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I love being able to covet a whole trilogy at once. I really do. And have I got a cool sounding one today!

It’s actually interesting because books 1 and 3 feature the same guy. Who’s maybe a loser and maybe not. He’s definitely a drunk, an alcoholic, if I gotta use the proper terms. He loses it all over these two books… is there redemption for him? I hope so. I like redemption stories.

And the second book, Zenith Rising, is the one that makes me a bit nervous. It’s about a former member of the band, and it may not be Rock Fiction even though the dude’s a rocker. I’m going to have to spend some time with my nose in a book to be able to tell.

So anyway, here’s the description of book one, Zenith Falling:

Joelle married Rob Williams, lead singer of the rock band Zenith, before she was old enough to know better. She has spent years following Zenith around while they struggle to become rock stars. Only now, alcoholism has replaced the talent that once was going to make Rob a legend, leaving Joelle’s life spiraling out of control. The problem is there isn’t a soul in the world that cares, including her husband.

Nick Lassiter is a powerful business magnate in Seattle, Washington, and was acquainted with Joelle long ago, before she became Joelle Williams. Nick’s return to Joelle’s life gives her a link to a world outside of Zenith. A world that starts to become far more appealing than the crazy, alcohol dominated one she lives in. Until the fateful night when her entire life implodes and Nick is the only person she has to run to. Joelle soon sees only one thing clearly: Nick Lassiter has become so much more than just a friend who can save her.

When Zenith disbands and Rob tries to get sober, Joelle begins to discover her own identity outside of Zenith, and the person she finds is nothing like the young, fragile girl who needed rescuing when Nick first met her. Who she discovers just might be a woman worth loving.

I like this concept; it’s fresh, although it seems harrowing. This could be a real keeper.

But then we get to the second book. Like I said, it’s maybe not Rock Fiction…

Dr. Erica Heathersby is the last person Spencer Mattox, ex-band member of Zenith, should ever be attracted to. When Erica offers Spencer a job, he resents her for it, because she is successful in her career, her life, and as a person, in ways Spencer believes he can never be. But Erica soon finds her medical practice the target of political debate, and herself the target of someone’s violent desires. Erica turns to Spencer for protection, which develops into a relationship that neither of them is prepared for. Erica knows that in order to keep Spencer from destroying what they have built together; she has to overcome the devastating past he tries to hide. But then again, none of it will matter, if Erica doesn’t survive what is fast becoming someone’s deadly intention towards her.

Sounds like a thriller, not a romance. And I have a lot of questions, like why an ex-rocker provides protection.

The third book brings us back to Joelle and Rob. Or only Rob.

Rob Williams used to be the lead singer of his band, Zenith, before his alcoholism destroyed his career, his marriage and his life. Now, writer, Rebecca Randall wants to chronicle his recovery and in the process, establish herself as a successful author. What this mother of three young girls doesn’t realize is how well the tattooed, former rocker, Rob fits into her small town, country life. That is until Rebecca’s estranged husband comes home and wants to rebuild their relationship. As Rob leaves and attempts to make his dreams of Zenith come true, Rebecca’s life falls into a depression that nothing, short of divorce, will end. But how can Rob, now lead singer of Zenith, ever return to Rebecca’s ordinary life?

I guess what gets me here is that this is almost about the people *around* the band and not the rockers themselves. Which is fine; we’ve seen that done in other books before. The question remains if it’s Rock Fiction or not, and how all of this is handled and like I said, color me curious.

Does anyone know what color curious really is? Anyone got a 64 color that’s called curious?

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We’ve known Jade C Jamison’s name around here for awhile now, but this is the first time we get to covet something she’s written. What’s wrong with us?

Here’s all about Bullet, the first in a series:

What if you discover the man you want is toxic?

She tasted a little bit of heaven with him, and now they’ve gone through hell and back, but can their relationship take anymore?

Valerie Quinn is a naïve college freshman when she meets on-the-rise rock star Ethan Richards. He’s an idealistic, handsome, reckless young man, but he’s captured her heart. She doesn’t give up on him and eventually his walls crumble down. By the time Valerie has given herself to him completely, she discovers he’s damaged and may be beyond help. Can she save Ethan and their relationship before he implodes, or will he self-destruct and take her with him?

So for New Adult, which this seems to be, it’s pretty on point, no?

But for real life? Why do we women think we have to save our men from themselves? I mean, seriously. It’s like we’re programmed to do that or something, but it never turns out well. Look at the first line of this description. Valerie knows he’s toxic. But she doesn’t care.

