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New series alert! From the start, I like the premise. Five best friends open a hot new restaurant.

In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby’s brand new series, five best friends open a hot new restaurant, but one of them gets much more than she bargained for when a sexy former rock star walks through the doors—and into her heart.

Seduction is quickly becoming the hottest new restaurant in Portland, and Addison Wade is proud to claim 1/5 of the credit. She’s determined to make it a success and can’t think of a better way to bring in new customers than live music. But when former rock star Jake Keller swaggers through the doors to apply for the weekend gig, she knows she’s in trouble. Addie instantly recognizes him—his posters were plastered all over her bedroom walls in high school—he’s all bad boy…exactly her type and exactly what she doesn’t need.

Jake Keller walked away from the limelight five years ago and yearns to return to what’s always driven him: the music. If he gets to work for a smart-mouthed, funny-as-hell bombshell, all the better. But talking Addie into giving him the job is far easier than persuading her that he wants more than a romp in her bed. Just when she begins to drop her walls, Jake’s past finally catches up with him.

Will Addie be torn apart once again or will Jake be able to convince her to drown out her doubts and listen to her heart?

Some familiar stuff here… the star who walked away, the heroine who had a crush when she was younger. A mystery past.

BUT there’s also other stuff. They both admit the attraction. (yay!) A rocker who’s willing to start over again at the beginning.

And this blurb has a good energy. I like the idea of five friends opening a restaurant — think of the fights they are gonna be having. I like that Jake thinks highly of Addison’s brain.

I’d like all this a lot more, I bet, if I had a review copy. Just sayin….

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On the Goodreads page for the series, there’s a whole introduction! Look!

The four men who make up the rock band, Wicked, the hottest act to hit the scene in years, have earned their wicked status without much help. They’re bad, sinfully delicious, and a temptation to every woman they meet.

Gearing up for a worldwide tour, the guys are about to come face to face with the only women strong enough to tame them. But it’ll take more than a few smooth words to win the hearts of these ladies. When you can have any woman you want, how do you convince the one you can’t live without her?

Okay, I know. It doesn’t say a heck of a lot… except it does. The series is about how each man finds his woman. That says romance, it says fun, it says… well, it says it’s kinda typical, but sometimes, typical is good. There’s something about this that has energy and makes me want to read.

Take the first book, and ignore the bad comma in front of the band name (Susan pointed it out. She said it makes her sad, but even worse, a friend did it in an article the other day and she’s sad. Everyone, send Susan chocolate to shut her up cheer her up.)

Devin Shaw, front man for the band, Wicked, is forced into seclusion by his manager after his destructive behavior almost destroys the band. Sent to a remote cabin alone isn’t Devin’s idea of fun, but to save his career, he’ll do what it takes.

Holly Baker, escaping the hassles of her big city life, arrives in the mountains of Tennessee and awaits the arrival of her friend, Roxy, to start their two-week vacation. Their plans change drastically when Roxy is called away at the last minute, leaving Holly to fend for herself.

Devin and Holly’s worlds collide when a mix up strands them in the same cabin. Alone with nothing but each other for companionship, how will Holly react when she realizes she’s trapped with none other than the hottest lead singer the country has seen in years? Will Devin be able to work with a constant distraction the pretty brunette offers? Or will the two discover that sometimes temptation is a wicked dessert best served hot!

Okay, we’re going to ignore the whole, “You’re my cash cow, man, so I’m sending your self-destructive ass all alone, by itself, to an isolated cabin and don’t die or burn it down or anything else that’s dumb.” Why be realistic when there’s love at stake?

Yeah, okay. Maybe we’re NOT going to ignore it. Instead, join me in hoping the manager (who I really hope isn’t on the road full-time) has someone covertly looking in.

There are four books in the series, so let’s look at the second book, Leather and Lace. It’s description also gave Susan fits — apparently, it goes from present to past. I got a bigger issue, though.

