Josie and the Pussy Cats? No, it’s BLUSH by Anne Mercier



BLUSH audio cover

Book 2 in the Rockstar series
by Anne Mercier
Narrated by CJ Bloom
from Tantor Media | Publication date Sep 29, 2015
Running time 7 hrs 22 min
Paperback/e-book: 242 pages
Publisher: Anne Mercier (December 8, 2014)


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


Jesse & Lucy’s story continued…

You know how people say they woke up in Vegas married and you’re like, how the hell could that possibly happen? Who does  that? Well, us apparently… and the press is going to have a field day.

Let’s not even get started on the topic of my mother. Then there’s my grandpa wanting to meet my new husband–that’s not scary at all. On top of that, we’re heading out on tour and I’m a nervous wreck–factor in the fact that Jesse’s newly changed marital status doesn’t seem to be an issue for the groupies. Nothing deters them. Not even the fact that I’m standing right there when they proposition him.

I can handle the press, my mom, and even my grandpa. But the women who are ruining my current mood of “happy”, well, they’ve got another thing coming. It’s time to put these women in their place because nobody messes with my happily ever after.


My Take Oblong

This reads like Young Adult but with sex – lots of sex, at ridiculous times. I didn’t feel it was sexy sex.

Like the first book in the series, the characters in this one are young, and immature.  They equate sex and love.  One character gets upset when her boyfriend doesn’t do something that would, in any arena other than a novel, be either a source of teen angst or seen as a simple mistake.  But then she forgets to mention her family is mafia and, “oh yeah, btw, we’re in the middle of a long-standing feud.  Oh hey! Duck!”

But poor Jesse isn’t the only one lied to by omission.  Lucy finds out some stuff that has been kept from her too.

And, then there’s the hiring of every and any person they think might be helpful, including an ER doctor, and a cook for the tour bus (see face palm icon above).

And, when needed Grandfather swoops in like the deus-ex-machina necessary to rationalize a great many coincidences and make sure the entire world is safe for his nepoti (grand-children).  I found Jesse’s response to the grandfather’s threats against his family absolutely chilling.

Before I got to this book, I had asked for the next in the series. If I had not already asked for it, I probably wouldn’t go on with the series.  While there is some attraction to the story, this book was so filled with coincidence and ridiculous circumstance that it made me think of the old Josie and the Pussycat series on TV in the 1960s;  but I suspect the cartoon band was more realistic than this.

I very rarely just put people off of a book; “like” is very subjective and doesn’t require apology. Ambivalence is the same.  This is, I guess, okay as filler between the better rock and roll romance series I think are better reads and values.  But, in this case I say, if you want to read rock and roll, start elsewhere, anywhere.  This is just too outlandish, even for Rock and Roll.  Just because something is light, and genre fiction, doesn’t mean it gets a pass on quality.


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