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If you’ve got a generous gift-giver in your life, it might be the right time to ask for this TWELVE BOOK SERIES. I’m not kidding. Twelve books — so far. Will there be more?

I don’t know, but if you know Terri Anne Browning, ask her to stop in and answer that question for us!

It’s The Rocker Series, if you haven’t guessed or read the headline by now. And man oh man, am I intrigued. The descriptions are all over the place, some in first person, some in third, some talking about romance, some talking about familiar character names, some not. This isn’t a bad thing, depending on how Terri Anne Browning pulls it off, and it looks, from the number of stars she gets on each book, that she’s pulling it off.

Twelve books. Color me in awe; I can’t think of any other Rock Fiction author who’s got twelve books in ONE series. I don’t think even Cecilia Tan’s Daron’s Guitar Chronicles is up that far yet. (yet)

Can you think of any?

Have any of you read any of these?

C’mon. No need to keep silent. We want to hear from you over here.

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I can’t tell if this series ended at two books, or what. GoodReads doesn’t provide a helpful publication date for the second book, and the reviews are full of comments about how long it took to come out. (That’s not a great reason to give a book one or two stars, folks. Read it again: not a GREAT reason, before you start bitching at me ’cause that’s what the Internet is for.)

But anyway, since there’s two, let’s take a look at both of ’em. Here’s the write-up of Book 1, Savor You:

Kylie Wolfe and bassist Wyatt McCrae have been bad for each other for the last several years, but it’s impossible for them to end their toxic push and pull. Not when their attraction is constantly fueled by lust and proximity—she’s her older brother’s Lucas’s assistant and Wyatt is his best friend and band mate.

So when Your Toxic Sequel makes a move to record a new album in Nashville, Kylie decides to make the latest break with Wyatt official by getting the hell out of town. She’ll spend a week in New Orleans. A week to immerse herself in the Mardi Gras scene. One week to not think about the last time she was in New Orleans, seven years ago with Wyatt. Seven days where she won’t have to see Wyatt every day just to fall ridiculously in love with him all over again—where, if she wants to, she can have a normal, no-strings attached fling that won’t end in heartbreak.

Too bad Wyatt ruins everything by showing up, as gorgeous and demanding and awful for her as ever.

Wyatt refuses to let Kylie give up on him. Not without reminding her why they both fell so far and hard in the first place. Not without making her savor the good memories and what could be their last chance with each other.

My first thought is that this guy’s action proves he’s not good for her. She takes off to clear her head and look at things from a new perspective but guess what? Here he is! Ready and waiting!

But maybe it’s romantic, his arrival. Maybe he’s decided he can’t live without her, not in the sick, controlling way but in the hugely romantic gesture that I think we all want, deep down inside. Although maybe some of us know better than to trust those big gestures.

And here’s the second book. It’s billed as a standalone (although it’s the second book in this series) although it features characters from Emily’s other books and series. So her world is all messed up in each other and I like that ’cause why keep reinventing the wheel when you can just expand the existing universe, at least until it gets too big and too unwieldy? (and no, I’m not being sarcastic there!):

Useless.
Brilliant.
Sexy.
Uncontrollable.

From the childhood foster homes he was bounced around to, the one love he lost and hordes of nameless groupies, even his own bandmates—Your Toxic Sequel’s drummer, Sinjin Fields, has been called it all. That doesn’t include the names he calls himself. He knows he’s an addict—knows he’s damaged goods. He doesn’t care, though; drowning out the world numbs him. And for Sin, that’s the closest he’ll get to happiness.

When a drug-fueled confrontation nearly costs him his closest friend and bandmate, Sinjin is faced with no other choice but to confront each screwed-up facet of who he is and how he got there. What he never expected to encounter was Zoe—an over-achieving, fresh-faced violin prodigy who can’t seem to stay away from him. Not that Sinjin wants her to. She reminds him of the undamaged part of himself. Makes him feel emotions he didn’t know he could feel.

Possessive.
Protective.
Love?

And Sinjin will battle every demon haunting him so he doesn’t have to let that go.

Is this junkie fiction? Could be, but it’s also a romance so we know the drugs don’t win in the end. Or they shouldn’t. Who wants to read about a romance with a chemical? Yeah, yeah, there’s a band all about chemical romances but really. A band name and a book are different things, although the two totally can and should inspire each other.

So it seems to be all about Your Toxic Sequel… interesting band name, huh? Especially when the first book’s all about a toxic relationship and this one’s about a toxic affair with drugs…

Lots of toxicity. I bet these need trigger warnings. But I know I’ll read ’em to see if they live up to their own hype.

