Today I’m featuring Jennifer Chance’s first book in her new Rulebreakers series. If you know anything about me, I always have a pretty decent reason for each blog tour, cover reveal, basically ANY type of author feature I do. This is actually my FIRST “rock star” romance and as soon as I read the synopsis, I immediately thought, “Is this what would have happened if I could have been Duran Duran’s manager?” Okay, so John Taylor was always out of my reach but a girl can dream…
Rock It (Rule Breakers #1)
By Jennifer Chance (pseud. Jennifer McGowan)
Published March 4th, 2014
Loveswept / Random House
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: received from Loveswept (via NetGalley) in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!)
About the book:
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.
I had no idea what to expect out of my first romance with a rockstar. I am extremely happy to report I love rockers! Tight leathers pants… oh, I am so easy 🙂 But they have to have a soul, or at least on their way to getting it back.
Kind of like Dante in Jennifer Chance’s Rock It: he’s actually paid his dues young and at a relatively young age of 24, he’s ready to cash in, hang up the leather pants, and write and sing the songs he’s deep down always wanted to play. But first he has to get all he can out of his name while he’s on top and that means signing up with a new management firm to handle his next two tours and all the merchandising deals.
Add in Lacey Dawes, recent college graduate but a talented junior agent at Dante’s new Management firm. And she happens to know a little about Dante because she’s a fan of his. Well, maybe fan is an understatement. She was THE BIGGEST FAN of his. She spent a good portion of her teenage years devoted to following every step of Dante’s, scrapbooking it along the way. But now that she’s older and working in a career she loves, those days are behind her.
Lacey is constantly torn between treating Dante like the rock star persona he wears and seeing behind it to Dante himself. Dante just wants to get off the train of his life to slow down to enjoy it. It would be nice to find someone who actually sees him as a person and he’s trying to figure out if that person is Lacey. Between Lacey and Dante, of course I felt for Dante and all I wanted to do was hug the poor guy and say, “I see you!” Lacey’s waffling annoyed me a bit but it was manageable.
The supporting characters were great. Even with almost all of Lacey’s friends thrown at me at once, I quickly kept them straight. My favorite friend of all is Anna. I loved how smart she was and her dedication to Lacey. No doubt, I’m reading the next book in the series because it’s hers!
I read the arc so there were some grammatical errors but nothing I couldn’t happily get through. The story was so unique and I easily got lost in a whole other world of music promotion.
Best of all, the romance was scorching hot! This is NOT a read for the under 17 crowd. Heck, it’s about rock shows, you should know debauchery might be in the neighborhood (girls dancing under the stage floor type of “fun” – Dang!). Honestly, there’s nothing scary in this book, everything is strictly hot romance with a pg-17 rating (at least I think so).
This is a quick, fun, get out of reality read and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, Fake It (Rule Breakers #2) due out July 1st, 2014.
But first, here’s an excerpt from Rock It. This is the morning after Lacey was accidentally “roofied” by someone intending to roofie Dante. But the “dare” was all Lacey’s idea…
[note note_color=”#D3BDAF”]They stared at each other, suspended for just a moment, and Lacey didn’t know what to do. She still felt a little woozy, out of sorts—but at the same time she wanted to kiss Dante so badly her entire body hummed with desire. Then again, she was a professional. He was her client. And she would never—
“Oh!” She pulled away from him as a flood of memories suddenly assaulted her. “Oh my God,” she gasped. “I took my clothes off in front of you!” Her gaze shot to the open door, and forced her voice to drop down several decibels. “Tell me they’re not standing right outside the door.”
Dante shook his head, but he didn’t lean back. His gaze had turned just a little hungry, and his smile had a determined cast. “How much about tonight do you remember, Lacey?” he asked. His words were almost a purr, and Lacey felt her cheeks flush. Instantly she realized her mistake. This would go much better for her if she played dumb and forgetful, but she could no more stop her blush than she could stop breathing.
“I—we—you were signing contracts,” she said finally, her voice little more than a tortured whisper. Then as another realization struck her, she looked around wildly. “My God, the contracts!” she blurted. “I need to have those delivered—”
“They’ll be couriered over to IMO first thing this morning,” Dante said easily, pushing Lacey back onto her pillows. “We’ll get your car to you, too, as soon as you tell us where you parked it.”
