(Wicked White Series Book 1)
by Michelle A. Valentine
Montlake Romance: Released on 06/23/2015
E-Book/Paperback: 256 pages
Unabridged Audio Available: Publisher: Brilliance Audio | Duration: 7 hours and 9 minutes
Narrators: Eric G. Dove, Kristin Watson Heintz, Laurie West
Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own unless otherwise noted.
After his mother dies, rock star Ace White—lead singer of the red-hot band Wicked White—is done with the celebrity game. The phony people, the meaningless one-night stands: he doesn’t want any of it anymore. Quitting in the middle of a sold-out tour, Ace sets out to find some place—any place—where he can be alone.
Aspiring singer Iris Easton’s life has never been easy. First, her mother walked out on her when she was a kid. Now she’s buried in debt, weeks after losing her beloved grandmother. When a mysterious and sexy new guy moves in next door, Iris can’t help but be drawn to his soulful gaze. She can tell there’s something from his past haunting him—something he’s not telling her.
Just as Ace starts falling for Iris, the media go on a worldwide hunt to find the missing rocker. Will true love conquer all, or will the truth be the very thing that tears the couple apart?
This both is and isn’t a rock star romance. It is because Ace is actually a rising rock star. It is not because hardly any of the story involves him being a rock star. It feels like it is more of a trailer-park, or down-on-your-luck romance; or maybe, a trying-to-make-it-on-Broadway romance. And of course it’s just one tiny piece of advice that helps Iris in her career. Just the one. This woman has had one dream, gone on all kinds of auditions and it is one tip that sets her on the right course? Really?
It’s a little full of coincidentally neglectful, abandoning mothers in the three main characters. And why Ace has not kept up with his foster mother, helped her out, been in touch, etc. is not explained; especially when he feels such love for her and there doesn’t seem to be bad feelings between them.
Same with Iris and her grandmother.
I did think it was good that the author remembered to account for legalities – like Ace’s contract with his record company. I never think of big bands, with adults being formed by record companies without choices and forced to sing songs they hate. On the other hand, no one in the government would send a person out without papers, without a certified letter to inform an heir of failure to pay taxes.
Since Ace takes off from his career most of the story is not about what rock star romance usually covers, fame, big money, etc. What is natural is poor communication and stubborn egos keeping the erstwhile happy couple apart. And, where Ace finds it easy to forgive someone he shouldn;t he has a harder time forgiving or trusting the one he should.
I will give another book in this series a try, but would like to see more realistic relationship development, more realistic talent and training, and an even hand on details.
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