Rocked Up by Karina Halle & Scott MacKenzie

Title: Rocked Up

Author: Karina Halle & Scott MacKenzie

Publisher:  Metal Blonde Books

Format: eBook

Publication Date: May 17, 2017

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Author/Publisher

Rocked Up is a STANDALONE rockstar romantic comedy and the fun and sexy brainchild of New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle and her husband Scott Mackenzie.

I have been watching him since I was a child.

He didn’t notice me back then and it didn’t matter. Brad Snyder, guitarist and singer for one of the world’s greatest bands, was my entire life.

My father, the CEO of Ramsey Records, takes credit for all of Brad’s success, trying to control him in the same way he’s controlled me.

But I finally get an opportunity to prove myself.

To be wild.

To be free.

Today I’m auditioning to be the replacement bass player for Brad’s band. If I get the job, I’ll go on tour and work with Brad every day, in very close proximity.

There’s only one rule: he’s not allowed to touch the boss’s daughter.

Remember when I said that Brad never used to notice little ol’ me?

Well, Brad’s noticing me now.

In a way that’s going to get us both in trouble.

My name is Lael Ramsey and we all know how this will turn out.

 

 

Oooooh this book is so hard to review. I definitely enjoyed this book, and loved parts of it. The addition of Scott MacKenzie’s writing is definitely felt in this novel. Immediately Brad is a more captivating, sensitive presence than we’ve seen before. He’s definitely a wounded rocker, and while incredibly male does not seem to exude that same testosterone driven feeling that so many of the male characters in Halle’s books do. To my pleasant surprise I found that I actually connected with Brad’s character more than Lael’s.

Lael was a wild child and fiecely confident and independent. Brad had a very hard childhood, and that shows in his vulnerability. What I absolutely loved about this book from both sides is that there was never any real drama beyond the basics outlined in the first several chapters. There were no surprise girlfriends/babies/ex-hookers crawling out of the woodwork. This was a story about Lael and Brad. When she winds up pregnant(no spoiler, look at the cover!), there is no drama. Brad knows he loves her, and while not planned, knows he’s going to love that kid. Lael knows that she’s keeping baby and that its going to work out. This part of the book I loved, and yes there is the added drama with her dad but that was something that was happening before the baby.

A few things that detracted from the story were the naiveness of these characters. Brad in particular when it comes to his money. I know he owed the man alot, but that contract seems like a giant crime and while certainly when he was 17 I could see him signing it. I don’t know why he didn’t revise it later into somthing that gave him a better deal. Also Lael’s dad. Yes he was controlling, but surprisingly enough I felt that he was very one dimensional. We never really see a redeeming side to him, and as this is one of my favorite things about Halle’s books I was disappointed that we never really saw that come through her writing.

Overall I loved this book, and I’m so happy that I can reward this with a 4 star rating, I was pretty nervous about the match up since sometimes these partnerships just don’t mesh well, but I liked it. Great first novel together!

4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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