far with big dreams finally gets her chance. It’s the chance of a lifetime to tour as the back-up singer for Killer Valentine until she sees behind the facade and gets to know the players. Complicated and conflicted, she keeps working hard for the one thing that sustained her through years of foster care and living hand to mouth. Rhiannon’s story provided an engaging plot, fascinating glimpses behind the scenes of a rock band tour, deftly drawn characters, and a complicated romance.
It exceeded my expectation and left me eager to continue with this new to me author and new to me series of NA Rocker Romances. I read this as part of the Red Hot Lovers box set and have yet to read a dud even five stories in. I love this opportunity to sample and try new authors and series. This one is also available separately.
Rhiannon MaCallen is the narrator for most of the story, but she takes turns with the hero, band manager, Jonas. Rhiannon had a rough past and it has shaped her. She is focused and dedicated. She is grounded which helps her survive as a rock band tour newbie. Her head isn’t turned by the drug, sex, and fame. She treats the band as her family to care for and have their backs even if they don’t appreciate this. Jonas sees all and does appreciate Rhiannon right down to the fact that she has serious talent.
But there are barriers for Rhiannon and Jonas to make a go of the attraction and friendship and connection they share. There is that tight fraternization clause that Rhiannon will not cross because her career means too much and then there is her career that will eventually take her away from the band.
The story was engaging and I stayed interested the entire way. There is some shifting between active and passive voice that created some distance at times and the reader has to really pay attention at the breaks because there are leaps in time. The ending comes swift even though it brings a smile and makes it clear what direction things will go.
All in all, I was well pleased and would definitely recommend it to those who enjoy rocker romances. This is NA, but it has an adult feel to it as a result of the maturity in the main characters. It is also a first in series and has me eager to continue getting the stories of the rest of the band.
My thanks to the authors for providing the set of stories in exchange for an honest review.
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