Roxy Carlisle is on a mission. She’s been in lust with Luke Harris, lead guitarist for the band Wicked, for two years. When her best friend, Holly, hooks up with the bands lead singer, and asks her to tag along to New York with her to meet the band, Roxy couldn’t pack her bags fast enough. The chance to meet Luke in person was a dream come true. Even better if her ultimate fantasy of finding herself in his bed were to happen. One way or another, she was determined to have him. That is, if Holly’s hair-brained idea of playing hard to get doesn’t backfire in her face.

Luke Harris loves women and they love him. All he ever has to do is speak to them and they fall all over themselves to be the lucky lady of the night. That all changes though when a feisty brunette comes barreling into his life and changes all the rules. She’s immune to his usual charm, or so it seems, but something in her eyes tells him otherwise.

Has Luke finally met a woman he can’t seduce? Can Roxy follow her plan and not give in when Luke sets his sights on her? When sex is all you’re after, can you walk away when your heart demands more?

Know what the issue is? Been here, done that.

But the third book… oh, the third book turns a familiar trope on its head in a good way, the way I am hoping the second book does, too.

It’s the Ugly Ducking, and the rocker’s the duck.

Come ON. You gotta love this! How often do we see a rocker who’s NOT the be-all, end-all? Yeah, we’ll see the shy guy and yeah, he’s usually the bass player, but THIS bad?

LOVE it. I want more.

Which is the last in the series, Sweet Temptation.

Mick Sheppard, drummer for the band Wicked, has sworn off women after his whirlwind romance with a fan cost him thousands in legal fees and a years worth of gossip in every trash magazine known to man. So, imagine his surprise when he wakes from an alcohol induced haze in Vegas, hung over, and married to a woman he knows next to nothing about.

Faith Weston is your typical good girl. Or so her father thinks. The daughter of a minister, she’s lived her life on the straight and narrow. A trip to Sin City brings reality to a screeching halt when she discovers her week of reckless abandon has left her married to a rock star. One of the bad boys her father warned her about.

Will Mick and Faith find a way out of their drunk-induced marriage or will they both discover some things were just meant to be? When love is the last thing you’re looking for, how do you turn your back on it when it finally finds you?

And let’s all give a heavy sigh. Back to the tried and true. This one is actually pretty familiar in romance novels, and it’s always the bad guy and the good girl. I do really like that this guy’s been seriously burned by some groupie/fan/random chick who wasn’t in it for the sex but for what she could get after.

So… mixed bag here, but I think (barring the typos in the book descriptions) there’s enough promise that my initial excitement hasn’t faded yet. This is a must-read series for Jett. How about it? Anyone got a copy a girl can read and review? Anyone got a review or two they’d like to see get posted?

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We won’t snicker too much at this series title ’cause, you know, sometimes, simple things are best.

It’s the Rock Star series, a series that looks like it’s got four books and one interlude so far, but a few more seem to be planned.

So… Book One, Falling Down, starts with a familiar trope: been in love with him for years, chance meeting, and now a few years later, sparks are FLYING.

In Book Two, we have the blind-drunk Vegas wedding and groupies who proposition the star while she’s standing right there beside her doting hubby.

I have zero idea what the third book is about, based on its description. Can you say vague? Wow.

And the fourth book includes kids. I’m guessing they are the main couple’s kids, but the book descriptions for books five and six talk about other characters, so I’m … well confused and intrigued, both. Is this another series that follows one couple for a bunch of books and throws everything and the kitchen sink at them so they can overcome?

I do like the idea of kids on the road. How do most rockers deal with that, anyway? Heck, that could be a series unto itself.

Oh, Susan… get busy…

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Susan’s a child of the 80s, and she says she doesn’t miss them. I’ve seen her iPod and her Spotify. She’s for real.

Me, I’m younger than that. So a book called I Love the 80s is going to be interesting, right? Check it:

Live in the now, they say, but for Jenna Jenkins, the now sucks.

