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First in a series! First in a series!

They can’t resist each other, but their secret romance might tear their band apart…

Classical musician Maddie Taylor secretly dreams of a louder life, but geeky girls like her don’t get to be rock stars. That is, until tattooed singer Jared Cross catches her playing guitar and invites her to join his band on The Sound, a reality TV show competition.

Once on the show, Maddie discovers there’s more to Jared than his flirty smile and bad boy reputation. With each performance their attraction becomes impossible to ignore, but when the show pressures them to stay single they’re forced to keep their relationship secret.

As the competition heats up, Jared will do whatever it takes for his band to win, and Maddie must decide if following her dream is worth losing her heart.

So much of this seems familiar, doesn’t it? The sad thing is that this one has a real nice ring of truth to it — that’s not the sad part, so hold your horses for a minute here. It’s the whole “the show pressures them to stay single” part. I know people this has happened to. I know a guy who showed up backstage and wasn’t allowed past security. “But I’m her boyfriend” was met with a lot of laughs. What a crappy way to break up with someone, especially when the people in the couple don’t want to.

I doubt this turned out the way real life did, with a lot of pain and broken hearts and really really hard decisions. It seems so easy on the page. You love ’em? Go for it. Love conquers all. But when it’s real and it’s in your face and there’s millions to be made and dreams to be realized and experienced handlers who know more than you do, and maybe you can be a flash-in-the-pan pop artist and make the cash and get out and be with him again…

Well, it’s just not that easy. On any level. Including the getting out. And that’s assuming he hasn’t moved on.

Like I said, this is the first in a series. Most of the rest are Rock Fiction, although they don’t seem to be about the same band. I’m curious. Got no issues admitting that.

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