“I took a cab,” she said, distracted by his warmth, his body, his nearness.
Dante grinned. “Even better.”
He leaned toward her then, and it was like his words suddenly vanished between them, and she was left with just the reality of him sitting there, on her bed, in her room, acting like having a conversation with her was the most natural thing in the world. She stared at him, mesmerized, and knew the exact moment when he caught her watching his perfectly sculpted lips—since they then eased into a full, teasing smile. Her gaze darted back up to meet his eyes, and she vaguely realized that he was wearing the same buttery-soft trousers he’d had on when she’d entered his rooms. At least one of them had kept their clothes on the whole time. Only, that made her start thinking about what his chest looked like under that loose and flowing shirt, open at the neck with just a hint of his bronzed and tattooed skin showing through, and pinup calendar after pinup calendar from aged fourteen on rocketed through her brain, images of Dante growing from cutest boy bander ever into this sleek, dangerous, and devastatingly sexual man who was sitting right in front of her and—
“Lacey,” Dante said, and from the tone of his voice she suspected he maybe just might have possibly perhaps have said her name more than once.
“Of course. Yes,” Lacey said sternly, once again all professional. “I’m sorry, I was just thinking.” She looked toward the open door then squeaked as Dante dropped his mouth to the exposed column of her neck.
“You never made good on your last dare,” Dante murmured, nuzzling the sensitive skin with his lips as he spoke the words against Lacey’s throat. Beneath him, she held herself perfectly still, unable to move, unable to breathe, her entire world focused on the touch of his lips against her as tiny little whorls of sensation exploded with every word. “You told me you’d—well, you know what you told me you’d do if I signed your last contract.”
What she would do? Dante’s lips were now trailing over Lacey’s collarbone, dangerously close to her breasts, which were doing their level best to burst free from Hello Kitty’s embrace. This was good, because it meant Dante couldn’t see her eyes widening in abject horror, confusion, and mortification even as her body was quickly turning into Sterno fluid. “I—um—,” she began ineffectively, and his soft chuckle against her shoulder just about killed her.
“It’s okay,” he said, lifting his gaze back up to meet Lacey’s. His mouth was right there again, right there at her lips, and she managed to hold his gaze with Herculean effort, hoping desperately he couldn’t hear her heart hammering. “I’ll settle for a kiss.”
“A kiss,” Lacey managed, and he was so close to her lips that when she spoke it was almost as if they were kissing already, their lips brushing with a zing of electricity and the promise of a million volts of desire, if only she would go for it, take it, press her mouth to his and demand from him what he already seemed so willing to give.[/note]
About the author:
I come by romance honestly, having spent several years writing adult romance and entering romance contests through Romance Writers of America–including finaling twice in the prestigious Golden Heart contest and winning once. But despite these and other contest wins, my first published novel came not in adult romance, but as a writer of YA historical fiction (you can read all about my Elizabethan spy girls stories, the Maids of Honor, here.)
Still, despite my love of Elizabethan spies, I could never quite give up those super Alpha contemporary romance heroes. So, in the summer of 2013, I decided to see if perhaps I might still have a romance or two up my sleeve.
I wrote a tale about a girl whose biggest high-school and college crush–a rock star–suddenly becomes her biggest client, only now she has to be professional and not betray the fact that she’s completely in love with the guy. It was a fun, sexy, romantic fantasy, and I suggested the idea to my agent… who asked what other ideas I had in addition to this story. Shortly after, the Rule Breakers series was born.
To separate these books from my historical work, I adopted the name Jennifer Chance. I am now pursuing my dreams (pretty much round the clock as it turns out) and am THRILLED to be able to have four e-books coming out in 2014 and early 2015, all with Random House LoveSwept’s New Adult romance line.
As to what will happen from here, who knows? But as long as there is a story to be written and an HEA to be had, I’ll be the one over in the corner, tapping away on my keyboard.
Want to learn more about ROCK IT? Be sure to check out this exclusive interview with Jennifer Chance!
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