Rock Fiction Coveting: Curves for the Rockstar Series by Clare Cole

Posted: October 9, 2014 in Rock Fiction Coveting
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Rocktober3avatar S REDI don’t usually write about an entire series in one fell swoop, but there’s a first time for everything, right? Besides, this saves me from having to type out four different posts.

The series is called Curves for the Rockstar, and from the description of the four really short books (more like stories than books), the curves aren’t the type I first thought. I figured it’d be more like this one, where the rocker goes through a bunch of different chicks.

Nope. The curves refer to curveballs thrown into the lives of the rocker and his honey. One honey. Same one through all four shorties. That part’s nice. I’m getting tired of all the rockers being playboys. (Why are they either playboys or totally devoted? Where’s the middle ground? Man, I gotta start writing again.)

The plots sound okay, but … wow. These are short. They aren’t even novellas; it’s more like linked short stories. And while we saw Rock Fiction short stories win the National Book Critics Circle Award when Jennifer Egan put them in one volume, not everyone loved what came of it. (Like me)

Nope. Want great Rock Fiction short stories? Pick up Sylvie Simmons’ Too Weird for Ziggy. Again, linked … but not all of them are. And they don’t tell one story, like the Curves for the Rockstar Series seems to.  (Insert gratuitous mention of my own short story collections here.)

So… I don’t know. I’ll have to read this and see. I think the plots sound too full and rounded to be completely satisfying as short stories. As always, I’m  hoping I’m wrong because this couple faces some pretty big mountains. Maybe too many for true believability, but I’m always up for some good escapism. If this series is done right, we will be treated to some really good, complex character growth and a real examination of what it takes to make a relationship work, no matter how high the flames get around them.

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