TORTURED ARTISTS BATTLING THEIR PASTS ~ Rock Rebel by Tara Leigh

Review

Rock Rebel (Nothing But Trouble #3)TITLE: Rock Rebel
AUTHOR: Tara Leigh

RELEASED: December 11, 2018
PUBLISHER: Forever Yours
FORMAT: eARC

GENRE: Adult contemporary romance
GOODREADS RATING: 4.65

TRIGGERS: Sexual assault, abuse, intimidation, mention of drug addiction, mental abuse, mention of miscarriage, steamy scenes

SYNOPSIS
He’s a rock star with a secret; she’s a pop princess with a painful past, can their forbidden romance survive, or will their lies destroy them both?

I’ve earned my bad reputation.

A few years ago, I was New York City’s hottest classical music prodigy. But I wanted something else, something more. So I chased my real dream, and now… I’m rock royalty. Dax Hughes, lead guitarist of Nothing but Trouble. But to my family and former Juilliard classmates, I’m an outcast. A misfit. A rebel.

They’re not entirely wrong. I don’t give a damn what other people think, and I’m all for breaking the rules… except when it comes to our new opening act, Verity Moore.

Rock gods don’t tour with pop princesses.

It’s not personal. Actually, under that fallen diva reputation, Verity’s incredibly talented. And her fiery redheaded personality is… intriguing. But I’m convinced the skeletons in Verity’s closet are as scandalous as my own, and when we’re not sparring, she has a way of drawing out all those secrets I’m determined to keep hidden.

Yeah. Verity Moore is definitely off-limits . . .
But since when do I give a damn about the rules?

Standaard

I’m a sucker for musicians, let alone the rock-kind. For some reason, those always give me the bad boy vibes I can hardly ever say no to. Guess I don’t even have to explain why I couldn’t say no to this cover / novel either, right? Maybe add how my boyfriend is a drummer and that shows my weakness even better? No?

The good

The first and most important thing to mention is that this novel is written by a member of the #metoo movement. Not only that, but that theme is constantly present throughout Rock Rebel which is so, so important.

Sex was an expectation. An obligation. A transaction. It had never, not even once, been a pleasure.

Sexual harassment and sexual assault are mentioned more than once throughout this story and, even though those are definitely hard subjects, I valued it more because of it. As a survivor of rape, my heart soars whenever these themes get positive attention in whatever way and that’s the case in this book.

Our main character, Verity, has survived a lot. Being pushed into the acting business by her mother – who’s also her manager – from a very early age, she’s seen and done a lot. Mostly things she isn’t proud of and things she dares not speak about. Trying to make a career in music, however, that all changes and she’s forced to stand up for herself. The way she goes about that is admirable.
Even more so because she’s so absolutely, entirely broken at the start of the story. She knows what she wants, sure, but there’s still this undercurrent of fear and doubt. She keeps wondering whether she’s good enough for all the positive things happening around her and that really got to me.

As for Dax.. I could so easily see him as a tortured artist. Definitely pulled my heart-strings at times but..

For so long, my voice had been silenced. But it had never disappeared.

The bad

If there’s one thing I didn’t necessarily love, it’s the huge insta-lust at the start of the story. I had barely started reading and our two main characters already felt like tearing each others’ clothes off. Felt over the top to me and, personally, I would’ve liked a bit more build-up or at least.. some more subtle lusting?
Especially since both Dax and Verity have their pasts and it’s like those are entirely forgotten the moment they see one another. It didn’t feel all that right to me. Especially when it comes to Verity, to be honest.

There are also a couple of degrading remarks towards women by a side character. They aren’t necessarily challenged directly, but the tone of the novel does lighten the effect a bit? I guess? I’m still not sure about them though.. 

The man was a song I didn’t know the chorus to. A chord chard with missing notes. Frustrating. And so, so tempting.

3
Usually, I would have a bit more of an in-depth review but.. I don’t know. Even though this book did mark me while I was reading, I didn’t necessarily feel like it left a mark after I finished it? It’s a good read, and an important one. It simply isn’t a memorable one to me personally. 

Is there a hobby or profession you have an absolute weakness for in books?
Does it automatically make you love the character that tiny bit more?
Or maybe there’s a hobby or profession you absolutely hate seeing in books?

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