Derek Valencia finally has the success he’s worked so hard for. His band is touring its debut album and great reviews are rolling in. But when pictures of him tossing naked groupies off a balcony go viral, it’s damage-control time. He’s assigned a “babysitter” whose sole job is to keep him out of trouble. Violet Davis swore she’d never work in the music industry again, but being a minder for a rock star will earn her enough to pay off the mortgage on her wildflower farm. And for a girl brought up in the foster care system, owning her own home means more to her than anything. Though at first the two bang heads, the rocker and the farm girl soon grow close and realize that they make sweet music together. But can a girl who craves the stability of life on a farm really make it work with a man whose life is spent on the road with his band? I was desperate to read this book, so desperate I BEGGED the author for an ARC and she was generous enough to send me one. But then I got nervous…what if it didn’t live up to my very high expectations? Erika Kelly..YOU ROCK rockstar romances because it totally lived up…maybe even exceeded my expectations. Did I mention they were high?
So…here’s the thing…I adored Slater Vaughn…ADORED him, so I knew I would like Derek but what I didn’t expect was to love him more than Slater Vaughn. But I DID. Now, I have to admit I have a thing for emotionally damaged bad boys. What made Derek different and so much better than most book boyfriends was he was an emotionally damaged good guy. I loved that. He was strong and business oriented and in the music business for all of the right reasons, a born leader. But after a lifetime of rejection from the dad he idolized, he knows better than to let anyone get to close because risking more rejection is not worth the risk. So imagine his surprise when the woman sent to keep him and his band in line becomes the first one with the potential to break through his barriers.
Violet Davis has had her own share of rejection and in a job that requires her to fake relationships, she has no idea how to determine what’s real and what’s just pretend. But as she starts to fall for Derek, she realizes that there just may be no way to make a relationship work when their jobs are going to take them in opposite directions. Not to mention she has no way of knowing if Derek’s feelings are the real thing or if she’s just another in a long line of woman he works with and then dates.
Erika Kelly does angst better than any author I have ever read. The emotions of her characters are so believable, so real, so damn relatable that I spend a third of the book sick to my stomach (in the best possible way), a third of the book almost in tears and a third of the book overwhelmed with sheer joy. Even when her characters do something that makes you want to scream or hit them upside the head, you still understand exactly where they are coming from and how they got there. Just amazing. I can not BELIEVE how excruciating the wait for book three is going to be.