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First in a series alert!

Chad McLoughlin is the lead guitarist for Reckless. He wants his best friend in his band as well as in his bed. Achieving this is no easy task, but he’s determined to succeed.

Crystal Atkinson is ecstatic when the band welcomes her as more than just a groupie. It brings her closer to Chad, who doesn’t hide his feelings. She cannot see him as a potential boyfriend or lover, no matter what he says or does.

An unforeseen betrayal strikes both Chad and Crystal. They continue on alone until Paulie walks into their lives. He is exactly what Crystal and Reckless need. He takes the band and Crystal’s heart for a ride none of them will ever forget.

Reckless, the band that started it all.

So what’s she doing with the band? It never says. Maybe she’s just there to form the threesome?

In fact, this whole description is kinda vague. What sort of betrayal? Why are they alone? Where’s the rest of the band? Where are they continuing?

Lots of questions. Only one way to get an answer.

Bring it.

Here’s a series that’s not too old; I know I’ve been finding a lot of gems that have slipped past our careful watch. But this one came out in November, it looks like the second is already out, and there are two more scheduled, although as I’m writing this, there’s not a lot of detail about them.

The first in the series is called All the Ways You Saved Me, and other than guitar-roughened fingers, I’m not sure how much Rock Fiction this really is. But I’m curious to read it and find out! Here’s why:

Bianca Easton is the perfect senator’s daughter.

Law school? Check.

Camera-ready smile? Check.

A dull and boring existence? Double check.

But that was before. Before she lost her best and only friend in a tragic accident. Before she found that friend’s unfinished bucket list. Definitely before she turned her life upside-down by deciding to stay in New York for six months to finish it.

It’s while she’s checking off her first item on the list–buy coffee for a stranger–that she meets Ian Mathis. Between the tattoo sleeve curling up his right arm, his guitar-roughened fingertips, and the secrets shadowing his past, he’s a complication Bianca doesn’t need but desperately wants.

With every item they cross off the list together, Bianca uncovers a piece of herself that she’s buried under what’s expected, all the while breaking her own rules by falling hard for Ian. But when her six months run out, Bianca has to decide if she’s willing to risk her empty but picture-perfect life for a chance at real, messy love.

I like the idea of the friend’s list, and the need to finish it, and how it pulls Bianca out of her staid life. And I’m curious about this Ian dude, too.

First in a series alert!

This is actually a new edition that was previously published. I don’t know if it was revised since the old publisher gave up the rights (and we won’t lay bets about why. Let’s just be glad the author got her rights back and was able to put her book back out into the world), but I’d hope it was.

As an aside, you guys know if you contact Susan when you get a book’s rights back, she’ll cut you a break on the price, right? Or if you’ve got an old book that needs a quick copy edit?

Anyway, here’s what Crash and Burn, the first in the Walker Brothers series, is about:

Some love songs are just waiting to be written.

The guitar in his grip revives a childhood promise, but he needs sexy Erin Michaelson as his music teacher. When he sees her on stage using another name — and seducing an entire audience — she brings more back to life than just his music.

A single, sizzling backstage kiss will change both of their lives forever. Chance soon realizes that Erin is not just an itch, she’s an obsession he refuses to live without.

So we don’t know much about this, and it took me a few reads to figure out that Chance is the hero’s name, that the author wasn’t using some wide-sweeping language. But we don’t know what he does, why he put the guitar away, and why he needs this woman so bad. Or even what she thinks of it all.

I’m intrigued. You? Send me your reviews and I’ll see that Susan gets ’em up.

First in a series alert! I doubt the rest of the series is Rock Fiction, since it’s more about the security team than the rockers, but, well, we’ll have to figure it out somehow. Which means either you or I (or Susan) will read it and see.

Here’s what the first one is about:

He’s been chasing a memory . . .

It was just supposed to be a regular Thursday afternoon…and then he saw her. Sitting in seat L214, one seat over from his at the baseball game, right next to her douche of a soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend. An impromptu kiss for the kiss cam, and Jax knew his life would never be the same. Five years and a tour in Afghanistan later, Jax is back stateside running his own private security firm, Iron-Clad, with his best friend. He isn’t the man he used to be… but Megan isn’t the sexy and sweet, though sheltered, twenty-two-year-old he left behind, either. And she’s in trouble.

…but now they’re on the run.

