Review: Rocked by Taryn Elliot & Cari Quinn

Posted 5 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Rocked by Taryn Elliot & Cari QuinnRocked by Cari Quinn, Taryn Elliot
Series: Lost in Oblivion #1
Publisher: Createspace on April 9, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 512
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge
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Love definitely wasn't on the setlist.

Opening for their idols on their first tour, Oblivion is living the dream. Mostly. Frustrated at being shoved out of his mediator role by their new manager, Deacon McCoy loses himself in brutal workouts. He only comes up for air long enough to refuel—and to tease the deliciously cute chef who makes him crave a lot more than what she's offering on her serving plate.

As the child of roadie parents, Harper Pruitt has heard every pickup line twice. To her, musicians are one step above the scraps on her cutting board. All she wants is to get enough experience to run her own catering company, but Deacon and his bottomless stomach are too tempting to resist. He's far from the typical rock star and before long, she finds herself experimenting with him, inside and out of the kitchen.

Apron - and panties - optional.

When Harper sees that Deacon’s dream band with his best friends may be turning into a nightmare, she can't walk away. Deacon's so much more than just a peacemaker and the man behind the bass. But she has her own dreams to chase...even if she's starting to think what she's building with him might be the biggest one of all.

Here Are My Thoughts

Favorite Quotes

“He reached over and snagged a pepper from her cutting board. ‘Don’t make me cut off one of those precious fingers.’ Deacon grinned around a mouthful of red pepper. ‘I do love it when you threaten me in the kitchen.’ ‘You have weird kinks, big guy.’”

“‘Keep it up, Harper.’ She slid her gaze over to his lap. ‘Oh, I intend to.’ ‘Jesus,’ he muttered as he come up too fast on a car in front of them.”

“His jaw relaxed slightly. ‘I—’ She drove her fist into his belly. ‘Ow, dammit.’ She shook out her hand. He looked down at her with a single raised brow. ‘You don’t want me to hit anyone, but it’s okay if you do?’”

Why I Picked It Up

I absolutely adore rock-star romances so when I saw this one of course I requested it.

Plot

Rocked follows the story of Harper: a chef just out of culinary school hoping to scrape up some experience as a tour caterer. Harper is used to the band types—she grew up on the road with her roadie parents—so he knows all their smooth-talking tricks. But she didn’t imagine someone like Deacon McCoy, bassist in Oblivion, a band that is on the rise. Deacon’s pursuing of her is persistent and eventually Harper gives in. But the tour is coming to an end soon and they will be going their separate ways. But can they really say goodbye to each other for good?

The plot of this novel was extensive. Therefore, this novel was extremely long. There were so many things that happened there was never a dull moment. It seemed never-ending but in a good way because I did not want to say goodbye to these characters or their story. Whenever I was doing something other than reading this novel, all I could think about was reading this novel. It really kept me engaged.

Leading Lady

 “He stood beside her and she instinctively leaded into him. Deacon was a cuddler, and he was turning her into one which was a miracle in itself. She was used to her space. Life on the road was devoid of it, so she valued it more than money at times. With Deacon she seemed to forget that.”

I really enjoyed Harper’s character. She was one of those take-no-crap types. She was tough and resistant to all of the flirting that came from band members. At the same time, she was ambitious and determined to reach her goal of owning her own catering business. I just really enjoyed reading her character because she had so many great traits.

Leading Male

“He learned down into her space until their noses nearly brushed. ‘I’m not sure what you’ve got against musicians, Harper, but I’m not going to fit in any of these little neat boxes you’ve got in your head.’ Her gazed dropped to his mouth. ‘You can say that again.’”

Deacon was probably one of my favorite book boys to date. He was very persistent in attaining Harper. In addition to that, he was funny, protective, and caring. He was the glue that held his band together. He was the mediator, the middle man. There were just so many great things about him.

Romance

“When he got to the top of the stairs he stopped. ‘Harper?’ ‘Hmm?’ She sighed into his throat. ‘I didn’t hurt you, right?’ She palmed the back of his head and dragged him down to her face. ‘I love when you’re like that. I love all the different sides of you, Deacon.’”

The romance in this novel was playful and sexy. There were a lot of sexy times but there were also a lot of getting to know you times. I think that Harper and Deacon were a great pairing. They balanced each other out even though they were almost complete opposites. I’m not sure–for some reason I just loved their relationship, probably because it had a great balance between drama, seriousness, and fluffiness.

Other Characters

In this novel we get a glimpse at the other band members. My favorite was Jazz. She was adorable and quirky and perky and just everything fun in the world. I really can’t wait to read her story. In fact, I can’t wait to read all of the rest of the band members’ stories.

World Building

The world building was also something that appealed to me within this novel. The story of these band members was very realistic for me–more realistic than many of the other rock-star novels I’ve read. I believe that this is because it showed the band’s humble beginnings rather than starting with a band that is famous as all get out. That and the band’s interactions with fans and the headlining band. It was just really easy to imagine.

Conclusion

Rocked was a great rock-star romance—one of the best that I have read. Complete with great characters, an engaging plot, and a simmering romance, it is definitely one to pick up if you’re looking for a good read.

5 Stars
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