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In Rock Star’s Heart, we meet guitarist Blade and university student Crys. Let’s watch is this unlikely couple forms a bond that will hopefully last a lifetime.
ROCK STAR’S HEART by Kella Campbell
Publication Date: February 28, 2018 Genre: Romance Publisher: Tied Star Press Length: 336 Pages Purchase:Amazon Story Rating: 4/ 5 Romance Rating: 4/5
Howdy, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
When a twist of fate throws university student Crys Murphy into an unexpected job on tour with a wildly successful rock band, her crush on the guitarist turns into powerful temptation. But there’s a dark side to the glamour and champagne: Blade has anger and addiction issues, a history of partying with groupies, and a tendency to get naked in public — and Crys is supposed to keep him out of trouble.
As she gets to know the talented and lonely man behind the bad boy behavior, the chemistry between them wavers on the edge of something deeper. But he doesn’t do relationships, and she grew up expecting a white-picket-fence future. Can he reform and open his heart to love? Will she give up her straitlaced upbringing for her troubled rock star?
I love a good rockstar romance. What can I say, sometimes I need a break from cowboys and billionaires!
Usually, I try to start my reviews off with the things I liked about the book. I enjoyed the book. There was a lot to like about this one, but I didn’t like the beginning and I think that’s where I need to start this review.
The first chapter was rough for me. Firstly we’re introduced to about 10 characters by name. Way too many to wrap my head around. Especially since half of them don’t have a meaningful part in the story after that point. Then we get to know Crys, a naive young woman who is who is very sexually curious. A cute guy sits down next to her and she thinks about making love to him. The chapter left me feeling overwhelmed and uncomfortable. I thought about calling it quits. Reading Crys’s thoughts about sex made me uneasy.
I found the way Crys and her two friends reacted to the news of a young man being bi-sexual and looking for an open relationship off-putting. There’s enough stigma attached to sexual orientations and relationships in real life. I think books should be a sort of safe place. I think the views expressed could very easily alienate people.
Now, once I got past the first chapter, the book got surprisingly good. We meet Blade, who is incredibly sweet and incredibly damaged. He’s addicted to heroin. The author managed to give us a very honest look at addiction and the constant struggle of recovery. I appreciated the opportunities we got to see Blade truly vulnerable and all the times he leaned on Crys for support. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with Blade!
This is Blade’s story, seen through the eyes of a naive young girl. It was great getting to know the rest of the band and some their crew and the PR team, but again there might have been a few too many names to remember which got confusing. I thought it was awesome how close some of them were to Blade and how they were all there for him when he needed it.
The ending was a satisfying happy for now. It was a bit abrupt in my opinion as there were still a couple unresolved storylines, but they weren’t really important. I would have loved to see an epilogue a couple years in the future where everything is nicely tied up and they get their happily ever after.
Overall Rock Star’s Heart was a sweet engaging read that left me with a smile on my face. It was a bit of a different take on the overdone rockstar trope because we actually get to see Blade’s addiction and how it negatively effects him. He’s not perfect, he’s not an alpha, he has deep-seated self-esteem issues, but I think you’ll love him anyway because deep down he’s doing the best he can with the limited coping skills he has.