by Cora Hawkes
This novel is an angsty, gut wrenching, emotional roller coaster of a romance and I loved every drama filled moment of it. I was sucked into Emma and Scott’s relationship and aching for them to find happiness. The writing is lyrical and descriptive. I could visualize the clubs and school and Scott. *swoon* I kinda have a thing for musician. Sue me!
I couldn’t put Rocked Under down. I read it in one sitting. But it isn’t an easy, light read… The hero and heroine are not doing very healthy things in their relationships and I wanted to shake them, yep. both of them! And tell then they deserve happiness and to reach for love and to stop avoiding meaningful relationships. Both of them have lots of baggage… An entire compartment full.
Emma grew up with a mom who was in depression because of her father abandoning them. Emma tried to confront her father and that went painfully wrong. But good came out of her actions and her mother whisked them away from England to the states to start over. Emma is very guarded and determined not to love too hard and become lost like she saw happen to her mum.
Scott… Scott… Scott… *daydreams* He’s the damaged bad boy rock star. He’s beautiful, charismatic and a musician who’s hiding oceans of loneliness and loss by being a man-whore! He treats his groupie playmates like crap, but he’s a protective loyal defender to his friends. And he becomes Emma’s friend…. There is a burning chemistry between them that they deny. I was hurting for both of them. It’s pretty much why I either wanted to shake ’em silly or hug them and beg them to be brave and real with each other because their walls and masks were destroying what they cared about. *sigh*
A few of my fav lines…
♥ A man’s silhouetted figure stood in it’s path. He stood there motionless, like a black phantom, while he looked out at the audience and the packs of screaming girls at his feet. My heart raced as the excitement that hummed through the atmosphere got under my skin infecting me.
♥ I gazed at him and the world slipped away as he looked at me like no one had ever looked at me before — as though I was his special something and I fascinated him like nothing else ever could again.
♥ “Don’t miss out on life because you’re afraid of what might happen — that’s no way to live, darling. We all need to love, whether we regret it or not and,” she squeezed my hand, “you are no different than anyone else, my heart.”
♥ “It’s always been you. I’m incapable of loving anyone else. It’s you or no one.”
The conflict between is painful and real and raw. I ached with them. I wanted them to fix it and I couldn’t put the book down until I knew how it ended. I am so happy there is going to be a sequel because I am not done with these characters! Rocked Under has some beautiful lyrical passages that made the story go down smooth even when it was dark. And I loved the author’s way with phrases and how she painted the scenes.
Oh! Oh! *swoon* The heat level in this book is definitely steamy. I get confused with the New Adult genre label… This might be considered New Adult because Emma is 19 and Scott is 22… But there is definitely adult situations with loss, drugs, drinking and sensuality. I might consider it more contemporary romance…
If you like angsty, smexy, heart wrenching times with a bad boy, jerk of a hero who has a soft gooey core, and a heroine who’s tough and vulnerable and tries really hard to stay safe then bravely lets down her walls when she realizes she’s not protecting herself at all. Then get sucked into Rocked Under!
The Queen of Tarts
♦ ebook provided for review for my honest opinion.