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Posted February 24, 2014
Reviewed by Melissa D
Book provided by Decadent Publishing
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
Heart of Rock by Karyn Gerrard is not part of a series but I would like to read more about the members of the band. I chose this book because the blurb interested me. I wanted to see how Carly and Brogan fall for each other.
Brogan Byrne is a hot and sexy man who has the perfect voice. While he should have it all he is busy destroying his success with women, liquor, and drugs. When he is sober he comes across as a nice man with good values. He uses drugs, women, and liquor to chase his demons away.
Carly Montgomery is a record executive that was offered the opportunity to be the manager for the last leg of Brogan’s tour. I do wonder if it was really an opportunity or if they thought it was going to end badly either way so why not give her a shot? Carly comes across as honest but hard working. She has her priorities in order.
The chemistry between Carly and Brogan is scorching. It was interesting to see Brogan who has woman falling has his feet meet a woman who was going to keep in line whether he agreed to it or not. The sex scenes were great. I loved that they did not fall in love at first sight and fall into bed.
This story needs more romance between Carly and Brogan. It’s easy to see that they care for each other but it moves fast from caring to in love. Overall this was a nice sweet story. I have not read anything by Ms. Gerrard before and I will be reading more in the future.
Posted October 1, 2013
Irishman Brogan Byrne, a rock star, living a rock-n-roll lifestyle consequences be damned and thensome. Brogan's life is out of control in so many ways over doing the drugs, booze, and wild unprotected sex doesn't leave his family much choice but to wash their hands of him completely. Carly Montgomery has now been assigned to be Brogan's babysitter until he sobers up some. The rest of Brogan's band and former manager want nothing to do with Brogan ever again. Yet being in Carly's presences soothes Brogan's soul in ways he didn't think were possible. The minute Carly lays eyes ong Brogan Byrne she's lost before it begins. She doesn't even know how Brogan manages to tear down her defenses straight into her soul. Can Brogan clean up his act? Will Brogan let Carly heal his heart? Will Carly be able to help Brogan? Can Carly stop herself from falling in love? Your answers await you in Heart of Rock.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I love the whole bad boy rock start down on his luck angle. I also thought the book was well written and characters well developed. I have to admit that Brogan was the reason I kept reading gotta love accents and sultry voice. This is my first experience with this author and I really enjoyed. Looking forward to more of her works.
Posted August 23, 2013
I have mixed feelings about this book in all honesty. I like the broken man needing healing angle, sure, but he really hits rock bottom at the beginning and it’s hard to like Brogan at all. However, as he’s forced to clean up and he realizes just how bad he’d gotten, he kind of grew on me. I like Carly, especially for how she manhandles Brogan, but she gets reckless with him. I appreciate his transformation and her role in making it happen, but I don’t know how much I liked exactly how it played out. Their love scenes weren't bad, but I think I liked their general chemistry better.
I loved a few of the secondary characters and I’m disappointed we don’t get more of them, such as Brogan’s brothers and Carly’s right hand man, Gio (he was definitely my favorite). Overall, I just didn’t fully connect with our hero and heroine, maybe due to how little we really know about them beyond one character defining experience, and I felt their relationship developed too quickly and easily, though the ending was realistic and heartwarming.
Posted September 29, 2012
This story begins with a prologue in Belfast 1970 with the main character, Brogan, and his girlfriend out walking after a night on the town. Without giving anything away, this prologue really sets the scene for why Brogan is the way he is. It’s very vivid and heartbreaking.
Jump forward to 1974 and Brogan is a class A jerk, and that’s being nice about it. He’s rude, condescending, pompous, abusive, and an addict on top of it all. He’s screwing up his life, and that’s why Carly is pretty much assigned to be his new manager. She’s got to keep him on track to finish the tour without self destructing and taking the whole band and tour down with him.
I have to be honest. I don’t love Brogan. I don’t even really like him. I love his hair, which is perfect on the cover to his description in the book. And there are times that his cockey responses are amusing. But as a person? Nope, he is definitely not on my list. However – I can totally understand why and I have complete empathy for this man. It’s really terrific that Karyn Gerrard has been able to create a character that you can completely dislike, and still care for him at the same time. I don’t know how she does it, but she did it well.
And then there is Carly. I like her. She is tough and funky. Under the red and black hair, the makeup, and the tough girl exterior is an actual real person. I would have liked to get to know her a bit more in depth, as there were some hints to her past. I think she is intriguing. When these two come together, despite the odds against them, there is passion.
Overall I enjoyed this story. I wish there was a little bit more to it, or maybe a sequel? I like these characters and I would look forward to getting to know them a bit more, or seeing what happens next. I know there are some fans of rock and roll romances, and I think this would be a big hit with them. There are some sensitive subjects touched on here, and I think they really bring an edgy, raw quality to the story. I definitely recommend this if you are looking for a quick read.
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