Rock Me Gently

HK Carlton
Rock Me Gently
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Totally Bound
Release Date
February 2014
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

People who don't learn from their history are doomed to repeat it.
Rock-God Jase West has it all. Millions of adoring fans around the globe, money, women, cars and the talent that afforded him the extravagant lifestyle he enjoys. Until one day, he takes a good look at himself and he doesn't like what he sees.

After fulfilling his contractual obligations, Jase quits the music business and goes back to school. Re-emerging as Jason Westlake, history teacher.

During Jason's first set of parent/teacher interviews, he meets Lainey Clarkson, the single mother of one of his students and he is immediately drawn to her. But Lainey is in the midst of a nasty divorce from a semi-famous pro football player and the last thing she wants is a relationship, especially with someone who is or has been in the limelight. However, Jason is pleasantly surprised to find that Lainey has no idea of his alter-ego Jase West and he decides to keep his celebrity a secret for the time being until she falls for him. Reasoning that by then, it will be too late for her to just walk away.

But when Lainey finds out that she has been lied to and manipulated again, Jase has to put on the performance of his life to win her back. Or for once, will the guy who's used to getting everything, lose out on the best thing that's ever happened to him?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Mar 12, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
183 people found the following review helpful
A history teacher and his meddling students are the stars of ROCK ME GENTLY, a contemporary romantic read filled with delicious sex scenes and a yummy former rock star ready for his happily ever after.

Six years ago, rock superstar Jase West had a "come to Jesus" moment. He walked away from music, leaving the women, the fans and the drugs and alcohol behind. Reinventing himself as Jason Westlake, high school history teacher, was a huge adjustment, but Jason is content with his life. Until he meets Lainey Clarkson, the mother of one of his students. Jason is immediately smitten with Lainey, but she's understandably gun shy since she's going through a very public and very nasty divorce from her pro-football player husband.

Of course, Lainey has to find her long lost libido with her daughter Jill's teacher! Dealing with Jilly's anger and resentment is nothing when trying to figure out how to date again. But Lainey has no idea of who Jason was before becoming a teacher...something he doesn't want to tell her. Jason knows that Lainey has had more than enough of the spotlight to last her a lifetime, but he convinces himself that by the time she figures it out, she'll be in too deep to care.

When Lainey finds out what the whole town already knows, she's anything but starstruck. It'll take every bit of stage presence for Jason to make things right and develop a future with the woman who's turned him inside out.

ROCK ME GENTLY started off great--sexy and fun with characters who are slightly different than the typical 20-something's so often written about. The story began with an instant attraction between former rock god/teacher Jason and soon to be ex-wife of a pro football player/boutique owner Lainey. She's into country music and avoids the celebrity rags, so has no idea that Jason is famous, even though the entire town knows, including her teenage daughter. Cute, right? Then it got a bit out of control.

Lainey repeatedly tells herself she doesn't know Jason and should really learn more about him, and given her past with a lying, cheating husband, one would think she'd make that a priority. But she doesn't. She carries on being oblivious until more than 3/4 of the way through the book! Now, I'm all for suspending reality in pursuit of a good read, but this is just too much for me.

That said, ROCK ME GENTLY isn't entirely groan-worthy. While the sentence structure leaves something to be desired, and the conflict resolution was a bit too neatly tied up and delivered with a big red bow for my taste, I really enjoyed a few of the characters in this book. I didn't care for Lainey and her cluelessness and neediness, but Jason was a really well-developed character. I would have enjoyed reading a bit more about the epiphany that lead to leaving music and becoming a history teacher, but overall he was decently written and you wind up rooting for his HEA. The superstars for me were Lainey's daughter Jill and her boyfriend Henry. Their dialogue was fun and led some humor into this otherwise buttoned up read.

Overall, ROCK ME GENTLY was simply an OK read, not horrible but not really one I'd reread.
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