SWEET AS SIN: Do All Rock Star Characters have to be a Mess?

Sweet as Sin


Sweet as Sin cover(Bad Habit Book 1)
by J.T. Geissinger

Paperback/e-book| 386 pages

Unabridged Audiobook | narrated by Teri Clark Linden | duration 12:18

  • Montlake Romance (July 14, 2015)




E-Galley was provided by publisher for review purposes.. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


Inside a drop-dead sexy, hard-partying rock star lies a good heart…and a dark secret.

Twenty-something Kat Reid is loving life as an in-demand Hollywood makeup artist. She has absolutely no interest in rock ‘n’ roll, but in order to pay the mortgage, she agrees to work on the set of a rock video for the world-famous rockers known as Bad Habit…which brings her face-to-face with Nico Nyx, lead singer of Bad Habit and Adonis in the flesh.

However, the fiercely independent Kat isn’t impressed by the hard-living, womanizing rock star. But when Nico’s model girlfriend shows up to the set drunk and Kat is tapped to replace her as the video’s sexy bride, her combustible chemistry with Nico suddenly threatens to consume the set. Nico feels it, too–and becomes determined to win Kat over, body and soul. Yet behind his rock god swagger, Nico hides a dark secret. Can he rock Kat’s world forever, or will he just break her heart? https://www.apub.com/book-detail?asin=B00RYBZRMO


My Take Oblong


My lack of like,  my antipathy, for this book is probably more a result of my suffering a rock star asshat character overdose than the book’s own fault (although I did find fault).  Apparently every rock star character I have read, with a few exceptions, was abused and/or abandoned as a child, has a bunch of secrets, is massively high strung and is usually unusually well-built and well hung. Unless they are paragons of saintly parental virtues, the parents and siblings parents are either dead, parasites, criminals or abusers.

Let’s start with the persistent concept in fiction that all artists suffer for their art.  Making art is a form of suffering all on its own. Creation of anything is tough. If it were not everyone would be doing it!   But, that doesn’t mean to be an artist (writer, musician, visual, media-based, etc.)  one has to have suffered something terrible in one’s past.   There are people who seek some type of recreation of the high that follows creative success – when the painting, story, song or role makes itself, or flows.

But it is a pervasive myth that artists must have suffered some great ill, harm, or wrong from which they can draw inspiration.

I personally know many writers and artists who have both parents and a no more traumatic than usual childhood, adolescent and adulthood.   Some artists are fragile and/or have tragic pasts, but I doubt it is as significantly greater from the backgrounds of non-artists.

Of course, a book that starts off with two happy people with no secrets meet, fall in love and live happily ever after — the end would be really dull. But this constant repeating motif of bad parents and siblings as well as a plethora of other disasters and disease is getting dull.

I read in her notes that Geisinger was going through a particularly bad time and that she attributes much of the darkness in this story to that.  hen I say “This story has it all!” it is not a good thing.  Any bad thing, tragedy, or mitigating circumstance  that could happen to two people, other than robbery and a plane crash, is present in the story.  It is too much.

I was very irritated by the female love interest, Kat, who allows the big, sexy rock star, Nico, to manipulate her into a relationship and then become her benevolent dictator. Ugh. This is all because they have “love at first sight,” or as Sara at Deadly Darlings blog calls it in her article  5 Deadly Sins: Book Edition,  “insta-love.”

I think there are plenty orf rock romance novels and series out there that I prefer to this one.  I might give the next book in the series a read to see if the author can resist going over the top on tragedy because she has actually given the band a great name, Bad Habit, and that, like most things, deserves a second chance.


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