There’s a lot to love about this Own Voices rock star romance, from the compelling, likable characters, to the slow burn, to the heartfelt moments. I loved the opposites attract feel, and how these two very different people came together under unexpected circumstances. It was a little too serious, a little too emotional, and the Big Fight lasted a little too long, but I enjoyed this for the most part. Definitely enough to read more from the author. This hero has got to be the most loyal, lovable rock star I’ve ever read about, and the story is both sweet and sexy.
The story follows Darya, an Iranian doctor who has been focused on her career for years. She hasn’t had time to think of much else, so when a rock star comes into her ER, she doesn’t have the typical reaction. Anthony is used to people seeking him out for the attention, and he’s tired of the strings that come with fame. So meeting a serious, intelligent woman like Darya stops him in his tracks. There’s an immediate attraction between them, and Anthony would love to have something real in his life. When Darya joins the band on tour to care for Anthony’s brother, the two get closer – but life is bound to get in the way.
It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book that was so inclusive in a real, meaningful way. The author incorporates plenty of Darya’s Iranian culture, while contrasting it to Anthony’s experiences as a Latino and a heartthrob. There’s also a same sex couple, the impending loss of a loved one, and plenty of family scenes, which give this a distinct feel. I found the writing style to be interesting and easy to read, though there were times when the serious tone bordered on boring. There were a couple of lulls in the story for me, especially in the final act, which really threatened to bring my rating down. But I get what the author was trying to accomplish with it; that angst and emotion was always going to be a necessary part of the journey. For me, the good – the authenticity, the relationship, and the slow burn (yet still sexy) romance – outweighed the bad. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this rock star romance.
Dr. Darya Zameeni doesn’t have time for interruptions—in her ER, or in her life. Especially not from the gorgeous man pacing in her waiting room. With mountains of student debt, an ailing single mother, and a younger sister to support, Darya can’t afford to get sidetracked, even though they can’t take their eyes off each other.
Disillusioned Grammy-winning rock star Anthony Castillo’s night wasn’t supposed to end like this—in the ER, panicked after his little brother’s sudden collapse on stage. The band cannot go back on tour without Carlos, but his brother needs constant medical attention. When the beautiful, no-nonsense Dr. Zameeni treating Carlos shows no interest in their fame, he decides she is the perfect candidate for the job. If only he can convince her—and himself—that he wants nothing more.
Darya can’t imagine leaving her job, even temporarily, to follow a rock star around the globe. She’s expected to be the perfect Iranian daughter, after all. But Anthony’s offer comes right as she needs the money and she cannot deny their attraction.
Family is everything to them both. With so much to lose, the smart thing would be to go back to their lives and forget they’d ever met. But doing the smart thing has never seemed so wrong…
About the Author:
Negeen Papehn was born and raised in southern California, where she currently lives with her husband and two boys. She wasn’t always a writer. A graduate of USC dental school, Negeen spends half of her week with patients and the other half in front of her laptop. In the little time she finds in between, she loves to play with her boys, go wine tasting with her friends, throw parties, and relax with her family.
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