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Rise: a ROCK SOLID romance by [Bliss, Karina]
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About the Author

New Zealander Karina Bliss's debut, Mr Imperfect, won a Romantic Book of the Year award in Australia, and her most recent release, A Prior Engagement, was a Desert Island Keeper at likesbooks.com. Her 100,000 word single title romance, RISE, continues the story of Zander Freedman, who first appeared as a villain in Karina's bestselling title, What the Librarian Did - a book that made DearAuthor's Best of the Year list in 2010. Two of Karina's books have also featured in Sizzling Book Chats at SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.
Find out more at karinabliss.com 
Facebook: facebook.com/KarinaBlissAuthor 
Twitter @BlissKarina
Email: karina@karinabliss.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 967 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0994116527
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Karina Bliss; 1 edition (January 28, 2015)
  • Publication Date: January 28, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00S5OY6D0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Have you ever came across a rock star romance that isn't filled with insta-lust, sex, booze, groupies, profanity and OTT drama? A hero that doesn't walk with a perpetual hard-on and a heroine who isn't always wet.

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.
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I loved everything about this book, the characters, the plot, the writing - everything! Zander is a true to life hero, or as true to life as a rock star can be. I thought Ms Bliss captured the life very well, the craziness, the long hours, the energy.

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.
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You know what tells you when a book is great? When you start watching the percentage count along the base of your Kindle and cursing because you're up past 80%...83%...87%. Damn - this good thing is going to end soon! I've been totally taken over by this story, these people. I think Karina Bliss has just about achieved the impossible - made me love a self-centred, boastful, thoughtless rock-star - and made me really believe the vicar's daughter really is the right woman for him. Can't wait to re-read it and try and work out how she did it.
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I have not even finished the book and here I am writing a review. I love this book. It is everything a romance novel should be. Mature, realistic, well developed characters non of that rock star virgin coupling that totally annoys me.

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.
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This book was recommended to me by a friend. I thought it was fantastic. I usually love books with lots of angst in them but in this case the book was great as is. I loved the main characters, especially Elizabeth, who was compassionate and a real Kiwi ( humble). Can't wait for the next one in the series.
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Started a Rock Solid Romance this morning and finished it this afternoon. Strong complex lead characters, hot romance scenes and a great ending. Nalini Singh recommended this book. I am so glad I bought it. Enjoy!
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By Farrah on January 29, 2015
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A hot, emotional, and sweet romance, Rise was an excellent read. I was wary going into it, hoping it wouldn't be a cliche rockstar romance but it turned out to be a book with realistic emotion and raw romance. I really enjoyed it.

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
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