Author: Candy J. Starr
Publisher: (November 18th, 2013)
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: Hannah Sorrento never planned to be a band manager. She’s a princess and the toughest obstacle she's had in life is finding shoes to match her outfit.
Then her father disappears leaves her with only the money in her purse and a management contract for hot, indie band, STORM. She plans to sell the contract, one way or another, then pack up her designer wardrobe and head back to law school.
But lead singer, Jack Colt, has other ideas. She's never met a man like him before. His raw sexuality is messing with her head and her heart... and a lot of other body parts.
With the help of crazy rock chick, Angie, Hannah sets the band on their first steps to the big time and learns to survive on her own.
But this isn’t some game - soon the threat that Hannah fears most becomes reality.
Jack Colt - he’s arrogant and infuriating but he’s the one that’s there for Hannah when her world comes crashing down. With secrets of his own, will Jack Colt save Hannah or destroy her?
Review: 3 Stars - Bad Boy Rock Star by author Candy J. Starr is one of the latest titles featuring, as the title states a bad boy musician in the “New Adult” category. With two characters both hiding from their mysterious troubled pasts, this reader was eager to find out the root cause and to make sense of their present lives.
Main protagonist Hannah was born and raised with a silver spoon in her mouth. She never wanted for anything; her wish was always easily granted. When something happens with her father, who vanishes without a trace she has to scramble to survive… something she’s never had to do before. She’s smart, sassy and at times could use a bit more street smarts for the position she’s currently in. This princess takes a band under her wing from one of her father’s companies. She has plans to make some money, to find answers and to get her old life back. If only things were that easy.
The band – STORM has three very unique members including lead singer Jack Colt. This guy is cocky and being in a band has made his ego and head swell. He’s for lack of a better word a jerk with a capital J. The first meeting between Jack and Hannah, in that first page had me thinking I had received the wrong copy because the story starts off with a bang. I had to do a double take to make sure I was actually at the beginning of the book because I honestly felt that something was missing. Thankfully Starr back tracks a bit and everything soon was explained, which was extremely helpful to me.
The other two members of the band – Spud, who if you ask me is an even bigger JERK than Jack and that’s saying something and then there’s Eric who couldn’t have been sweeter. However there’s one scene somewhat at the beginning of the book that I wanted to kill all three of them for what they put Hannah through, but again it comes back to the girl needing to learn some more street smarts. They still shouldn’t have let the things happen that did, UGH! I was so frustrated. Actually, I still am.
As for the story and the writing… it is unique, the twists and the mystery to both Hannah and Jack. You get a glimpse into what MIGHT have happened in their pasts to put them into the situations they are currently in, but there’s no resolution, which again surprised me because I thought this was a standalone, which for future readers, it’s not. That ending will frustrate you, just as it did me!
Explaining the three stars? It was for a few reasons. The first being that it often felt rushed and I believe there would have been a bit more information given to the reader, maybe fleshing things out a bit. Another reason was that at times it didn’t flow very well and I had to reread to figure out what was going on. Just as with the beginning of the book where I felt I had missed something, this happened a few times while reading and took me out of the story.
One other thing that added to the 3 star rating was that ending. I wanted some resolution and there was none. I understand the while point of a cliffhanger is to have readers want to find out what happens next, which is the case for me. I DO want to read the next book, but I could have been a bit more satisfied as a reader if I had some of those mysteries that Starr laid out in this title answered and not leaving me with even MORE questions.
In the end I enjoyed it. While I was looking for more, it did hit the spot for what I was looking for while reading, it just turned out to be a bit on the rough side. There are some nice and steamy parts but nothing above some heavy petting when it comes to sex scenes. There is plenty of language, drinking and some drug use. Now the question is, would I recommend this? Yes, I think I would. I know the author is working on the sequel so I don’t think we’ll have too long of a way for those answers I’m looking for. I think fans of hot rockers will like this one and fans of “New Adult” should check out this contemporary title. Enjoy!
About the Author:
Candy J. Starr used to be a band manager until she realised that the band she managed was so lacking in charisma that they actually sucked the charisma out of any room they played. “Screw you,” she said, leaving them to wallow in obscurity – totally forgetting that they owed her big bucks for video equipment hire.
Candy has filmed and interviewed some big names in the rock business, and a lot of small ones. She’s seen the dirty little secrets that go on in the back rooms of band venues. She’s seen the ugly side of rock and the very pretty one.
But, of course, everything she writes is fiction.
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