Posts Tagged ‘loved forever trope’

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One day, I’m gonna sit down and make up a list of all the books titled Rock Hard. Even if they aren’t Rock Fiction and are erotica, or whatever else they might be about. Boulders. Volcanoes.

Of course, knowing me, I’ll go all drooly for the Rock Fiction titles and wind up coveting them all. I’m already abusing Susan’s GoodReads account like nothing doing.

Anyway, today’s Rock Hard entry is written by Kat Austen, and I know nothing about Kat, so someone besides me invite her over to introduce herself and talk about her love of Rock Fiction, or how she picked her rocker’s name, or anything else she might want to talk about.

There is ZERO description of this book over at GoodReads, in case you go looking for it like I did. It was an interesting search ’cause it seems our friend Kat isn’t Kat. She’s really a hidden, cloak-and-dagger author who sits on New York Times Best-Seller lists in her other persona. Frankly, I don’t feel like doing the sleuthing to figure out who she is. I just wish she’d put up a description of her book at GoodReads.

But I yanked it off Amazon:

First loves don’t last. Especially one as unlikely and turbulent as Elodie and Caspian’s.

It’s been years since she’s seen the rough rebel she fell in love with as a teen. She’s put him behind her and moved on. That’s the story she tries to sell her friends and family, but deep down, she knows it’s a lie. She hasn’t moved on from Caspian Cruz and she probably never will, but she has to finally give up hope they’ll ever reunite.

Or does she?

When her friends drag her to a sold-out rock concert, she comes face to face with the lead singer . . . who just so happens to be the boy she fell for all those years ago.

She never thought she’d see him again. She never realized he’d made it in the music world. And she never expected him to confess that he’s been waiting for her as long as she’s been waiting for him.

What will happen when their worlds collide again? A repeat of the past or a second chance to get things right?

ROCK HARD is a short and sexy read, chock-full of excessive sweetness and heaps of filthy talking. Not for the faint or square of heart.

I can live with the loved forever trope. It’s sweet. But you get dragged to a concert by your friends and you don’t research them to see who you’re going to see? What if they took you to some band you hated and you’d have known that going in, and your friends would have spared themselves your utter bitchiness at being made to listen to some Limp Bizkit wanna-be and could have taken someone who’d have liked what was going on, instead?

Well, then we wouldn’t have a story. Or we’d have a different one ’cause this whole thing hinges on the surprise of seeing each other. And that’s fine, too.

I’m curious. Why did they wait for each other? Will they like who the other has turned into over the years? I mean, yeah, this is a romance so we know there’s a HFN or an HEA in the works, but… does it really work like that?

But that’s what makes romance so great. Things like trusting your friends and not outgrowing the love you’ve waited for… those happen in fiction.

Too bad they don’t happen in real life.

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First in a series alert! First in a series!

She’s totally off-limits, but this rocker wants a taste…

Jamison Matthews has lusted after Ryder Montgomery since she was a preteen. But now that Ryder and her brother’s band, Shaken Dirty, has made it huge, she’s just one of many pining for the brooding lead singer. Too bad Ryder still sees her as a little sister. Not that it matters. Her brother would never allow it, and the last thing Jamison wants is to be another notch on a rock star’s bed post. Even if it’s Ryder’s.

Ryder doesn’t deserve happiness. After his fame destroyed his last girlfriend, he swore he’d never fall in love again. So when Jamison, the girl he’s been in danger of loving for years, joins the band on the road, he’ll do anything to deny the sparks between them–even after one hot night together. But Jamison is determined to show Ryder that he’s worthy of love–her love–and that she’s all grown up and ready to play.

Just… what can you say? Except it was published in 2013 and I’m only NOW coming across this book and this series? Hello? Where have I been, and with descriptions this good, will I ever get caught up?

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Well, if there was ever an excuse for full-on debauchery, this is it. The rock star’s wedding.

I mean, have you SEEN the November Rain video?

