Rock Fiction Coveting: As You Wish by Elyssa Patrick

Posted: August 25, 2015 in Rock Fiction Coveting
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The best part of books today is that books that have been around for awhile are still books you can hear about and get your hands on. That’s the case with Elyssa Patrick’s Rock Stars in Love series, even though they were published in 2012 and three years isn’t THAT old. Except in today’s Internet age, it is.

Yeah, another really creative series title. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. I mean, you know what you’re getting, right? It’s clearly marked. But after awhile, they do all sorta start to sound alike. And that can’t be good. You don’t want people thinking they’ve already read your books ’cause the book or series title sounds like a million other books. Especially with Rock Fiction, where we’ve started seeing the same few plots over and over.

But check this one out, the first in the series.

Love doesn’t always follow the sheet music . . .

This Christmas, Portia Jackson needs a miracle to save her family’s generations-old florist shop. What she gets instead is a car that breaks down during a blizzard. Help arrives unexpectedly when the infamous Aubry Riley pulls over. She only expects him to drive her to the gas station . . . she never expects that kiss. But Portia lives in the real world–she knows this is only a holiday fling for Aubry. Except it doesn’t feel so temporary, and the last thing she wants is a broken heart.

Sometimes you have to sing some different notes . . .

Rock star Aubry Riley has no secrets. Thanks to the media, everyone knows about his troubled past. Six years have gone by since his world crashed, and now he’s ready for a comeback. But first he needs to reconcile with his family–starting with his six-year-old daughter. A month-long vacation at a Vermont lake house affords him the perfect opportunity to take a step in the right direction. He doesn’t need any other emotional entanglements, especially not with the bright-eyed florist he can’t stop thinking about. But no matter how hard he tries to resist her, he can’t. Now all he has to do is to convince Portia that there is nothing temporary when it comes to love.

So some insta-love. Or insta-lust. But… then we move into some news directions, too. No, not the troubled past. Been there, seen that a million times. Of course, how many real-life rockers do NOT have a troubled past? Have you seen the studies that have been showing up lately? Linking heavy metal fans and troubled pasts? So, yeah, that may be overdone in fiction, but it’s real.

Anyway, it’s the idea of this guy seeking redemption and making amends after what sounds like a public crash and burn. This guy’s hurting — or so the book description makes us think. Is he really hurting, or is that a good concept that gets buried beneath his Alpha male qualities? I gotta read to see. I’d love to see a truly hurting rocker.

The angle of the woman who is a florist sounds like something I’ve already read, but if I did, I didn’t write a review of it. So now I NEED to get my hands on a copy. If I read this, I think I liked it. If not, I liked that other book about the rocker who stumbles into a flower shop and falls for the woman working inside. I may not have… the blizzard isn’t familiar.

Yeah. I gotta see what this is all about. Is Aubry hurting (and why name him Aubry? Don’t most people put an e in there near the end? Hey, Elyssa Patrick, why not stop in and tell us why you named him Aubry??? Seriously! I want to hear about it!), and have I read this and since this is the first in a series, what happens next? (Looks like a whole new set of characters, which is super.)

Bring it. And please, Elyssa Patrick, bring that guest post!

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