Title: Love of a Rockstar
Author: Nicole Simone
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Cover Design: Okay Creations
Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Marlene Parker thought she met her soul mate at eighteen, but when he left her pregnant and alone to pursue a life of rock ‘n roll, she vowed to never love again. Now four years later, she is being offered the dream of a lifetime. Moving to France with her daughter to start anew. There is only one problem. Marlene’s formative ex is back in town and his pull is strong as ever.
Luke Anderson has everything a man could want. Fame, fortune and enough beautiful women to last him a lifetime. That is until a young runaway shows him what is truly important. Family. A word in which plagues Luke with regret. As a scared twenty two year old he ran away from the love of his life and their unborn child. Now ready to reverse his biggest regret with only three days to do it, Luke’s fate hangs in the balance. The question is, will he be able to convince Marlene their love story deserves a second chance?
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3.5 Stars ★★★☆
ARC provided by Author for Honest Review
ARC provided by Author for Honest Review
The blurb for this book truly intrigued me. Who doesn’t love a hot rockstar? But then there’s the underlying question, how could he walk away from his pregnant girlfriend and actually redeem himself. I mean is this even possible. Sadly I don’t think I would have forgiven him, but then again this was Marlene’s story and Luke’s confessions were enough for her. I had a love-hate relationship with this story mostly throughout. The low rating mostly comes from my strong dislike of the characters not the writing or minor plot points.
When Luke finally returns a few years have passed. The child he walked out on is no longer a baby but rather a walking, talking toddler who knows nothing about her father. Like any wary mother, Marlene first thought is of her daughter. For years she’s been the sole caregiver, the one who changed diapers, wiped tears and birthed her all alone, even refusing to take any money from Luke for their child. Falling for Luke again can only bring more misery into her life. But of course, you already know what she does. And what bothered me is, she briefly thinks how wrong an idea it would be but within minutes practically changes her decision.
Because of some on-the-road drug mishap Luke has a rude awakening. Was this enough of an excuse for Marlene for his return? Somehow, someway, yes yes it was. He’s always worried about Marlene and never stopped thinking of her. But like a usual weak man, he doesn’t feel good enough for her. But when reality comes knocking he realizes all he’s pushed away and possibly lost for good; the love of a good woman, a daughter who doesn’t know him and essentially the only family that matters.
Overall this definitely fit in the NA genre but I just could not connect with these characters. I disliked Luke from the start and was really hoping he could somehow redeem himself but I hardly feel that. She doesn’t even make him suffer or really work for it and I just don’t accept his sudden turn around after abandoning them to be a rockstar. What was so wrong with bringing her along? Hell, tons of musicians and famous people bring their spouses and children along with them. In a way I feel personally slighted by Luke. I wanted him to behave like a man, and instead I was stuck with his lame excuses and confessions of long lost love. This was a quick and easy read so that helped but if you have a strong dislike for do as they please males than this may not be your cup of tea. The overall story was okay, the supporting characters weren’t all that spectacular, maybe it’s because I just didn’t like Luke and everyone else seemed. I guess I would say read at your own judgment, since I’m hoping the blurb and my ranting review should help you decide.
About the Author
Nicole Simone works in digital media by day and at night, pen’s character driven romance novels that will make your mama blush. She lives in Los Angeles, C.A with her fat bulldog named Humphrey. Love of a Rock Star is Nicole’s first novel but certainly not her last.