Friday, March 30, 2018

Book Review: The Runaway Rock Star (Rock Star Kisses, Book 1) by Veronica Blade

Book Information:

Print Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Crush Publishing, Inc.
Publication Date: May 11, 2017

About the Book:

An infamous bad-boy rocker falls for a small-town girl who has no idea who he is. Considering his reputation, that’s probably a good thing. 

After his latest escapade splashes across the tabloids, Grammy-winning bad-boy Liam Blackwell questions his own choices. He alters his appearance, hits the road and drives until hunger forces him to stop at The Wagon Wheel. Mesmerized by the pretty bartender, he lingers and, with each passing moment, staying becomes easier to imagine. But he doesn’t do relationships and Emma isn’t a one-night kind of girl. And when this small-town girl learns all about his big city life, wouldn’t she dump him anyway? 

When a stranger walks into The Wagon Wheel wearing leather and a sexy grin, Emma Taylor is instantly drawn to him. But raising a child alone is hard enough at twenty-one without adding his kind of trouble into the mix. Though Emma sees more in Liam beyond the bruised knuckles and tattoos, she can’t risk temptation again or allow herself to hope for love, because when he inevitably blows out of town, he’ll just be another guy who broke her heart. 

NOTE: As with all Veronica Blade books, this is a sweet, semi-clean romance. 

The Runaway Rock Star is a well written romance between an undercover rock star and a small town girl working hard to make ends meet while raising a child on her own.

I really enjoyed the dynamics between Emma and Liam throughout the book. The author developed their characters really well. The world building was good and I felt like I was in the story, too. Some of my favorite new adult and contemporary romances are ones that bring together unlikely couples in magical ways. Liam and Emma would never have met if he wasn't trying to escape from his latest tabloid capers. Emma doesn't recognize him even though his band is one of her favorites (weird, but it works for the story). He is able to get involved in a wonderful relationship with a person who has no idea who he is or what he does. Emma falls for him - the man behind the rock star. He will never feel like she's only with him because of who he is or what he does. 

The entire story is engaging and I couldn't put the book down. I was captivated by Emma and Liam individually and as a potential couple. Both characters are realistic and, even though Liam is a rock star, he and Emma are easy to relate to and understand. The plot was solid and the pacing was fast enough to keep the reader interested but not so fast that things were missing, skimmed over, or undermined.

I highly recommend this book to romance lovers who enjoy a nice, solid story and delightful happily-ever-after.

I was given a copy of this book to read.

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