Her fiancé dumped her, and she’s lacking the drive that might lead to a promotion at the eighties-themed cable station where she works. The only thing keeping her sane is her obsession with a brooding rock star, and an era, that died twenty-odd years ago. But then lightning strikes—literally—and sends her back to the year and the man she’s loved her entire life. Jenna has no choice but to take action to save Tommy Seer, lead singer of The Wild Boys, from the tragic accident that only she knows will claim his life.

But the real Tommy Seer is very different from the one who’s spent all this time starring in her favorite fantasies. As Jenna falls deeper into Tommy’s world—under his spell all over again, only this time without the schoolgirl crush—she realizes that his death was no accident. Can she find a killer, prevent a murder, and save the man she loves without everyone thinking she’s crazy?

And who thought shoulder pads were a good idea, anyway?

Okay, none of this is new. We’ve seen this plot a million times. Seen the girl with the crush on the rocker who finally meets him and shazam, it’s love. Seen the time-travel to try to change the future.

But in Rock Fiction? We saw time travel with Annie Seaton’s Hot Rock. I didn’t love that one, but that wasn’t because of the ideas. So bring this one on and let’s see time travel redeem itself.

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Three shorties come together to make one novel. Check it:

“Tonight on stage, Ray Sandler was all those old fantasies come back to life. Emily Rivers soaked up his every move and she felt alive again for the first time in what felt like years. She never thought he would actually notice her, though.”

Emily is a successful woman in the tail end of a failing marriage. Ray is the reformed wild boy of rock, back on stage again for the first time in years. As a teenager Emily had Ray’s posters all over her bedroom wall so when she gets backstage tickets it’s as if her dreams have come true. Actually meeting him is an unexpected highlight of the evening, but that’s as far as it could ever go. They come from such different worlds: what could an international star ever see in a grounded, curvy woman like Emily? And how long could they ever keep such a relationship private when everyone from jealous fans to intrusive reporters wants a piece of Ray?

As things turn out to be even more complicated than she had first believed, and when tragedy and angry exes threaten to pull them apart and their secret affair threatens to go spectacularly public, can Emily do anything or has it all gone way beyond her control?

And when one of the sweetest things a man has ever done for Emily turns out to be a lie, will she ever be able to trust him again?

A story of secret romance in the world of the super-rich: an international celebrity and his unlikely BBW love. Steamy and passionate and full of the twists and turns familiar to readers of PJ Adams’ work, including the bestsellers Winner Takes All and Black Widow.

“It’s our song, Emily. It’s your song. It’s for you. Everything’s for you, now.”

[Previously published separately as a three-part serial, this edition has been rewritten as a single novel.]

I can hear Susan twitching at those typos in the description. Wow, even I noticed them, and I’m not that great with commas. And I gotta say, there’s a lot that’s familiar: the woman who’s worshipped her rock god and gets to meet him. An instant attraction. And then the issues that pull them apart — anyone else notice how that’s becoming the de facto plot?

Still, like I always say, it can be based on familiar stuff and still be awesome, so bring it and let’s see how awesome it is.

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So why am I starting with the second in a series? Good question and there’s no answer other than because it’s the book I came across first. Except… when I went back into the archives here (wow. We’ve been around long enough to have archives!), I’d already raved about the first book in the series, Three Nights with a Rock Star.

Kinda cool to keep raving about a series. Usually, it’s one and done for me.

Here’s the description.

Half-Life bassist Krist Mellas is caught in a PR nightmare after his dirty sex video blew up online. His agent has the solution: a fake engagement with sultry pop princess Madeline Fox. Krist can’t think of anything worse than a charade with the bubblegum bombshell…except losing the band.

Madeline knows better than anyone what it means to live a lie in the spotlight. She’s determined to help Krist without ever letting him find out what it costs her—or about her girlhood crush on him. But after a smoking hot back alley encounter with him leaves her breathless, she can’t deny she wants the snarling bad-boy rocker.

In a world of glitter and diamonds where the kisses are fake but the climaxes are real, their facades start to crack. And the publicity storm may shatter them both.

I get stuck right on that first concept. A rock star and a home sex video. Hello, Tommy Lee. Hello, Fred Durst. Hello, Kid Rock. Hello, Vince Neil.

