Rocked Up is a STANDALONE rockstar romantic comedy and the fun and sexy brainchild of New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle and her husband Scott Mackenzie.
I have been watching him since I was a child.
He didn’t notice me back then and it didn’t matter. Brad Snyder, guitarist and singer for one of the world’s greatest bands, was my entire life.
My father, the CEO of Ramsey Records, takes credit for all of Brad’s success, trying to control him in the same way he’s controlled me.
But I finally get an opportunity to prove myself.
To be wild.
To be free.
Today I’m auditioning to be the replacement bass player for Brad’s band. If I get the job, I’ll go on tour and work with Brad every day, in very close proximity.
There’s only one rule: he’s not allowed to touch the boss’s daughter.
Remember when I said that Brad never used to notice little ol’ me?
Well, Brad’s noticing me now.
In a way that’s going to get us both in trouble.
My name is Lael Ramsey and we all know how this will turn out.
I went into Rocked Up with little information, knowing only it contained a rockstar and an unwanted pregnancy. While it features the forbidden love story of a lead singer and a music executive’s daughter, it didn’t feel like the typical rockstar romance. Brad Synder doesn’t require groupies, drugs, and over the top antics that seem to plague this trope. Lael is a confident and talented woman, ready to prove her abilities. I enjoyed every moment of this light hearted story and have a new appreciation for the husband and wife writing duo of Mackenzie and Halle.
“Welcome to the world of rock and roll.”
The book unfolds with alternating points of view from Brad and Lael. I had fun guessing, but Karina confirmed that Scott wrote Brad’s chapters, while she wrote Lael. Even though there are two authors, the book flows well and the characters stay true to form, regardless of the point of view. Lael is a strong, determined heroine and does not allow her father’s power to influence her life. Even though she’s 21, she feels like an old soul. I adored her immensely. Brad is a unassuming hero, and I loved how different he was from 99% of the rockstars I’ve read. He’s loyal and caring, and I never once doubted his feelings for Lael. Brad definitely shines, showing even rockstars can be thoughtful and caring. It was a refreshing experience on a trope I gave up on long ago.
“Self-destruction is very nineties. I would shine if I were you.”
My only complaint is I wish the book were longer. I would have liked a few extra chapters for key events, but I always prefer detailed over fast paced. This is the first work I’ve read from Scott Mackenzie, and I was impressed. If you’re looking for a feel good romance with minimal angst, I recommend giving this one a try. I hope to see more collaborations from Karina and Scott in the future.
Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky, Racing the Sun, The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.
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