Thursday, July 3, 2014

Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway for Love of a Rockstar by Nicole Simone

I love rock star stories.  It's weird 'cause as much as I love music, I don't like a particular group or singer.  My love for them is pretty much between the pages.  I guess it's cause they don't usually behave the way they normally do.  Check out my review and don't forget to enter the giveaway!


Marlene Parker thought she met her soul mate at eighteen but when he left her pregnant and alone to pursue a life of rock n roll, she vowed to never love again. Now four years later, she is being offered the dream of a lifetime. Moving to France with her daughter to start anew. There is only one problem. Marlene’s formative ex is back in town, and his pull is strong as ever.

Luke Anderson has everything a man could want. Fame, fortune and enough beautiful women to last him a lifetime. That is until a young runaway shows him what is truly important. Family. A word in which plagues Luke with regret. As a scared twenty two year old he ran away from the love of his life and their unborn child. Now ready to reverse his biggest regret with only three days to do it, Luke’s fate hangs in the balance. The question is, will he be able to convince Marlene their love story deserves a second chance?




Luke worked his fingers into my hair and tilted my head back. He placed small kisses down along my neck to the hollow of my throat. I closed my eyes, savoring the feel of his mouth on my skin.

“You smell like cinnamon.” He gently nipped my shoulder. “And you taste like vanilla. You are a God damn walking dessert.”

A small laugh turned into a moan as his thumb brushed my nipple. Heat pooled in my lower stomach. I tugged at his shirt, desperate to get it off him. There were too many clothes separating us.

Luke stilled my hand. “No, wait.”

I glanced up at him. Last I remembered, you didn’t wear clothes during sex. “No?”
My head grew dizzy with the smell of pure male as his lips grazed my ear. “I want to take things slow.” He unbuttoned my jeans and dragged down the zipper. When he caught sight of the bright pink hearts on my thong, a slow grin spread across his face. “There’s nothing sexier than a woman in pink.”

Capturing my mouth with his, he backed me up against the wall. Every nerve ending in my body screamed for release. I titled my hips into his hardness, eliciting a groan from both our lips.

“Luke, please,” I begged. “I need you inside me.”

 I stepped out of the limo into the frigid Seattle air.  It had been almost four years since I came home and to be honest, my nerves were on edge.  My fans screamed wildly as I gave them a quick wave and hustled inside for warmth.  The elaborate entryway of the hotel reminded me how far I’d come since the beginning of my career.  Back when I was a broke ass musician, I slept in the van along with the rest of my band mates. Then again, we partied more than we slept. Alcohol kept my nightmares at bay and my emotions numb. That was in the past though; now, I was a new man, ready to face the consequences of my actions. My gaze landed on the receptionist desk where my manager said Marlene worked. Sure enough, there was a woman at the counter who looked like her but her hair was different.  Shorter, blunt at the edges with side swept bangs.  As if the woman could feel my eyes on her, she glanced up.  I knew it was Marlene by the shocked expression on her face.  As if she was seeing a ghost. 
 Just to double check, I took a step closer. “M?”
At the term of endearment, her tooth snagged her bottom lip and that was all I needed. My heart turned over in my chest as I looked at the woman who had haunted my dreams.  Her face was the same, still uniquely beautiful.  However, being a mother brought out an inner glow.  Like the first time I saw Marlene, it was as if I was staring at the sun. Happiness warmed my soul. It was obvious she didn’t feel the same.  Her wide-eyed stare turned into one of panic and my gut told me she was about to bolt.  Quickly, I strode over but it was too late.
I held out my hand to stop her. “Wait,” I yelled.
Marlene’s long leg’s sprinted toward the women’s restroom where she disappeared inside. I knew I should have told her I was in Seattle instead of surprising her. My manager clasped her hand on my shoulder.
“What are you staring at?” She asked.
My eyes willed for the door to open and for Marlene to re-emerge. I was borderline desperate to hear her musical voice again. 
“This time she was the one who ran away.” I murmured
I heard a smile in my manager’s voice. “So what are you going to do?”
“I’m going to wait.”
Four years ago, I walked out on the family I could have had. It would take a miracle for Marlene to forgive me and let me be a part of my daughter’s life.  Nonetheless, I was ready for the challenge.  They were everything I had left.

REVIEW: ★★★ stars

The first thing that captured my attention about this book was the fact  it was a sort of second chance romance and about a rock star.  However, it was the fact that the rock star in question, Luke, voluntarily abandoned his unborn child (Nil) and pregnant "soul mate" (Marlene) that sold me on reading this book.  I wanted to know how he'd redeem himself and had high hopes for it.

I enjoyed the book and read it quickly.  Even though I was eager to read the book, I wasn't really impressed with Marlene and Luke.  Don't get me wrong, there were parts of their personalities I really liked.  I liked Marlene's attitude about Luke and Nil having a relationship.  I wasn't a big fan of the way she was with Luke.  When it came to Luke, I honestly started off in a place of dislike.  It was hard for me to understand his motivation for his actions.  They just didn't seem real.  Now, I did like his tenacity when it came to dealing with Marlene and Nil when it came to establishing his seriousness for becoming a family. I absolutely adored Nil.

Overall, I felt like the story had lots of potential that was left untapped.  At times it felt like parts of the story were missing.  I even checked to see if I'd missed a book in the series. (I hadn't.)  I also felt as if the story line happened too quickly.  There was a rushed quality to it.  I think a slower approach would've been much better.

I'd like a sequel.  I know you're thinking, "She liked the book but didn't love it.  So why does she want a follow up?"  Like I said earlier, there is so much untapped potential.  Redeemed rockers are hard to find.  Especially those who choose themselves to become better men by choice and not because of the power of a particular woman's vagina, although I like those stories too.  I'd like to see Marlene and Luke's story done justice to the fullest extent.

*A copy was provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any manner for my opinions, and they are all my own.*


Nicole Simone works in digital media by day and at night, pen’s character driven romance novels that will make your mama blush. She lives in Los Angeles, C.A with her fat bulldog named Humphrey. Love of a Rockstar is her debut novel.




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