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A story about love, music, and friendship that will tantalize all your senses with its rich descriptions and alluring plot and will leave you happy, sated and curious about what’s next for this so very different but great group of characters.
This book is not a cliché story about a “whorey” bad boy musician that meets a sweet girl and changes his deviant ways. It’s not even just about a boy and a girl. It’s a story about rock band that loves music and wants to make it big. It’s also about a career minded woman with ambitions of her own. It’s a great telling of what happens when Deacon McCoy, bassist for Oblivion meets Harper Lee, chef for their tour.
Harper is an independent, carefree woman that grew up with roadie parents who were constantly on the road. Besides being solely interested in staying unattached, she has build an immune system to artists mainly because she understands what happens in that lifestyle. “Women are a commodity, a vice, and a temptation.” Focusing on her career working as a chef on tour won’t be a problem. Or so she thinks.
Deacon McCoy “is the definition of a Boy Scout.” “With a merit badge in hot.” And underneath his tall, tatted and talented exterior lay a patient man, “the backbone for everyone,” determined to lead his band to success.
They didn’t expect each other, but once they came across each other it seemed like they were destined to be together.
“And now this man that had torn through her like a summer storm was beside her, steady as a rock. She’d seen it in his eyes. Forever. As if he could actually inject it into her veins like a drug, with the passion between them.”
“There would be an indelible mark on her, no matter what. A Deacon tattoo that branded her heart as his.”
Even when “his career and hers were on completely different trajectories.”
Besides giving us great characters and plot, Taryn Elliot and Cari Quinn have crazy writing skills. Rocked is funny, flirty, swoony and oh so darn sexy. It’s also filled with beautiful descriptions and analogies that will make your mouth water when their talking about food,
“You gotta tell me your name.”
She stuffed a hunk of potato in her mouth. “Why do you care?”
“Because food orgasms are personal, and I need to know who’s giving me one.” … the man was lethal.”
Ok so that was Deacon and Harper flirting because of food, but food does play an important role in the story.
Their metaphors will make you picture all the sights the characters witness, imagine the great music they produce even when you don’t know the tune or lyrics, and overall it will make you experience touch and intense emotions through their words.
“Every single time he touched her, the sense of belonging strengthened. They were like layers in a song he’d never hoped to create. Words were only one part of them. The harmony of their bodies moving together, the underlying melody of humor and rightness he felt around her, it all made up a composition he’d happily give a lifetime to figure out. She was his ultimate song that would never have an end.”
It’s also safe to say that I will never go to another rock concert and not think about this book and these characters. It gave me new perspective and appreciation about everything that goes on stage and behind the scenes even when I’m sure this was not the book’s main intent.
I can’t wait to get my hands on their next Lost in Oblivion book.
** I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review from Netgalley. The excerpts are from that copy. **
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