I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fallen for Rock by Nicky Wells
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on June 30th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
‘A thrilling and delicious story of love and self-discovery woven around a broken romance that will make you turn page after page and cheer to the end.’
Love, life, loyalties. Nothing stays the same when Emily gets drawn into the world of rock.
Glossy and sophisticated professional high-flyer Emily has no time for nonsense such as the rock music her ex-boyfriend Nate adored so much. Yet when she unexpectedly comes into possession of VIP tickets—access all areas—for new rock band phenomenon, MonX, she can’t resist the temptation.
The fateful gig turns into more than one night, and Emily finds herself strangely drawn to this new and unfamiliar glittery world. However, only weeks later, MonX and her own universe fall apart with devastating consequences for all. When MonX lead singer Mike appeals for her help, she reluctantly embraces a new opportunity. But she soon discovers that while she may be a rock chick after all, a groupie she is not… Or is she?
Just exactly where do her loyalties lie? And what direction will her life take now that she’s left behind everything she treasured?
Warning! Fallen For Rock contains some explicit content and strong language that may not be suitable for readers under eighteen years of age.
The Magic of Rock
‘It’s the magic of rock,’ Nate’s voice whispered in my head, and I jumped. For a second, I felt a little tearful. ‘The magic of rock’ was one of his favourite expressions, but I had always laughed it off. Oh, if only Nate were with me. Maybe the magic of rock would magically fix us, too.
~Excerpt from Fallen for Rock
The magic of rock. This is one of the key phrases in Fallen for Rock. In fact, it’s what the book is all about. Falling for the magic of rock.
Now, as you can see, Emily doesn’t get it. At least not at the beginning. My challenge was to make her understand. So what is it, this ‘magic of rock’? What does it mean? Well, let’s see.
It’s all about contradictions. Tough men with long hair. Bad boys with golden voices. Loud music with complex harmonies. Pounding rhythms and power ballads.
A good rock song is like a mini symphony. It’s deceptive in its simplicity, and it gets people singing along. It gets people involved with music. A rock concert is a living, thriving body of musicians on stage and off stage. The audience turns into a massive choir and percussion set. Everyone becomes part of something larger, something unique and extraordinary, something that leaves no room for everyday worries. For those two hours, the fans get swept away and transported to another place where everything is (nearly) perfect.
A good rock musician is a skilled as a classical performer, and in many more ways than ‘just’ performing. Rock musicians doesn’t ‘just’ make music. They also know about acoustics and the technology that makes it happen, for them on stage and for the audience in the hall. And they’re performers—entertainers, sometimes comedians, occasionally magicians. The show is about a lot more than ‘just’ the music. It’s an experience.
Last but not least, rock music is ‘real.’ I know, that sounds like another contradiction, doesn’t it? How can it be real when the instruments are largely electric? Electric guitars, electric bass, keyboards. But see, this is just superficial. The ‘electric bit’ only augments the sound. All the playing is real. There’s no (or very little) sampling, no automated drumming or chords. And the subject matter is real. More often than not, rock music is about ‘real stuff.’ Bad days at work, being out of work, drug use and abuse, falling in and out of love. Rock music touches people because it’s relevant to them.
This is the magic of rock, all of it put together. Powerful music with strong melodies; contradictions, and involvement, and keeping it real. On stage, the whole thing is underscored by light shows and stage effects that add drama and literally immerse you in that world.
Does Emily get it by the end of the book? You’ll find out… Happy reading, and rock on!
Ok… I promise that I’m not going to go all fan girl all over this review. I love Nicky’s writing, and she did not disappoint in this extremely cute, totally full of rock, romance. Somehow even though this is different from Nicky’s first few books, she still manages to have this quality to her characters and her plots that is always so unique and just so HER! And this just totally works for her writing.
In Fallen For Rock we have Emily who is having a bit of a crisis. She is in a relationship with someone who loves Rock n Roll. I mean, this guy is the epitome of a Rock God with the talent, and looks but Emily doesn’t even realize what she has.
Until he’s gone.
Cue the drama please! So much happens that Emily has to make a change in her life. She is so unhappy and she realizes why but of course she realizes too late. It’s so true to life that it is sad but still very entertaining as Emily is one interesting gal. I loved watching her make changes to her life although I was not always sure if they were going to be good ones.
And then comes Mike! I love him! For those that hate love triangles, do not worry, this is not a love triangle. Not of that type of drama is in this, just lots of other drama. But I think Mike is really good for Emily which had me curious about what she was going to do about Nate. It gave me conniptions throughout the book!
I was left with a few questions, mostly about Nate, but nothing major by the end. Most of the questions were all cleared up and drama is gone.
In short: I loved this. True to form, Nicky Wells did an amazing job, yet again, of bringing characters to life, of making me fall in love with those characters, and making me want more. I’m always wanting more!
Not sure yet if this is going to be a series but Nicky did finish things up nicely in the prologue but not too nicely that more couldn’t be said. And I really do want more!
If you’ve ever had a crush on any kind of celebrity ~ rock, pop, movie or other ~ you’ll connect with my heroes and my leading ladies.
I love listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When I’m not writing, I’m a wife, mother, and occasional teaching assistant.