What a Girl Wants: Rhiannon by Blair C. Babylon #Review

Posted September 5, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

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

What a Girl Wants: Rhiannon by Blair C. Babylon #Review
What a Girl Wants: Rhiannon

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Series: #1 Rockstars in Disguise
Genres: New Adult Romance
Published by Malachite Publishing
Released on September 23, 2014
Pages: 174
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

Romance Roundabout #281 NA

Cliché Klatch #169 ‘Things aren’t always what they seem’

New to Me #142 author/series

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Lover Of Romance
4 years ago

Great review. This book sounds amazing here!! I just love the sound of it. Its always a plus when a story is engaging from beginning to end.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I thought I might just mildly like it b/c some rocker romances can be so drama-filled and the characters not so likeable, but this pair and their situation, I liked.

Mary Kirkland
4 years ago

Loved the review. I don’t know if this is the right book for me but it sounds like a great read for those who like rocker type stories.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Hey, thanks, Mary! I appreciate your kind words even if this setting isn’t your thing.

Red Iza
4 years ago

Oh yeah, another rock series to add to my to-read list – I can’t see to get enough of those (the rock series, my to-read list is already reaching another galaxy !). Great review, Sophia, thanks for sharing ^^

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Red Iza

You sound like me. I’ve been making a list of biker romances and a few more rocker ones that I want to try. 😉

Blodeuedd
4 years ago

I am not sure for some reason

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Blodeuedd

Sometimes the interest just isn’t there. Been there, Bloduedd!

Lola
4 years ago

It’s great when a new to you author book excedes your expectations! It sounds like a good NA romance. Rhiannon sounds like a great character who knows what she wants, although the love interets being her manager must definitely complicate things for them. I hope you’ll continue to enjoy this series!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Lola

I love it when a book surprises me. I definitely want to see what happens with the rest of the band.

Sharonda
4 years ago

I like that she is a female rocker and NA reads with a adult feel to it is my kinda thing 😀

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Sharonda

Yep, that all struck a chord with me, too, Sharonda.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Ooo a new to me author. I’d not seen this one before. That’s awesome she had you pulled in the whole time. Definitely gonna keep an eye out 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

I find it fun that most of the authors in this box set are either totally new to or at the very least, I’ve never read their books. It’s such a variety pack that the stories only have romance in common so they can go any direction with that.