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Well. Wow. This looks like one heck of a different twist on our Rock Fiction collection here. It’s a threesome! Two men, one woman. A rocker, a manager, and a PR rep.

Here’s the description for the first book, Claiming Addison:

For Addison Beltrand, PR rep for Bold International, Inc. climbing the corporate ladder is all that matters in life. Her hard work is finally rewarded with the promotion she’s worked her ass off to earn—but the gig comes at a price. She leaves in two days for a twelve-week tour with America’s hottest alternative rock band, 69 Bottles.

Talon Carver, lead singer of 69 Bottles, has no problem with women–as long as they’re gone by morning. When Addison shakes up his world, it’s a huge problem—compounded by the fact that Addison’s not the only one he wants.

Kyle Black, manager of 69 Bottles, has a secret. He and Addison are closer than she thinks, but telling her could keep her away. When Talon sets his sights on Addison, Kyle uses his secret to push her into Talon’s arms, only to discover she isn’t the only one he needs.

Two men. One dilemma.

Talon is wild, reckless and loves control.

Kyle is calm, collected and loves passion.

The perfect balance…or Addison’s ultimate undoing?

Talon and Kyle push their boundaries and Addison’s, but can they throw their reservations to the wind and claim her together?

Two men. One woman. A rock band. A tour bus. One Wild Ride…

The first thing that comes to mind is that the manager’s not going to be on tour. He’s going to be back at the office, doing manager things. And you all know how I feel about the PR girl being the love interest. I know there’s an element of fantasy in Rock Fiction, and that it’s got to be there, but … ugh. It just screams of groupie and unprofessional and a means to an end and nothing more. I feel slimy when I run into these characters.

But I love the idea. I love that Talon, our rocker, doesn’t meet Addison and instantly want to be monogamous.

Book two, though, takes a bothersome turn that makes it clear I was right to feel slimy about this Addison chick: she sings a duet with Talon and it’s a hit. Ugh. And then someone targets her, and that’s really the focus of the book. That part, I like. What happens to this threesome when something bad happens to the woman. This becomes her ride. But can I get past the way she used her job to get on stage?

Book three has similar themes. Addison falls apart. Am I going to yawn? I don’t know. I hope not. The very idea of a threesome (even one as problematic as this) is SO rock and roll. I WANT these books to be good.

Book four leaves our threesome and focuses on the band’s drummer … and another employee of this PR firm. Is this really a dating service? Sheesh. I hate hate hate this trope. In case you missed that, I really do!

I’m throwing the gauntlet down, as Susan says the phrase should be (don’t even ask what I had before she fixed that). Zoey Derrick, I WANT you to deliver and make me get over my issues. Hear me?

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What do you know… it’s a series!

I do like series. I really do. I like getting in-depth with really good characters who almost come alive off the page. But it’s getting to be that there are so many, it’s hard to keep up with them all. And it’s hard to know which are the good ones without reading them for myself. Although, like I say all the time, Susan’s glad to cross-post or whatever if you’ve got a Rock Fiction book you want to see reviewed here.

So here’s the series. It’s called The Heavy Influence series, and it’s got as many between-the-book novels as it does main novels. Are the betweens novellas? Are they… tell me what they are.

The books seem to be about a teenaged band on the rise. Or maybe they’re older than that. It’s hard to tell. Heck, we don’t even find out their names until the third book, which is numbered 1.5. And then it seems to be a typical “throw every bad thing except the kitchen sink at them and see if their love survives” series, which has gotten increasingly popular lately and which I’m not so sure I’m on board with anymore. (Susan wants to know if these series are the answer to the mega epic family stories that were so popular when she was a kid, which she says dates her and I should delete this before she does, but I bet she forgets.)

The problem is that the book descriptions are really vague. REALLY vague. Jake faces problems that make him reevaluate his life. Okay, but … what?

And, of course, we have the usual band-at-the-top-of-the-heap cliche at some point.

I’ve told Susan she’s not allowed to write about any of those bands anymore. Just her ShapeShifter ’cause they’re already there. I want to hear from bands who are stuck in the middle, stuck always on the way up but can’t quite make it.

But… maybe these books are better than I’m giving them credit for. They probably are and are just suffering from bad back cover copy. Only one way to find out!