Donna Reads: Good Lies: A Wild Minds Novel by Charlotte West

Blurb:

If Warren Price was gasoline, I’d be a lit match.

Addison Wanks, rock ’n’ roll’s favorite daughter, is good at keeping secrets.

Secret One

She’s responsible for the long-standing feud between her father’s band, Wanks and Janks, and younger band Wild Minds. She may or may not have let Wild Minds’ sexy bad-boy lead singer Warren defile her backstage at a concert. Okay, she totally did.

Secret Two

She’s supposed to be attending college but instead skips town to follow Wild Minds on their European tour. Addy adores Warren Price.

Secret Three

Europe doesn’t go so well. Her sexy lead singer turned out to be king of a**holes. He’s arrogant, demanding and controlling. Addy loathes Warren Price. Oh, well.

Secret Four

Fast forward a few years and Addy is planning to attend her father’s farewell tour when she hears the news—Wild Minds is back in the good graces of Wanks and Janks. The two bands will be headlining together. This is going to make avoiding Warren difficult. Especially since it seems Warren doesn’t want to be ignored. He also doesn’t want a divorce. That’s right, Addy is married to the Wild Minds front man. Shh. Don’t tell.

What will happen when all Addy’s secrets are revealed?

My Review:

** I received a free review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

I loved, loved, loved this book! I requested an advanced reader’s copy, and I am so glad that I did. I loved Addy and War’s story. Once I started reading, it was almost impossible to put it down.

Addison Wanks is abandoned at a young age when her drug-addicted mother overdoses. Found clutching a photo of a famous rock star and saying one word, “Papa”, she is a surprise to her famous twenty-two year old father. She is the four year old daughter he never knew existed, and he is not exactly father material. As Addy grows and is raised in the unconventional world her father inhabits, he has one rule that he will not bend on – she must never get involved with a rock star. Addy is as headstrong and as impulsive as her father. She is also a pretty good liar.

This story took me by surprise. I loved the ragtag band(s) of musicians and the people who supported and surrounded them – both her father’s band and Warren’s band. At times I hated her father. He was pretty immature and manipulative, always wanting his own way. At times I really disliked Addy. She was just like him, but I could see that she had potential. It was easy to forgive her for the way she was. I loved Warren Price from the moment he entered the story. He was so real and so good for Addy. Of course he’s a temperamental, alpha male rock musician, given to over the top gestures, and of course, there’s conflict and there’s angst.

This was just a damned good read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the other books in the series. I highly recommend this one!

 

Donna Reads: Sexy Lies and Rock & Roll by Sawyer Bennett

liesEvan Scott is an up and coming rock star, new to life on stage and life on the road. He’s been sued over song rights by ex-band mates, he’s being pressured by his friend/manager to sign with a record label, and he’s been arrested for questioning in the death of an ex-bandmate. His life is a bit of a mess. Emma Peterson is a prim and proper attorney, more at home studying contracts and legal details than she is at dealing with people. When one of the name partners at her law firm sends her to get Evan out of jail, she has no idea that Evan is the partner’s nephew or that she and Evan will become far more than attorney and client. Evan hires Emma to untangle some of the legal mess he’s in and needs her to travel on the road with him.

This one was just okay for me. I never really connected with either one of the lead characters. It was the type of book I had to force myself to finish. Emma was very childish and stubborn. I liked Evan, but he was a bit naive. I knew who the “bad” guy was right at the start, and I couldn’t understand why either one of the lead characters trusted him or anything he said. I could tell at the 75% mark what was going to happen. It was pretty much telegraphed that the bad guy was going to try to split the two lead characters up, and he succeeded. That was a bit annoying. Then Emma became extremely irritating when she refused to even let Evan explain what had happened. It was a little unbelievable that she’d be so foolish. The cover image doesn’t fit the book. That guy doesn’t look like a rock star to me. I did like the epilogue a lot.

Donna Reads: Idol (VIP series #1) by Kristen Callihan

idolThe Blurb:

Libby
I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won’t leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he’s slowly wearing me down, making me crave more. He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away?

Killian
As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles. Until Liberty. She’s grouchy, a recluse—and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who’ve screamed my name. The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I’m not willing to leave her. I’ve got to find a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.

I began reading this when it first came out in June. I am a huge fan of her books. I thoroughly enjoyed the Game On series, and I was anxious to see what she would do with rock star romance. I got into this book fairly quickly, but when I got to where it seemed the angst was about to really kick in, I put it aside. I liked the characters, and I liked the story. I just didn’t want to see them split up. I didn’t pick it up and finish it until the other day when I saw a review on the second book in the series. If I’m going to read book two, I needed to finish book one. I have to admit that I’m sorry I didn’t just finish it the first time. The book did have some angst but not as bad as I was expecting. I shouldn’t have prejudged; I should have just kept reading.

The story centers around Libby and Killian. Killian is a mega rock star. Libby is a talented recluse, living on her own and hiding from life. She has her reasons why she is the way she is. I enjoyed seeing her grow with Killian’s love and encouragement of her own singing and guitar playing. Killian ended up on her front lawn after a drunken motorcycle accident. He has his reasons for being where he is, too. A suicide attempt by a band member has forced the band’s temporary breakup. They are both lost and need each other, and they fall in love. When Killian returns to the band and the road, Libby is devastated. She does end up joining him and finding her own way on the stage. I didn’t like that she wouldn’t let him tell everyone they were a couple. She didn’t want the world to think she slept with him to get where she was. There were parts of her character and personality that I didn’t care for. I liked him a lot better than I did her. It was when the story seemed to be leading to the idea that she would be encouraged to go out on her own, without him, that I put the book down the first time. They do, of course, part, but they do, of course, come back together again. Overall, it was a good read.

Donna Reads: Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss Series #1) by Nalini Singh

The Blurb: Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

She sees him at a party. Her sister is in charge of PR for the band. She doesn’t think he even noticed her. He decides the moment that he sees her that she will be his. He was only supposed to be a one night stand, her one chance to break out from her calm, ordinary existence, but Fox had other ideas for Molly. 

I enjoyed this. Molly overcomes a horrible scandal and tragedy. To be with Fox, she has to face similar notoriety, scandal, and stress. I liked that Molly grew over the course of the book. She found strength she didn’t know she had. I liked Fox from the start. He also has his demons to face. He deals with anger issues from being abandoned as a child by his mother. Together he and Molly made a good team, finding that they could rely on each other and that together they were stronger than they were apart.