⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Rock star romance done right

Rock Star

Rock star romance done right, this steamy/sweet read flies by. It pairs a recovering addict mourning the loss of his sister (definite trigger warnings here) and the replacement backup singer for the band, who is young and excited for her chance to step into the spotlight. It’s perhaps a little too insta-love for my taste and lacks any major tension between these two until the final third of the book but the story is complex and interesting, the relationship has depth and the emotional connection is definitely there.

The story follows Phoenix as she joins a rock band after the loss of their backup singer, who also happened to be the sister of lead singer, Axel. She’s supporting her parents and can’t afford to mess up this opportunity, but immediate chemistry with Axel puts everything in jeopardy. He’s lived that rock star lifestyle for years and only started cleaning up his act (at least with the drugs) after his sister’s death. Neither one can really afford to make any mistakes at the moment, but that doesn’t stop their feelings for each other from building from attraction to more.

After reading Brash, Daiko’s last book, I was hooked on her writing. She handles complex characters very well, and I was interested to see her take on the popular rock star romance trope. This definitely didn’t disappoint; while Axel has enjoyed the benefits of being a rock star in the past, things are different now that’s he’s sober and Phoenix comes along at just the right time. He’s really sweet with her, caring yet still a large personality. Phoenix was easy to like, and loved seeing these two get together. I will admit that with such an angsty backstory, I was surprised by how smoothly things fell into place for these two. But it turns out that Daiko was just saving all the drama for the end. Overall, it’s certainly worth a read and I look forward to more from this series. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Rock Star by S.C. Daiko. My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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