Review: Dirty Like Brody by Jaine Diamond

Reviewed by Joanna

Enjoy a rock star romance? This is book two of a series I’ve been enjoying. It’s got a host of sexy musicians, big love with a helping of angst, plus an a-hole heroine who needs to sort herself the flip out.

This book follows Jessa, successful model and former songwriter to Dirty, the band she was in with her older brother. Our girl is all kinds of complicated, including with her relationship with Brody. Dark-haired, blue-eyed brooding, angry Brody. Mmmm. He’s the band’s manager and in the past he and Jessa had a thing. She ran out on him and broke his heart, but she also hurt and alienated herself from her family and friends, unable to stay near them and unable to tell them why she had to go. It’s the big mystery of the book. [Read more…]

Review: The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle

Reviewed by Joanna

Now, I need epic love stories like most people need air, so when I heard about a series of books with a Big Love couple I hadn’t read, I got all het up and marched on over to book one. But one person’s Big Love is another’s overdone turkey, and I think I’m about to make myself unpopular with my opinion on this couple. Where I enjoyed some parts of this rock star story, there were significant elements of it I didn’t enjoy, centering around cheating, whining, and indecisive people. [Read more…]

Review: Kiss Marry Kill by Sidney Halston

Reviewed by Joanna

This is a romantic suspense novel with a strong bodyguard and a sexy pop star going up against a creepy stalker. Megan is the star. Five years ago she and Jax, the bodyguard, had a whirlwind four-day romance before he deployed as a marine. Now he’s back and he’s horrified to find the girl he was too afraid to look up in case she’d married, is under attack by some creep at her sprawling mansion. Tough guy Jax leaps onto his motorbike and powers through the police and paparazzi, rescuing trembling Megan from her closet, the stalker long gone.

Phew. What an opening. [Read more…]

Review: Sin With Me by J.T. Geissinger

Reviewed by Joanna

This tale of love, heartache and star-crossed lovers is the third in this wonderfully angst-filled rock star series. Grace, a cool, sharp-dressed lady dates a different guy every month. Her conquests have a 30-day expiration date and she never ever lets them stay overnight. Cuddles? Affection? What are those?

Brody, a man she’s known since her friends hooked up with his friends, won’t take no for an answer. The guitarist for Bad Habit shared a closed-door moment with Grace at the end of book two (A.J. and Chloe’s story, which, incidentally, nearly killed me with the weeping I did over A.J.), and Brody wants more. [Read more…]

Review: Exposed by L.L. Collins

exposedReviewed by Joanna

This is the fourth in the Jaded Regret rock band series, and for me, this book needed to pull some heavy weight to make up for the last. Natalie, the band’s manager, always had a thing for Tanner, the bassist. She was crazy about the guy for years, and he was about her, but in book three he went and got his HEA somewhere else. I was not a happy plot bunny.

But I was intrigued to know which way Natalie’s romantic life was going to weave. We know the woman has issues, her brother Beau (who I love to death. TO DEATH. Read book two, Snared, to meet poor tortured him) and she were in foster care and had some awful experiences, so whoever was in the frame needed to be man enough to see past her evasions and persist, persist, persist. [Read more…]

Review: Dirty Like Me by Jaine Diamond

dirty-like-meReviewed by Joanna

I’m a sucker for a rock star romance, but as a sub-genre, it can be a little risky and I’ve suffered through one too many ooh-he’s-a-star subject over story. I’m glad to say this book is not one of those. It’s pretty standard in that we have a ‘normal’ girl and a sexy rocker guy, a tour, intimate hotel rooms and tour buses to drive us to our HEA, but it’s sexy, fun, the telling is good and I’m excited it’s part of a series.

“Every night was pretty much the same. Concert. Rabid fans. After party. After-after party. Fake make out. Followed by a raging case of blue clit.” [Read more…]

Review: Torn from You by Nashoda Rose

torn-from-youReviewed by Joanna

Hmm. I don’t know how to feel about this novel. I understand there’s a market for books containing abuse and dubious consent, but it can be a hard slog for the author to convince the reader of a HEA if said topics involve the hero. This story overstepped the ‘tortured hero’ mark I’m comfortable with and then some, and the main man? Jeez, that guy is a piece of work.

Wait! Hold the phone. Halfway through reading, I found out although this is book one, it’s not a standalone. It’s important to read the prequel – “With You” – first of all, as otherwise you will hate on the hero. Yeah, I was doing that big time. The prequel is free so I halted my read and jumped over to get the background. [Read more…]

Review: Thane’s Redemption by Nina Crespo

thanes-redemptionReviewed by Joanna

This is an unusual book.  Not bad, but slightly conflicted as to its identity. It’s a romance involving a time-traveling rock band. Who are ex-military. And now deployed by an ancient being to fight deadly events in the future. If you put it like that, it sounds crazy, but it was interesting and definitely a brave attempt to bring something new to the genre. [Read more…]

Review: Rock N Soul by Lauren Sattersby

rock n soulReview by Janell

A while back, I reviewed an asexual male/male romance. What could possibly compete with that? A male/male bellboy plus a rock star GHOST! That’s right. A real, live — I mean dead — ghost. Unfortunately there was no Patrick Swayze-type ghostly possession, but the characters do their best with what they have. [Read more…]

Review: Hartstrings: A Jaded Regret Novel by L.L. Collins

heartstringsReviewed by Joanna

This is the third in the Jaded Regret rock band series and the turn of bassist Tanner Hart to tell his tale. Our hero’s a player who has social media pages dedicated (by his fans) to his dick, and who frequently engages in his version of PDA, called PDF. You can work that out by yourselves.

We know from the previous book that Natalie, the band’s manager, has an unrequited thing for Tanner and we open the novel with the two of them nearly getting it on. Tanner is heading to Natalie’s hotel room after a drunken evening together but he gets the door number wrong and as he pauses outside the wrong room, he overhears a violent argument. He can’t walk away and inside finds a broken and bleeding girl being whaled on by her asshole boyfriend. [Read more…]