Posts Tagged ‘I want this to be good’


Hey, it’s a do-over!

What if you had a second chance at your first love?

Best-selling author Serena Devane has spent most of her life running away from the man who broke her heart and left her too afraid to fall in love again. Now she’s back home after a 15-year absence, ready to get a fresh start on life. There’s just one little problem. In an effort to help her research the rock music scene for her new novel, her take-no-prisoners publisher has unknowingly set Serena skipping down the path that leads straight to the man she has tried so hard to forget.

Jensen Pratt is the drummer in a world-famous heavy metal band. When Serena grudgingly agrees to take the pre-arranged drum lessons for the new book, the sparks fly as unresolved issues hang in the air like a wrong note. To sweeten the deal, he offers to help Serena learn the music scene. All those hours together could be a blessing and a curse because the second she lays eyes on him, Serena knows she could fall again. But as they say, every rose has its thorn. Serena is blindsided when she agrees to try again with Jensen and then finds out he is engaged to be married.

Devastated, Serena is once again on the run. This time, it’s her family who centers her and reminds her that love has many faces. A late-night house fire and a little dog bring her face-to-face with hunky firefighter Vince Rossetti, a divorcee with a great sense of humor and a huge heart who cooks. As Serena falls under VInce’s charms, Jensen returns vowing to make things work.

Pulled between both men, Serena must choose the past or the future.

Now this… now THIS… it’s fresh. It’s different. It’s a rocker who’s not a man whore. He seems, from this description, to be nurturing and open and maybe even willing to dump the fiancee (and I hope she’s not horrible ’cause there’s so much good stuff happening here and I don’t want it to go down in cliches).

Bring this ON. I may have to see if my library has it. Crap. They don’t.

Hello? Library? Stop this. I have work to do!


I like the title, even though I have no idea what a Malykhin is. Other than a bear to spell.

Twenty-six-year-old Gaby Barreto might be a lot of things (loyal, sarcastic, one of the guys and a pain in the butt depending on which family member you ask), but dumb isn’t one of them. When her twin brother invites her to go on tour as his band’s merch girl, she isn’t exactly screaming at the top of her lungs with joy.

With no job opportunities pounding on her door, an ex-boyfriend she would still like to castrate, and no end in sight to moving out of her parents’ house in Dallas… it would be dumb to say no to the chance of a lifetime. Two bands, three continents, one tour. Spending the next ninety-plus days with three beloved idiots and eight complete strangers shouldn’t be a big deal, right?

If only the singer of the headlining band didn’t have tattoos… a great personality… a fantastic body… and if he wasn’t so funny….

Let’s be real: Gaby never had a chance against Sacha Malykhin.

So right off, I ought to hate this. Girl works for band and falls for him. But there’s something about the voice I really like.

Bring it on. Fast. Really fast.


Well. Wow. This looks like one heck of a different twist on our Rock Fiction collection here. It’s a threesome! Two men, one woman. A rocker, a manager, and a PR rep.

Here’s the description for the first book, Claiming Addison:

For Addison Beltrand, PR rep for Bold International, Inc. climbing the corporate ladder is all that matters in life. Her hard work is finally rewarded with the promotion she’s worked her ass off to earn—but the gig comes at a price. She leaves in two days for a twelve-week tour with America’s hottest alternative rock band, 69 Bottles.

Talon Carver, lead singer of 69 Bottles, has no problem with women–as long as they’re gone by morning. When Addison shakes up his world, it’s a huge problem—compounded by the fact that Addison’s not the only one he wants.

Kyle Black, manager of 69 Bottles, has a secret. He and Addison are closer than she thinks, but telling her could keep her away. When Talon sets his sights on Addison, Kyle uses his secret to push her into Talon’s arms, only to discover she isn’t the only one he needs.

Two men. One dilemma.

Talon is wild, reckless and loves control.

Kyle is calm, collected and loves passion.

The perfect balance…or Addison’s ultimate undoing?

Talon and Kyle push their boundaries and Addison’s, but can they throw their reservations to the wind and claim her together?

Two men. One woman. A rock band. A tour bus. One Wild Ride…

The first thing that comes to mind is that the manager’s not going to be on tour. He’s going to be back at the office, doing manager things. And you all know how I feel about the PR girl being the love interest. I know there’s an element of fantasy in Rock Fiction, and that it’s got to be there, but … ugh. It just screams of groupie and unprofessional and a means to an end and nothing more. I feel slimy when I run into these characters.

But I love the idea. I love that Talon, our rocker, doesn’t meet Addison and instantly want to be monogamous.

Book two, though, takes a bothersome turn that makes it clear I was right to feel slimy about this Addison chick: she sings a duet with Talon and it’s a hit. Ugh. And then someone targets her, and that’s really the focus of the book. That part, I like. What happens to this threesome when something bad happens to the woman. This becomes her ride. But can I get past the way she used her job to get on stage?

Book three has similar themes. Addison falls apart. Am I going to yawn? I don’t know. I hope not. The very idea of a threesome (even one as problematic as this) is SO rock and roll. I WANT these books to be good.

Book four leaves our threesome and focuses on the band’s drummer … and another employee of this PR firm. Is this really a dating service? Sheesh. I hate hate hate this trope. In case you missed that, I really do!

I’m throwing the gauntlet down, as Susan says the phrase should be (don’t even ask what I had before she fixed that). Zoey Derrick, I WANT you to deliver and make me get over my issues. Hear me?