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This is the fifth book in a series, and it’s the only Rock Fiction in it. The other books sound good — although the sports romance uses the working for the band trope, so be warned. You guys know how I feel about falling for your employer/employees/coworker/the hot stud you’re there to promote to the world.

But that’s not this book, so let’s talk about this one:

Harper Laurence has been jilted on her way to the altar. Desperate for some time away from her friends and family, Harper takes off for Nashville—only to meet a hot, scruffy, tattooed stranger. A man she liked a little too much, and who left her the teeniest bit . . . well, pregnant.

Liam James is an up-and-coming country musician, who just found his muse. Ever since their weekend together, Liam hasn’t been able to forget the curvy, vivacious woman who left him wanting more, even as she inspired some of the greatest songs he’s ever written. He’s determined to convince Harper that he’s the guy for her . . . and that the best love songs can never be unsung.

You find one trope, you find ’em all… but the way this is written makes me curious how it’s handled. Does she try to hide it from him? Did the rubber break? (always a question anymore, since so many readers get their knickers in a twist — heh — if no rubbers are mentioned.)

The description doesn’t say all that much except this could be a fun ride. Bring it!

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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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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.