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Wasn’t that long ago that I was coveting a different series from Ann Lister. And now I’m back with another series, this one with two books but they’re both on the kinda old side, 2009 and 2012. I’d bet this one is holding at a two-book series, but if anyone knows Ann, ask her, will ya? Hello? Let’s get some answers!

So this is the Sheet Music series. The first book shares the series title. Both books feature Annie Logan, who’s in a band, and the second book introduces another “rock queen,” as well. Lots of rock, lots of romance, and… well, why didn’t this go any further than two books?

Still, it’s nice to go into a series knowing it’ll be easy to first catch up and then finish it. A quick obligation, as it is. And that’s always a good thing, especially when they’re good books. (but man, if they are good, it’ll suck that there’s only two of them. So… mixed bag of goodies, maybe?)

I’m off to track these down.

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How’d this one slip past all the radars here at The Rock of Pages? It’s a seven-book series, for crying out loud, dating back to 2013!

It’s the Rock Gods series, written by Ann Lister, who has at least one other Rock Fiction series under her belt. Is she the real thing? Oh, I hope so!

All seven books (so far. Are there going to be more? Oh, Ann Lister, chime in and talk to us about what you’re up to!) feature a couple different bands. The first two books aren’t clear in the description, but then we seem to settle in with bands named Ivory Tower and Black Ice.

But… they’re all male-male. And we all know that’s not my cuppa. But the situations are interesting, and they are varied. Two dudes in the same band. A threesome. Strangers — more than once — who are brought together by fate and hormones and all that good stuff that brings people together. Yeah, there’s real potential in this series.

Susan would be GLAD to read these. All seven of them! Yes, it’s true. I would. — Susan, who wasn’t consulted before she got the post to look over and schedule.

Bring it.

And if you’ve read any and have reviews, I’m always glad to make Susan post them for you. More exposure for the book, for you, for the author… and more work for Susan (and less for me). No one loses.

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You GUYS. It’s Tuesday and I’m supposed to be coveting some Rock Fiction for you all, but I can’t. For one, I signed up to be part of this release blitz (I thought Susan was signing me up to review the book, but guess not).

And for another, the book arrived late and I’m not done reading it because, let me tell you, this is one to sit and savor. And read with your boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, or battery-operated friend. Or any combination! I don’t care! Just… wow! Don’t miss this one!

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Pick up your copy. Seriously. Go get it. And if you haven’t read the first in the series, Taking the Lead, get that one, too. In fact, since this is the second in the series, it might do you good to read the first and get the background. Taking the Lead set up the storyline, and Wild Licks doesn’t do a lot of time explaining what’s already come to be. This is a good thing ’cause the book oughta be able to stand on its own, and is actually better so far ’cause it doesn’t have to take us through the set-up.

I’ll be back with a review. Or beat me to it, if you want. But we are just getting STARTED with the Cecilia Tan and Wild Licks goodness around here!

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So Susan came across another Rock Fiction author named Susan — Susan Griscom. Go check out Susan Griscom’s site.

See those two books? The Beaumont Brothers Duology?

YES. Susan’s busy with a client (read this post at West of Mars if you don’t know what she’s up to), so I get these two ALL TO MYSELF.

I love this gig.

I’ll report in when I’ve read them.

Oh, here’s the description for the first:

What would you do if you had no place to go and no one you could trust?

“The lyrics are about you, Lena,” he confessed, and I watched his mouth as the tip of his tongue moistened his lips before he leaned his head down. Then those beautiful lips were on mine, soft, tender at first, then his tongue glided over my lips, breaking the seal. My pulse throbbed and quickened as his tongue swirled around mine. Taking and controlling, and… and I wanted this, needed his touch. I went limp in his embrace, and the heat rose under my skin, my body vibrated against his strong powerful one. Was this really happening?”

After a not-so-wonderful young adulthood-shuffled from one foster home to another-Lena Benton had hoped marriage would be her ticket to happiness. Wedded a year after high school graduation, Lena was certain she’d found her knight. But when Troy Harington’s true colors surface shortly after their glorious day of elopement, things aren’t quite as rosy as Lena had envisioned. When an unforeseen event turns ugly, all she can do is … run!

But does she run far enough?

Jackson Beaumont prides himself on being a nature-loving, guitar-strumming carefree sort of guy, known for his eagerness to help injured animals find their way back into the wild. When Lena Benton walks into his bar, he’s once again swept off his feet with concern and desire to help the wounded. Will he risk having his heart torn apart again when the memory of the fawn he rescued as a child resurfaces?