This has nothing to do with the book. Or maybe it does. It’s just… why?

But here’s where he has to do with the book: maybe it’ll help explain it to me. Because even though I’ve been there, I’ve done it, I just don’t get it.

This is the first in a series that features Val and Brad and Ethan and others from the band. Looks like the series is still going strong ’cause there was another release in 2016.

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I came across this one because it’s been released in large print — there aren’t enough large print books, I don’t think. There should be more!

Anyway, here’s what it’s about:

Still mourning the loss of her rockstar husband, Leigh Tremayne didn’t know what to expect when his partner invited her to his Florida estate. Derek Mallory blamed Leigh for her husband’s death, and she wanted to spend as little time with him as she could. But a hurricane trapped her in Mallory’s secluded mansion. Soon both of them were caught up in a turbulent storm of emotions that would either have them at each other’s throats — or in each other’s arms.

So the question really is if this would be Rock Fiction or not. Only one way to find out, and I gotta admit that even though the GoodReads reviews seem to have issues with this book — it was first published in 1983, apparently — I’m curious. But then, I’m always curious!

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Holy cow, this one is a winner just on creativity alone. I don’t think there’s a single thing I can say about it except it’s the first in a series, the second is out, and holy cow, this needs to live up to its potential or I’m going to be one cranky Rock Fiction lover. Ready?

What do you get when you cross a smoking-hot rock star with a sexy wolf shifter, then throw in a heaping dose of gothic fairytale enchantment? Aleigha Daniels is about to find out!

In a world where human-shifter relations are often volatile and riddled with unfair presumptions on both sides, Aleigha finds it difficult to trust. Fairytales are for little girls because in real life, men cheat. Something Aleigha knows all too well. There are no enchanted castles and no Prince Charmings who will sweep you off your feet. So when she’s forced into interviewing the sexy, enigmatic, and eccentric shifter rock star, Morpheus Wolfe, at his creepy mansion out in the middle of nowhere, all Aleigha can see is the fear inside her own heart. And when circumstances trap her there, Aleigha begins a journey she never expected to take. What she doesn’t know is that Morpheus has an agenda, and sometimes fairytales do come true.

So WHICH fairy tale is it? Beauty and the Beast? Dracula? Something else?

Oh, holy cow, I so totally gotta read this one, I can hardly stand it. Bring it and bring it nnnoooooooowwwww!

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I can’t tell if this series ended at two books, or what. GoodReads doesn’t provide a helpful publication date for the second book, and the reviews are full of comments about how long it took to come out. (That’s not a great reason to give a book one or two stars, folks. Read it again: not a GREAT reason, before you start bitching at me ’cause that’s what the Internet is for.)

But anyway, since there’s two, let’s take a look at both of ’em. Here’s the write-up of Book 1, Savor You:

Kylie Wolfe and bassist Wyatt McCrae have been bad for each other for the last several years, but it’s impossible for them to end their toxic push and pull. Not when their attraction is constantly fueled by lust and proximity—she’s her older brother’s Lucas’s assistant and Wyatt is his best friend and band mate.

So when Your Toxic Sequel makes a move to record a new album in Nashville, Kylie decides to make the latest break with Wyatt official by getting the hell out of town. She’ll spend a week in New Orleans. A week to immerse herself in the Mardi Gras scene. One week to not think about the last time she was in New Orleans, seven years ago with Wyatt. Seven days where she won’t have to see Wyatt every day just to fall ridiculously in love with him all over again—where, if she wants to, she can have a normal, no-strings attached fling that won’t end in heartbreak.

Too bad Wyatt ruins everything by showing up, as gorgeous and demanding and awful for her as ever.

Wyatt refuses to let Kylie give up on him. Not without reminding her why they both fell so far and hard in the first place. Not without making her savor the good memories and what could be their last chance with each other.

My first thought is that this guy’s action proves he’s not good for her. She takes off to clear her head and look at things from a new perspective but guess what? Here he is! Ready and waiting!

But maybe it’s romantic, his arrival. Maybe he’s decided he can’t live without her, not in the sick, controlling way but in the hugely romantic gesture that I think we all want, deep down inside. Although maybe some of us know better than to trust those big gestures.

And here’s the second book. It’s billed as a standalone (although it’s the second book in this series) although it features characters from Emily’s other books and series. So her world is all messed up in each other and I like that ’cause why keep reinventing the wheel when you can just expand the existing universe, at least until it gets too big and too unwieldy? (and no, I’m not being sarcastic there!):

Useless.
Brilliant.
Sexy.
Uncontrollable.

