Saturday, 6 June 2015
Review: Rocked by Taryn Elliot and Cari Quinn
Publication Date: 9th April 2014
Series: Lost In Oblivion (Book 1)
Love definitely wasn't on the setlist.
Opening for their idols on their first tour, Oblivion is living the dream. Mostly. Frustrated at being shoved out of his mediator role by their new manager, Deacon McCoy loses himself in brutal workouts. He only comes up for air long enough to refuel—and to tease the deliciously cute chef who makes him crave a lot more than what she's offering on her serving plate.
As the child of roadie parents, Harper Pruitt has heard every pickup line twice. To her, musicians are one step above the scraps on her cutting board. All she wants is to get enough experience to run her own catering company, but Deacon and his bottomless stomach are too tempting to resist. He's far from the typical rock star and before long, she finds herself experimenting with him, inside and out of the kitchen.
Apron - and panties - optional.
When Harper sees that Deacon’s dream band with his best friends may be turning into a nightmare, she can't walk away. Deacon's so much more than just a peacemaker and the man behind the bass. But she has her own dreams to chase...even if she's starting to think what she's building with him might be the biggest one of all.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
I liked this book BUT it took forever for me to actually get into it. Seriously, it was so SLOW it took me over a month to read the thing, picking it up in-between others and pecking away until I reached the final quarter and it gripped me enough to finish it.
The funny thing is, I don't know why it took so long! It's not a complicated book. It's not a heavy read. So, why the hell did it feel like I was slogging up a never-ending hill, in scorching heat wearing head to toe black, while carrying an elephant on my back? I don't know! But it did.
It's a shame that the main thing I'll remember about the book is the fact that it was painful to get through, because the characters were kinda cool - even though some were epic asshats - and the setting of the novel was really well done. I actually felt like I was a newbie on a rock tour!
Deacon was scrumptious. Harper was likeable enough. Together they burnt up the pages and you couldn't do anything but fall a little in love with them.
I also really liked that the inevitable "big dramatic breakup and get back together" in this book wasn't much at all as it completely took second stage to the drama going on within the band at the same time. It made the relationship between Harper and Deacon feel real somehow.
All in all, I enjoyed it. I want to know what happens to the others in the band and what comes next for Deacon and Harper BUT I just don't know if I want to read them if they are going to be as arduous to read as this was...