Friday, May 29, 2015

REVIEW: Wicked White (Wicked White #1) by Michelle A. Valentine

After his mother dies, rock star Ace White—lead singer of the red-hot band Wicked White—is done with the celebrity game. The phony people, the meaningless one-night stands: he doesn’t want any of it anymore. Quitting in the middle of a sold-out tour, Ace sets out to find some place—any place—where he can be alone.

Aspiring singer Iris Easton’s life has never been easy. First, her mother walked out on her when she was a kid. Now she’s buried in debt, weeks after losing her beloved grandmother. When a mysterious and sexy new guy moves in next door, Iris can’t help but be drawn to his soulful gaze. She can tell there’s something from his past haunting him—something he’s not telling her.
Just as Ace starts falling for Iris, the media go on a worldwide hunt to find the missing rocker. Will true love conquer all, or will the truth be the very thing that tears the couple apart?

3 Stars

I had my moments with this book. There were things I liked and things I struggled with. I really liked that this was an original take on the whole rock star life. Rather than embrace the fame and all that, Ace White (lead singer of Wicked White) is not loving his fame and fortune. He’s a puppet to his record label and manager which forces him to shove it all when his mother dies.

He escapes to nowheresville, USA where he meets Iris Easton. She was refreshing. She could have easily been a cliché but Ms. Valentine gives us a strong, smart and sassy heroine.

I struggled with how sweet Ace was. Yes, I’m used to the jaded, man-whoring rock star, which Ace was not. He was a good man and the things he did and said to Iris were really sweet and romantic, sometimes just too good to be true. Also, the insta-fated love of Iris and Ace was sometimes hard to buy.

Overall, this was a fast read. If you like sweet romances, low on the angst, you’ll enjoy this.

*An ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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