Megan Cruz has made something of herself. She’s turned her dreams of pop stardom into a reality. But when a deadly stalker breaks into her home claiming to be her number-one fan, the only person she can turn to is the boy who got away. But Jax isn’t the same carefree charmer who stole her heart, then broke it when he joined the military. This man is seductive, hard, guarded. And he’ll do anything to protect what’s his.

So really it’s a bodyguard trope, right? Except there’s history, however small, and baggage.

This has potential to be more than just the bodyguard trope. (I just hope there’s enough Rock in this Rock Fiction.)

I’m drooling.

First in a series alert! And from the looks of it, this isn’t the author’s only Rock Fiction series, either.

How’d she escape my notice for so long?

Here’s what Sing Your Heart Out is about:

Good girls don’t date rock stars.
They certainly don’t have rock star friends with benefits.

Still a virgin at 21, Meg Smart walks a straight and narrow path. She aces her classes, excels at her part time job, and carefully avoids trouble–no drinks, no drugs, and especially, no boyfriends.

Rock star Miles Webb doesn’t do “boyfriend.” He skips over intimacy and love in favor of easy distraction–a beautiful woman under him, screaming his name.

Meg is drawn to the pain in his gorgeous, tortured voice. But the man she hears on the radio is nothing like the player she meets at a mutual friend’s house party. When she walks in on one of his trysts, she’s embarrassed enough to die. His merciless teasing leaves her blushed and frustrated, but she’s intrigued by his wit, his confidence, his casual offer to give her a night she’ll never forget.

Neither of them wants a relationship, so they strike up an arrangement: They’ll be friends with benefits, nothing more, nothing less. There are only three rules: no secrets, no feelings, no falling in love.

Only neither one of them can quite abide by the terms.

Ooh, he’s a rock star with benefits. Not bad!

There’s both nothing new here and yet I can’t stop myself from totally drooling and thinking this is some fresh fun. What the heck?

I don’t know. Only that I’m hooked and I’ve got to read this.

A huge UGH at the title, but let’s see what it’s about. Because that’s what matters, not the name we give it. After all, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

Grace Thompson didn’t want a student teacher. And she sure as hell didn’t want it to be Levi Mondez.

Let’s just say they got off to a rocky start.

To be fair, it wasn’t entirely her fault. How was she to know he was also the lead singer of local rock band, Mondez? How was she to know he got off on her short temper? And how was she to know her best friend, Riley would fall for him?

Hard.

If he wasn’t so damn gorgeous it might have made the whole mess easier for Grace to handle. If he didn’t transform her female parts into a blazing furnace, and if he hadn’t confused the hell out of her already bruised heart, life might have turned out a heck of a lot differently.

But he was, he did, and he had.

She was screwed.

So right off the bat, we’ve got a fun twist on a familiar trope: they work together. But she’s the boss, he’s a student. A STUDENT! Kudos to the rocker with a backup plan.

AND, to take it a fresh step further, she doesn’t work for the band or in the biz at all. Nope. She’s a TEACHER.

I love this already. Add in a love triangle and the potential to muck up a set of best friends and we’ve got fresh and fun all over the place.

Well, between the covers, anyway. And maybe that’s a pun and maybe it’s not. I won’t know until I’ve read this one.

First in a series alert!

Here you go:

First book in the Magnolia Steele Mystery series by the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Denise Grover Swank.

Ten years ago, Magnolia Steele fled Franklin, Tennessee after an incident that left her with hazy memories and a horror of the place where she had been born and bred. Though her abrupt departure destroyed most of her treasured relationships, she vowed never to return . . . until she has no choice. When Magnolia’s breakout acting role in a Broadway musical ends in disgrace, there’s only one place she can go. She finds herself on her momma’s porch, suitcase in hand.

Drama follows Magnolia around like a long lost friend. She reluctantly agrees to help her momma’s catering company at a party for a country music star, only to find herself face-to-face with a sleazy music agent from her past. After a very public spat, Magnolia not only finds him dead but herself center stage in the police’s investigation. Now she must scramble to prove her innocence, relying on the help of acquaintances old and new.

But the longer Magnolia stays in Franklin, the more she remembers about the big bad incident that chased her away. The past might not be finished with her yet, and what she doesn’t remember could be her biggest danger.

Oooh, a mystery! Hooray for Rock Fiction mysteries!

