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Rise: a ROCK SOLID romance (Volume 1) Paperback – January 14, 2015
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Top Customer Reviews
I think might just found the my favorite rock star in Rise.
Zander Freedman, a vet rock star, who is pushing 40, trying to resurrect his band reputation while battling with his ailing health condition. With his tour and endless promo, he even decided to have a memoir written to capture his life work.
"When I was a choirboy I thought I'd be a priest, but it was less of a spiritual calling than imagining myself in the pulpit with a captive audience. Rock filled the same criteria and celibacy wasn't a requirement."
What make Zander such a different from other younger rock star is that he had been there, done that, he is no longer the stereotypical testosterone-fuel-sex-God-knocked-up-with-coke, which usually portrayed in such genre.
Elizabeth Winston is a rare gem as well. A 36 year old, book-smart heroine, is not only intelligent, witty, rational and professional, she always had a warm and giving heart. She also had a healthy dose of cynicism in life that make her want to distance herself from Zander. She successfully avoided the cliche insta-lust with the rock star.
Against her better judgement, Elizabeth took up the job as Zander's biographer and through practically living together, she started to understand the complex man behind his rock God persona.
'How many people do you need to love you?
A stadium feels about right.'
Zander did a lot of things that he is ashamed of to be who he is today. He never think he is someone redeemable and giving up hope that he will one day deserve his own happiness.Read more ›
The hero and heroine were both outstanding and Zander was a nice change from the totally alpha guys most romances have. Elizabeth was - OMG! - sensible, took no crap and, in her own way, sunny-natured.
Highly recommend this book, especially if you are a devotee of What The Librarian Did.
This book was magnificent and I loved it. I know I am gushing but I loved it. The witty intelligent banter between Zander and Elizabeth. The maturity of both characters was refereshing after reading so many young adult novels where the idiocy of youth drives me nuts.
If you have been reading romance for many years and feel there is nothing more out there and the quality of romance has fallen then this is the book that will give you hope that there are still a few good authors out there.
Elizabeth was a great heroine. Calm, cool, and collected, there was very little that could ruffle her. Other than the fear of letting herself be vulnerable to someone who would very possibly break her heart. But, in the end, her determination allowed her to overcome even that. I really liked her character.
Zander was an interesting personality. He was magnetic, forceful, charming, and could get just about anyone to dance to his tune with just his smile and a few well placed words. But, he was also determined and wanted nothing more than to prove himself to the world. And, he could be surprisingly sweet as well, particularly with Elizabeth. I thought he was a great character.
The romance built up slowly. It went from attraction to Elizabeth and Zander gaining respect for each other to them falling in love (though they refused to admit it at first). They were sweet together, both influencing the other for the better. And they definitely had chemistry that sizzled.
The plot moved steadily, keeping me engaged from the start. There were a few slow parts, but it wasn't a major problem. I enjoyed the story and the ending was great. I look forward to reading the next books in the series.
Rise was a fantastic romance that I really liked it. It had interesting characters, an intense romance, and an enjoyable story. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed Zander's story of redemption. This book truly answers why he made the choices he made in the past. I think Elizabeth was a great match for him. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Seemore88
I am a voracious reader but seldom leave reviews because most of the Kindle offerings in this genre read like terrible fan fiction. Badly written and riddled with grammar errors. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joy
I've read a couple of Karina Bliss's books before and thought she was an excellent writer, but I haven't picked one up for a few years. Read morePublished 9 months ago by T
It was a treat to read about Zander's redemption. As always, Bliss writes thoughtfully with humor and heart. I look forward to reading the next books in the series! Read morePublished 9 months ago by S. Harding
Wow. Karina Bliss is just one of the best romance writers around and Rise is a can't-put-down novel. Read morePublished 15 months ago by JMG
Really loved Karina Bliss's latest work, Rise. I've always loved her books and it was great to see the development of Zander's character after his appearance in "What The... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rowena May O'Sullivan
A really great read. I liked that we learnt about the characters and that they weren't perfect. The story is a real page turner and just fun.Published 15 months ago by Jenny
Loved this book. Was recommended by Nalini Singh on her blog. She was right. I actually went back after and bought the books with all of the related characters and several of her... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer