AUTHOR:  Tara Leigh

GENRE:  Contemporary Romance 

Available @ AMAZON

(ARC provided by author & Netgalley)

REVIEWER:  Pistol Annie


I’m not who you think I am.

Shane Hawthorne has it all. At least, that’s what the headlines say about me. I have millions of fans, awards, more money – and women – than I know what to do with. But what you don’t see is the wreckage I’ve caused. The memories and pain I can’t escape, even when I pour them into music and spin them into gold.

I tried to forget. To lose myself in booze and groupies. It didn’t work. It hurt me and – worse – it hurt my band. That’s the last thing I want to do, so I’m cleaning up my act… starting with Delaney Fraser.

Gorgeous, smart, drama-free, and even nice – Delaney is the perfect “girlfriend.” When I’m with her I don’t have to pretend. It’s like she sees the real me. And I can see a future with her. But that’s dangerous. Because the truth is, Shane Hawthorne doesn’t actually exist. He’s a shield to hide who I really am. Fraud. Runaway. Addict. Murderer.

And it’s impossible to love a lie, right?

Rock King – 2/20/18
Rock Legend – 7/17/18
Rock Rebel – No date posted

Release Date:  February 20, 2018

Rock star tropes are often hit or miss with me.  I tire of the same ole traits time and again. Surprisingly, I found this one a bit easier to fall into even though it followed a similar theme.  Tara Leigh took it a step further with some unexpected depth and powerful punches in a story that held both secrets and twists and turns for both main characters.

We were on a goddamn merry-go-round of secrets and lies. Bliss and betrayal. Fuck-ups and forgiveness.

The author takes readers up and down the scales in this tit for tat arrangement. (No pun intended.) The rock star needs a fake girlfriend to help him hang on to a clean image – and the fake girlfriend is a nice girl, working as a waitress while trying to get her life back on track, in desperate need of cash.  This temporary arrangement could be the answers to both their problems and neither expected anything more, until fate stepped in with other things in store.

I really enjoyed both Shane and Delaney, who are complex characters.  Mistakes and tragedies plague both their lives.  The raw emotions and life challenges conveyed by these characters were undeniably powerful.  Those personal predicaments demanded sympathy from readers, and the way they deal with their past mistakes is told in a well-developed and affecting manner.

Their story included much more than just your average rock star romance, although you’ll find an emotional rush from the heat and passion, as well.  A solid start to this new series.

In the beginning things started a little off-key, but it didn’t take long before the meshing of words, phrases, feelings and vibes blended into a harmonious melody.

Summer, 2018 will bring Piper’s story in the second installment of the Nothing But Trouble Series.

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