One note, though: a glance at the other three titles in this four-book (as of when I drafted this) series shows that the others focus more on the Broadway actress theme and not so much on the Rock Fiction. Boo for that, but Give My Regards to Broadway!

(and really, is Broadway that far off? Hmm.)

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Looks like here’s the first in a series that’s been out for awhile… I’m totally on a tear with this older stuff that’s snuck past, aren’t I?

Here’s the description. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it!

Katie Logan has had a secret crush on her best friend Johnny Church since high school, but he’s never looked at her the same way. So when Johnny—now a famous rock star—comes home to visit, Katie can’t bring herself to tell him she’s engaged to be married. She should have, though, because she soon discovers that maybe the attraction is mutual…

Warning: Not for the faint of heart! This book contains explicit sex, drugs, and rock and roll, not to mention a few eff bombs here and there. Proceed with caution.

Looks like this one’s a novella, ’cause one of the first things I noticed was that it’s only 142 pages. So maybe that explains why the description is so short. Or else it’s so short because it says it all.

We’ve seen this trope before. Lots. So I’m guessing the fun’s gonna be the erotic stuff, and I’m all for that. I hear good things about Jade’s writing, so bring this ON and let’s have a hot time.

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It’s kinda cracking me up that I’m following a book named Harmony with one named Imperfect Harmony. Did something go south?

Nope. It’s a different book — the first in a series! — and written by a different author and everything. Here’s what Imperfect Harmony is about:

A rock band. A reality show. The opportunity of a lifetime.

As the front man for The Void, lead singer Dane Archer has yet to achieve the success he craves. He hopes that will change when he’s approached about filming a reality show called House of Archer. All he and the band have to do is get some juicy footage while on their upcoming tour.

The problem? Archer’s life is a snoozefest. His parents are happily married, he’s never done drugs or gotten arrested, and he doesn’t get into fights with his band mates. He knows the show will fizzle and die before it ever hits the air, taking his dreams of worldwide fame along with it.

Unless…

If Archer can convince his best friend Lily to be on the show, he’s sure they’ll get all the compelling footage they need. Her life is filled with drama. Hell, she’s practically a reality show in her own right.

Archer’s willing to do whatever it takes to get Lily on board, even if it means charming her into being more than just friends. But when he finds himself falling for her, his seemingly simple plan gets complicated. Soon the line between reality and Reality TV begins to blur, leaving him wondering if achieving his dreams is worth all it might cost him.

He’s so squeaky clean! So much that this almost comes off as New Adult or something, minus the angst and the horrible past.

But the premise is what’s fun here. Nothing wrong with a little bit of invented drama… This could be one heck of a fun ride, if Lily can cook up the sort of drama I’m hoping she can.

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This might be out there, even for us. And it’s the first in a series, so hopefully it’s out there in the fun sort of way that makes us want to keep reading and spending time and reminds us of some of the best crazy fun Rock Fiction we’ve come across.

Here’s the description:

Daisy Kirkwood has only just escaped her small-town life and run away to New York City, the land of last-minute secret gigs at famous musical venues, when she’s kidnapped by aliens. Unfortunately, no one ever writes about how to handle alien abduction in those fancy NYC guidebooks.

Griffin and Dev are supermassively sexy aliens from a politically and environmentally troubled planet who arrive on Earth with very little knowledge about human ways other than what they learned from a wayward E! News signal. Their mission is to pretend to be the most influential people on the planet—English pop stars, of course!—and gain the help of a powerful secret society. Upon arriving, they abduct Daisy Kirkwood, a nerdy young woman who loves music but could seriously use a bit of help in the love-life department. Though Griffin and Daisy initially squabble, neither can deny the intergalactic sparks whenever they’re too close to each other. Together, they must face murderous aliens, cultural misunderstandings, bad backup musicians, and the dark side of fame and the media, all set against a tight deadline…

Part High Fidelity, part Bridget Jones’ Diary, part Doctor Who, Dating an Alien Pop Star is a sexy romantic comedy.

Well. I wasn’t a big fan of High Fidelity, Bridget Jones wasn’t someone I could relate to, and Doctor Who is okay, but this description does sound like zany, crazy fun. It’s perfectly silly and goofy and has that feel of who really cares, we’re just gonna have a laugh at pop culture’s expense and let the reader share the joke and be there to catch all our winks.

Maybe that’s more wishful thinking than truth, but… I can wish. And I can want to read it based on my own delusions. So there.