From the childhood foster homes he was bounced around to, the one love he lost and hordes of nameless groupies, even his own bandmates—Your Toxic Sequel’s drummer, Sinjin Fields, has been called it all. That doesn’t include the names he calls himself. He knows he’s an addict—knows he’s damaged goods. He doesn’t care, though; drowning out the world numbs him. And for Sin, that’s the closest he’ll get to happiness.

When a drug-fueled confrontation nearly costs him his closest friend and bandmate, Sinjin is faced with no other choice but to confront each screwed-up facet of who he is and how he got there. What he never expected to encounter was Zoe—an over-achieving, fresh-faced violin prodigy who can’t seem to stay away from him. Not that Sinjin wants her to. She reminds him of the undamaged part of himself. Makes him feel emotions he didn’t know he could feel.

Possessive.
Protective.
Love?

And Sinjin will battle every demon haunting him so he doesn’t have to let that go.

Is this junkie fiction? Could be, but it’s also a romance so we know the drugs don’t win in the end. Or they shouldn’t. Who wants to read about a romance with a chemical? Yeah, yeah, there’s a band all about chemical romances but really. A band name and a book are different things, although the two totally can and should inspire each other.

So it seems to be all about Your Toxic Sequel… interesting band name, huh? Especially when the first book’s all about a toxic relationship and this one’s about a toxic affair with drugs…

Lots of toxicity. I bet these need trigger warnings. But I know I’ll read ’em to see if they live up to their own hype.

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Here’s another one that’s been on our List forever but is only just now getting written up and drooled over. It’s the Black Falcon series, written by Michelle A Valentine, and it looks like it’s complete, with seven books including a few in-between books. The series starts off focused on Lane and Noel, but then opens up and soon it’s about each member of the band.

From the descriptions, some of these make me gag. Right off the bat, there’s the usual works for the band stuff. But not all of them. And, of course, since it’s a complete series, you gotta take it as a whole, and that’s when a lot of these series really shine. When all the stories work together and you get to see a lot of the band — because, let’s face it: we’re here for the rockers. That’s what I’m talking about.

But it looks like the box set doesn’t include the in-between stories, and that has me crying foul. I want ’em all, and I want ’em together and man oh man, do I wanna sit and immerse myself in one band for the duration.

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Could there be a better way to start off a new series than with its Rock Fiction entry? Unfortunately, this seems to be the only Rock Fiction in the series so far, but we can hope! It looks like this series isn’t over yet.

It’s the Risking it All series, and this is actually numbered 0.5 — it is so special, it comes before the first. Definitely a reason to read it right there. But then! Read the cover copy!

Carly Taylor is pretty sure she’s dreaming. It’s not possible that Sam Weiss – rock star god and sexy hotness personified – is actually in her bakery. This sort of thing never happens in the too-small town of Haven. Or to her. And being stranded in a secluded mountain cabin with the deliciously decadent Sam during an ice storm? This is definitely not Carly’s real life . . .

Now there’s just the two of them, a roaring fire, lots of food and drink, and a sizzling attraction – one that just might make Carly do the unexpected. For one night, she’ll live the fantasy. For one night, nothing else matters. . . not her struggling business, not her lonely life, not Sam’s bad-boy reputation. But sometimes one night can turn one crazy, beautiful dream into something real.

Looks like the reason it’s not a full entry is because it’s a novella. Which is fine by me. Bring the good stuff!

But on the other hand, is Sam going to be one of those guys who could work any job, or will he have a rocker’s charisma? The idea of him in a bakery is amazing and I love it. The locked in a cabin? Well, it’s familiar, and when it’s well-done, it’s great fun and I actually love the idea of having two characters locked away together. Melissa Foster did it in the recent Chased by Love, and to be honest, it was my favorite part of the book.

And right now, with the backlog I’ve got, I’d love something short, especially if it’s good. I’m lacking for really good Rock Fiction lately, so bring this one on.

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Sometimes, there’s a fine line between junkie lit and Rock Fiction, but this book’s not there. Yeah, Bodhi’s an addict. Maybe even a junkie when we first meet him. But he’s got a zest for life that overlays the junkie status and makes us want to spend a book with him.

And in a move that’s pretty darn fresh for Rock Fiction, Bodhi’s also the talentless face in a boy band.
That’s right. Talentless. A boy band.

