When I was thirteen years old, I attended my very first concert, and it was Rick Springfield's. *swoon* He was my first rock star hero crush. I was convinced he would see me in the crowd, fall madly in love with me, and we would be married. If you read my byline, you’ll see my last name is NOT Springfield. Alas, it was not meant to be, though I’m secretly convinced he mourns this everyday.
From that day on, I’ve had a love for bad boys. Especially those in bands. In my teens and twenties I tended to gravitate towards boys who played in bands, especially if they played guitar—guitars made me hot. The more intense and broody they were, the more I was attracted. I even married a bad boy, though his days of raising Cain are over and he’s more apt to rage against the grill than society.
Now I get my rock star hero fix through books. Rock star heros aren’t a new trope; Nora Roberts’s Public Secrets, released in 1998, chronicles the life of rock star legend Brian McAvoy as seen through the eyes of his daughter Emma. Dramatic characters, intense storyline, and plenty of humor and sex, Public Secrets is a complicated mystery thriller that left me thoroughly satisfied at the end. It’s a yearly reread for me. Adrian Phoenix's The Maker’s Song series is a PNR whose hero is a vampire rock star in the band, Inferno. Dark and tortured, it’s only when Dante meets his love, FBI agent Heather Wallace, that his life and his problems truly begin. A very dark and intense series that stretches your limits.
Lately, though, we have seen an onslaught of rock star hero books. What is the appeal of these books? Do we women instinctively love the challenge seemingly unattainable man? Does the fame attract us like moths to a flame? Is the power they seem to weld an aphrodisiac?
Two very popular fictional rock stars are Adrian Brown and his sister, Erin, the hero and heroine siblings in Lauren Dane’s Brown Sibling series. A deliciously erotic romance contemporary series that follows the lives of the Brown siblings and their friends. Laid Bare introduces Erin Brown. A former rock star, a tragic past has her living back home in minor seclusion. When a former boyfriend re-enters her life, ready to take what he couldn’t handle before, Erin has to decide if she is ready for the commitment he seems to want. Laid Bare hits all the right spots with its sensual writing, sexy characters, and a storyline that burn the pages up.
Her brother Adrian’s story is told in Never Enough. A successful rock star who finds out a one night stand resulted in a son, Adrian finds himself not only falling in love with his son, but also the woman who is raising him. When secrets from her past threaten their relationship, Adrian’s lack of trust could destroy them all. Lauren Dane lays it on the line in here and holds nothing back as we see the other side of a rock star’s life with the lack of privacy and the intrusive hold the public has on them.
Though I'm not usually a huge fan of Jane Austen-esque books, Heather Lynn Riguard’s Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star is a delightfully sexy modern contemporary romance based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The book is based on two bands, one all male and one all female, who go on tour together. Riguard manages to infuse her storyline with all the basics of Pride and Prejudice yet contrives masterfully to make it 100% her own story. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll permeates the story as we watch these two bands struggle to find common ground on and off stage. Fitzwilliam Darcy is the bad boy lead singer of Slurry. Sexy, dark, and brody, he is every girl's wet dream, but we soon find out that there is a lot to Darcy that the world doesn't see...and the one woman who does see it, is the one woman he doesn’t trust at all.
Thoughtless by S.C. Stephans is a New Adult series following the romance between hottie local rock star hero Kellan Kyle and his best friend’s girlfriend Kiera. Kiera’s boyfriend leaves town for a job and Kiera cannot handle the separation. So she begins to lean on her boyfriend’s best friend and roommate, Kellan. We watch as Kellan and Kiera get close, their relationship going from casual flirting to serious attraction, while wondering what will happen when Kiera’s boyfriend comes back into the picture. Well written with plenty of sexy scenes and emotional highs, many readers who adore complicated relationships will love Thoughtless.
“I want to be someone's everything. I want fire and passion, and love that's returned, equally. I want to be someone's heart.”
The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle is a deliciously sexy new adult novel about second chances between a sexy rock star and his childhood sweetheart. The cover alone begs you to buy the book. Jake Wethers, the big, bad, tattooed alpha rock star, will steal your heart and your panties in here. Similar to SC Stephan’s Thoughtless in story arc, Jake and Tru both have to deal with their re-emerging feelings for one another, each other’s pasts, and Tru’s current boyfriend.
“I loved you from the moment I knew how to love.”
A little known but utterly captivating book that left me speechless was How to Kill a Rockstar by Tiffanie DeBartolo. A raw, edgy, beautifully voiced love story between a Eliza,a young music journalist, and Paul, a talented songwriter and lead singer of the band. Not a romance in the true sense, DeBartolo writes of love, betrayal, heartache, loss, and acceptance. She speaks of sacrifice, fear, and taking risks. I absolutely adored Paul as his tortured, unable to conform soul speaks volumes in his love for his music and his love for Eliza.
“There’s nothing worse than falling in love with a person over and over every time you lay eyes on them, especially when you hate their goddamn guts.”
Olivia Cummings writes two erotic series based on rock stars. Both her Sinners series and her Sole Regret series follow two bands with some very, very bad boys. Each book follows a band member and the woman who completes them. Very erotic and borderline bdsm, you're guaranteed to want your very own rock star hero once you're done reading these.
So tell me...what rock star hero makes you go groupie?