Date read: November 27, 2014
1. Rock the Heart
1.5. Rock the Band
2. Rock My Bed - Kindle
2.5. Rock My World
3. Rock the Beat
4. Rock My Body
Michelle A. Valentine
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Everything always seems to fall into place for twenty-four year-old Aubrey Jenson, except for when it comes to her luck with men. Bad boys always draw her in and crush her heart, and Black Falcon’s lead guitarist, Riff, is no exception. After sharing a few wild nights together, she leaves him behind, knowing a guy like Riff isn’t the relationship type, merely just a play thing.Thoughts on Rock My Bed: I can't say I love this series -- the characters do things sometimes that annoy me something fierce -- but I can say that I'm intrigued the more I read of these rock stars and their kind of screwed up lives. I'm very curious to climb into Riff's book in the next novella just because I want to see how he justifies some of the things he does.
When she returns to New York, she tries to get the passion she felt in Riff’s arms out of her head by dating Isaac, a successful representative at Center Stage Marketing. Just when she thinks she’s forgotten Riff, she’s forced to see him again when her best friend, Lanie, ropes her into being a bridesmaid for her upcoming wedding to Black Falcon front man, Noel.
Sparks fly instantly between Aubrey and Riff when they’re forced to reunite, and suddenly she finds herself caught between the man that’s good for her and the one who completely rocks her in every way.
That said, after meeting Riff in book 1 and seeing what a man-whore he was, I had no idea how his character was going to pull off a long term relationship with anyone. Beyond the man-whorishness, the secrets he kept from Lanie about Noel (which he then spilled in a spectacularly painful manner) really had me questioning whether or not I could like him as a character. Not going to lie, it was touch and go for a while.
The fact that he became practically a one woman man from the moment he lays eyes on Aubrey could have been a sticking point for me, but I was more caught up in waiting for all those secrets to come spilling out and sort of hand-waved the sudden turn around. Which either points toward awesome writing on Michelle Valentine's part or a fantastic one track mind on my part. You decide.
I did like how emotionally damaged Riff was. I liked how he had to work himself around to accepting that he deserved someone as good as Aubrey. I wasn't in love with the whole Aubrey/her boss thing. That squicked me out. Mostly because I could just see it as a giant sexual harassment issue waiting to happen. (Hopefully that gets addressed in the next novella, because nope nope nope nope nope.)
Yeah, so, not loving this series like whoa, but I'm weirdly curious to see how things play out for the rest of the band members. Which is a good thing, I'd say.