Review: ROCK GOD IN EXILE by Kella Campbell

Title: Rock God in Exile

Author: Kella Campbell

Genre: Rock Star Romance

Series: Smidge #2

Is it overreacting to knock someone down for groping you? Nell Whelan is a black belt whose self-protective instincts kick in hard when she’s uncomfortable.

Then she arrives at her hated day job to find the handsome jerk from the pub kicking the photocopier, and finds out that he looks familiar because he’s the bass player from a famous rock band… but when she asks him what he’s doing working for her boss, he avoids answering.

Eamonn Yarrow — known to the rock world as “Easy” — hasn’t always been a good person and he’s reaping the consequences, but maybe Nell is just what he needs to turn his life around.

“I am anxious to get my hands on the next book in this series. I will put this series up with some of my favorites. If you love hot damaged rock stars, this series
is for you!!”  ~ Words Turn Me On

“ROCK GOD IN EXILE by Kella Campbell is the second addition to her Smidge series about rock star romances. Filled with witty dialogue that is chuckle-worthy and two souls who both have found ways to hide their insecurities behind the facades they show to the world.” - Dianne

“I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Eamonn “Easy” Yarrow, but this troubled soul completely won me over! This bad boy bass player is full of arrogance and oozes sex appeal, but there is also a hidden depth and vulnerability about him that I found endearing. He has these flirty one-liners that seem to ensnare many women, but do nothing but irritate Nell.” ~ Anna’s Bookshelf

“I have never wanted to knee someone in the b*lls as much as I wanted to Easy. Thankfully Nell did it for us 😁. I immediately loved her ❤.” ~ Caz Bates

I always love an entertaining, original rockstar romance and this book definitely captured my attention with it’s engaging storyline and enchanting characters.  I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Eamonn “Easy” Yarrow, but this troubled soul completely won me over!  This bass player is full of arrogance and is a magnetic force of nature, but there is also a hidden depth and vulnerability about him that I found endearing.  He has these flirty one-liners that seems to ensnare many woman, but do nothing but irritate Nell.  In fact, I love how she continually puts Easy in his place.

Nell is an interesting character and I loved how she is a martial arts expert who can bring a man to his knees - literally! She craves control and her dedication to both her sport and to a job that she loathes is admirable.  While I liked Nell, I had a bit of trouble warming up to her at first.  I felt that some of the female empowerment  and some of the martial arts aspect was a bit repetitive, but for the most part, I appreciated how she was no wilting flower.  I also would have liked a bit more of her backstory.  

Nell’s and Easy’s first encounter was priceless!  Trust me, you’ll love it! These two are an unlikely pair and seemingly different yet, they are perfect for each other. Nell’s no nonsense personality is the opposite of Easy’s which made several of their interactions entertaining. The author did a great job with character growth with them as individuals as well with the evolution of their relationship.  I really enjoyed watching their journey unfold.

Rock God in Exile is told from the POV of Nell which I think was fitting for the most part, but I would have enjoyed a few chapters from Easy’s POV. I always love to get a little peak into the mind of hero.  I was very pleased to see the other members of Smidge and I enjoyed the dynamic between Nell, Easy, and all of the secondary characters. The story movesat a relatively good pace, but I feel like things really picked up towards the last half of the book. Rock God in Exile is this author’s second novel and I have to say that I am impressed with her writing skills.  The story is compelling and the words flow flawlessly to the extent that she seems to be a much more experienced writer.  I can only imagine just how amazing her next book will be.  This is a standalone romance is set in the world of Smidge, but I do recommend that read book 1, Rock Star’s Heart because it is that good.  Overall, if you are looking for an engaging rockstar romance with likable, well developed characters and a solid storyline, then you will definitely want to check out this book!  

Rock Stars Heart (Smidge Book 1)

Kella Campbell can usually be found in Vancouver, Canada.

She writes mostly romance, because love and relationships are what she finds most interesting about life and in fiction. Even when she dips into other genres, her writing almost always has romantic/emotional/relationship elements.

Kella likes tea and dark chocolate and happily-ever-after endings

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  1. Thanks for sharing Rock God in Exile. Great review!!


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