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 love my rock star romances. This one has it’s own little twist. Ace hates being the front man of a band that he has no say in. It’s too much and the band members don’t even get along. But when tragedy hits Ace’s life, he needs to get away from it all. From his manager, his band mates and his life. He needs to clear his head and deal with life. But his one escape to a small town provides a bigger obstacle than he was prepared to deal with.
Oh, he is instantly attracted to Iris… but he cannot do anything about it. Concern about the media catching up to him and bring his life into her face and shoving all of that on her is more than too much. It will be easier to keep her at a distance. Keep her safe, no matter how much he wants her. He knows it isn’t fair to her and it isn’t why he is in this town. But is being an ass, the way to make this situation better?
There is just something about Iris that he wants to protect and care for. But how can he do that when he is in the position of hiding from his own reality? And what about Iris? She is only in town to settle her grandmother’s estate, but she wants to get back to her dream of being on Broadway.
I loved Ace, even when he was being a jerk, there was something so endearing about the reason behind his cranky foul attitude. Iris just keeps killing him with kindness and trying to figure him out. What is he hiding?
As with most of Michelle Valentine’s books, I love the secondary characters. They don’t take center stage, but you secretly always wish they are going to get their own books. The characters come to life and even if you can’t relate to the lifestyle that any of her characters lead, you can’t help but adore and admire them.
I love Michelle Valentine’s writing and it seems all of her rock starts have such a special place in my heart. Ace is no exception. Though I did find this book toned down in the steam department, I was so wrapped up in the story line that I didn’t really need it. Michelle Valentine continues to take my breath away with her writing and this story is no exception.
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ABOUT MICHELLE A. VALENTINE
Michelle A. Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of erotic and New Adult romance. Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos, and sexy musicians inspired her erotic BLACK FALCON series.
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