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Here’s one that needs attention. It’s only got a handful of reviews (which I haven’t read yet. I swear!), and we all know that books need reviews. Yes, even negative ones.

It’s a novella, so know that up front. It says so right there in the description. Right there. In that first line a lot of people skip over ’cause they think it’s all marketing hype.

Oh. That’s only me? Really?

Here’s the book description:

Max Rock, an erotic rock star novella.

Art conservator Catherine isn’t interested in casual sex, not until she meets a sexy stranger in a bar. Sneaking away from their one-night stand, she has no idea what his name is, only that she found him completely irresistible.

Max Craze is the lead singer for Australia’s hottest new rock band, Punch Sound. Women fall into his bed almost every night, but he never stays interested once he’s tasted their delights. Then he hooks up with a beautiful blonde and can’t get her out of his mind.

When their paths cross again, their mutual attraction is undeniable and things begin to get really hot.

Punch Sound. Four sexy rockers, as hot off the stage as they are on it.

Ooh, an Aussie! That’s a fun twist… is he an exotic, or just proof that it doesn’t matter where you come from ’cause we’re all the same underneath? Only one way to tell!

This is also the first in a series. I’ll see what more I can dig up, but if you know something, let’s hear it! I’m always glad to share space.

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Could there be a better way to start off a new series than with its Rock Fiction entry? Unfortunately, this seems to be the only Rock Fiction in the series so far, but we can hope! It looks like this series isn’t over yet.

It’s the Risking it All series, and this is actually numbered 0.5 — it is so special, it comes before the first. Definitely a reason to read it right there. But then! Read the cover copy!

Carly Taylor is pretty sure she’s dreaming. It’s not possible that Sam Weiss – rock star god and sexy hotness personified – is actually in her bakery. This sort of thing never happens in the too-small town of Haven. Or to her. And being stranded in a secluded mountain cabin with the deliciously decadent Sam during an ice storm? This is definitely not Carly’s real life . . .

Now there’s just the two of them, a roaring fire, lots of food and drink, and a sizzling attraction – one that just might make Carly do the unexpected. For one night, she’ll live the fantasy. For one night, nothing else matters. . . not her struggling business, not her lonely life, not Sam’s bad-boy reputation. But sometimes one night can turn one crazy, beautiful dream into something real.

Looks like the reason it’s not a full entry is because it’s a novella. Which is fine by me. Bring the good stuff!

But on the other hand, is Sam going to be one of those guys who could work any job, or will he have a rocker’s charisma? The idea of him in a bakery is amazing and I love it. The locked in a cabin? Well, it’s familiar, and when it’s well-done, it’s great fun and I actually love the idea of having two characters locked away together. Melissa Foster did it in the recent Chased by Love, and to be honest, it was my favorite part of the book.

And right now, with the backlog I’ve got, I’d love something short, especially if it’s good. I’m lacking for really good Rock Fiction lately, so bring this one on.

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I’ve coveted Roni Loren’s books before. Haven’t gotten my paws on any (although Susan says some are in her library, so maybe I can get them, too?). And now here’s a third!

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Loving on the Edge series and Off the Clock, a story of sex, love, rock & roll, and a reporter who’s about to learn a new meaning for staying on top of her assignment…

Restaurant critic Aubrey Bordelon is never at a loss for words to describe her meals in the fancy restaurants of New Orleans. But after her magazine’s high-profile music reporter falls ill, she finds herself out of her element and in a sea of screaming fans awaiting Wanderlust’s lead singer, Lex Logan. The sound of his voice gives her goosebumps, and the stage presence of the hard-bodied rock star takes her breath away. So when he pulls her onstage for a sexy stunt, she knows she’s in real trouble.

Lex doesn’t want to pretend that the sparks on stage between him and Aubrey never happened, but it certainly makes the fact that she’s writing a story on his band all the more dangerous. The last thing he needs is some nosy reporter revealing their problems to the world. But the sexy Southern belle doesn’t give up easily, and soon he’s wondering if the best way to chase her off the story is to coax her into his bed…

I like how this turns tropes on their head. Well, the works for the band trope, anyway. Because Aubrey is here to fill in… sorta like how 50 Shades got started, right? At least the movie version did. I didn’t read the book, but the movie? What’s her name fills in for her friend. Or roommate. Or whoever that was. So Aubrey’s out of her element, and that’s always a fun thing, too: to see rock and roll through the eyes of an outsider.

And note that he’s not a male slut, he’s not into groupies, he’s not drugged out or over the partying lifestyle. Nope. He’s just a singer.

This book description might be the best ever. Or not, depending on what’s between the covers.

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I loved the first line here. We don’t see a lot of siblings in Rock Fiction (unless they each get a book in a series); it’s just not a family thing, rock and roll. And I like that family plays a part in a different way in this one. That Stella thinks about her sister.

Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.

Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?

But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?

Ali Novak wrote her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was just 15 years old, and has since penned her next book, The Heartbreakers. First a hit on the online community Wattpad, her second novel has over 38 million reads and is loved by readers around the world.

But the insta-lust, the usual tropes… it’s not bad stuff. Just… I’m still looking for something different, I guess.

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The best part of books today is that books that have been around for awhile are still books you can hear about and get your hands on. That’s the case with Elyssa Patrick’s Rock Stars in Love series, even though they were published in 2012 and three years isn’t THAT old. Except in today’s Internet age, it is.

Yeah, another really creative series title. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. I mean, you know what you’re getting, right? It’s clearly marked. But after awhile, they do all sorta start to sound alike. And that can’t be good. You don’t want people thinking they’ve already read your books ’cause the book or series title sounds like a million other books. Especially with Rock Fiction, where we’ve started seeing the same few plots over and over.

