Who hasn't been stage struck once or twice (or far, far more often)? Scarlett Cole assembles the perfect playlist of rock-star romances, from sweet to sexy and everything in between.
What do you think of when you hear the words "rock star"? A sexy, long-haired love god flying round the stage with more energy than the Energizer Bunny? A dreamy stud with a wicked smile and a gravel-edged voice that send you over the limit? A bad boy with ripped jeans and a love of fast cars, late nights, and epic parties? Whatever it is, there’s no denying that talent, drive, passion, and macho manliness are packaged up into some of the hottest rock stars (real life and fictional) out there.
The dictionary tells us that a rock star is a famous and successful singer or performer of rock music; someone who is treated as a celebrity, especially in inspiring fanatical admiration. But there are also plenty of polls out there listing the biggest douchebags in rock. Trashed hotel rooms, drunken fights with paparazzi, and strings of broken hearts follow the gods of rock wherever they go. Love them or loathe them, there’s something about these guys and their untamed, unpredictable ways that we just can’t seem to resist.
Just what it is about rock stars that sends us into a girly spin, and why we love them so much, is harder to pinpoint. The bad boy image is definitely high up there on the list. A guy who isn’t afraid to say what he thinks, throw in some f-bombs for good measure, and swagger across the stage like he just doesn’t care—positively dreamy, right? The promise of fun, craziness, wild nights, and maybe even a pinch of danger seems to appeal to us whether we like it or not! Then there’s the fact that they look good. No, wait. They look HOT. And they can sing, with lyrics that speak directly to our hearts. That whole creative vibe…the I’ll-write-you-a-song-and-sing-it-just-for-you thing is totally, totally what makes us go weak at the knees.
But then there’s the soft side. The squishy, caring, emotional layer that they all have just simmering away under the surface waiting for that special someone to come along and tease it out. Deep and meaningful talks until the early hours, discovering the past heartaches and hurt that have hardened the outer shell, the thought that we might be the one to turn them from their carefree, "rock star" ways... Sigh!
With this in mind, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite rock star romances.
First up, if I simply said the word "Mornin’," how many of you would know who I mean? The love triangle between Keira, Kellan, and Denny in S.C. Stephen’s Thoughtless remains one of my favorite rock star romances. Plus, we see Kellan’s journey as a musician and his humorous relationship with his band throughout the series.
Samantha Towle’s The Mighty Storm hits my list, not only because of Jake Wethers (seriously, I could stop explaining right there), but because of Ms. Towle’s use the song "Hurt." The importance of that song and the different versions of it that exist are crucial to the story, and I loved that.
What rock star romance list would be complete without an offering from Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series? I’ve got to go with Lick, which I know fans of Mal and Anne in Play will disagree with, but, I think it has to be one of the best opening sequences I’ve ever read. And the lengths David goes to win Evelyn back is all kinds of swoony.
If you like your rockers on the (extremely) hot side, it would be remiss of me not to include Olivia Cunning’s Sinners on Tour erotic romance series. While Brian writing music on Myrna’s naked body has got to be one of the best scenes in Backstage Pass, I pick Rock Hard, the second-chance romance of the incredibly named bad boy Sed Lionheart and the soon-to-be-lawyer Jess. It’s magic watching Sed attempt to woo back into his life the only woman who’d walked out on him, taking his heart with her. Oh, and beware of anybody wearing a leather duster by the Bellagio fountain—that’s all I can say!
A Lush Betrayal by Selena Laurence is a rock star romance that originated from a song. "Long Black Veil" has been sung by Johnny Cash and Dave Matthews and tells about a woman caught between two best friends. Throw in the woman's younger sister, give the two best friends a rock band on tour, and you have a recipe for sex and betrayal, but in the end a happily-ever-after as well.
Which brings me to my new release, Jordan Reclaimed, which I hope will end up on your list. If you like your heroes completely broken and your heroines their complete opposite in every way, then the light and dark of this story, where a stoic metal rocker meets his match in a ballerina, will be perfect for you. Plus, this book is the first in the Preload series, a spin-off from The Purest Hook (and complete standalone).
So, who did I miss? Which are your favorite rock star romances and why?
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