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Review: Rock the Heart by Michelle A Valentine

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Title: Rock the Heart
Series: Black Falcon #1
Author: Michelle A Valentine
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 15 Nov 2012
Source: Bought – Ebook
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Author Website

For the last four years, good girl Lane has regretted breaking up with Noel Falcon. She thought she was sensible when she told him his dreams of being a rock star would get him nowhere, but now that he’s a rock god and her career is stagnant, she realizes just how wrong she was. When Noel hires the marketing company where Lane is an intern, she’s forced to see him again. If she wants to land her dream job as executive within the company, she has to win him over and secure his account. Too bad Noel is still pissed at her for breaking his heart.

When Lane’s company flies her to a Black Falcon concert to gain Noel’s attention, emotions run high the moment she sees him and realizes she’s far from over him. But Noel’s countless trysts with groupies and his cocky attitude make Lane believe he isn’t the same guy she once loved—now he seems to only want her body. Then after Lane discloses she needs him to procure a job, Noel proves he’s a changed man by forcing her to go on the road with him in order to get it.

After Lane reluctantly takes Noel up on his offer, she becomes willing to do whatever it takes to keep him satisfied, even if it means succumbing to his seductive ways. Lane soon finds deception is a dangerous game and she’s not the only one playing.

REVIEW 

I actually re-read this book just so you know I might gush ;)

Told in first person narrative from Lane’s point of view. Lane is a strong character, career driven, she is thrust back into her high school sweethearts life when her career intersects with Noel’s band. Lane broke up with Noel at the end of high school 4 years before but has regretted it every single day since as she really does love him. The soul-mate connection is evident between the two of them from their first interaction within the story.

Although Noel’s career took off after they split up the rest of his personal life went to hell, without Lane the important things in his life lost meaning. Causing him to try to fill the void with random groupies, alcohol etc. no-one has been able to get  close to him. At first I didn’t know what to make of Noel,  the stereotypical rock star manipulating situations for his own benefit. However, as the story unfolded and t he layers were peeled away I found myself liking Noel more and more. I didn’t agree with some of the things he did but wanted him to be happy above all else.  There really is a lot more to Noel than first appearances would suggest, the saying ‘still waters run deep’ is an apt description for Noel.

As I already stated even though Lane was the one to break things off with Noel there hasn’t been a day that she hasn’t regretted it and missed him. Being in such close proximity to Noel, seeing glimpses of the real man behind the rock star plays havoc with her emotions. I really liked Lane, she is a lovely character, kind and compassionate, with a great deal of inner strength that stands her in good stead. At times I found it difficult to reconcile the image I had in my head of Lane with the idea of her breaking up with Noel in the first place but I think it may have been that Noel didn’t take Lane’s independence into consideration and only thought about his future ((possibly)). Revelations and plot twists tore at my heart.

Although the main focus of the story is Noel and Lane’s relationship the other details/characters add a sense of roundness/completeness to the plot.  The group dynamics, their interactions and relationships give insight into the insane world of a band on tour.

Rock the Heart is an intense emotional journey as well as a hot, steamy romance. I loved it :)

Category: New Adult, Reviews

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