Hey, those Motleys sure like their cameras.

Even Gene Simmons made a tape, purely for the promotional lift it gave him. Because since when does Gene do anything that’s not purely for the promotional lift?

You see the point. Especially in the current world, it’s domestic violence and rape that are the image destroyers (hello Ray Rice and yes, even Big Ben. Know how many people think Ben’s marriage was only to improve his image? The joke around town, I’ve heard, was that she was marrying him so she’d get to keep the house in a couple of years.). Not sex, and not sex from a guy whose career description is sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

If you get past that, the idea of the two radio stations, pop and rock, coming together in a relationship is what’s intriguing here. I don’t know if any of that’s going to come into play ’cause the set-up here is the old secret crush on the rock star. If it doesn’t, it’s sure opportunity wasted.

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Ever notice how some book titles are really popular? This is one: Backstage Pass. I don’t quite get why, but then, both Susan and I have stacks of them. When you have stacks, the novelty tends to wear off. So as a title, I’m not sure this makes me all ga-ga.

But it does alert me to Rock Fiction and … another first in a series! This series is called Let’s Make This Thing Happen, which might be the oddest series title I’ve come across yet. It sure does stand out!

Here’s the book description:

Emily is a successful woman in the tail end of a failing marriage. Ray is the reformed wild boy of rock, back on stage again for the first time in years. As a teenager Emily had Ray’s posters all over her bedroom wall so when she gets backstage tickets it’s as if her dreams have come true. Actually meeting him is an unexpected highlight of the evening, but that’s as far as it could ever go. They come from such different worlds: what could an international star ever see in a grounded, curvy woman like Emily?

A story of secret romance in the world of the super-rich, an international celebrity and his unlikely BBW love. Steamy and passionate and full of the twists and turns familiar to readers of PJ Adams’ work, including the bestsellers Winner Takes All and Black Widow.

Some familiar ground here, changed only by the fact that Emily ain’t a stick. That’s good. Not everyone is a stick. And everyone, no matter how stick-like or not, has body image issues. I swear it.

I’m more intrigued by the fact that she’s in the middle of this failing marriage, so why isn’t her rocker her rebound?

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During the deluge that turned into Rocktober — I have never seen so much Rock Fiction in my life — I came across author Emme Rollins. Looks like she’s my type of girl ’cause she writes primarily Rock Fiction. Why isn’t she hanging out with us here? Especially since it looks like the fourth book in her Trouble series is coming out at the end of this month?

The series, like I said, is called The Trouble Series. Why? Well, because Trouble is the name of the band. Interesting name choice, given that in real life, there IS a band named Trouble. They’re doom metal, and they’re one of the founding fathers of the genre. I suspect, given this warning, there’s nothing doom about this fictional Trouble.

Warning: This full 45,000 word novel the ultimate fantasy come true when a female fan meets a sexy rock star guitar god with enough pluck to make the g-string on your Stratocaster quiver for days. (Note: This title was originally published as “Happy Accident”)

Sounds fairly typical, no? Although I gotta tell you, Susan’s wearing off on me. I can pick out some typos in the rest of the book description.

But there are some fresh ideas in here. For one, the hot sexy guitarist is married, so if you’re not into that sort of thing, steer clear. Apparently, in the second book, his divorce happens, but still.

It’s the third book I’m kinda iffy about. He wants his girlfriend/fiancee to join the band? Really? That’s the sort of lovebirdy thing that garage bands do, not major bands. Yeah, yeah, Patti’s in Bruce’s band, but that’s different. Know why? Patti was already Bruce’s backup singer. He didn’t promote her to co-lead singer. Heck, I still think with her voice, she’s under-used.

Like always, gotta read it to see how it’s handled. Oh, and the upcoming fourth book is about Bree’s best friend, and her play for the guitarist in Trouble.

But I don’t know. There’s something starting to feel tired about the fan meets the band member of her dreams and it’s insta-lust and she’s the one for him trope. Rollins has another series out, so maybe that one’s fresher.