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This one’s penned by a guy. A GUY.

You know, Rock Fiction might be one of the few areas where men authors are scarce. Think they’re too busy making music and the fantasy to actually write about it?

Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional – she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. The never-skipping-class Catherine part of her knows, though, that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy – he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.

Over tacos on lunch dates to far-off outlet-mall planets and during practices at the Hive with their new band, Dangerheart, Catherine – no, Summer – falls in love with Caleb.

She also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself…

Kevin Emerson’s Exile is a witty and passionate ode to love, rock and roll, and the freedom that comes in the moment when somebody believes in you, even if you’re not quite ready to believe in yourself.

Yeah, yeah, here we go again. The manager falls for the guy in the band she’s managing. REAL professional there, sweetheart.

I need a break from this one, but it seems that authors are still feeling it. I get it: it’s easy. It’s convenient. It’s a way to get them in the same orbit and make it believable. Except… it kind of isn’t. Because professionalism.

And then we have a bit of an ugly duckling story mixed in, too, and those, I like. So for that, bring it. But enough with the unprofessional managers already.

Band managers everywhere are plotting a revolt, you know. They’re offended that they keep getting portrayed as only there to screw the band because let’s face it: no matter how they deny it, that’s what they are doing there.

Count on my friend Mary at BookHounds to dig up some good Rock Fiction for me to drool over.

This time, it’s Kevin Emerson’s Exile, the story of a band manager who somehow manages to do the unprofessional: she falls for the lead singer of one of her bands. Oh, I’m sure it happens in real life — at its heart, it’s an office romance — but when you’re talking about a rocker and his manager, well… that’s a bit more intimate situation to begin with. Then again, pretty much everything having to do with the music business is a different kind of intimate, even when all the clothes stay on.

Of course, the fact that Summer is a student who falls for her rocker… well, that adds another level of things, doesn’t it? She’s young and inexperienced; the reviews make it sound like she’s not all that great as a manager, either. And that’s setting aside the question of why you’d let someone still in school take on a job as all-encompassing as manager.

However, this isn’t merely a romance. There’s a mystery in here, as well.

And that’s where my doubts begin to creep in. What exactly is this book? The pre-publication reviews didn’t do it much justice, and the book description itself hints at this book ultimately being something more — as in Divergent more. It promises that Summer might be an Exile, herself — although it doesn’t explain what that means. Neither did the reviews.

So we’ll see what Mary has to say, and if she feels like sharing it with me and Jett.

We shall see…