Although, to be honest, this doesn’t sound much like that. Excesses, debauchery, and all. See what I mean:

Kenzi’s vacation in St. Thomas becomes a lot more interesting when her high school sweetheart, rock star heartthrob Chaz turns up. If only he wasn’t there for his wedding…

Rumor has it the rock star is marrying his actress girlfriend. Yet when he sees Kenzi, it’s as if five years hasn’t passed.

Seeing Kenzi reminds Chaz how love ought to feel, which is nothing like he feels for his fiancée anymore. Since her well-publicized affair with her costar, he’s played the faithful lover giving her a second chance. Now he wishes for a way out, and the chance to get to know the grown-up version of the girl he once loved.

This actually sounds… better. Kinda like the storyline of Melody of Truth — but not so much the same that you’re gonna pick up this one expecting a clone of the other. It’s the idea of facing up to the truth of why you’re marrying someone and what love ought to be.

Pardon me while I sigh in longing.

So yeah, bring this one on. Best of all, while it’s the second in a series, the series looks like each book is a stand-alone. Different characters, and I’m guessing a different spot for the weddings, but when you only have the descriptions to go on, it’s hard to know for sure.

Definitely gotta read to find out. Bring it on!

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I’ll tell ya, man, if this historical Rock Fiction keeps popping up on our radars, Susan’s going to take this place over again. But maybe not; I’m having fun with the fact that there’s new stuff to explore and check out. We may wind up in some big fights yet!

Here’s why:

Teresa Foscari, Europe’s most famous opera singer, comes to London to make a fresh start and find her long lost English family. Her peerless voice thrills everyone—except Maximilian Hawthorne, Viscount Allerton, the wealthy owner of a rival opera house. Notorious Teresa Foscari is none other than Tessa, the innocent girl who broke his youthful heart. Yet Max still wants her, like no other woman.

Amidst backstage intrigue and the sumptuous soirées of fashionable London, the couple’s rivalry explodes in bitter accusations and smashed china. Tessa must fight for her career—and resist her attraction to Max, the man she once loved and who now holds the power to destroy her.

Yeah, okay… it’s the loved forever trope. But c’mon! Does it not sound DELICIOUS???

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I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about this one that makes me think I need a bottle of crazysauce with it. Or maybe I just need the wings and this book’s bringing the crazysauce. Take a look:

Rock star billionaire Johnny Q Venom would rather be writing songs and performing for small audiences than flying across the globe for concerts and celebrity appearances. The man knows exactly what he wants…to possess Amanda Baker completely. For over three years, Johnny has followed Amanda’s rise and fall as female wrestler Roxy Punisher. And now that the time is right, he will pull out all the stops to finally have her. Can he break down Amanda’s emotional defenses and win her over?

Forced to retire from her passion of female MMA wrestling in her early twenties, full-time security guard Amanda Baker gets the opportunity of a lifetime — to be the personal bodyguard of multi-platinum rockstar Johnny Q Venom. And for more money that she has ever seen. What Amanda doesn’t know is her new employer has secretly been her biggest fan for years. Will the handsome billionaire be her model boss, or will their sizzling attraction to each other cause her more problems than it’s worth?

I think it’s the whole billionaire part that tips this from being a couple different familiar plots and shoves it into crazy. Or maybe it’s that this is supposed to be New Adult. Bands aren’t paid 25c for anything anymore — and not because they’re getting more than that. So for Johnny Q Venom to be a billionaire means he’s either Ozzy’s age or else he comes from money. Given his privileged attitude here, he could be born into money. That would sure explain why he thinks so much of himself that he longs to play for small audiences.

Dude, do you know what that would cost?

Given the recent history of authors getting mad when someone dares to criticize the plot of their books, I’m gonna shut up now. You all know Susan thinks Lorelei James wrote the best bodyguard story since the movie, so right there, this book’s going to have to live up to that. And it’s spread over four volumes. I don’t know why. Kinda strange, I think, but what do I know?

And before these authors get all pissed off even more, let me be the one to invite ’em down this time. Johnny Q Venom?

Bella and Bella, please stop in and write us a post about how you came up with THAT name. And in the book, do we find out his real one?

Yes, I’d read this. Because maybe it sounds like something it’s not, and most likely, if I don’t read it, I may miss out on something great. I don’t like missing out.