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Mayhem! Already I like this series, just for its title. Mayhem. Chaos. Fun. Upheaval. All sorts of things get promised by the word mayhem. I’m already on board.

Three books in the series, and they make me drool just from their titles: Mayhem, Riot, and Chaos.

This sounds both familiar and fresh, at the same time. Here’s how, about Book One:

When college freshman Rowan Michaels meets gorgeous, up-and-coming rock star Adam Everest, she knows a player like him is the last thing she needs after her ex-boyfriend shattered her heart. But she can’t stop thinking about the kiss they shared on his tour bus.

On the first day of school, Rowan is stunned when Adam saunters into her French class. He’s soon failing miserably, and, on a whim, she offers to tutor him. But Adam doesn’t recognize her as a makeup-free, glasses-clad college student—a far cry from the beautiful, mysterious “Peach” he met at his concert.

During a wild weekend on tour with the band, Rowan can’t help falling for the sweet guy buried beneath Adam’s rocker persona. Yet she knows she could never compete with the girls constantly throwing themselves at his feet. She’d just end up hurt … again.

Peach is all Adam thinks about, though, and when Rowan realizes this, she has a decision to make: stay just friends to protect her fragile heart … or reveal the truth about the night they met and admit she’s fallen completely, hopelessly in love with him.

See the familiar? The insta-lust, the inability to get the normal girl off his mind.

See the fresh? The dude walks into French class. (why French? Why take college courses? Isn’t his band on tour?)

See a familiar romance trope that we don’t see much in Rock Fiction? The whole “I don’t recognize you without your glasses, Superman.” — okay, sure, in this case, Rowan puts her glasses ON. Same idea.

So, yeah. I’m stoked to read this one.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting. The next book in the series? Seems to be independent. Jamie Shaw, drop in and let me know how these books tie together, will you?

Here’s the description of Riot:

When Dee Dawson meets sexy mohawked guitarist Joel Gibbon, she knows it won’t be long before she has him wrapped around her finger. No guy has ever been able to resist her… but Dee’s met her match in a player like Joel.

Dee’s not the relationship type—not after seeing the pain “love” has caused her friends and family—yet she’s desperate to make Joel want her more than anyone else. He quickly becomes an obsession, and when a reckless attempt to make him jealous ends in disaster, Dee turns into the damsel in distress she never wanted to be. With her carefree world crashing down around her, the last thing she needs is Joel’s pity.

But Joel is suddenly determined to prove he cares, and no matter how hard Dee tries to push him away, he refuses to let her shut him out. Now the girl who swore she’d never say those three little words must choose between guarding her heart and losing Joel forever… or falling head-over-heels for the tattooed rock star of her dreams.

WOW. Just… wow. Dee turns stalker? Maybe… I hope not, though. I hope that the disaster that gets referred to here teaches her a lesson and makes her change. Susan says characters ought to grow through the course of a book. In this case, Dee comes off as kinda… ick. I’m not entirely certain I want to like her (am I supposed to?). But heck yeah, I know women who act like it sounds like Dee does. So I’d read this just to see what Dee is like and how she comes off in the book itself. Is this someone I could like? I’m not sure. But I’m curious to find out.

And yeah, we’ve seen the whole “must choose between guarding her heart and … falling head over heels for the tattooed rock star of her dreams.” But you know what? Most Rock Fiction romance hinges on that question. I guess some things are constants.

The stakes are high now, folks. Two different books, both pushing a lot of what we know Rock Fiction to be. Can the third book, Chaos live up to it? Let’s see.

From the moment she saw Shawn Scarlett perform at a school talent show, Kit Larson has loved two things: the guitar, and the gorgeous, green-eyed boy who inspired her to play. But one careless night in high school shatters her hope of ever being more than a notch on his bedpost.

Six years, two bands, and one mostly-mended heart later, Kit’s about to make her rock star dreams a reality as the new guitarist for Shawn’s band, The Last Ones to Know. He may not remember their reckless night together, but Kit has never forgotten… and she’s determined to make him eat his heart out.

The release of their new album means a month cooped up on a tour bus, sleeping inches away from the ridiculously sexy musician she’s never quite gotten over. And as Kit gets to know the real Shawn—not Shawn Scarlett, the rock god, the player—their attraction becomes too hot to resist. But the past is paved with secrets, and when they finally surface, Kit could lose everything: the band, the music, her dreams… and Shawn.

Hmm. This is potentially the least fresh and exciting of the three books, and the setup — that Kit winds up joining Shawn’s band — smacks of the same sort of manipulation we see from Dee above. But… well, I’d read it because I like the idea. Even putting the romance aside, I like the idea of having the hots for someone so much, you pick up a new hobby — and find your life’s calling. Now THAT is inspiration.

What else is interesting here is that it’s the only description that doesn’t put us in the hero’s brain. So I’m curious to know if this breaks the trend of two-character novels. I’ve started hearing backlash against writers who do the whole every-other-chapter thing and I gotta say, I kinda like it. No problems here.

Bring this series on, in a big way. This is one I’ll fight Susan over, punches and everything. Note from Susan: if Jett is willing to got this far, she wins!

