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Oooooh this book is so hard to review. I definitely enjoyed this book, and loved parts of it. The addition of Scott MacKenzie’s writing is definitely felt in this novel. Immediately Brad is a more captivating, sensitive presence than we’ve seen before. He’s definitely a wounded rocker, and while incredibly male does not seem to exude that same testosterone driven feeling that so many of the male characters in Halle’s books do. To my pleasant surprise I found that I actually connected with Brad’s character more than Lael’s.
Lael was a wild child and fiecely confident and independent. Brad had a very hard childhood, and that shows in his vulnerability. What I absolutely loved about this book from both sides is that there was never any real drama beyond the basics outlined in the first several chapters. There were no surprise girlfriends/babies/ex-hookers crawling out of the woodwork. This was a story about Lael and Brad. When she winds up pregnant(no spoiler, look at the cover!), there is no drama. Brad knows he loves her, and while not planned, knows he’s going to love that kid. Lael knows that she’s keeping baby and that its going to work out. This part of the book I loved, and yes there is the added drama with her dad but that was something that was happening before the baby.
A few things that detracted from the story were the naiveness of these characters. Brad in particular when it comes to his money. I know he owed the man alot, but that contract seems like a giant crime and while certainly when he was 17 I could see him signing it. I don’t know why he didn’t revise it later into somthing that gave him a better deal. Also Lael’s dad. Yes he was controlling, but surprisingly enough I felt that he was very one dimensional. We never really see a redeeming side to him, and as this is one of my favorite things about Halle’s books I was disappointed that we never really saw that come through her writing.
Overall I loved this book, and I’m so happy that I can reward this with a 4 star rating, I was pretty nervous about the match up since sometimes these partnerships just don’t mesh well, but I liked it. Great first novel together!
* This review was first posted on Moonlight Gleam Reviews*
Lael had a crush on Brad since her early teens. He is six years older than her and when she had the opportunity to meet him backstage at one of And Then's concerts her reaction to meeting her idol? She fainted! Not deterred by this misstep, she remained an avid fan and pursued her own love of music and became a wonderfully talented bass guitarist. Fast forward seven years and there is an opening in the band for a replacement guitarist for the bands North American tour and she just may get the spot! Can she work with Brad day in and day out and manage to contain her inner fan girl?
Brad has had a rough life. His father, who he barely remembers, is in jail. His mother was more interested in drugs and men than taking care of her own son. If it wasn't for a theater in town and a kind man there, he doesn't know where or who he would be. Given a huge opportunity when he was 14, he signs on with Ramsey Records and has been performing ever since. When his band needs a new Bassist is he willing to let the daughter record company's CEO just take the spot? What if she isn't any good? What if she is? Lael Ramsey is so much more than he remembered her being the few times they've met over the past years. She is all woman and all confident.
So - this book was sweet, sexy, sinful, hilarious - no spoilers, but the snakes... just remember I said that and when you get there, if you aren't rolling on the floor laughing you may want to get checked, make sure you're not an LMD (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. reference). I loved this story. I loved the happy ending. I loved that the angst and climactic tension wasn't caused by either Brad or Lael, but by outside forces. That they never doubted each other. Swoon for Brad! Enjoy!
Have you ever felt such a strong connection to a band, like their music was an extension of your thoughts, feelings, your soul? Imagine being able to join that group, live your dream of performing, traveling around the country with the object of your fantasies. Well that's what happens to Lael.
She's grown up under her father's thumb and trying to distance herself and forge her own path. When a position opens up for a bass player in her favorite band, she jumps at the chance to show her skills. Lael is a great heroine. She's strong willed and determined with a confidence that can be lacking in a lot of other heroines now. It was very refreshing. Sure she has worries like everyone else but she has so much strength.
Brad, a rocker with a tortured past, frontman for And Then, all around hot guy. I have to say, he has turned out to be one of my very favorite male characters. I loved his voice and personality. He's witty, passionate and oddly humble for a rock star.
Lael and Brad form an easy relationship while on tour. I loved how this story was more or less drama free. So many novels need ridiculous drama to fill the pages or forward the plot. Rocked Up is a great romantic comedy free of all that.
There were many scenes that had me laughing out loud, to the ire of my sleeping husband. It was so unexpected, I loved it. Just picturing Brad with those snakes! Great stuff.
My only real complaint about the story is how easily they let Lael's father of the hook.
Ms. Halle has been a 1-click author for me for quite some time now and after this, I'm really hoping Mr. Mackenzie continues to write. He gives such a wonderful voice to his male characters, something that I've found can be lacking in a lot of books lately. Whether it's because he's a dude writing a dudes perspective or just his writing, I'm not sure but I'd like to see more from him in the future.
Overall Rocked Up is a fun, quick really sweet read that I'd definitely recommend.
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