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So right off, this one’s got me on edge. Why? Because “rock star” is always two words. Susan’s taught me that much and I gotta say I agree.

But here’s what it’s about:

Violet has been raised in a world with bikers, rough men and separated parents. The only savior in her world, was her love for Travis, her best friend. They grew up together, creating a hopeless friendship against all odds. Then he left, with no goodbye, no explanation.

Travis went on and became a successful rockstar, Violet moved on and thought she was finally over it. Then Travis returns and tugs on her heart strings all over again. She finds it hard to say no, she is different now…she isn’t the girl he once adored; dark things have happened to her. What if she isn’t what he believes he wants so badly?

Come on Travis and Violet’s journey of love, heartache and all the things in between.

Ugh, typos galore! (Hey, Susan would be glad to help with that…)

There are some interesting things here, if they get developed. Violet’s got it rough, it seems like. You gotta both feel for her and wonder what exactly those dark things are. There’s no trigger warning, but there’s this:

This book is erotica; it contains graphic sexual content and swearing – it is lusty, crazy, beautiful and in parts morally incorrect. It is one hell of a rollercoaster ride of love and heartache. It is action packed with drama, if this is not your thing, please don’t purchase it. It does end with a cliff hanger but I promise the next book will be HEA!
Please remember it is FICTION!!!

Makes you think.

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So here’s the cover for this one. Outside

Doesn’t look like Rock Fiction, now does it?

But here’s the description:

When handsome California surf god Lincoln Savage suddenly rolls into Ocean Beach like a rogue wave, shy beauty Simone Bianchi’s foundation is shaken. No longer under the thumb of her domineering father, she’s made a simple quiet life for herself and her fluffy fourteen pound Havanese pup running a surf shop in her hometown of OB. Long ago she gave up her dreams for a future with Linc.

But now the notorious lead singer of the Dirt Dogs has returned, and Simone is reluctant to admit that she’s still vulnerable to his killer dimpled smile and easy charm. She finds that although she’s stowed away the mementos, it hasn’t been as easy to erase the memories of their epic summer love.

It seems he hasn’t forgotten, either.

Is the recording contract he’s offering merely a pretense?

Or does he have something more in mind?

Does he really believe that they can just pick up where they left off, despite all the bad luck and heartache?

And is she willing to risk everything again for one last chance at love?

So… surfer god, or rock god? Can he be both?

Bring it. Bring it soon!

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Here’s the first in a series called The Phoenix Boys. The boys seem to be a set of triplets, and I’m curious about that whole vibe.

Lucy Cooper has known The Phoenix family all her life. But one particular Phoenix has always caught her eye, Rafe Phoenix. Rafe is a triplet with his brothers Ryder and Reeve and the three of them form a band called Inside Noise.

Lucy and Rafe’s timing was always off, with boyfriends and girlfriends getting in the way but after a traumatic night at their high school bonfire with a cheating boyfriend and a life changing event Lucy and Rafe connect on a deeper level.

But things happen in life that make you realise that you need to escape and have time away to heal. Lucy needs to find herself again which she’s does on her travels. After traveling the world and arriving back in LA, Lucy re-connects with Rafe but will their friendship blossom into something more or will Lucy still hold him at arms length?

Doesn’t really sound like Rock Fiction, does it? I guess it’ll come down to how much of this is Rafe’s story. Should be most of the book, right? It’s named after him.

But try Ryder, the second book in the series:

Inside Noise is going strong and for Ryder Phoenix the strong feeling to settle down is growing in him too. He has been there and done most groupie sluts but he wants more, he wants what his brother has. With his stubborn ways Ryder doesn’t go looking for love, he wants it to fall into his lap which it almost does in the form of Letty Shaw.

Letty has her own personal issues that have forced her to grow up quicker than most girls her age, but she does it all in the name of love. After meeting hot rock star Ryder Phoenix, she decides to move forward with her love life, and take the all important leap with her heart but she guards her heart as it’s not only her own heart that she needs to look out for.