Now, the story pretty much focuses on Bodhi and his love for one of his psychologists in rehab. There’s not a lot of Rock Fiction happening here, but at the same time, there is. Hard to explain, but it’s the framework. Bodhi’s rocker status frames how his love, Kimberly, deals with him and things around him, both during and after rehab. And, of course, it affects Bodhi’s life once he’s out of rehab.

And that’s pretty much the story. It’s a forbidden romance story because what sort of true professional falls for her patient, especially when she works for her father at a super high-end, totally professional, catering-to-the-stars joint.

Look, Blow has enough holes in it to resemble what Bodhi’s doing to his septum when his father intervenes and drags his addicted self off to rehab. It’s not just that Kimberly would truly lose her job if this happened in real life—and you all know how I hate that plot line.

But it’s that Bodhi replaces cocaine with Kim, and no one catches it.

It’s that no one realizes Aspen is a problem for Bodhi and throws her out—before she slips him a roofie. Yes, you read that right. And there are zero consequences other than being told she’s now banished. Wow! I’d love to live in a world where you can get away with being worse than a reptile.

Want another plot hole? Here’s one: Bodhi realizes he’s doing all these post-rehab things for the first time without being high. And they’re all so much better now. And he’s involved with a psychologist. One who never talks to him, who doesn’t help him understand and deal with these new perspectives. Nope. Kim’s too busy having sex, being ready to have sex, or shopping with Bodhi’s mega-rich and mega-famous mother.

And yeah, he gets over his addiction in about twenty pages. It’s too easy, too simple. Even when he gets out, even when Aspen gets him high, he’s tamed that devil. He’s not relapsing, no way, no how. Even when he does.

Still, for all that we’ve got Swiss cheese here, this was a fun read. Rebel, Bodhi’s bitch of a manager, deserves her own book at the end of the series (and it is a series!) to explain how she got here, why she thinks pulling people with no talent out of thin air to turn into successful boy bands is a good idea, and even if the other manager who approaches Bodhi and his partners is right that she’s a crummy manager.

Rebel intrigues me. Maybe in a way no one else does.

Blow has some other cool parts: parents who aren’t total screw-ups. Yeah, they weren’t there when Bodhi was growing up and he resents them for it—who wouldn’t?—but they are doing their best now by their son. They love him and they’ll stand by him. But they aren’t afraid to be parental and use the tough love.

Way to go, Mom and Dad. We don’t see parents like this in fiction all that often.

So take this one to the beach or an airplane. Enjoy the ride, enjoy the sexy scenes, set yourself up for a series that’s going to go… who knows where. Just don’t think too much.

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Here’s another one that’s been out for awhile and we’ve never coveted over here. It’s Samantha Towle’s Storm series. Susan says for awhile there, she and Samantha had friends and contacts in common but she and Samantha never connected. Pity; we coulda had some fun over here!

This is an interesting series ’cause there’s four books, but they are numbered 1, 2, 3, 3.5 — and only #3 (Taming the Storm) is about a different couple. The rest are about Jake and Tru. Which is both super — I like following a couple, especially when they’re a good couple — and frustrating because it’s like, “Why are you interrupting my fun with Jake and Tru?” And since there’s no new entry featuring this second couple, it’s kinda hard to commit to them in the middle of serius interruptus.

So Samantha’s put out one book in this series a year since 2012. Which means there hasn’t been one yet in 2016, but here’s hoping there will be, and it’ll feature this second couple, Tom and Lyla.

Anyone know anything? I’d sure like to!

Here’s the titles, in order:
The Mighty Storm
Weathering the Storm
Taming the Storm
The Storm

And if you didn’t guess, the name of Jake’s band is The Storm.

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We’ve seen me drool over the series Ann Lister’s written. How about her standalone?

Sydney Willows, a professional photographer boasts a long list of world famous musicians as clients. She’s blond, ambitious, and about to shoot the most lucrative job of her career when she meets Ben Gallo, lead singer and guitarist for his band, Reckless. Tall, handsome, and with enough rock swagger to melt any woman’s heart, Ben plays to win. Will he be the one to show her that the path to ‘happily-ever-after’ is possible with a music man, or will a juvenile bet made between brothers prove stronger than a bond of love? For All The Right Reasons is ribboned with deception, lust and love and will leave you aching for an encore.”

So far, it sounds like familiar stuff. Photographer falls for the band she’s photographing. (Why do I doubt this ever happened to Ross Halfin?)

I wish this description told us more. What’s at stake, beyond “a juvenile bet”?