Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Review: Rock the Heart by Michelle A. Valentine

Hi all!

Something adult for a change from all the YA.

Series: Black Falcon #1
Release date: 15th of November 2012
Published by: Michelle A. Valentine Books
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 326 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from for Kindle


For the last four years, good girl Lane has regretted breaking up with Noel Falcon. She thought she was sensible when she told him his dreams of being a rock star would get him nowhere, but now that he's a rock god and her career is stagnant, she realizes just how wrong she was. When Noel hires the marketing company where Lane is an intern, she’s forced to see him again. If she wants to land her dream job as executive within the company, she has to win him over and secure his account. Too bad Noel is still pissed at her for breaking his heart.

When Lane’s company flies her to a Black Falcon concert to gain Noel’s attention, emotions run high the moment she sees him and realizes she’s far from over him. But Noel’s countless trysts with groupies and his cocky attitude make Lane believe he isn’t the same guy she once loved—now he seems to only want her body. Then after Lane discloses she needs him to procure a job, Noel proves he’s a changed man by forcing her to go on the road with him in order to get it.

After Lane reluctantly takes Noel up on his offer, she becomes willing to do whatever it takes to keep him satisfied, even if it means succumbing to his seductive ways. Lane soon finds deception is a dangerous game and she’s not the only one playing.


What’s worse than being unexpectedly stuck to your ex? If you ex is now rich and famous and you dumped him because you thought success would never come to him. Well, bummer for Lanie and lucky for our hero Noel.

Rocker romances are always good in my book so I was really excited to read this. And, mostly, I got exactly what I hoped for: steamy and hot romance, hot bad boys, a band full on scoundrels, misunderstandings and denial galore (even tough I was positively surprised how fast the main relationship took up from where it had left off after the big break up before the story starts), the difficulties (and benefits) of a celebrity lifestyle, just the right amount of drama and, overall, just good clean and sexy smut.

I liked the obstacle the main couple had to overcome even tough the end result left me feeling “where did this come from?”, I liked the sinful Riff and his constant flirting, I liked the first line Noel indirectly says to Lanie when they meet again (had me grinning), I liked how Noel wasn’t afraid to get teary, I liked the pace of the story, the but there is one thing that made me cringe and at the same time is my main con in the story: Lanie and her behavior (mostly in regards to Noel).


Lets get it over with. Beware, rant ahead!
Lanie, oh, Laine, how you tried my patience. Ok, so she was overall a cool girl: career orientated, determined, stood up for herself, wasn’t afraid to make tough decisions, BUT... I couldn’t get over her utter lack of professionalism and whining/blaming/being rude to Noel even tough she was the one that left him based on measly and selfish reasons and continued to be a b**** towards him on the grounds of ridiculously trivial matters (ok, there was something huge too, but Noel was anything but not deserving forgiveness and the slightest hint of understanding). Yes, he had his douchey moments and he isn’t in no way squeaky clean, but his actions were all with the aim to have her back in his life. Get over yourself, girl! And regarding her professionalism, ok, yes, I understand that she had to do “anything” to make the client happy, but how she jumped into bed with him and how she overall treated him was kind of sloppy and careless in regards to her position. He was her client, the ex-boyfriend part has to be at second place. Well, maybe I’m just too demanding, but I was kind of annoyed with this, they rarely even spoke about the project she was meant to work on. And don’t even get me started on Lanie’s colleague, Aubrey, who was supposed to “help” her in the case, she acted even worse. Ok, now I have laid it all out. Feels good to get that out.

Noel, honestly, even with his faults was incredibly sweet, swoony and irresistible, especially regarding his devotion to Lanie and determination to be her man. I even liked when he got desperate and made some hasty and selfish decisions just to not lose her. They weren’t the smartest, but I melted to goo. Oh, Noel, you sexy guy you, yes, I had a crush on him.


If I can overlook Lanie, I’d say this is a really good sexy romance. I did enjoy and like it a lot, it’s a more than decent rocker romance. So if you’re not so much bothered by my complaints regarding the heroine then definitely go for this book. I recommend.

3 stars!


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