I’m really into books written in deep point of view and New Adult romances usually deliver. Rock You by Candy J. Starr is about a fallen rock star who withdrew from the world and life, and his young housekeeper who has serious issues of her own. I really enjoyed this book. Read on for my four-star review and more details. This review tour is brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours.
Rock You by Candy J. Starr
(Fallen Star #1)
Publication date: April 8th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Puchase Link: Amazon
Cry For you (Fallen Star #2) is available for pre-order
Ruby is perfectly happy in the confinement of her own home, cleaning it spotless when she isn’t designing apps. But when she turns 22, her parents tell her she’s got to make it on her own … outside.
Working as a housekeeper for a geriatric recluse who stipulated in his emails that they weren’t to cross paths in his large house is a job made in heaven. Only he turns out to be the opposite of old. But Ruby can handle a young sexy guy as long as they occupy different floors.
When a destructive fire forces them to share the same space, they both have to seriously recalibrate their entire outlook on the perks of companionship. And when Tex is coerced to woo the world once again through his music, Ruby’s solitude won’t ever feel the same.
I loved the premise of this story. Give me a grumpy recluse, and I’ll give up (almost) anything to read his story. This one is told from Ruby’s point of view. We’re in her head the entire time and Candy J. Starr does an excellent job keeping in line with her young Australian heroine. I totally got Ruby. She knows exactly what she wants. She’s not timid or frightened. She hates the world, anything team related and avoids interactions if she can help it, but this is her choice not the result of some crazy phobia. I hope we get a better look into what shaped her in the second book.
However, I had issues relating to Tex. Although he’s supposed to have grown up the hard way, fending for himself and his younger sister, he has no concept of money or basic life skills. How had he survived until he made it big? Had it not been for Ruby, he wouldn’t have made it through a department store! Another issue I had with him was his total lack of empathy. Sure, he’s going through some serious stuff, but even when he emerges, he’s still all about mixed signals. He has unreasonable demands and expects people to just deal. And how could he be sleeping next to Ruby for weeks without ever acting on it (until he did, well, sort of)?
Great heroine, not so great hero, interesting premise, spot-on writing. I’m definitely reading the next part of this story.
Heat Level: Low (some sexual foreplay)
Working for a cranky, old hermit in an isolated house sounds like Ruby’s idea of heaven but her boss isn’t quite what she expects.
Tex is a fugitive from the rock and roll world – a tragedy abruptly halted his career. No one knows why, no one knows where he is.
The two of them try to live in the same house without ever seeing each other until Tex screws up, endangering their lives and forcing them to live in close quarters.
Suddenly, the idea of human contact seems more appealing, if only with each other.
The sanctuary they have built is enough for Ruby but the outside world encroaches. The man she grows to love is Tex the hermit, not Tex the rock star.
Their fledgling love can’t shine brighter than the rock dream but can Ruby bare to let him go?
About the Author
Candy J. Starr used to be a band manager until she realised that the band she managed was so lacking in charisma that they actually sucked the charisma out of any room they played. “Screw you,” she said, leaving them to wallow in obscurity – totally forgetting that they owed her big bucks for video equipment hire.
Candy has filmed and interviewed some big names in the rock business, and a lot of small ones. She’s seen the dirty little secrets that go on in the back rooms of band venues. She’s seen the ugly side of rock and the very pretty one.
But, of course, everything she writes is fiction.
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