Will Ryder be the man she is willing to let her guard down for, will she let Ryder’s heart beat with hers?

Sigh. Yep. The guy’s tired of groupie sluts. Always gotta be the groupies with Rock Fiction… whatever happened to the cool chicks? Why aren’t they present in Rock Fiction these days (Hey, Susan, get on that, will ya already?)?

Anyway, so it sounds like Letty is a teen or a young mom. Now there is an interesting twist I’d want to read more about.

Heck, this series has me curious. (Susan says there are enough typos and clunkers in these descriptions to make her hope Amy Davies just forgot to run her cover copy by her editor, and that the inside stuff will be better. Typical Susan.)

I see some fresh ideas in here. I’m curious. Bring it on.

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Woot! Talk about a score (and don’t tell Susan, who’s bound to be jealous)! A NINE-BOOK SERIES. It’s one of those “each character in the band gets a book” (or two) themes, and that’s fine by me.

Book one, All Access, though, starts in a place we’ve been before. Oh, how many times: Jess doesn’t recognize the lead singer of Charing Cross. He’s just some stranger in a cafe who wants company (uhh, bring your security guy if you’re that recognizable? Why isn’t he mobbed? Where are the cell phones that’re being pointed at him? No one tells her she’s suddenly all over the place, with gossip mongers everywhere wondering who she is?)

The second book, Broken Sound, starts off just as familiar as the first, but it seems to deviate. Lead guitarist Davey finds out he’s a daddy. But then the story seems to take a left turn and the description doesn’t mention Davey as the father of Anna’s kid. So I’m confused on this one.

Book three, Bitter Farewell, is the “rock star goes in search of the girl from his past he left behind and shouldn’t have” storyline.

But Buried Notes, the fourth book? Now we’re talking. Secret marriage, time to sign the divorce papers. Of course, he can’t, but that’s okay.

Last Song is the dropout story. You know: the guy drops out of the band in search of something. In this case, it’s to quiet the “demons in his soul.” — Yeah, we’ve seen this one (most famously in Don DeLillo’s Great Jones Street, which is described as a satire, but somehow, I never read it that way). But it looks like James might take the story one step further and do good stuff with it.

Now, this is where it gets interesting. A Voice to Love is the sixth book in THIS series, but the first in ANOTHER. Wild, huh? Kinda confusing. But the fresh plots continue: this one’s got a rocker with a secret. Think Mick Mars, folks. We’ve moved into a different band now, too. One who was introduced in the dropout book.

And it goes on from there. Interesting stuff, and I like that James is taking chances with her plots. Yeah, some of them are familiar, but it looks like what she’s doing with them is new. And that’s what it’s about. Keeping the category new, keeping it fresh, pushing its boundaries.

I definitely gotta read these.

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I’m one of those people who doesn’t judge when I see a name that’s obviously fake. I mean, hello? I’m obviously fake.

But I gotta appreciate a clever name, and Ms. Marshall here has me smiling. Marshall, as in the famed amps most rockers use.

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See? That’s Corey Taylor, the hottie behind Slipknot and Stone Sour.  See that amp down there on his right? (btw, the picture? It’s from the Marshall website. Thanks for proving my point, cool people at Marshall amps!)

And then we get into the book description and find another name… well, this one’s not so clever. In fact, I kinda groaned at it.

Henley Hendrix has been a guitar prodigy since the age of 12, and has grown up in rock-n-roll her entire life. By the age of 22 she was the Queen of rock-n-roll, and lead singer/guitarist in her band Abandoned Shadow. Women wanted to be her, and men simply wanted her. Tragedy strikes and she walks away from music for four years. She spends four years attempting to pick up the pieces of her life, then she is slowly pulled back to the only things she has ever loved, music and Jagger Carlyle.

