"Can a bad boy rock star find his true love?"
Reviewed by Patti Loveday
Posted February 20, 2018
ROCK KING is the first book in the Nothing
but Trouble series written by Tara Leigh. I enjoyed
reading this dramatic, emotional, romantic read that is full
of epic over the top chemistry. The characters are life like
and realistic with real-life problems.
Leigh has taken a story that has been done before and gives
it her own twists making it a remarkable love story. When a
bad boy rock star needs to go on the straight and narrow for
his upcoming tour, he may get more than he bargains. Shane
is a well-known super star who is duded the sexiest man
alive more times than he can count. He is the lead singer of
a popular rock band who is adored by millions around the
world. He has a secret that no one can ever find out. In
private he has a secret that haunts him with guilt and grief
because of things that happen years ago. Shane is a lonely
man who tries to numb the pain with a long list of women,
alcohol, and drugs. All of which has never pulled him out of
the nightmare that he faces every day. So, with the start of
a new tour, he decides to focus on his career and stay
straight. Can he reach his goals or has he set the bar too high?
Delaney has her own secret she tries to run from but the
last three years have been nothing but filled with grief and
guilt. When attending an unexpected party in Hollywood, she
sees the last person she expects to meet. The man who has
graced her walls her whole childhood. Meeting Shane was
unexpected but could bring opportunities she never could
Leigh writes a strong and dramatic chemistry between Shane
and Delaney that is too hot for words. Their conversations
are light-hearted, and soon they realize that they share a
connection no one saw coming. When Delaney is presented a
contact by Shane's agent asking her to play the part of the
perfect girlfriend what must she do? How difficult can it be
to be his girlfriend for the remainder of the tour?
You will love this drama filled emotional read that is full
of heated exchanges and heart-pounding romance. I cannot
wait to read the next book in this series to see where their
Fans of Kristen Callihan and Kylie Scott will scream for
this sizzling bad boy rock star romance!
I'm not who you think I am.
Shane Hawthorne has it all. At least, that's what the
headlines say about me. I have millions of fans, awards,
more money - and women - than I know what to do with. But
what you don't see is the wreckage I've caused. The memories
and pain I can't escape, even when I pour them into music
and spin them into gold.
I tried to forget. To lose myself in booze and groupies. It
didn't work. It hurt me and - worse - it hurt my band.
That's the last thing I want to do, so I'm cleaning up my
act... starting with Delaney Fraser.
Gorgeous, smart, drama-free, and even nice - Delaney
is the perfect "girlfriend." When I'm with her I don't have
to pretend. It's like she sees the real me. And I can
see a future with her. But that's dangerous. Because the
truth is, Shane Hawthorne doesn't actually exist. He's a
shield to hide who I really am. Fraud. Runaway. Addict.
And it's impossible to love a lie, right?
ExcerptShane Hawthorne wanted me, Delaney Fraser, to be his
girlfriend? Something told me I should make a break
for it, leave now before he reduced my world to rubble. But
I didn’t. I stayed put, waiting for him to supply more
details. Waiting for Shane to redefine my world, because as
far as I knew, relationships didn’t require conference rooms
“I’m sure you’ve seen the gossip rags. I’m no choir boy. But
I’m not looking for drama, Delaney. When I’m on the road,
fans and groupies are constantly trying to sneak their way
into my dressing rooms, hotel rooms, even onto the tour bus
and private planes. The best way to discourage them is by
having a beautiful woman by my side. I want that woman to be
I tilted my head to the side, something telling me I should
read between the lines, but I didn’t even understand where
the lines were. “Me?”
A rumble erupted from deep in Shane’s chest. Dear God, his
laugh was even sexier than his voice. “Yes, you.” He widened
his thighs, pulling my chair closer and drawing my knees
between his legs.
As if in slow motion, I watched his hand coming toward me, a
shiver of pleasure rolling down my spine as it curved around
the back of my neck, his fingers blazing a path into my hair
as he leaned forward. Then all I felt was Shane’s full lips
descending on my own, his mouth brushing against mine in a
whisper-soft caress. But he pulled back too quickly, leaving
me wanting more. My eyes fluttered open, absorbing the
impact of his provocative grin like a kick to the solar plexus.
This wasn’t happening. This couldn’t be happening.
And then it happened again. Shane pressed harder this time,
swallowing my breath as his tongue pushed into my mouth.
Shane Hawthorne tasted like spearmint and something headier,
muskier…liquid testosterone maybe.
When he broke away, he took my soft groan of protest with
him. One taste of heaven wasn’t nearly enough. “So, what do
you think, Delaney—will you be my girlfriend?” Shane looked
at me as if asking me to share his life was the most natural
thing in the world.
Swallowing the want surging up my chest, filling my lungs,
clawing at my throat, I managed a quiet whisper. “I think
it’s a bad idea.”
Shane hooked a thumb beneath my chin, holding me still as
his needy gaze scanned every inch of my face. “But it feels
so good bein’ bad.”
He clearly didn’t know the first thing about me. All my life
I’d been a good girl. Coloring between the lines, following
the rules. Until one night, I slipped up. Put my own needs
and wants ahead of anyone else’s, without considering the
consequences. I learned a painful lesson. Being bad came at
too high of a cost.
“Be bad with me, Delaney.” His words ghosted across my lips,
and I opened my mouth, breathing them in. I felt myself
yielding to Shane’s persistence, succumbing to the strength
of my own desires.
The pull I felt toward Shane was a stronger lure than the
money Travis had offered. But I was entirely wrong for the
job. If they only knew what a mess I’d made of my life, they
would never hire me to maintain order in Shane’s.
Shane said he wasn’t looking for drama. Of course—because he
didn’t need to. Drama found him. And now he wanted to bring
me into the center of the storm. His storm.
Electricity buzzed between us, the air still and sharp.
Every glimpse of Shane, every taste of him, sent my body and
soul plunging into chaos. And with him so close, every
breath sent a shower of sparks racing along my skin.
The connection between us…it was volatile. Hazardous.
I was powerless to resist it.
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1 comment posted.
Re: Can a bad boy rock star find his true love?
Who boy! Love rocker stories and this sounds very good.
(Kathleen Bylsma 2:27pm February 20)
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