Review

I received an ARC of this book from Rock Star Lit PR in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s blog tour promotions.

Rockstar. Second chance romance. This is a winning combination for me. I think I’ve said it before that I don’t particularly favor rockstar romances. Maybe it’s the fact that I don’t think I could ever fall in love with a rockstar. I don’t think I can handle that life. I’m too weird on my own to even want more craziness that comes with the territory of being a rockstar.

Anyway, even if this subgenre isn’t really my go-to, I still make exceptions for good authors I trust and popular authors that get great reviews from people I follow. That’s the main reason I picked this book and joined its blog tour. Let me tell you, I made the right decision doing so.

Dare To Rock is a short, fast read, especially if you read like I do. Even so, it has all the elements of a full length novel. You have the romance, the history, the tension, the family drama, and the suspense (by way of a stalker). I truly enjoyed the story. The hero was a rockstar, yes, but he had none of the angst and arrogance of other rockstar heroes. The heroine was a woman who had a big heart.

While this book is already the 7th book in the series, it can be read as a standalone, and you won’t even feel that you missed out on anything. You may want to read back the previous books that came before. Should you decide to do so, you won’t regret it because those books are also good, solid reads.

Excerpt

Sweat poured off Grey Kingston’s body, and his heart beat a too-rapid rhythm, the high and adrenaline rush from his performance still pulsing through his veins as he walked into the lounge backstage. He pulled off his soaked shirt and tossed it onto the floor, grateful for the stocked room and waiting pile of towels. He grabbed one and dried his face and hair, deliberately trying to slow his breathing.

The sound of Tangled Royal fans stomping their feet and demanding an encore echoed through the walls, but the band had performed their final set. Even as his pulse still soared.

He glanced toward the door. “Did she pick up the ticket?” Grey asked Simon Colson, their manager, who was busy texting on his phone.

“What? Who?” Simon, ever the well-dressed Brit, shoved his phone into his trouser pocket. No jeans for him. “Good show,” he said to Grey and the rest of the band, ignoring Grey’s question.

Lola Corbin, their lead singer and Grey’s best friend, was still bouncing in her heels, not yet coming down from their shared high either. “We did rock it,” she said, tossing her dark hair over her shoulder.

Milo Davis, their bassist, grunted something and fell into a chair in the corner. Grey narrowed his gaze. Milo barely had the energy for a full concert these days, and that worried him.

But right now Grey had bigger concerns and turned to Simon. “I asked you if Avery Dare picked up the VIP tickets I told you to leave at the box office.”

Simon shrugged. “I couldn’t tell you.”

Grey scowled at his manager’s I don’t give a shit tone. More and more lately, Simon’s lack of consideration about what the band members wanted grated on Grey’s nerves. Lola might be considering using him for her solo career, but anything Grey did going forward wouldn’t be with the man.

At least he’d indicated he had left the tickets. He’d be out of a job if he screwed with Grey on this. “Fucking find out.”

“What’s so special about this piece of ass?” Simon barely got the words out because Grey

grabbed him by his collared shirt and pinned him up against the wall.

“Talk about her like that again and you’re done.”

“Whoa.” Lola put her petite body between them, pushing Grey away from their manager.

“Everyone breathe,” she muttered. “You. Go take a walk and calm down before your company shows up,” she ordered Grey.

He stormed off, missing whatever lecture she gave to Simon next.

Though the man had done his job well, helping maneuver Tangled Royal to the elusive top of the charts, he cared about the bottom line and not much else. Especially not the fact that Tangled Royal was more than a band, people with real feelings, issues, and lives. No wonder Simon didn’t believe how serious both Grey and Lola were about changing their futures.

Danny Bills, their drummer, already had a wife and two daughters who lived in L.A. He was ready for home time, and everyone knew it. Milo was another story. If he didn’t stop the drugs, he wouldn’t have a future.

As for Grey, he hoped for more than the travel and fame that had been so important to him way back when. He hoped for her.

His eyes flickered to the door. No sign of Avery. He tipped his head back, wondering if she’d come backstage or ignore the invitation … and him. His stomach gripped painfully at the thought of not seeing her again. She was the one person who not only understood the loner musician he’d been as a teen but who’d grounded him when he’d threatened to spiral. With her soft voice, that thick mane of dark hair, and those lavender-like eyes, she’d burrowed someplace deep inside him. Still, she hadn’t been enough to hold him, not when fame, fortune, and the need to be something more lived within him.

But it was Avery whose face he saw in the nameless women he’d fucked over the years. Avery whose belief in him kept him going when times were hard. Funny how that worked. He wondered if she’d thought of him over the years and if she was as hyped up about possibly seeing him again now.

Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Dare To Love

Book 2 – Dare To Desire

Book 3 – Dare To Surrender

Book 4 – Dare To Submit

Book 5 – Dare To Touch

Book 6 – Dare To Hold

Book 7 – Dare To Rock

Dare to Love (Dare to Love #1) – FREE!!!

New York Times Bestselling Author Carly Phillips turns up the heat in her newest sexy

contemporary romance series, and introduces you to the Dare family… siblings shaped by a

father’s secrets and betrayal.

Since finding out his father had another family on the side, Ian Dare swore to be the

upstanding, responsible man his cheating parent had never been. When it comes to his

relatives, he gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. But one glimpse of

sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts and Ian is entranced. He will

do anything to possess her … and does. But any future with Riley must include him extending an

olive branch to the half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget.

Independent and always in control, Riley Taylor makes no apologies for choosing men carefully.

Relationships have never been a priority and she believes herself hardened to domineering

men – until she meets charismatic Ian Dare. He manages to turn a simple kiss into an all out

assault on her senses and when he takes control in the bedroom, she’s stunned to discover she

likes it. As their affair heats up, they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither

imagined. But Riley’s past is closer than she cares to remember, and her struggles with Ian’s

dominance might just cost her everything.

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