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Let’s get right to it:

Ravenel Hayes is a perfect daughter, a loving sister, a loyal friend, and an excellent student. Returning home to complete her MBA and be closer to her family, she has her future all mapped out. That is until her path leads her straight into Declan Collins. The dark haired, tattooed singer with a sinful body is a distraction, one that’s way out of her league. He wasn’t part of her plan. But now that he’s literally knocking on her door, how can she avoid him?

Declan Collins lives life to the edge. His only emotional attachments are to his family and his band. He’s your typical bad-boy, lead singer who lives with no regrets. “Hook-up and head-out” is his motto. His ultimate goal is to take his band all the way to the top, or so it was. When he runs into Raven, she stirs up emotions in him that he had never thought possible. From their very first meeting, there’s no denying the chemistry between them. He’s not a relationship guy, but can she change his playboy ways?

Jealousy, anger, stalkers, and fame and fortune threaten to tear these two apart. Will surrendering to their love get them through the challenges that await them? Or will it tear them apart?

On the surface, not much sets this series starter apart from a million other Rock Fiction romances. This one’s going to be all about the execution and the ride.

Here’s the second book, Surviving:

Raven Hayes experienced a love she thought would last forever. Declan Collins consumed her from the moment she fell into his arms. Their love was what fairytales are made of. But when his band is given an opportunity of a lifetime, he made the one choice that would tear them apart.

Walking away from him and leaving for the summer seemed to be the best idea to mend a broken heart. With the love and support of her best friend, the pain eases, but a decision has to be made. Is Declan her forever? Is she prepared to have a place in his rock star life?

Declan’s broken when Raven leaves. She tamed him and taught him what all- consuming love is. So many factors tried to pull them apart, but his choice was the one to push her away and possibly into the arms of another man. Losing her is not an option. Now he’ll do anything to get her back. And this time she will never doubt the depth of his love and commitment to her.

The journey to their happily ever after is paved with obstacles and challenges, will their love survive?

Still not seeing it… but I’ve seen Ahren Sanders’ name all over the place, so she’s working hard to get herself out there. There’s only one way to judge this one, and that’s by reading it, so bring it on.

And no, I don’t ever get tired of reading Rock Fiction, even when it is the same old thing. Each book is different, no matter how alike they seem. The characters act different, talk different… it’s all good. (Except for when it’s bad.)

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Lauren Dane has been a favorite of Susan’s for a long time now. Part of that is because Susan’s known Lauren online for a long time now. And part is because Lauren writes some really smoking hot stuff — or so she says. I haven’t had time until now to check it out. And I want to make time for this one!

Unexpected Desire…

It’s been ten years since clean-cut, sexy-as-hell police officer Todd Keenan had a white-hot fling with Erin Brown, the provocative, wild rocker chick next door. Their power exchange in the bedroom got under his skin. But love wasn’t in the cards just yet…

Now, life has thrown the pair back together. But picking up where they left off is tough, in light of a painful event from Erin’s past. As Todd struggles to earn her trust, their relationship takes an unexpected and exciting turn when Todd’s best friend, Ben, ends up in their bed–and all three are quite satisfied in this relationship without a name. As the passion they share transforms Erin, will it be enough to help her face the evil she thought she had left behind?

So it starts off pretty typical: the guy can’t forget the rocker chick he had a fling with.

Wait.

What?

The guy can’t forget the girl. That’s normal. We’ve seen a lot of that.

But the guy’s not the rocker. The GIRL is.

I like Lauren Dane already.

And then she goes and adds a threesome to the mix… what girl doesn’t want to have two men in her bed, answering her beck and call? (Okay, that’s rhetorical, so don’t flood Susan’s inbox with answers.)

This sounds like it’s more erotic romance than Rock Fiction, but there’s only one way to find out. Bring it. Fast, soon, and maybe even a little bit hot.

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As I’m doing extra posting this month and finally starting to catch up on all the links Susan and I have been swapping, I’m really seeing trends in Rock Fiction plotting. And here’s one in Lauren Dane’s The Best Kind of Trouble: the rock star who can’t get the more restrained/conservative/chaste girl off his mind. Here. Take a look:

She has complete control… and he’s determined to take it away

A librarian in the small town of Hood River, Natalie Clayton’s world is very nearly perfect. After a turbulent childhood and her once-wild ways, life is now under control. But trouble has a way of turning up unexpectedly—especially in the tall, charismatically sexy form of Paddy Hurley….

And Paddy is the kind of trouble that Natalie has a taste for.

Even after years of the rock and roll lifestyle, Paddy never forgot the two wickedly hot weeks he once shared with Natalie. Now he wants more… even if it means tempting Natalie and her iron-grip control. But there’s a fine line between well-behaved and misbehaved—and the only compromise is between the sheets!

It’s a natural fantasy for anyone who feels chemistry with someone who meets a jillion people every day. Notice me! Look at me! Remember me! We all want to stand out. So I guess it’s a natural plot line.

Besides, as Susan points out, this is Lauren Dane. Her books are always good. And if this has some of those classic Dane sex scenes? Get the smelling salts ready!