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Friday, October 3, 2014

Review: Reforming the Rock Star by Christine Bell / @entangledpub @_ChristineBell

Title: Head Over Heels #1: Reforming the Rock Star
Author: Christine Bell
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Release Date: September 29, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Music, Romance
ARC Received From: Entangled Publishing

When Sydney Metcalf’s bestie asks her to cater her wedding, Syd can’t say no, even though the thought of going back to her hometown makes her break out in hives. She’s off to a great start until best man and rock god Lazlo Stone calls with a request for her to cater the bachelor party too. Petit fours adorned with rose petals, she can handle. A cake shaped like boobs for the sexiest guy in the universe? She’s not so sure. But this is the chance of a lifetime and she refuses to screw it up by being a prude…

When a sexy stripper dressed as a Plain Jane crashes the bachelor party, Laz is all about getting vertical and making some music with her. Too bad his stripper is really the caterer and the bride’s best friend. After a kiss between them blazes out of control, he can’t seem to stop thinking about sweet little Syd.

But everybody knows, rock and roll and love don’t mix…

Laz doesn't do relationships. His last one was disaster from the minute the band made it big. Her lack of trust in him drove her to harm. Not only did he lose the first girl he'd fallen in love with, he lost any confidence he had that a long-distance relationship with another woman would ever work. Meeting Sydney, his librarian stripper nurse (his words, not mine, lol), changed his perspective. Convincing her they'd work out... Well, that was going to take a little bit of time and a whole lot of effort. But she was worth it.

Sydney doesn't understand Laz at all. He's a rock for Pete's sake and could have any woman he wanted. She's plain, average, and a caterer. Her past wasn't the greatest. The emotional and mental scars she has show how much she dealt with growing up, and how they affect her still. None of that could hardly be considered attractive. So why was he so interested in her?

Ms. Bell wrote this story so Syd is seen from different angles: her own and Laz's. The views couldn't have been more different. Through Laz's eyes, I saw a woman who was beautiful because she was herself, who was confident in her job, who possessed a wicked sense of humor and a healthy dose of intelligence. But I also saw a woman who would slip into the skin of an insecure and unsure little girl. The smiles and wisecracks and confidence would literally disappear right before my eyes. More than once I wondered, "Where the hell'd she go?" Laz saw all of this and his attraction to her never lessened.

From Syd's standpoint, I got to know a woman who was passionate about her work and her business. The enthusiasm she displayed just when talking menus made me smile. So those moments when she was small and felt uncertain or inadequate really tore me apart. I didn't like that person because it's not the woman I grew to like.

I love how Laz and Syd worked through their issues, coming to terms with their respective pasts and understanding they don't have to affect their futures. And I really appreciated Laz's resolve to wait for Syd after a misunderstanding caused them to separate for a bit. The belief that he wasn't meant for a long-distance relationship dissolved when Sydney became the center of his world. Any insecurity she felt about being with him melted when he proved how far he would go to be with her.

I enjoyed every page of this story. It wasn't what I was expecting at all. I thought I'd be reading a much darker rock star romance. Instead, I got a sweet and sexy rock-star-girl-next-door romance that kept my attention and had me falling in love with its memorable characters.

Christine Bell is a romance author and also writes erotic romance as Chloe Cole. She and her handsome hubby currently reside in Pennsylvania with a four-pack of teenage boys. If she gets time off from her duties as maid, chef, chauffeur, or therapist, she can be found reading just about anything she can get her hands on, from Young Adult novels to books on poker theory. She doesn’t like root beer, clowns or bugs (except ladybugs, on account of their cute outfits), but lurrves chocolate, going to the movies, the New York Giants and playing Texas Hold ‘Em. Writing is her passion, but if she had to pick another occupation, she would be a pirate…or, like, a ninja maybe. She loves writing steamy romance stories, but also hopes to one day publish something her dad can read without wanting to dig his eyes out with a rusty spoon.

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