She’s a small town nurse who had to grow up fast. He’s rock music’s most infamous guitarist. When a day at the beach turns life or death, their worlds collide, and no one will ever be the same.
Kate Gibson’s life has been all about family. She spent her high school years taking care of her dying mother, and her college years raising her younger sister.
Alec Sawyer’s past was an excess of everything: drugs, parties, rock, sex, and money. His downfall had been long, spectacular, and public.
Thrown together by fate and the media, Kate and Alec find themselves falling in love. But dating in the spotlight has its downside, and some secrets are better left in the dark.
This is the debut novel from Rachel Cross. I was quite chuffed when she approached me through this site and asked if I would like to review Rock Her. I have to say that I was impressed with how this story was crafted. From their meeting during a dramatic rescue to the media attention that followed to the reappearance of past demons, Ms Cross didn’t shy away from giving Kate and Alec some full-on issues to deal with and how she was able to bring about a situation where you find yourself cheering for them and their story as opposed to simply feeling pity for their struggle.
Kate has been mother, counsellor and all-round rock for her younger sister, Emma, since they lost their mother to cancer seven years earlier. Her happiness and personal life has taken a back seat to providing a better future for her sister. It’s hard for some to imagine why Kate has kept aspects of the past secret from Emma, but I think she was incredibly brave to do that – knowing what certain people from the past were capable of. I admire her desire to protect her sister from the ugliness.
Alec has made some major-league mistakes in his life. Years of rock-star excess – drugs, alcohol and women – have left marks on him. Twice married and divorced, Alec felt he had to leave behind this past to become a healthier, happier person. He often lets his regrets about his behaviour cloud his thinking and judgement, but there wouldn’t be too many of us that haven’t done that from time to time. I think that just made him see more human.
There are some significant differences between Kate and Alec – 14 years, his fame, her innocence – however they make nothing other than a believable couple. These differences are balanced out by their potent chemistry and shared experiences. I loved that Alec treats Kate’s innocence with respect – he is gentle with her, but doesn’t put her up on some unattainable pedestal.
The sexytimes are hot – well-written and captivating without feeling like they are there purely for titillation.
Rock Her‘s supporting characters added some real spice to the story. Trust me when I tell you there are characters that you will love (Ava, Emma, Asher) and those who make you stabby (Dr Billingsley and Kate’s father). The way the story ends, it appears to be left open for a possible romance for Asher. This is a story I would definitely be keen to read.
This is a fantastic debut effort, and I am very much looking forward to reading more from Ms Cross in the future.
My rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 17 June 2013
Purchase Links: Amazon
Note: I was generously provided with an advanced reader copy by the author, Rachel Cross, in exchange for an honest review.