Rocked, Lost in Oblivion Series book one, Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book review.
I loved the prequel to this series, Seduced, and though this book can be read as a standalone I think readers will understand the band dynamics better if they’ve first read Seduced. It explains so much about how they started and the problems they faced.
Anyway – Its Deak, Deacon, in this book who’s main character. He’s always the steady man of the band, the sensible one who checks contracts, liaises with promoters, finds them places to play. At the start of this book they’ve just been signed up for a tour, as the opening band for another group, and the promoters have given them a manager Gordo, who takes over all the things Deacon used to do. He’s still the peacemaker in the band though, the glue that holds them together and Mr Dependable. He’s feeling frustrated at losing his mediator role to Gordo and using punishing workouts to get rid of his excess energy. At 6ft 5on the extra muscles he’s gained make him one Big Boy. He doesn’t really get into the girls/groupie thing as the others do, but when he sees Harper, new chef with Food Riot he’s entranced. She’s a hold on his psyche right from the start, but she’s aloof, polite but distant. Brought up on the road since she was 12 with her roadie parents she’s seen and done the musician scene, and is now concentrating on her career. Deacon eventually wears her down though, and they embark on a sensual, heady, torrid romance. The tour is for six weeks though, and she’s so determined that will be the end for them, as she could be working anywhere at the drop of a hat. Deacon though feels she’s his Forever person, and tries to get her to see they could be so much more than just a fling, but with two opposing careers, meaning time on the road in different places it’s a tough job.
Its a fabulous read, I felt I was there on the road with the band, twittering, scavenger hunting, watching the gigs, and it was so real to me. I loved that we saw the niggles, the little bits as well as the overall picture. That we really got to know the band members, warts and all. When things began to go wrong – wow I was shocked! How could that happen…but it made for a great drama in the book, and all good romances need drama and hiccups to be interesting, not just happy, happy, happy.
Its a terrific realistic read, and long – hurrah! Its priced at just 99p for a massive 474 pages, well worth a punt. I look forward to more from the band.
Stars: Five, has to be 🙂
ARC supplied by Netgalley.