Rock Fiction Coveting: Rock by JA Huss

Posted: March 25, 2016 in Rock Fiction Coveting
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Hi everyone! I’m back for another guest post, this time for a book I’m still coveting, instead of one I’ve already read. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Michelle Hazen, I’m an author and a total rock fic junkie. My current Work In Progress is a new adult series that follows a rising rock band from bar rooms to the big time, as the secrets of their sex lives begin to mirror the struggles of their musical careers.

What this means is I absolutely can’t get enough of rock star romances, of all shapes and kinds (the more twisted the trope, the better I like it), but it also means I have really high standards and I’m frequently disappointed. When I first saw this cover, I was intrigued by the look of this troubled, yet sexy rocker.

Rock cover

He had it all. He lost it all. And all he wants now is a second chance.

RK Saber ran from tragedy five years ago when his car went over the side of a mountain in a prom-night crash. Consumed by guilt, he walked away from Juilliard and morphed into Rock, front man for the global rock-band sensation, Son of a Jack. Five members. Five best friends. Five rising stars burning so bright, they had to know it couldn’t last.

When tragedy strikes again and the band goes from five to two, RK is sentenced to… home. Back to the place where all his nightmares started. Back to the memory of all the things he lost. Back to the reality he refused to face before he left.

The Vetti twins were identical in all ways but two. Melanie was insane and Melissa was not. One twin was killed on prom night five years ago and one twin was not. And now that RK has returned home, the twin left standing has quite a story to tell. Could she really be the girl he thought he’d lost forever? Or is Melanie just up to her same old tricks?

ROCK is a rock-star romantic suspense by the New York Times bestselling master of twist, JA Huss.

Huh, I thought when I first read the description. That sounds good. One of my favorite bands, JJ Grey and Mofro, actually did lose nearly the whole band to a car crash and it always broke my heart to think of the frontman having to go on without them. I’m not particularly into twin-swapping action (and really, don’t you figure there are GOING to be twins pretending to be each other in this book?) but if the author pulled it off, I could go along. I love a good romantic suspense, and I’ve never seen a rock star romantic suspense, but I also don’t see where the suspense comes into the plot as it’s been presented.

For those reasons, I clicked out of the page without downloading the free sample, but then I ran across a meme on Twitter with an excerpt. I haven’t been able to find it again, but here’s a tiny clip:


When I saw that, I thought two things. First, wait, Melissa Vetti, rock star? Now the girl is the rock star? I’m in! My own work in progress series starts with the book about the female drummer and I would love to see more female rock stars. Second, the excerpt (especially the extended one) was so much deeper than the lines you normally see on advertising memes.

At the time I saw this, it was 1:30 in the morning and I was camping in my car, way too wired from the rock concert I’d just been in to go to sleep, so I downloaded that free sample as fast as I could click. And then started reading my phone’s already-depleted battery into the red. From the very first page of the sample, the book had HEART.

I’ve been in a real mediocre rut lately as far as reading. Even books that are technically well-executed have been leaving me feeling kind of “meh” so to really feel for the rocker guy from the first page was a refreshing experience. I am still a little leery of possible twin-swapping shenanigans, and Melissa Vetti dies before the book starts according to the description, but in the meme, she lived and became a rock star. Clearly, there is more to the story. Also, I still don’t see where the romantic suspense will come from. But I absolutely can’t wait to dive into this one, and I’ll be sure to write up a review for you guys once I do!

Thanks for having me on, Susan and all my fellow rock fic readers! If you’d like to keep track of me, my reviews of other things, or hear more about my books, my links are below:


  1. mrsl42388 says:

    I. Must. Read. This.
    I read a JA Hiss series a while back and loved it. Throw in a musician and lost love (sort of?), I’m in.

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