Synopsis from Goodreads
Lacey Dawes is a total pro at the talent agency where she works, and it doesn’t hurt that IMO Worldwide Media represents Dante Falcone. The rock god has starred in her fantasies since she was sixteen—and remains her secret crush to this day. So when Dante picks her to be the interim manager on his Dream It tour, Lacey can’t believe her luck. Handling Dante is sure to be the most exquisite, spine-tingling, nerve-wracking mix of business and pleasure ever.
Although Dante is grateful for the adoring fans who scream for one more of his full-throttle, soul-searing songs, being surrounded by a cadre of corporate types backstage is wearing thin. Then Lacey shows up. Yeah, she’s organized, smart, quick to get him what he wants before he knows he wants it—but Dante senses there’s something else going on with sweet, sexy Lacey. One kiss tells him what that “something” might be . . . and makes him hungry for more.
Rock It was definitely on my list of ‘OH Yeah’ books – you know how I feel about hot rock stars The basis of the story is a little unusual as it portrays the type of fan-dom obsession I can’t quite relate to. Lacey basically worshiped Dante all the way through her teens; creating scrapbooks of his life, following his every move and even writing him daily letters. It’s all a little stalker-ish until you look deep and see that Lacey looks beyond Dante’s public profile and sees the person struggling beneath the surface. There is a connection between these two characters before they even met.
When Lacey is assigned to work with Dante on publicity for his new tour, it’s like all her dreams come true although nothing can come of it apart from a professional relationship. Lacey was drawn into working in PR via her obsession with Dante, she is very good at her job but doesn’t truly like what she does. Lacey hasn’t got the shark instinct to truly succeed in the cut-throat world she has chosen as her career. Lacey is a genuine and truly lovely person that people are drawn to. Some of the things she does in the book don’t fit with the image I had of her and detracted from the main story.
Although Dante is portrayed initially as the stereotypical player rock star it is soon apparent that he isn’t at all that person; it is mainly image and circumstance. He is far deeper than his introduction gives him credit for. I really liked how his character was developed to show that a stars image can be deceiving and in a way separate them from having a real relationship. This is where Lacey stands out, she understands Dante in a way no-one else ever has.
The story is told in third person narrative, alternating the focus between Dante and Lacey. While the alternating focus did provide insight and understanding to the plot, I did feel that the third person narrative acted as a barrier to fully connecting with the characters and therefore affected the overall enjoyment of the story.
On the whole, Rock It, is a unique concept that is well executed but could have benefited from the use of first person narrative in order to establish a more personal involvement with the story.