Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Blog Tour: Bad Boy Rock Star by Candy J. Starr - Review, Giveaway ($50 Amazon GC)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Bad Boy Rock Star by Candy J. Starr.  The tour is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours.  You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.  Candy is also giving away a $50 Amazon gift card, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Bad Boy Rock Star by Candy J. Starr Publication date: November 18th 2013 Genres: New Adult, Romance
Hannah Sorrento never planned to be a band manager. She’s a princess. The toughest obstacle she’s had to face is finding shoes to match her outfit.

Then her father disappears and she’s left with only the money in her purse and a contract for the management of hot, indie rock band, STORM. She plans to sell the management company, one or another, then head back to law school with her designer wardrobe and wait for this whole mess to blow over.

But lead singer, Jack Colt, has other ideas and he’s messing with Hannah’s head. Not to mention her heart.

With the help of crazy rock chick, Angie, Hannah sets the band on their first steps to the big time and learns that poor people can have a  lot of fun.

But this isn’t some game she can escape from and soon her secrets get exposed.

He’s arrogant and infuriating but he’s the one that’s there for Hannah when her world comes crashing down. With secrets of his own, will Jack Colt save Hannah or destroy her?

My Thoughts:  After growing up rich and lacking nothing, Hannah Sorrento suddenly finds herself with nothing but her designer clothes and barely enough money for rent at a cheap pay-by-the-week room.  Her father is nowhere to be found and all she has left is the failing Megastar Promotions business that her father had put in her name.  Hannah's only hope is to begin managing the band Storm, who thinks she and the company are a joke.  Jack Colt, the leader of the band and an enigma in himself grates on her last nerve, yet his touch sets her on fire.  He’s mysterious, moody, a man-whore, and comes across as mean, but also lets a really caring side emerge from time-to-time, which confuses Hannah.  Making sacrifices she never thought she could and doing things she never thought she would, Hannah finds herself actually wanting to do a good job for the band and has found a good friend in Eric, one of the other band members, and with Angie, a band groupie who becomes her best friend and without whose help with managing the band, she wouldn’t make it.  Hannah’s father has always told her that she has to be stronger than anyone else, which is the one constant that keeps her going.  When the press gets wind of where Hannah is and has a heyday dragging her through the mud along with her father, the truth of what he's done is devastating.  Hannah faces losing everything she’s worked hard to achieve, all her hopes are threatened, and she faces losing what little she has left, possibly even the band, her new friends, and Jack Colt.

When I first started reading the book, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not.  I didn’t care for Hannah in the beginning, but as the book progressed, I began to like her more.  She came across as the spoiled princess that she was in the beginning, but then began to transform into a hardworking and caring person as the story unfolded.  Jack Colt is hot for sure, but he didn’t win me over like most bad boys do.  I just didn’t like him or connect with him much, though he to began to grow on me by the end.  He was a mean jerk one minute, then did something totally nice for Hannah the next, but was hot and cold without a lot of explanation as to why.   I think that was because we only saw him from Hannah’s perspective and weren’t really privy to anything to anything that was going on in his head.  His background was a bit of a mystery, and there wasn’t a lot of depth to his character yet, but the stage was set by the end of the book for that to be established in the next book.  That brings us to the ending, which was really abrupt and a cliffhanger, kind of leaving you feeling like surely you are missing a page or something, but nevertheless, leaves you wanting to read the next book to find out what happens.  Overall, while the book didn’t blow me away, I did end up enjoying Bad Boy Rock Star and will definitely be reading the next book in the series to see where things go from here.  The storyline itself is very interesting and has a lot of potential, and I hope to see the character building and connection with the characters intensify as the story progresses.  I’ll be looking forward to the next book in the series, Rock Star versus Millionaire.   

Author Bio:
Candy J. Starr used to be a band manager until she realized that the band she managed was so lacking in charisma that they actually sucked the charisma out of any room they played. “Screw you,” she said, leaving them to wallow in obscurity – totally forgetting that they owed her big bucks for video equipment hire.

Candy has filmed and interviewed some big names in the rock business, and a lot of small ones. She’s seen the dirty little secrets that go on in the back rooms of band venues. She’s seen the ugly side of rock and the very pretty one.

But, of course, everything she writes is fiction.

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  1. I like the sounds of this one. Too bad about the ending though, abrupt ending are always rough ones for me. Great review, I am glad that you still enjoyed it. :)

  2. Abrupt endings can be a killer! I am glad you still liked this until that point though.

  3. Hannah does seem like the kind of character that grows on you. It looks like a lot of other people didn't like her at first either from what I've read in other reviews but she seems to go through a lot of change in the story. Jack sounds like quite the character, too! :) Glad you liked it, Ellen! Great review!

  4. Sounds like the ending was rough, but glad you finally felt some connection to Hannah. the cover is hot :)

  5. Holy hot cover. I think I'd have to stare at this one for a while before I could open it. I'm sorry that you didn't connect with the characters, but I'm glad they grew on you by the end. Even though this one didn't blow you away, I appreciate the potential of the story; and I'm going to give it a try. Thank you for the wonderful and insightful review!

  6. I'm glad you enjoyed this, despite the rough start. Nice review, Ellen!

  7. Love the cover. Sounds like a fun read. Thanks.


  8. Wow, that book looks and sounds amazingly hot! I can't wait to read it! :)


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