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Over the years I have read a few IR romances and, I have recently started reading them again. After discovering this book on Amazon and seeing the great reviews it has received, I set out right away to get a copy. When I finally found a copy, I couldn't wait to tear into to it but when I finally did, I felt let down in a major way. Bryan and Callie as a couple had so much potential and I truly loved the idea that Callie was a black woman and not half black like a lot of books portray their lead characters but by the end of chapter 4, you are left wondering why you should even turn the page. In a way, I would've much preferred Bryan and Tonya as a couple because she seemed to have more of a spark that might have played off better against Bryan than the lackluster Callie. Bryan on the other hand seemed to have far too many issues going on to even consider being in a romantic relationship. If you truly want a great IR rockstar romance then I suggest you read CRUSH which came out around the same time as this one. Again, I really wanted to like this one...
This is the story of a good girl, an intelligent woman who was born and raised in a small southern town where everybody knows everybody. She's the owner of her own business and successful. She meets the quintessential bad boy rock star. The sparks begin to fly. The male character Bryan is one of the sexiest characters that I've ever read about. The heroine, Callie I didn't relate to very well. For a strong supposedly independent 29 year old woman, she had to get permission from her father to date this guy.
Still, this is a very good debut romance. The writing for this story is closer to a 5 and that is what saves it and makes it worth the read, but I gave it a four because of the strong racial currents in the story. The negative social commentary on the perceived trials of interracial dating detracted from the better story of the romance between Callie and Bryan. The heroine was supposed to be a strong savvy business woman but her character appeared at odds with herself because she was way too concerned with what other people thought. She came off as incapable of making an informed decision on her own (how such a person could survive and prosper in business becomes suspect). And too quick to deny her own happiness and that of the man she knows loves her all because of a few negative reactions by small minded ignorant individuals which included her father.
Both the heroine and her parents seemed to be more concerned about the color of Bryan's skin rather than the effect his famous lifestyle would have on their sheltered daughter. Bryan's life style was much more interesting and would have provided sufficient controversy as the central focus of the story instead of the racial conflict the author provides.
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I enjoyed reading this book, Callie and Bryan were likeable and the emotions were definitely up and down. Bryan was very clear that he wanted Callie from the moment he saw her and never made race an issue. Callie tried to deny that their relationship was anything more then friendship because she didn't want to deal with a relationship especially one that would bring too much attention to her.
Callie is from a small town in Alabama with a strong family bond and Bryan is a Rock Star based in LA without a typical family, which had Callie questioning his integrity and motives. Callie wasn't sure of how she would fit in Bryan's Rock Star World. She had concerns about how others would see their relationship and being the eldest child she wanted to set a good example for her younger sisters.
The couple's relationship was threatened when someone Bryan considered family betrayed him. Bryan and Callie had to figure out what they really wanted from each other and if she could live a life that would, at times, be public. Callie was the one most affected by the betrayal, so it was understandable that she had doubts about continuing her relationship with Bryan.
This book was a very good read, but I felt the story dragged a little at the beginning of the middle, which prevented me from giving it 5 stars. I am happy I continued reading because the story did pick-up. I also felt that Callie sometimes acted more like a 20 year old than a 29 year old because she, at times, came across as naive and overly concerned about pleasing others.
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Well I must have read a different book. Based upon the reviews here and in the Interracial-Multicultural Romance Readers website, I bought Rock Star and I don't understand all the praise for this book. Believe me I had high hopes for it but, it just didn't hit the mark for me. It's odd, because I liked Bryan and the depth of his feelings for Callie (which is why I gave it 2 stars instead of 1) but, I just did not enjoy the entire ride because I kept being nagged by the question of what did he see in Callie? She had no depth, no spunk, no real sense of self. As characters, they weren't equal. I couldn't even bring myself to care about the so called romance that was supposed to be blossoming between them. It's far from the worst I've read but, in all honesty there's no way I could offer up the praises for this story the way others have.