Thursday, March 13, 2014

Rock and Roll Romance: A Review of Gracen Miller's Rockin' the Heart

If music nourishes the soul…

Loved by millions, but shunned by blood, Heath “Fang” Fangor has led his band, Hot Wired, to the top while others have fallen by the wayside. He devoted his life to music, and from that devotion harvested a new family—his band mates and fans.

A man can desire nothing else…or can he?

Living in the shadow of her brother’s fame sucks! Sam Collins is desperate to have what she wants—a simple and uncomplicated life. She’s no stranger to scandals and how they work. Now that she’s inadvertently dragged Fang into the center of her latest gossip, could the scandal she created in her quest for freedom have gone too far?

Amid stardom the heart stages a new melody…

Fang has more fame and fortune than he will ever need, but none of that matters if he can’t have the woman of his dreams. Years have been wasted waiting for the right moment to approach the woman his heart desires above all others. There’s just one major problem...she’s his best friend’s sister. To have her, he will have to risk it all.

One that might be responsible for Rockin the Heart!

Gracen Miller’s Rockin’ the Heart  is the first book in her new Hot Wired Series. She takes us into the world of the southern rock band, Hot Wired.  It is a all you would expect: hard partying, intrusive press, groupies, fights, and music. It’s wrapped up in a tight knit southern “family”.  They have lived and played together and, with her brother, helped raise Samantha “Sam” Collins after her parents sudden death. But Sam is not a little girl anymore. She is a grown, rebellious woman. To make matters worse, lead singer “Fang” has developed feelings for her that cannot be described as brotherly. Sam has similar feelings but an over-protective brother and bandmates and their own fears may tear them and the band apart.

This is a nicely written book. Fang and Sam are well developed characters. We come to understand there interior life as it has shaped and conflicts with their interior life.  The setting and action are believable and vivid. Sam’s brother Jase was I felt not as well developed. His attitude and behavior felt too extreme at the beginning.

On the other end, the two other band members, Keys and Derr, did not standout as two distinct personalities.  In addition, there were more than a few noticeable typos and sudden point of view shifts within scenes and sometimes paragraphs.

Overall this was a well crafted book and I would recommend it. I look forward to seeing how the series develops.

I give Gracen Miller’s Rockin’ the Heart  4 of 5 triskeles.

Gracen is a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a “normal” person in southern society.  When not writing, she’s a full-time basketball/football/guitar mom for her two sons and a devoted wife to her real-life hero-
husband. She’s addicted to writing, paranormal romance novels, movies, Alabama football and coffee…addictions are not necessarily in order of priority. She’s convinced coffee is nectar from the gods and blending coffee and writing together generates the perfect creative merger. Many of her creative worlds are spawned from coffee highs.

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