Rocked Up by Karina Halle and Scott MacKenzie

June 5, 2017 Book Review 0 ★★★

Rocked Up by Karina Halle and Scott MacKenziethree-stars
Rocked Up by Karina Halle, Scott MacKenzie
Published by Metal Blonde Books on May 17th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 253
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Rocked Up is a STANDALONE rockstar romantic comedy and the fun and sexy brainchild of New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle and her husband Scott Mackenzie.
I have been watching him since I was a child.
He didn't notice me back then and it didn't matter. Brad Snyder, guitarist and singer for one of the world's greatest bands, was my entire life.
My father, the CEO of Ramsey Records, takes credit for all of Brad's success, trying to control him in the same way he's controlled me.
But I finally get an opportunity to prove myself.
To be wild.
To be free.
Today I'm auditioning to be the replacement bass player for Brad's band. If I get the job, I'll go on tour and work with Brad every day, in very close proximity.
There's only one rule: he's not allowed to touch the boss's daughter.
Remember when I said that Brad never used to notice little ol' me?
Well, Brad's noticing me now.
In a way that's going to get us both in trouble.
My name is Lael Ramsey and we all know how this will turn out.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

Rocked Up is a story of two young people who on the surface were leading a privileged life. Brad is the main man in the highly successful band, And Then. Lael is the daughter of the wealthy promoter who has the rights to Brad’s band.

Brad and Lael are two people who were never expected to be together, according to Ronald Ramsay of Ramsay Records. As Brad’s boss and Lael’s father he becomes their major obstacle to happiness. The story begins early in their lives when Brad was a lost young boy, and chronicles how he became discovered by the music industry. Lael is introduced as a privileged teenager who’s a  massive fan of Brad’s band.

I struggled with connecting with Ronald Ramsey from the start. He rarely surfaced during the story but whenever he did I cringed. His arrogant manner caused me to close my eyes and inhale deeply. He was an unpleasant boss and not much better as a father.

When they first met, Brad was in his 20’s and Lael a star-struck giggly 14 year old. The band was central to the plot but the focus was clearly on the forbidden relationship between Brad and Lael. This is a journey that starts as an infatuation, turns to friendship, and then blossoms into love.

The story is presented in alternate POVs and written in the first person. I can’t say I found the story humorous. At times it meandered into melancholy but it was more about getting on with life, waiting for the moment to break free. Brad was focused on his music, and making sure he was fresh and ready for each day – little in the way of late night shenanigans for this rocker! There were scenarios where I smiled, but I wasn’t laughing out loud.

It wasn’t until the at least a third of the way into the story that I found my pace. While the eventuality of a relationship was never in doubt, the in depth details of their daily routine slowed the story down and it didn’t take much for me to become distracted. I found myself needing to refocus on the paragraph I read again, quite a few times.

If you’re looking for a bad-ass rebellious rocker, Brad is not your man! He is a down to earth, genuine guy with talent, who has been dealt a harsh hand in life. They were surrounded by secondary characters who I was curious to get to know better. Had they featured in scenes more than they did, I believe it would have provided a contrast to the romance and increased the tempo of the writing. For me though, it was a little too tame to build the book buzz I crave.

Rocked Up brought together poignant caring moments and a spotlight on the day to day realities of life as a rock star. Despite the constant threat of drama lingering over Brad and Leal, the focus on the story became the everyday challenges. A refreshing upbeat story I’m sure readers of low angst will embrace!

3 Love conquers all Stars


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