I have a feeling this one will appeal to people with certain reading tastes. I’m not sure I’m on board with them, but Susan’s always telling me that I might like it if I try it. So here goes. Here’s the book description of Strung Out:

Finding my best friend and getting the hell out of California is top priority. Especially as the relationship with my rockstar stepbrother becomes more complicated with each passing day…

I’m on the tour bus partying!

The text from my best friend, Ivy, is one of her last. When weeks stretch with no further contact, I travel to L.A. to track down the band known as Rageon and find Ivy.

As the daughter of a groupie mom, and of a rock star father who fatally overdosed, I know the dangers of the world my friend disappeared into.

My ex-stepbrother, Gage, a musician who’s just come off tour invites me to crash at his place.

The last time I saw Gage in person, we were teens. He’s everywhere on social media, so I’m prepared for the tattoo-covered rocker who answers my knock. What I’m not expecting to find is the sweet, sensitive teen I grew up with is now an irresponsible, partying playboy who lives for his next fix.

As the search for Ivy narrows, my relationship with my rockstar stepbrother becomes more complicated. The tingling tug of attraction toward him is unexpected–and unacceptable. First, we’re practically siblings. Most importantly, I’ll never allow myself to fall for a musician, especially one with a drug addiction.

Gage teams up with me to find Ivy, introducing me into the right circles and guarding my secrets.

My search for Ivy takes me places I never wanted to go…
And my heart is an unwilling passenger on that dark ride.

Strung Out: A Needles and Pins Rock Star Romance is 90k words which is around 300 print pages. It may appear to be double that as the download contains 2 versions of the same book, allowing readers to choose their favorite reading style of 1 POV or 3 POV

Wow, lots to talk about here…

First is the whole attraction to the stepbrother thing. Like I said, if this is your thing, have at it. I’m not convinced I am, but the boss has told me if a review copy shows up, it’s all mine. And she hopes a review copy shows up.

The bigger issue for both of us is the junkie angle. Susan’s made no secret that she doesn’t like Junkie fiction, and I’m not sure I do, either. It depends on how it’s handled. Here, it could be a gateway to the mission of finding Ivy. I like that our nameless narrator knows the dangers and wants to save her friend.

I’m not so sure how I feel about a romance with a junkie. And a junkie stepbrother, at that. It’s like double bad.

And this interesting twist at the end of the description? Hmm. Wow. You have your choice of POV. Susan says that’s like writing two entirely different books because of the structure of each POV and… frankly, folks, I tuned her out. She’s developed more and more technical talk, the longer and more successful she is as an editor, so I just nod at the right times. But maybe she’s right about this.

Or maybe she’s not.

I want to find out. As always, color me curious.


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