Keep Rage together at all costs…
Powerhouse PA Dimity Graham is off her game. Her career is everything to her and she never lets anything personal mess that up. So how can she explain getting busy between the sheets with Rage’s nice-guy drummer Seth Curran? She’s supposed to be keeping this band out of trouble, not getting into it.
But before she can put everything back where it belongs, Seth needs her help.
Faking a relationship seemed like a good idea that night, right before they fell into bed together. But standing on New Zealand soil, facing the people he disappointed to pursue his dream, Seth doubts he and Dimity will convince anyone they’re hot and crazy for each other. To his surprise, Dimity is working her magic on everyone and they’re all convinced this is the real deal. The problem is, he’s almost convinced, too.
Though listed as the second book, there is a novella between the first instalment in the Rock Solid series and this one. This is the first I’ve read, and I thought I managed fine starting here.
Fall is good because it does the thing that’s most important to me in contemporary romance: it makes the people seem realistic. Despite the fame and fortune the characters have found in the rock music industry, they behave like people who might actually exist, and have quirks and interests and distinct personalities. They have families, and friends, and histories. And sometimes they screw up or drink too much or have casual sex.
These are also characters who speak like real people – and this is the hardest thing to find in the books in this subgenre!
Both hero and heroine were very distinctive. I can’t say the “fake relationship” is a trope I usually go for – and yet here it worked well and didn’t feel like a “trope” at all. There was a lot more going on and there was a decent motivation to fake the relationship in the first place. It was a backstory with substance to it, and so the relationship (that turned real pretty fast) was only part of a large whole.
Now, if there is any theme that invites misogyny, it’s the rock star theme. I think it was handled well here. Because everyone was an individual it was a lot harder to stereotype the female characters, and without that stereotyping it’s hard to be sexist. What a novel concept to have more than one female character with a few dimensions to her!
There were so many little things that made characters stand out from each other. For example, the hero who doesn’t know how to punch properly(!), and who knows what he wants out of life (which includes a family). The heroine who takes pride in her appearance and appreciates quality brands without the people who mattered treating her like a slutty bimbo.
I also really appreciated the way differences in language and culture between the US and New Zealand were worked through the story without being obvious or resorting to clichés.
It seemed that too many contemporary romances I’ve tried recently felt stilted and Brady Bunch-like, and nothing about them was resonating with me. There was something really appealing about a book where the people both live a glamorous life and also go through the day-to-day family and friendship stuff we can all identify with.
Now, to head back and read the other books!
Review copy provided by the author.