Jagger is People’s Sexiest Man Alive, and rock’s biggest bad boy, and every woman wants to bed him, while every man wants to be him. Jagger presses her to tour with his and her brother’s band, Broken Access, and sparks fly. Her eyes are opened back up to music, and to the boy she fell in love with in the sixth grade.

The journey is marked by Henley’s fears of her past, and how to proceed with her music career. She is surrounded by comic relief, and most of all love, but will the pressures of the rich and famous be too much after her sabbatical? Will the cameras and the women be too much for her?

Hendrix and Jagger, huh? Is our cleverly-named author maybe a 70s rock fan?

Now, I got a real gripe here, and that’s that once again, the rock stars. Women (and men) want to be her (and him) and members of the opposite sex want to bed them. Every. Single. Time.

C’mon, folks, can we dig a little deeper? That’s the whole point of rock stars. If you can’t do them, be them. But a book needs a more redeeming quality than that to put stars in my eyes. I’ve been around. I know. There are plenty of rockers I’ve met over the years who I don’t want to be or bed. Corey Taylor notwithstanding.

And to do it twice in the same book description? I’m sorta gagging over here, you know? That just drives it home.

But anyway. There’s been some tragedy and of course, it’s a man to the rescue to fix Henley. It’s a man she’s known for a long time now, too. That’s turning into a familiar trope, too.

I don’t know. Maybe it’s that even with a hot shot of Corey, I’m in a crummy mood. But maybe it’s that I want different. I want to see the boundaries pushed. Rock Fiction is such a fantastic category; there’s so much that can be done with it. C’mon, authors. Let’s do better.

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There’s been a lot of country music stars and Westerns lately. Anyone else notice? Seems like The Wild West is taking over Rock Fiction.

If the story’s fresh and the characters great and the details right on, I say bring it. Always fun to change up the genre every once in awhile. And here, we’re adding a twist, too: the rocker is the chick.

Check out what I mean:

April Swift and Dante Brooke were a couple as teenagers. They’d spent a summer falling in love, exploring one another, connecting stars…until April took off to follow her dreams as a country music singer.

Fifteen years later…

Dante shows up at April’s dressing room and she is lost in sky-blue eyes, again. A hello between old friends turns into a passionate reunion and both discover feelings they’d left behind. But April has a music career, and Dante has a ranch to run.

Two months later…

Home is where the heart is, but April doubted she’d find the welcoming committee on the doorstep, especially after she informed Dante that she was pregnant.

Dante has a reputation as a bad-boy. He wouldn’t deny the truth. He’d lived on the edge most of his life, but when he hears he’s going to be a daddy, his priorities flip-flop. He’d never stopped loving April and his only goal is to win her heart for a second time. However, his charming smile and sweet talk don’t work like they did before. Now, he’ll have to prove himself. Can he become the cowboy April needs?

When things start to spiral out of control, April realizes she must make a decision—to follow love or her career.

Another thing I’ve noticed lately is a trend to these “We had a torch for each other long ago and are finding each other again.” Like any storyline, it’s okay when you’re not reading 800 of them in a row. So if I actually get my hands on all these books and start reading, the ones that come to me late might wind up getting knocked down a bit on the grade scale just because there are so many of the same thing again. In other words: if you’re going to be kind and cough up a review copy, do it soon.

We’ve also got the unwanted pregnancy thing going on, too.

And I hate that women have to choose between kids and careers. Come ON people. This is today. It’s the 2000s. Can’t we get over this? It’s bad enough that Evanescence is on an extended leave and Lacey quit Flyleaf to focus on her kids. Let’s figure out how to make it work. Gwen Stefani did. Oh, wait. She’s not really making music these days, is she? (Nope, not since 2006 — Susan)

Okay, so maybe that part of the book is already true to life. But there’s gotta be some women in rock who figure out how to have kids AND a career. There just does.

Oh, yeah. This is part of a series that otherwise doesn’t seem to be a Rock Fiction series.