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So right off the bat with this series, I have a question. The book descriptions for Resistor and Remastered are almost the same. Same characters, same situation. One’s a bit more explicit than the other, but otherwise… are these the same book, or is there a mistake somewhere?

And then it gets worse. There are only two full-length novels out (Resistor and Remastered are those in-between novellas that are so popular right now) and … they also sound a lot alike. It’s hard at first to figure out that the second book is a continuation of their story. Why not just say that at the start? After seeing two novellas with the same description, when I saw two novels talking about the same two people and the same set-up of “it was supposed to be a one-night stand…” what is a person supposed to think?

When I see problems like this, I gotta stop and wonder if they’re signs of even bigger problems later on in the books. Hard to say; the overall reviews are pretty good, and that makes me want to read them for myself and see exactly what’s going on.

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Let’s get right to it ’cause one look at the opening twelve words and those typos and even I’m cringing, and I don’t think it’s Susan’s fault. Err, influence.

When red-hot, Goth-metal band, Black Halo, split live on stage, fate throws Daniella Fosbrook into the path of sexy vocalist Xane Geist. Initially, Xane’s only looking for a ride home, but Dani tempts him in a way a thousand other women haven’t. Determined to explore their heady chemistry and avoid hashing things out with the band, Xane whisks Dani off to Monaco for a steamy weekend.

There, Dani tries her best to hang onto her heart and some clothing, while Xane soon loses both. However, Xane isn’t being entirely honest about the reason for the band’s demise. When the truth comes out, can Dani accept the facts, or will everything come undone.

A few months back, Ivan Moody had a huge blowup on stage over something or other and it looked like Five Finger Death Punch had broken up. My news feeds were full of this and the speculation, and then the rumors and the hopes and the innuendo and the statements and the backpedaling and then the … absolute silence about it. So bands do break up on stage — or not ’cause FFDP’s still out there, putting on shows.

So okay. The premise… it’s possible. Xane has a pissy fit and runs away. Ivan didn’t run away — maybe he’s more of a man? But then again, no one’s NOT calling Ivan Moody a man — but on the other hand, that’s gotta be a pretty traumatic thing. Why’s this Xane dude running away for a weekend of sex? Is he the type to avoid life? If so, it makes sense that he’d have this onstage, public breakup that you know people are getting fired over. ‘Cause if they are so red-hot, that means there’s a lot of money and jobs on the line here.

But this means we need to know the guy, or get to know the guy, and then this becomes less of a romance and more the story of a guy fighting his demons and frankly, while I’d read this in a heartbeat, if the book doesn’t focus on Xane and why his name’s got that ultra-hip X to start it and what his issues are, I think it loses what sets it apart, right there. This guy’s got potential to be a rocker of the ages, with this much angst.

The problem is that opening line in the description. Even I know that the first three commas are crap and have no business filling a page. But split live on stage? Hello, what? Are they supposed to break up when they are dead on stage? Animatronic on stage? The breakup comes via video? Then how do we know it’s real?

I hear Susan’s got room on her editing schedule, although she’s been pretty booked again lately (lots of people are smart. Be one of them.), so yeah. Don’t let twelve really bad words make people wonder if your book is any good. Because like I said, this one has a ton of potential and I want to know if I’m right to be intrigued by this Xane dude. (by the way? From this description, I could care less about the prude Dani, who doesn’t seem to do much other than be an excuse and try to keep her clothes on while she’s getting all steamy. Or was she planning to watch Xane get steamy with someone other than her? Voyeur! Why don’t we see more of that in Rock Fiction? That’s a very rock and roll thing to be.)

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Susan’s been seeing this one on Facebook. I asked her why we didn’t just mention here ’cause everyone loves a sale. And this sale apparently is a limited time thing, although no one’s talking about when it’ll be over. Just that it’s happening.

It’s an eight-book box set, which is too much of a commitment for yours truly, but if you like that thing, grab it.

LUST’S RHYTHM (Heart of Fame) by Award winning author Lexxie Couper ~ She’s the daughter of rock royalty. He’s been warned off her by her famous father. But Jed Brody has lusted after Chloe Blackthorne for four years, and when Chloe lets him know the lust is entirely mutual, nothing will stop the bad boy of rock claiming her as his. Career be damned.

THE ROCK STAR’S SECRET BABY (Ballybeg Bad Boys) by USA Today bestselling author Zara Keane ~ When a beautiful former fling blasts back into his life, jaded rock star Darko Dunne’s peaceful seclusion on a private island comes to an explosive end. Faced with a band of ruthless criminals and a ticking clock, Darko and Muireann must pool their resources to rescue the baby he never knew he had.

THREE NIGHTS WITH A ROCK STAR (Half-Life) by USA Today bestselling authors Amber Lin and Shari Slade ~ Sparks fly when a hot rocker takes a good girl for a walk on the wild side…against the penthouse window, backstage, in the limo and on the elevator.

FORBIDDEN ROCK STAR (Red Hot Rock Rhapsodies) by NYT and USA Today bestselling author Madelynne Ellis ~ Nathaniel Darke: She knows just how to press all my buttons. Bass-playing bitch, crawling under my skin. I want to believe one good shag will cure me of her. But instead, I end up addicted.

PAINKILLER (First Hit) by USA Today bestselling authors Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott ~ He’s the rockstar she doesn’t recognize. She’s the fighter he’ll never forget. Nothing stings as much as the first hit…or hurts so good.

DIRTY (The Horus Group) by USA Today bestselling author Ainsley Booth ~ Wilson: Tabitha Leyton is a mess, but now she’s my mess. To the rest of the world, she’s a superstar. Secretly, she’s a witness to depravity and a train wreck waiting to happen. But I can’t get her out of my head. And for one angry, secret night, we have each other in every imaginable way. The whole time, I know she’s off-limits. So in the morning, I’ll walk away. Officially.

MORE THAN MUSIC (Chasing the Dream) by Elizabeth Briggs ~ When geeky guitarist Maddie Taylor joins tattooed rock star Jared Cross’s band to compete on a reality TV show, their attraction becomes impossible to resist—but their forbidden romance might tear their band apart and cost them everything.

RESISTOR (Black Halo) by Madelynne Ellis ~ Sex is the last thing on his mind, or he wishes it was…Spook Mortensen has one rule when it comes to relationships: just say no. He has his reasons. Good reasons. His policy of total abstinence has kept him out of trouble for years. Sex ought to be the last thing on his mind, but whenever go-getting sound engineer Allegra Hutton shows up, she doesn’t just hijack his libido, she downright screws with hit. The only way to deal with her is to tie her up. Alle realises she’s upsetting Spook’s rhythm, but she’s under no illusion that he’s the right top to warm her bottom.

Some of these books are available separately, but not all, which is a bummer for people like me who download these huge things and then whimper at how big they are and how long it’s going to take me to read it. Maybe if someone involved sends it our way, I’ll make Susan read it. It’s not like she’s overdue with a review of her own…

Anyway, it’s super cheap. 99c for eight books. Man, how can these authors afford to live off THAT royalty?

Get it at Amazon.
Or at Barnes and Noble, for those of you who support the little guy.

There might be more; check your favorite retailers. And, as always, if you want to post your review of the whole thing, or any book by itself, The Rock of Pages is here for that. We love guest reviews!