Rocktober Rock Fiction Coveting: Second Song Cowboy by Rhonda Lee Carver

Posted: October 2, 2014 in Rock Fiction Coveting, Rocktober
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There’s been a lot of country music stars and Westerns lately. Anyone else notice? Seems like The Wild West is taking over Rock Fiction.

If the story’s fresh and the characters great and the details right on, I say bring it. Always fun to change up the genre every once in awhile. And here, we’re adding a twist, too: the rocker is the chick.

Check out what I mean:

April Swift and Dante Brooke were a couple as teenagers. They’d spent a summer falling in love, exploring one another, connecting stars…until April took off to follow her dreams as a country music singer.

Fifteen years later…

Dante shows up at April’s dressing room and she is lost in sky-blue eyes, again. A hello between old friends turns into a passionate reunion and both discover feelings they’d left behind. But April has a music career, and Dante has a ranch to run.

Two months later…

Home is where the heart is, but April doubted she’d find the welcoming committee on the doorstep, especially after she informed Dante that she was pregnant.

Dante has a reputation as a bad-boy. He wouldn’t deny the truth. He’d lived on the edge most of his life, but when he hears he’s going to be a daddy, his priorities flip-flop. He’d never stopped loving April and his only goal is to win her heart for a second time. However, his charming smile and sweet talk don’t work like they did before. Now, he’ll have to prove himself. Can he become the cowboy April needs?

When things start to spiral out of control, April realizes she must make a decision—to follow love or her career.

Another thing I’ve noticed lately is a trend to these “We had a torch for each other long ago and are finding each other again.” Like any storyline, it’s okay when you’re not reading 800 of them in a row. So if I actually get my hands on all these books and start reading, the ones that come to me late might wind up getting knocked down a bit on the grade scale just because there are so many of the same thing again. In other words: if you’re going to be kind and cough up a review copy, do it soon.

We’ve also got the unwanted pregnancy thing going on, too.

And I hate that women have to choose between kids and careers. Come ON people. This is today. It’s the 2000s. Can’t we get over this? It’s bad enough that Evanescence is on an extended leave and Lacey quit Flyleaf to focus on her kids. Let’s figure out how to make it work. Gwen Stefani did. Oh, wait. She’s not really making music these days, is she? (Nope, not since 2006 — Susan)

Okay, so maybe that part of the book is already true to life. But there’s gotta be some women in rock who figure out how to have kids AND a career. There just does.

Oh, yeah. This is part of a series that otherwise doesn’t seem to be a Rock Fiction series.

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