Series: Wicked White #1
Published by Montlake Romance Release date : June 23rd, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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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?
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I wish I could explain in detail what caught my eye about Wicked White. I don’t often read “rock star” romances but this one was calling my name! While there was aspects that I truly enjoyed, I couldn’t fall in love with this one.
Wicked White is one that sticks out and dances to its own tune in this genre. We don’t have your typical “bad boy needs taming and settle down” troupe. Ace is not your typical rock star hero. He loves the music, but is not big on the industry and actually hates how his life has become. He’s not close with his band mates, which I thought odd to be honest, and after he gets the news about his mom – he walks out.
I adored Ace. He is kind, caring and hello, quotes Shakespeare. He had a rough life as a kid (we don’t get MANY details about this) and turned to music to help. I do think he bit off more than he could chew when it came to the industry, but hindsight and all that. He is stubborn too, and his lack of self-esteem is show to us throughout the novel. Iris, is sweet and kind. Her situation is very similar to Ace’s with the death of her grandmother. She too, has big dreams of making it big, but on Broadway. I also liked how protective she was over Ace.
The romance between these too was SO sweet. While I feel like I didn’t fully connect to their romance at first, since there was a lot of time gap and rapid pacing after they “get together,” I was rooting for them. There was a lot of push and pull, and a lot of one-sided decision-making that frustrated me. But overall, they work together and I WANTED a HEA!
Overall – Even though I couldn’t love Wicked White, I did quite enjoy it. It’s a fast paced and sweet romance. I am curious about Micehlle Valentine’s other series since that too, has a setting within the music industry.
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