But check this one out, the first in the series.

Love doesn’t always follow the sheet music . . .

This Christmas, Portia Jackson needs a miracle to save her family’s generations-old florist shop. What she gets instead is a car that breaks down during a blizzard. Help arrives unexpectedly when the infamous Aubry Riley pulls over. She only expects him to drive her to the gas station . . . she never expects that kiss. But Portia lives in the real world–she knows this is only a holiday fling for Aubry. Except it doesn’t feel so temporary, and the last thing she wants is a broken heart.

Sometimes you have to sing some different notes . . .

Rock star Aubry Riley has no secrets. Thanks to the media, everyone knows about his troubled past. Six years have gone by since his world crashed, and now he’s ready for a comeback. But first he needs to reconcile with his family–starting with his six-year-old daughter. A month-long vacation at a Vermont lake house affords him the perfect opportunity to take a step in the right direction. He doesn’t need any other emotional entanglements, especially not with the bright-eyed florist he can’t stop thinking about. But no matter how hard he tries to resist her, he can’t. Now all he has to do is to convince Portia that there is nothing temporary when it comes to love.

So some insta-love. Or insta-lust. But… then we move into some news directions, too. No, not the troubled past. Been there, seen that a million times. Of course, how many real-life rockers do NOT have a troubled past? Have you seen the studies that have been showing up lately? Linking heavy metal fans and troubled pasts? So, yeah, that may be overdone in fiction, but it’s real.

Anyway, it’s the idea of this guy seeking redemption and making amends after what sounds like a public crash and burn. This guy’s hurting — or so the book description makes us think. Is he really hurting, or is that a good concept that gets buried beneath his Alpha male qualities? I gotta read to see. I’d love to see a truly hurting rocker.

The angle of the woman who is a florist sounds like something I’ve already read, but if I did, I didn’t write a review of it. So now I NEED to get my hands on a copy. If I read this, I think I liked it. If not, I liked that other book about the rocker who stumbles into a flower shop and falls for the woman working inside. I may not have… the blizzard isn’t familiar.

Yeah. I gotta see what this is all about. Is Aubry hurting (and why name him Aubry? Don’t most people put an e in there near the end? Hey, Elyssa Patrick, why not stop in and tell us why you named him Aubry??? Seriously! I want to hear about it!), and have I read this and since this is the first in a series, what happens next? (Looks like a whole new set of characters, which is super.)

Bring it. And please, Elyssa Patrick, bring that guest post!

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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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I’m hoping there’s more to this series than two books ’cause both sound good, if sorta familiar. Here’s the description for book one, After Midnight:

Thirteen years — that’s how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother’s life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar…

Black Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal — one that doesn’t include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won’t be easy, but he can’t get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.

Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?

Okay, so we’ve got some insta-lust here, maybe. But there’s also hints that this one goes deep. Lots of character building.

And here’s the second book, Midnight Heat:

The unconscious man wheeled into Dr. Rebecca Dahlman’s ER is sexy-devilishly sexy-and injured. This isn’t just any patient in need of medical help. He is the only man she’s ever loved-the one who still haunts her dreams.

Black Phoenix bassist Dominic Price made a mistake three years ago when he walked out on Rebecca. A mistake he plans to rectify. But first he has to convince her to open her heart to him again. One touch of his calloused hands reignites their passion.

Can they rekindle their trust as easily, or will her fears cause her to lose him again…this time to a man bent on revenge?

Yeah, yeah. Reunited lovers trope. But… that’s okay. There’s baggage here, and that’s what excites me.

Bring this ON, people. I can’t find anything to be down about, unless it’s that there are only two books and even that’s okay ’cause the whole world knows how slow I read…

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Nice to drop in at my own blog again… Jett’s been taking pretty good care of you, it looks like. I knew she was good people from the moment we met!

The awesome ladies at Dear Author alerted me to this one. Liora Blake’s True North is on sale for $1.99. I’m not sure for how long, and the sale seems to be across all the retailers. Looks like they’re doing it as a run-up for the next in the True series, which comes out on the 22nd of this month.

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I think Jett would be bored by the plot, but the reviews for this one are really strong. Here’s the book description:

While most novelists would consider jetting off to Hollywood for a TV interview rather exciting, small-town Montana writer Kate Mosely finds it all a bit exhausting. After losing her husband in a car accident where she was behind the wheel, Kate has finally found her bearings in the world again, rebuilding a simple but stable life. And even if that means a lot of lonely nights watching old movies and quiet days writing obituaries for her hometown newspaper, Kate’s not sure she’s ready for her life to change—again.

Until she shares the stage—and a whole heap of carnal gazes—with rock star Trevor “Trax” Jenkins. Despite his intimidating on-stage bravado, underneath it Kate discovers a man with a Rilke poem tattooed on his arm, an appreciation for cronuts, and a snarky wit that matches her own.

As she and Trevor explore their heated chemistry, the scarred parts of Kate’s heart begin to heal, making room for a love so passionate it makes her want long-forgotten things equal parts naughty, heart-swelling, and joyful. But when a searing exposé in a trashy gossip magazine sends Kate running, will it threaten their chances at forever?

I like the idea of a guilt-stricken widow. Tells you right there that this is a character who knows how to love well, and to love a man the right way. Kudos to the author for going there. It’s the insta-lust, the quiet girl who catches the rocker’s attention… we’ve seen all that before.

But as Jett likes to remind us all, it’s in the execution, and a glance at the reviews shows author Blake knows what she’s doing. I wonder how authentic her details are, though…

This is the link to True North at GoodReads. You can use it to access your favorite online store… or to send the details about the book to your favorite indie bookshop, who can order it for you, presumably at the sale price. Ask!