(3.5 / 5)
Rock star legend, Ashland Keys should be on top of the world, but the blond blue-eyed SoCal surfer is disillusioned with fame, done with drugs, bored with the groupies and sick of all the fake f*ckery.
A rising star, Fanny Bay is nominated for best original song in the same category as the Dirt Dogs band, but the novel redhead with the corkscrew curls and the slight Canadian accent would prefer to chart a course with a different destination.
Hollywood is not for her.
He’s full of regrets, darkness and secrets.
She’s full of hope and light and has mysteries of her own.
He’s her reserved hero.
She’s his gypsy rose.
He’s water. She’s fire. Together, they don’t make sense.
But he’s what she’s always wanted, and she just might be everything he needs.
Stop right there. It’s a little hard for me to write this review, I didn’t read the first two books in this stand alone series; it would be so much better and enjoyable if you read the first two first. I had zero expectations when I started this book, this is my first book by this author and I signed up for it specifically because of how beautiful the covers are for the series. #NoShame
Both Ashland and Fanny, their stories have been told before, but this was a unique pairing of the two. Ashland, a rocker who is paying the consequences for a fast and wild life. Fanny, a Hollywood star, who didn’t want to be one. The two have their paths cross in a story that is tender and a little heart-wrenching at times. The author tackles some incredibly tough subjects in this book, and I think she did those well. The diagnosis, the abusive situations, were all illustrated perfectly. I loved this aspect of the book, and thought the characters feelings were shown beautifully.
I love sand, surf and beaches, as well as a good rock star romance, and there was no shortage of any of those things in this book.
Having not read the first two, I lost out on all the connections between the characters. It made me feel lost in spots. Also the two main characters didn’t connect very well for me. I saw their meeting, behaviors, and relationship very unlikely, which made it feel flat. I also am going to blame this on my having missed out on the first two books of the series. The motives of Ashland were hard for me to see, and the history between him and his band mates would have benefited me greatly.
I would have rated this a 3, but I gave it a 3.5 because I really think it is a great story, it just has some layers that I didn’t get to see, that was no one’s fault. I can’t wait to go back and read the first two, I bet this will be more enjoyable the second time around.
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ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE ROCK STAR, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES SERIES
Michelle Mankin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Records series of novels.
Rock Stars. Romance. Redemption.
Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a BRUTAL STRENGTH centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock ‘n roll industry.
Things take a bit of an edgier, once upon a time turn with the TEMPEST series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there.
Rock stars, myths, and legends collide with paranormal romance in a totally mesmerizing way in the MAGIC series.
Catch the perfect wave with irresistible surfers in the ROCK STARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES series.
Romance and self-discovery, the FINDING ME series is a Tempest spin off with a more experienced but familiar cast of characters.
Exploring the sexual double standards for women, the ROCK F*CK CLUB series is a what-if the groupies called the shots instead of the rock stars.
When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock or NOLA funk music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend.
OTHER BOOKS BY MICHELLE MANKIN
BRUTAL STRENGTH series:
TEMPEST series (also available in audio):
The MAGIC series (also available in audio):
ROCK STARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES series (also available in audio):
FINDING ME series (also available in audio):
ROCK F*CK CLUB series:
Rock F*ck Club (audio coming soon)
Rock F*ck Club 1.5
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