Review: DIRTY ROCK by Vicki James

Dirty Rock 
by Vicki James 
Genre: Rock Star Romance Standalone

The master of the tease. The god of rock. Frontman of the world's most desired band, Youth Gone Wild. I'm Rhett Ryan, and I get what I want.
Women? They were lining up. Money? I had enough. Accolades? My shelves were full Love? I didn't have time for that.
Not until I had no choice but to pay attention to the last woman I expected to fall for.
My beautiful, sassy publicist, Julia goddamn Speed.
She was a vital part of the band's success, and she was as off-limits as they came. I'd never wanted anything more in my life. But Julia wasn't like the rest, and my advances only pushed her further away. She was the first woman to make me work for it, and Christ, did I suddenly want to work for it!
Even if I knew it would end in disaster.
Even if I knew there would be tears.
I was willing to play dirty to make it happen.
I just had no idea how much I'd change in the process, or how something that had once been my everything would soon become nothing because I'd jumped into the forbidden with her.
Stupid, Reckless Rhett.

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Due to massive anxiety related to the uncertainty surrounding the current pandemic, I have been struggling to settle into a good book.  It is safe to say that Dirty Rock has resurrected my love of reading.  This book is off the charts hot and I couldn’t help but fall in love with Rhett and Julia.  This author has woven together a brilliant story that has an interesting plot, engaging characters, and gives the reader a unique look at the affect touring and fame can have on musicians.

Rhett’s charisma, molten voice, and sensuality helped catapult the rock band, Youth Gone Wild into superstardom.  The music and the band are his everything and nothing will distract him from that.   I wasn’t sure about Rhett in the beginning as he seemed so egotistical, yet this bad boy with a filthy mouth has a vulnerability about him that drew me in and made me adore him.  I loved Julia and found her to be relatable.  She thrives on keeping all aspects of her life in control and it was interesting to watch her come to grips with loosening the reigns on her heart.  She is a slightly broken heroine who is strong in character and sees Rhett for who he really is.  While their relationship seems to be an unlikely one, Rhett and Julia are positively perfect together.  The sparks that fly between these two nearly melted my kindle and there are several swoon worthy moments that kept me captivated.

Dirty Rock can be read as a standalone and it does take place after Cherry Beats.  It was a treat to read about the other band members as well as see a few cameos from Tessa aka Cherry.  

Overall, I am impressed with this author’s style of writing and her impeccable character development.  I read a lot of rockstar romances and I just love it when an author takes me by surprise. If you are looking for unique and phenomenal rockstar romance with strong, likable characters then be sure to check out this book!

Cherry Beats (book 1)

Vicki James is a pseudonym for Victoria L. James, taking her stories from heavy angst to heavy romance and bad boys you can't help but fall in love with. She is, however, one and the same person so feel free to follow her on any of her platforms, be it Vicki James or Victoria L. James. Most importantly, enjoy the stories she tells, no matter what name she releases under.
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