Half-Life bassist Krist Mellas is caught in a PR nightmare after his dirty sex video blew up online. His agent has the solution: a fake engagement with sultry pop princess Madeline Fox. Krist can’t think of anything worse than a charade with the bubblegum bombshell…except losing the band.
Madeline knows better than anyone what it means to live a lie in the spotlight. She’s determined to help Krist without ever letting him find out what it costs her—or about her girlhood crush on him. But after a smoking hot back alley encounter with him leaves her breathless, she can’t deny she wants the snarling bad-boy rocker.
In a world of glitter and diamonds where the kisses are fake but the climaxes are real, their facades start to crack. And the publicity storm may shatter them both.
WARNING: This book contains a scorching threesome, a dirty talking pop princess, and a surly rocker who hits all the right notes.
I received a copy of this story for an honest review.
Rock star books are my jam but I’ll admit it can be hard to find one that’s very realistic. Stories set in the world of music and fame can come off too sanitized, too sweet, too vanilla. Authors Amber Lin and Shari Slade hit the nail on the head with One Kiss with a Rock Star. One of the best rock star romances I’ve read in a long time, it’s a perfect balance of heat, grit, and real emotion.
Half-Life Bassist Krist Mellas never expected a sex tape to tarnish his reputation and shake the foundation of the band he loves. Grasping at straws to undo the tapes damage and to keep Half-Life from imploding, Krist agrees to a sham relationship with a Pop princess.
Pop star Madeline Fox has had her eye on Krist Mellas for a long time and she's more than willing to play pretend, in fact pretending is what she does best. A stolen kiss at an award show left Madeline wanting more of Krist than he's willing to give. As Madeline pushes for a real connection she exposes not only Krist's demons but her own.
What I Loved: One Kiss with a Rock Star is insanely hot but the best part of the story is how real and relatable Krist and Madeline are. Both are artists who've sacrificed a bit of their souls to achieve fame and both suffer from the boxes they're forced to live their lives in. It was beautiful to see Krist and Madeline come to understand they were worth so much more to each other then their celebrity.
What I Didn't Love: I know One Kiss with a Rock Star is Krist and Madeline's story but it would have been nice to see a little more interaction between the men of Half-Life. The few scenes where the band interacted felt a bit rushed and I needed a bit more to invest in the band as a whole.
“He’d cut himself until there was nothing left but her will and his wanting. Every inch of her humming, warm, tacky, and perfect.”
“I’m not obligated to make a statement or check a fucking box. I live my life.”
“He dug his fingers into her hair and kissed her deeply, desperately, tasting the salt of her tears clinging to her lips. He swallowed her sorrow and used it to wash down his own.”
“I can’t save you, princess. But I can be with you while it all falls down. I can hold your hand and stand with you in the rubble. Broken but not alone.”
One Kiss with a Rock Star is Book #2 in the Half-Life Series. Though One Kiss with a Rock Star is preceded by Three Nights with a Rock Star (the story of Half-Life lead singer Lock and good girl Hailey), it can be read as a stand-alone. The Half-Life shenanigans will keep rolling with Book #3, Second Chance with a Rock Star, focusing on drummer Moe and a former flame. I can’t wait to check it out.
Overall One Kiss with a Rock Star was a solid romance that I gladly recommend.