- Release Date
- August 2015
- Book 1 of Hearts of Metal
Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Aspiring guitarist Kinley Black is about to get her first big break—as a roadie for Viciöus, her favorite heavy metal band, and for the rock god she always dreamt might make her a woman.
At 15, aspiring guitarist Kinley Black wished she were a boy. At 16, after hearing Quinn Mayne sing, she wanted him to make her a woman. Now, at 22, her dreams have come true. Quinn's band Viciöus needs someone to lug their amps around the country, to strive and sweat with the guys. She just has to act like one of them.
AND THE ROCK GOD
Quinn had to admit the new chick could pull her weight, but that didn't mean his road manager made the right choice. Taking a hottie on a heavy metal music tour was like dangling meat in front of a pack of feral hounds—and Quinn could be part dog himself. But more surprising than her beautiful body are Kinley's sweet licks, so that no man could help but demand a jam session. Quinn will soon do anything to possess her, and to put Kinley in the spotlight where she belongs. And to keep her safe and sound from the wolves.
Book Review by LiaL (reviewer)
Feb 02, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
245 people found the following review helpful
She wanted to be a boy so she could play music like her favorite musicians. Her later sexual desires to be with some of those musicians changed that idea fast. Kinley is a women with dreams that she has never given up on. Music is her joy and she turns to it when she needs to escape and be free. She is not going to do anything to jeopardize her opportunity to be on the road with one of her favorite bands, even if it means denying her heart.
I am going to start off with an admission. I am not a huge fan of a lot of many of the rock star romances. They seem to have the same kind of story with just a slight difference from the others. Most have lots of random hook-ups and characters with not a lot of self-respect. They get jealous all the time and have these screaming matches. After reading KISSING VICIOUS, I have decided to give the genre another try. This book was totally different from the others I have read and really captured my interest with the strong characters and not the usual rocker types that frequent the genre.
The first major difference is the main characters, Kinley and Quinn. Kinley is a strong woman who has a lot of respect for herself and her career. She was in a metal cover band but that broke up, and she and her best friend run a website devoted to the fans of metal music. She has a tough childhood with a father that wanted her to be more like his deceased wife and be devoted to family and home. He had no respect for her musical abilities and anything he did not consider feminine. Kinley deliberately took on male typical jobs and did her own thing. She hasn't had a lot of success with men so she focuses on work.
When the opportunity presents itself for her to be in the crew, she doesn't hesitate to pack her bags and head out with them. She has always had a crush on Quinn but knows pursing any member of the band would cause an issue with the others. Instead of being a professional, she would be just a groupie or maybe even another Yoko who breaks up the band.
Quinn is the leader of the band. He is not spending all his time with women and drugs and drinking. He is focused on making the band a success and creating good music for the fans. He is actually very protective of women due to an incident in the past. He wants to keep Kinley safe and worries that the all male band and crew won't be open to her joining the ranks so he keeps an eye on her at all times. He is also dealing with his feelings for her. Quinn really likes and admires her as well as being attracted to her. She stands out from the rest. When the feelings are too hard to resist, he does everything he can to respect Kinley's wishes. Quinn is smart, honest, kind, and sexy and just the kind of man any woman would want in their life.
The author really focuses on developing all the characters and the story. There is a lot of description of time on the road and the work the crew does to make each event a success. There is no rush to push Kinley and Quinn together so the attraction simmers for quite awhile and is all that much sweeter when it does happen. The reader gets to see Kinley grow as she takes on new roles and gets the respect of those around her.
There is also a call for more equality in the music industry. The author works in the idea of women needing to be better represented. There are plenty of women fans but not many women on the stage or in the studio. It is great that the author was able to push that issue along without compromising the storyline.
This is not your usual rocker romance. The girl is not waiting for the lead singer to see her in the audience and fall in love (or lust). Kinley just wants an opportunity to be true to herself and be part of the music she loves. When her feelings for Quinn could destroy that dream, she faces a real conflict. There are some very dangerous situations some of them face and even during adversary they stand strong. I thank the author for creating strong characters and taking a different course from usual. We really need more strong characters like Kinley and Quinn in the romance genre.
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