A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle is a modern day love story which travels from Austria to London to Italy, as the main characters, Sukie McClaren and Pete Wallace, develop an unexpected, and unlikely, friendship. He is a world-renowned rock-star who is the darling of the paparazzi – regardless of how much he detests the publicity – and she is an office supervisor who can’t even bear to have her photograph taken for the office newsletter.
Having been used badly in the past, by ladder-climbing, celebrity-seeking wannabes, Pete no longer trusts anyone and is finding life lonely at the top. Through Sukie, he begins to learn that not everyone wants something from him and that there are people who will go out of their way to make life better for others. Sukie’s lesson is to learn that true love means making sacrifices and that love can only be perfect when people are prepared to compromise.
As Sukie and Pete prepare to spend a family Christmas together in Austria, they are unaware that, in Verona, Italy, Eduardo Di Santo is carefully planning his revenge against Pete as payback for the life-changing accident his kid sister had at a Pete Wallace concert three years prior.
When Pete announces his new world-tour, which includes a gig in Verona, Eduardo knows this is what he has been waiting for. He begins to make his plans – plans in which Pete’s death is the only acceptable outcome.
A secondary sub-plot involves Pete’s manager and long-standing family friend, Jordie Ray, and Sukie’s mum, Beth McClaren. They are two older people who have come to accept that the days of love and affection are behind them. Despite a very rocky beginning, they find they are developing romantic feelings for each other – something neither of them had ever anticipated experiencing again. Their own love story develops in-between the drama unfolding with Sukie and Pete.
A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle is a 21st-century love story.
The leading lady is independent, feisty and takes no nonsense from anyone. These traits, however, do not stop her from being a kind, caring and funny person. The leading man is trying to deal with living a life in the public spotlight and highlights how society today puts celebrities upon pedestals where we then try our damnedest to knock them off.
Readers of Jill Mansell, Karen Swan and Tilly Bagshawe would most likely find ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ to be to their liking.
A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson can be purchased online from Amazon.
This was an enjoyable read from a first time author. I always enjoy when the rock and roller gets with the straight and narrow girl, add in the holiday element, and you have the makings for a good afternoon romantic comedy.
On a business trip to Salzburg, sharp-tongued Sukie meets uber-famous musician Pete and they establish an easy friendship. Their adventures through the city together and then holiday during Christmas proves to one another that they are more than just friends. There is also a romantic interlude between two side characters, and I actually liked their story so much!
Sukie and Pete suffer some minor bumps in their relationship along the way, but this story is way more a rom-com than an angsty romance. There are funny situations and many get-to-know-you adventures since Sukie is in a new town. Pete attempts to impress her with the upcoming holiday.
There is a lot of world-building in this book, the author determined for us to know these characters as well as she does. It does make for a bit of a slow burning story (for me anyway), but the sweet characters have a lot of good dialog, so that helps you keep the pages turning. Since you know so much about them you can’t help but love them and cheer for them to get together.
There was a little bit of a plot-hole (in my crazy opinion) that threatened to swallow me up and not let me enjoy the story. Luckily the author didn’t focus on that too much, so I was able to read on and finish the story. If you like rock and roll holiday romances then I think that you will like this debut novel from a promising new author!
Kiltie grew up in Scotland, Glasgow to be precise. A very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life. When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.
She currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one husband. The cats kindly allow her and her husband to share their house on the condition they keeps paying the mortgage! Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers!
She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym!
Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living.
Kiltie first began writing ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ over ten years ago. The project was shelved on Chapter Seventeen as she felt the story wasn’t flowing as she would like it to. In her own words “The images in my head would not come out of my fingers!”
Fast forward to November 2016 when, having finished reading Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow, she read more about the author and was inspired with how Christie herself came to be a best-selling author.
In that thunderbolt moment, Kiltie knew – with a deep certainty- that she needed to reacquaint herself with ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ and begin writing again. She did this in January 2017 and found the words flowed faster than she could type them. Finally, the time was right for her to write her novel.
Her determination to finish what she had started all those years ago was absolute and the first draft was completed on Sunday 16th April 2017.
Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing. She has begun typing up her second book, ‘Of All the Unlikely Places’, and book three (not yet titled) has been worked out and is waiting in the wings for its turn in the spotlight. She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming.
She now lives her life around the following three quotes: “I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!” “Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?” “Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”