Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review: Rocked by Taryn Elliott and Cari Quinn

Rating: ★★★★★ stars
Date published: April 9th, 2014
Publisher: Rainbow Rage Publishing
Synopsis: Book 1 in the NA rock star series, Lost in Oblivion

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.

You met Deacon McCoy in SEDUCED, now you can watch just how far a big man can fall.

What I Thought:

Guess who didn't know there was prequel to this book before she started reading it? If you guessed me, you'd be right.  The good news is I wasn't lost and am actually excited to know there's more to read about Oblivion and its fabulous members even if I haven't started at the beginning.  Silver lining and all that good stuff.

I find I have the hardest time trying to explain why I loved a book.  Especially when it resonates with my soul.  That happened with Rocked.  I started reading and immediately fell for Deacon and Harper.  I mean I was hooked even before the first chapter was finished and my love for them didn't change at all throughout the book.

I have to take my hat off to Taryn and Cari.  They managed to make this story amazing.  Not only is it about Deacon and Harper dealing with their feelings and respective careers while they try to work things out with each other, but about the relationships of all the band members.  I was blown away by how well everything was worked in together.  It was so smooth and they made it look effortless.  This book was honestly like two in one, and it also set the stage for the next book. 

I love rock star stories, but this is one that stands out for me.  There's just something about it that keeps you eagerly reading until the last page.  I think it had to do with all the strong emotions I felt while reading.  I experienced intense rage, laughed a lot, and fanned myself to cool myself off from all the heat Harper and Deacon were giving off.  Trust me, you're going to have to read this book to find out how awesome it is for yourself.

If you love rock star romances, then you definitely need to try this book.  I can tell you right now this series is going to end up on my bookshelves in paperback.  It's that good.  I'm also going to be following Taryn Elliott and Cari Quinn to keep on the up and up for any news on Twisted.

*A copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.  I also purchased an ebook.*

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About the Authors

Taryn Elliott
TARYN ELLIOTT comes from the great state of New York—upstate, thank you very much. She’s usually busy making up stories with her best friend until the wee hours of the morning, or fangirling over her favorite TV show. She falls in love with each and every one of her leading men as she writes their book, and there’s always a soundtrack to match.

She loves talking to readers, so if you’d like to reach her, please visit her website: tarynelliott.com and sign up for her newsletter, or drop her a line at: taryn@tarynelliott.com or find her on twitter at: https://twitter.com/tarynelliottfic

Cari Quinn
USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn wrote her first story—a bible parable—in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. Now she gets to pen sexy romances for a living and routinely counts her lucky stars. When she’s not scribbling furiously, she can usually be found watching men’s college basketball, playing her music way too loud or causing trouble. Sometimes simultaneously.

The only thing she loves more than writing is hearing from readers! Visit Cari at www.cariquinn.com or https://twitter.com/cariquinn

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