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A book about a band manager? That, friends, is my particular niche catnip. Let’s take a peek:

You Really Got Me

The first irresistible novel in a hot new series about a rock star on his way up—and the woman he wants to take all the way…

Emmie Valencia has what it takes to be the music industry’s hottest band manager. She just needs to prove it. Determined to discover a killer new band, Emmie is ready to make her move. First stop: Austin, Texas.

As a sizzling-hot lead singer, Slater Vaughn has no trouble raising heart rates—but his band’s been flat-lining for years. When Emmie, his bandmate’s sister, crashes with them in exchange for some free management, her industry know-how lands them a spot in the biggest music festival in Texas. But it isn’t just her business acumen that catches Slater’s attention. Emmie is sexy and warm, and—for the first time in his life—he wants more.

But as irresistible as Slater is, Emmie is done with musicians. In her experience, a man can’t be a rock star and someone to trust with your heart—but Slater is determined to show her he’s both.

Okay, I have a WIP about a badass tour manager and a rock star, plus one of my best friends lives in Austin, so I’m connecting to this book all over the place. There’s just something about a take-charge woman and a musician that makes a great pairing. However, the “doesn’t date musicians” conflict isn’t a particularly strong one, and the man whore lead singer, while realistic, needs to have a fresh twist (or three) in order to reel me in. After the description, I was undecided, but because I’d love to read about a band manager, I grabbed the free sample and YES!
Even in the first few pages, the good writing and great music details jumped out at me. I grabbed this one, and I’ll let you guys know as soon as the jury returns a verdict.

Note from Susan: How long before Michelle is as big a fangirl as I am? Anyone want to take bets? Sheesh. Erika, come hang with us! Write us guest blog posts! Interact with your loyal fans!

Hi everyone! I’m back for another guest post, this time for a book I’m still coveting, instead of one I’ve already read. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Michelle Hazen, I’m an author and a total rock fic junkie. My current Work In Progress is a new adult series that follows a rising rock band from bar rooms to the big time, as the secrets of their sex lives begin to mirror the struggles of their musical careers.

What this means is I absolutely can’t get enough of rock star romances, of all shapes and kinds (the more twisted the trope, the better I like it), but it also means I have really high standards and I’m frequently disappointed. When I first saw this cover, I was intrigued by the look of this troubled, yet sexy rocker.

Rock cover

He had it all. He lost it all. And all he wants now is a second chance.

RK Saber ran from tragedy five years ago when his car went over the side of a mountain in a prom-night crash. Consumed by guilt, he walked away from Juilliard and morphed into Rock, front man for the global rock-band sensation, Son of a Jack. Five members. Five best friends. Five rising stars burning so bright, they had to know it couldn’t last.

When tragedy strikes again and the band goes from five to two, RK is sentenced to… home. Back to the place where all his nightmares started. Back to the memory of all the things he lost. Back to the reality he refused to face before he left.

The Vetti twins were identical in all ways but two. Melanie was insane and Melissa was not. One twin was killed on prom night five years ago and one twin was not. And now that RK has returned home, the twin left standing has quite a story to tell. Could she really be the girl he thought he’d lost forever? Or is Melanie just up to her same old tricks?

ROCK is a rock-star romantic suspense by the New York Times bestselling master of twist, JA Huss.

Huh, I thought when I first read the description. That sounds good. One of my favorite bands, JJ Grey and Mofro, actually did lose nearly the whole band to a car crash and it always broke my heart to think of the frontman having to go on without them. I’m not particularly into twin-swapping action (and really, don’t you figure there are GOING to be twins pretending to be each other in this book?) but if the author pulled it off, I could go along. I love a good romantic suspense, and I’ve never seen a rock star romantic suspense, but I also don’t see where the suspense comes into the plot as it’s been presented.

For those reasons, I clicked out of the page without downloading the free sample, but then I ran across a meme on Twitter with an excerpt. I haven’t been able to find it again, but here’s a tiny clip:


When I saw that, I thought two things. First, wait, Melissa Vetti, rock star? Now the girl is the rock star? I’m in! My own work in progress series starts with the book about the female drummer and I would love to see more female rock stars. Second, the excerpt (especially the extended one) was so much deeper than the lines you normally see on advertising memes.

At the time I saw this, it was 1:30 in the morning and I was camping in my car, way too wired from the rock concert I’d just been in to go to sleep, so I downloaded that free sample as fast as I could click. And then started reading my phone’s already-depleted battery into the red. From the very first page of the sample, the book had HEART.

I’ve been in a real mediocre rut lately as far as reading. Even books that are technically well-executed have been leaving me feeling kind of “meh” so to really feel for the rocker guy from the first page was a refreshing experience. I am still a little leery of possible twin-swapping shenanigans, and Melissa Vetti dies before the book starts according to the description, but in the meme, she lived and became a rock star. Clearly, there is more to the story. Also, I still don’t see where the romantic suspense will come from. But I absolutely can’t wait to dive into this one, and I’ll be sure to write up a review for you guys once I do!

Thanks for having me on, Susan and all my fellow rock fic readers! If you’d like to keep track of me, my reviews of other things, or hear more about my books, my links are below: