Posts Tagged ‘dark secrets’


Here’s another oldie that slipped through the cracks. I swear, what did Susan do before I joined her here? Let everything get past her?

Feels that way. *

This oldie and hopefully goodie is the first in a series, but is the only one of the three that’s Rock Fiction. THAT is the way to start off a series!

Here’s the description:

Music journalist Kyra Martin faces the toughest assignment of her career-to write a cover story about enigmatic heartthrob David Tallis. Deadline looming, Kyra plans to go undercover. When she ends up under the covers with the sexy superstar instead, can both her career and their budding relationship survive?

With a closet full of skeletons to hide, and a paparazzi-fueled divorce behind him, David Tallis despises the press. When Kyra Martin bribes her way into his life, her sexy assets have him composing a duplicitous seduction. Ensnared in a media maelstrom of his own making, can David face the music? Or will he lose Kyra, along with another piece of himself?

Now, I gotta wonder why there’s not more erotic fiction (’cause that’s what this is) with this title. It’s a good pun. Maybe it’s because rockers usually can’t read music, let alone use sheet music?

But it’s a good pun!

This isn’t a terribly original plot. I think I’ve written about it before — this isn’t the first time I’ve used the “journalist trope” tag, so maybe I need to do more than think. Clearly, it’s happened.

But like all good books, what matters isn’t necessarily the plot. It’s the details that make the characters, the situations, the everything come alive. And for that reason, just like every other book that makes me drool, I’m aching to get my hands on this one.

Bring it.

* If you come across any Rock Fiction you’re coveting, or have read something you’d like to post your thoughts about, or are an author who’d like to write a guest post… anything! We’re always glad to accept contributions from the Rock of Pages family.


Now, I’ve been kinda disappointed by the plotlines of the first two Rock Fiction books Nalini has written. (Rock Courtship here and Rock Addiction here.) But she sells something like billions and trillions of books and people love her and she’s supposed to be a fabulous writer, so maybe she can pull it off. After all, Rock Fiction is about the execution more than the idea.

So what’s this next one about?

Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.

Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.

When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.

Depending on the secret, we finally have a plot worthy of the reputation of Nalini! I was hoping that if we waited long enough, it would show up and it looks like it might have.

THIS is the one I want to read first, even though it’s the third in a series.


For fans of New York Times bestselling authors Samantha Young, Sylvia Day, and E. L. James comes the stunning, erotically charged story about a woman who’s not looking for love and the tempting billionaire who left her breathless . . .

As a gifted opera singer, Allegra Orsini’s only obsession is music-until she meets him. A strikingly handsome and powerful man with a life splashed across the tabloids, Davison Cabot Berkeley isn’t what she expected. He’s unlike the other wealthy patrons who dine at Le Bistro. Davison sees more than just a coat-check girl working her way through grad school. And from the moment he looks at her, those deep green eyes ignite a fire inside Allegra she’s never felt before.

She craves Davison’s touch-his possession-endlessly. Even though every fiber of her being is telling her to stay away, that it’s best for both of them, she can’t. As his passion consumes her, Allegra can no longer deny Davison’s hold on her. He’ll never let her go. But as much as she wants him, Allegra can’t surrender to his love-not until she faces a painful secret from her past that could destroy them both . . .

I’m not a big billionaire story. I work with some and you know what? It’s just not my thing. I’m a jeans and t-shirt kinda girl. Total fish out of water at work, where I have to pretend, but then again, who doesn’t? Maybe that’s why I’m good at what I do.

Anyway, so we’ve got an opera singer here. I like opera, by and large. Okay, I like how polite the people are, with all the polite clapping they do and its culture. But those soprano voices..


I don’t get why you’d start writing a Rock Fiction series and then change it up halfway through. Just start another series!

So I don’t know what Kim Karr was thinking, teasing us with three of the first four entries in her Connections series being  Rock Fiction. The rest… not so much, it doesn’t look like. But I’ll tell you something: the book descriptions themselves become more and more vague as the series progresses. Weird.

So the first two novels — there’s an epilogue to book #2 called 2.1 and a novella tie-in that doesn’t feature River and Dahlia — feature the same two folk. Like I said: River and Dahlia. But beyond that, I can’t really tell what the books are about. He wants to heal her.

Buddy, didn’t anyone tell you that’s one of the worst things you can try to do to a person? You can’t heal someone. You can help them heal, but you can’t do it for them.

Still, it’s Rock Fiction, and then there’s Book Three, which is about another dude in the band and is also Rock Fiction. After that, the category blurs. So let’s focus on these three, which have a bunch of common themes: characters who have a past before they connect on the page, and secrets that can destroy everyone and everything.

There are other storylines in fiction, you know? But maybe that’s part of what makes this series able to stretch beyond Rock Fiction — besides stretching to encompass the friends and family of River and Dahlia. I don’t know. I don’t know if the same elements would make the books after the first lose something.

I don’t know. Gonna have to read them to find out.


Claire Brighton has just finished college and is abandoning her warm, southern home in favor of gritty New York City. Her search for the perfect roommate leads her to Lydia Taylor. Lydia lives a life of privilege in her father’s penthouse, but like Claire, she’s ready to go out into the world on her own. Claire and Lydia rent a little apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, near Lydia’s older brother, Jason. Claire is intrigued by Lydia’s stories of Jason, who is the black sheep of the family—and a musician. The minute Claire hears him sing, she falls for him. Claire thrives in her new urban surroundings, treasuring her time with Jason and exploring her new found sexuality, but both Claire and Jason carry shadows with them. They’re each fighting wounds of their past. Will they defeat their demons? Will their feelings for each other last?

This had only been out about a week when Susan sent me the book description. She confessed she’d already caught a few typos, but told me to brace myself because she hadn’t fixed them all — in the book description alone. And then she ranted and raved about how long the staff list for editors and proofreaders was and why couldn’t they get this basic stuff down.

I think being an editor has warped Susan somehow.

Let’s talk about the book. When you talk New Adult, this is what I think of. Kids right out of college and starting life on their own. It’s not easy. I just did it a few years ago and so yeah, I know. What makes Claire think she’s going to find her perfect roommate’s beyond me, but that’s a small thing. Maybe Lydia’s only perfect because she connects Claire to Jason. Who knows? Gotta read the book.

And… I don’t know. It seems the whole hidden secrets thing is being overdone right now. Yeah, we all have secrets. Maybe they aren’t even secrets, so much as things you just don’t talk about, you know? Like my ex. I don’t talk about him much. Hell, I only think about him when I’m talking about things I don’t think about, so what does that tell you? That he’s not important and if we’d all quit talking about hidden secrets, I could quit talking about him and then I could really forget about him.

The biggest question here is about the Rock. Is this Rock Fiction, or is Jason’s singing voice the vehicle for Claire to want to spend time with the guy? Only one way to find out. Gotta read it.

And I’m not seeing the typos Susan was in the description, but I believe her that they’re there. That woman can spot a typo ten miles off, and so you gotta wonder why people want their books published by so-called professionals who can’t manage basic grammar. I don’t get it.