Title: One Kiss With a Rock Star
Author: Amber Lin and Shari Slade
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Type: Standalone book 2 of Half-Life series
POV: Third Person – Dual
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.
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
Note: : I haven’t read book 1 of the series but this book can be read as a standalone. However it is recommended that you read the previous book to better understand the underlying subject of this book
Krist Mellas was the bassist of the band Half-Life in need of a good PR due to a leaked sex video. And it isn’t just any sex video – it was of him, another girl AND the lead singer of his band member.
He had to go through a media nightmare and took the most heat from it (compared to the other two involved) with people questioning his sexuality. Someone came to his rescue and created her own shenanigans for the media to take him off the heat.
That someone happened to be a 19 years old pop princess, Madeline Fox. Thrust into the limelight since very young, Maddy grew tired of her public persona. She signed a contract that she didn’t understand as a young girl that let the record label to control every aspect of her life. And she was desperate to get out of it by pissing off the execs.
To salvage their public image, their shared agent orchestrated a fake engagement. He would again be seen as a straight rock star and she would again be seen as the sugary sweet pop star. Neither of them was happy about if for their own personal reasons, but attraction had a way of making things more complicated.
Overall, I like having a glimpse of what it’s like to live in the public eyes, but I think the storyline was a bit too simple. Maddy’s reasoning for her acting out seemed trivial and Krist was too closed off for me to care for him.
Don’t get me wrong. I do love Krist. I think the brooding rock star this is hot but I want to know more about him – about his feelings of what happened with Lock, about his reluctance to Maddy. Yes, we got some of it, but I wanted a more depth. Besides, I think the story focus more on Maddy’s feelings that’s why I need more from Krist.
The first 50% was slow. There really nothing much going on to propel the story, but thankfully it picked up after that. The 70%-80% marked saved the book for me. It was when Krist finally showed his vulnerability to the public and that made him endearing.
The sex scenes, it wasn’t as scorching as I expected them to be. I was hoping for panty ripping and leather scratching. I don’t know, maybe I was simply not easy to please! I like the idea of Krist being SPOILER> sexually submissive <SPOILER because it contradicted with his persona. I’d love to see Maddy use her SPOILER>pink dildo on him <SPOILER, but alas, it remained a dream haha!
One of my favorite scenes in the book, beside his YouTube performance, was when he disapproved of her clothes for their first outing as engaged couple.
“You know there was a story like that. Invisible clothes. No one would tell the truth—well, I’m telling you the truth. There’s nothing there.”
I thought that was cute!
Overall even though the story has some kinks (in a non sexual way I mean haha!), I did enjoyed it.
This review is also available on Goodreads.
Amber Lin writes erotic romance with damaged souls and deep emotion.
Her debut novel, Giving It Up, received The Romance Review’s Top Pick, Night Owl Top Pick, and 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, calling it “truly extraordinary.” She has been published by Loose Id, Carina Press, and Entangled.
Amber married her high school sweetheart, birthed a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good. Come say hi back on twitter, through goodreads, or by email.
Shari Slade is a snarky optimist. A would-be academic with big dreams and very little means. When she isn’t toiling away in the non-profit sector, she’s writing gritty stories about identity and people who make terrible choices in the name of love (or lust). Somehow, it all works out in the end. If she had a patronus it would be a platypus.